Making the Stock for the .416 Ruger No. 2 – Post 4

It’s been ‘a day or two’ since I posted any new content here, but there have been ‘extenuating circumstances’, not all of which have subsided. Nevertheless, there has been some progress, and I thought I should post at least some preliminary pictures of that progress.

These pictures are of the preliminary shaping. This first one, the left side:




This one of the bottom:




And this one of the right side:




The black heartwood you see on the right side is “weak”, and the large piece (lower left in the above photo), has a crack in it that persists into the internal cavity. I am planning to fill that with black epoxy to stabilize it before I do any more shaping.

After this forearm is finished, I’ll have to start working on the butt(s). I think those are going to be a real challenge to get the angles right. We’ll see.



Making the Stock for the .416 Ruger No. 2 – Post 4 — 2 Comments

  1. Beautiful workmanship, Paul! How much of the stock work was done by hand and machined. As you know, I have completely handmade my black powder musket. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Sorry about the really long response time, Paul. 🙁

      In answer to your question: The gross inletting of the forearm hanger into the forearm was performed on my mill, and all through holes were drilled using a drill press (butt bolt through hole), or the mill (attachment screw hole in forearm). If I could figure out how to get a machine to do more of the work, I’d use it! The persimmon butt part of this project has been on hold for about 18 months now. Just can’t seem to gin up the enthusiasm to finish it.

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