MY FIRST EIGHT INCH STOCK

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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FOR SEVERAL YEARS I HAVE BEEN MAKING MY OWN RIFLE STOCKS FOR MY GUNS. MAINLY, BECAUSE MOST FACTORY RIFLE AND SHOTGUN STOCKS DON’T FIT ME, BECAUSE I AM 6’5" AND I NEED A 15 1/2 INCH LENGTH OF TRIGGER PULL. IT IS THE DISTANCE NEEDED FROM THE SURFACE OF THE STOCK PAD OR BUTT PLATE, TO THE FRONT SURFACE OF THE TRIGGER. SO IN ORDER TO GET THAT LENGTH, I HAVE TO MAKE THE STOCK MYSELF. UP UNTIL I MADE THIS STOCK FOR A FELLOW GUN CLUB MEMBER’S 1861 BALLARD, I HAD NEVER COMPLETELY DONE A STOCK FOR ANYONE OTHER THAN MYSELF. MY STOCKS HAVE BEEN, WHAT I CALL, 8 FOOT STOCKS. MEANING THEY LOOK GOOD FROM 8 FEET AWAY, BUT IF YOU GET UP CLOSE YOU CAN FIND LITTLE *#@& UPS. WELL, I HAD TO MAKE A STOCK THE BECAME “MY FIRST EIGHT INCH STOCK”. THAT MEANS, IT HAD TO BE PERFECT IN EVERY WAY FROM 8 INCHES AWAY. WHEN HARRY AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT WHY HIS OLD STOCK HAD CRACKED, HE ASSUMED THAT I WAS A STOCK MAKER BECAUSE I KNEW ABOUT WOOD AND STOCKS. ANYWAY, I ENDED UP MAKING THIS STOCK THAT TOOK ME 95 HOURS AND WHEN I GAVE HIM BACK HIS GUN, HE WAS COMPLETELY SATISIFIED AND DIDN’T EVEN BLINK AT THE AMOUNT IT COST. I ONLY CHARGED HIM 1/4 OF WHAT OTHER ESTABLISHED STOCK MAKERS CHARGE AND IT STILL COST HIM ALMOST $1000.00. I TRULY HOPE NO OTHER CLUB MEMBERS EVER ASK ME TO MAKE ONE FOR THEM. THE RECEIVER ALONE ON THIS RIFLE IS WORTH A SMITTEN $10,000.00 AND ONE SCRATCH TO IT WHILE FITTING THE STOCK TO THE RECEIVER AND THE STOCK WORK TURNS INTO A FREE GIFT TO THE OWNER OF THE GUN. I ENDED UP MAKING THE PISTOL GRIP OUT OF 4 PIECES OF BLACK WALNUT, BECAUSE THE PERSON THAT DUPLICATED A STOCK FOR THIS TYPE OF RECEIVER, HAD TAKEN TOO MUCH OFF OF IT TO FIT AFTER SANDING AND FINISHING, SO I LITTERLY HAD TO BUILD THE PISTOL GRIP TO FIT THE RECEIVER IN WIDTH, DEPTH, AND LENGTH TO MATCH THE LEVER. I ALSO HAD TO LENGTHEN THE OVERALL STOCK TO MATCH THE OLD TRIGGER LENGTH OF PULL AND FIT THE FOREND STOCK TO A TAPERED OCTAGONAL BARREL.

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