Our stocks are primarily made and inletted to fit OEM configurations so as a rule the stock will fit the action and factory bottom metal very well. The same for a factory barrel contour. Our Drop-in Stocks are offered only in factory configurations along with some popular bottom metals. Depending on your combination of action, barrel and bottom metal the fit will vary. However when using 700 clones and aftermarket or modified parts fitting will likely be necessary. The amount of fitting required will pretty much come down to how square of a peg you’re putting in a round hole.
Do your stocks have pillars?admin2023-03-24T18:21:39+00:00
Our stocks don’t have and don’t require pillars. Pillars came about years ago for use in wood stocks to prevent the fibers from compressing at the guard screws resulting in varying pressure and therefore a loss of consistency. The material around the guard screws in our stocks is solid fiber-reinforced epoxy and is, in this application, un-compressible. This makes pillars in our stocks unnecessary. In some cases, like when a pillar with a large outside diameter is used, it can considerably weaken the stock in that area as it reduces the amount of homogenous material and also forms a stress riser.
Ok, well I want to pillar bed it anyway.admin2023-03-24T18:21:56+00:00
Yes you can cut through the skin and into the forend foam if you need to. We do this regularly to bed larger contours into our stocks. Only a slight amount of rigidity is lost as we designed them with this case in mind. If you want the utmost in rigidity then be sure to order the heavyweight option since it is solid and quite strong.
Should I bed my rifle?admin2023-03-24T18:26:43+00:00
While not absolutely necessary, we bed every rifle we sell and recommend you do the same. It wont turn a 3″ gun into a 1/4″ gun but it will help consistency while helping with aesthetics. We offer bedding kits and will be releasing some “how-to” bedding information in the near future.
What should I use for bedding compound?admin2023-03-24T18:30:01+00:00
It’s similar to painting just about anything in that preparation is key. Clean off the stock with a solvent such as lacquer thinner or use wax and grease remover. Sand the gelcoat to create some tooth for the paint to adhere to using nothing finer than 320 grit. 240 or even 120 is fine. Then clean again and mask before applying your paint of choice according to the manufacturer’s instructions. People have used all manner of rattle can paint with various degrees of success/durability. We use a high end catalyzed epoxy paint and it has excellent wear resistance. Some have used bed-liner type material to good effect. Just remember… don’t bake it.
Are they lighter/stronger/faster/stiffer/more sea-worthy than (insert other stock maker here) Stocks?admin2023-03-24T18:53:41+00:00
Well I don’t have an exhaustive database of other companies’ gun stock specs sitting right here in front of me so you’d have to do some one-to-one comparing on your own. But I can absolutely say that ours are better looking. Hope this helps.
What’s the maximum length of pull possible?admin2023-03-24T18:57:43+00:00
A max length of pull of nearly 15″ is possible with our stocks while maintaining the toe-line through a large recoil pad. After that you’d likely have to rely on spacers and wouldn’t have that nice toe-line. But really really tall people are used to those kind of compromises I suppose.
What should I use to secure a recoil pad to the stock?admin2023-03-24T19:02:14+00:00
We use Loctite 416. When applied to the outside edge or “skin” of the stock (not the foam) it forms a nearly indestructible bond to the pad. As with other forms of super glue, it can also form a nearly indestructible bond between your fingers. Tread carefully.
Will a Proof Sendero or Sendero Light fit in your (insert model here) Stock?admin2023-03-24T19:09:05+00:00
Each model has the barrel size it can accommodate noted in the specs. If it can’t from the factory you can open it up so it will fit. This may nearly or completely eliminate stock line near the forend tip. If that’s the case you’d need to build up the sides a bit with your preferred bedding compound. Or you could wait until we offer that configuration. We are currently working to ensure that the majority of our offerings will fit the Sendero Light at least. Stay tuned.
Do you offer cast-off / cast-on?admin2023-03-24T19:09:41+00:00
If it’s not in the options, it’s probably not an option. But we’d very much like to hear from you about what “it” is so that we can continue to develop products that solve people’s problems. Let us know what you’re looking for. We appreciate your feedback!
If I have one of your rifles or one of your stocks on my rifle and I’m trapped in a burning building can I use it to bust out a skylight window then pull myself through onto the roof using the rifle as a pull-up bar?admin2023-03-24T19:19:45+00:00
Since fitting will be likely (if it’s not order a Drop-In) we don’t offer paint. In most cases you’d have to damage the finish to do the fitting then need it repainted. We recommend doing any fitting and bedding you deem necessary then shipping it back for painting services. If this is something you’re interested contact us.
How should I break in the barrel?admin2023-03-24T19:55:46+00:00
Some have a rather elaborate and lengthy process for barrel break-in while others don’t do much, if anything. Keeping in mind that different barrels often need different things, we fall in between these two ends of the spectrum. Generally speaking we do the following:
Initial cleaning (we use bronze brushes but understand many have excellent results with nylon)
Shoot three to five 3-shot groups while keeping the barrel reasonably cool.
How do the groups look?
OK? You’re done.
Not OK? Back to the range with same and additional loads.
Repeat steps 2-4 until satisfied. Sometimes if it’s being ornery we’ll use some J-B Bore Paste to do some very light lapping. Generally not necessary.