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BigJ
07-23-2012, 2:30 PM
I recently scored a Kimber M82G from a local gun store. The previous owner definitely did lots of work to the thing. He replaced the stock with a custom one, removed the original sights and blocks and installed a cheepie BSA scope, and replaced the trigger guard. He's also done something with the trigger; I don't have a scale, but if the pull is over 8oz I'd be surprised. You breathe on the thing and it goes off.

Fortunately, I was able to acquire the original stock and butt plate spacers. I'm looking at this as a target shooter and project gun, so with that in mind I plan to strip the original stock (that shows signs of being bumped around pretty good, but no Private SlingBlade slices fortunately) and refinish it with something a little more pleasing to my eye. I've already sourced and bought a complete original sight set as well as replacement blocks, and I plan to add a Versa Pod bipod. I don't compete, but if I can get this gun dialed in for me, I think I'd like to try.

Here are some pics as she sits right now. I'll post up more as I make progress. If you got one of these beauties, post up some pics too! They don't get enough love. :)

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z260/JasonWilliamPics/Guns/Kimber%20Model%2082G/P1010818.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z260/JasonWilliamPics/Guns/Kimber%20Model%2082G/P1010819.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z260/JasonWilliamPics/Guns/Kimber%20Model%2082G/P1010820.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z260/JasonWilliamPics/Guns/Kimber%20Model%2082G/P1010815.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z260/JasonWilliamPics/Guns/Kimber%20Model%2082G/P1010806.jpg

Izzy43
07-23-2012, 2:38 PM
I have one and its a real shooter. Loves Wolf Match Target and Aguila Match Pistol ammo. With a Weaver 6.5-20x scope she's a sub-moa shooter out to 100yds. The apeture sights are as accurate for me as a scope @ 50yds.

If you are interested I'll try to dig up a link to a very simple, excellent way to refinish the stock. Very easy and foolproof. I have used it on three different rifles with perfect results everytime.

Got mine from CMP as a "Rusty" but no rust present just two scratches from Private SlingBlade. I'll never sell it.

BigJ
07-23-2012, 2:41 PM
^^Yes please! I've been doing a little YouTube research, but the more info the better. This will be my first time refinishing anything :)

Thanks for the tip on the ammo, too. I ran cheap bulk stuff yesterday at the range and was able to nail 5/8" 5 shot groups at 50 yards. I think that's all gun though; this is also my first time behind a target rifle of any kind. I'm hooked, for sure.

Would love to see pics of yours too, if you're willing.

Izzy43
07-23-2012, 3:08 PM
Here is a link to the process. http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331108&highlight=armorall

Don't be afraid to use it as it works great and I doubt it can be screwed up even if you tried. First time I used it the stock turned out perfect. Another feature of this is that it is very simplt to repair a scratch if you get one and not have to refinish the whole stock. Let the stock dry for 24 hours. DO NOT USE WATER TO CLEAN THE STOCK!!!! This raises the grain and then you will need to sand again.

Some hints.

1. Sand the stock with 150 grit sandpaper until you are satisfied with the finish. Then 220 grit to remove scratches from the 150 grit, then 400 grit to remove scratches from the 220 grit. Clean the entire stock with mineral spirits to remove all sanding dust.

1. Do small portions of the stock at one time. I did mine by doing half of the right side, then the remaining half then half of the left side and then the remaining.

2. Put the Armorall on very sparingly then use your fingers to apply the TruOil until it no longer feels wet, just keep rubbing it with your fingers until nearly dry. Wait 30 minutes and repeat.

3. Armorall first for every coat, then TruOil.

I applied 8 coats in one long day and then let it set untouched for 24 hours. Looks like it came from the factory, its that good.

If you have any questions feel free to PM me, happy to help.

My 82G

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii239/ragswl4/DSC03381.jpg

BigJ
07-23-2012, 3:25 PM
Wow. Fantastic! Thank you VERY much for that.

How did you strip your stock? I plan to use a spray on stripper and lots of paper towels.

After stripping, I'll move on to pulling the dents out. I plan to use a rag between the iron and stock. Any better ideas?

At this point, should I let it rest (dry?) for a while? If so, how long?

After that, I'll move on to sanding just as you suggest. Good stuff.

How long did you let it rest after using the mineral spirits to remove the dust, before applying Armor All for the first time? Do you think a tack cloth would work just as well as the spirits?

At this point I *might* apply some stain. I'm not sure yet. That will probably be a game time decision.

When you applied the Armor All, did you just spray it on? Or did you rub it on?
And just to be sure, you applied ArmorAll in one area, then rubbed in the TruOil, then ArmorAll in another area, then TruOil... until the whole stock was done and then waited 30 mins before repeating the process?

Sorry for all the questions. I just want to be sure I've got a handle on this :)

Izzy43
07-23-2012, 4:21 PM
Wow. Fantastic! Thank you VERY much for that.

How did you strip your stock? I plan to use a spray on stripper and lots of paper towels.

After stripping, I'll move on to pulling the dents out. I plan to use a rag between the iron and stock. Any better ideas?

At this point, should I let it rest (dry?) for a while? If so, how long?

After that, I'll move on to sanding just as you suggest. Good stuff.

How long did you let it rest after using the mineral spirits to remove the dust, before applying Armor All for the first time? Do you think a tack cloth would work just as well as the spirits?

At this point I *might* apply some stain. I'm not sure yet. That will probably be a game time decision.

Edit: Why don't we use PM for further discussions/questions on this. May not be of interest to other folks.

When you applied the Armor All, did you just spray it on? Or did you rub it on?
And just to be sure, you applied ArmorAll in one area, then rubbed in the TruOil, then ArmorAll in another area, then TruOil... until the whole stock was done and then waited 30 mins before repeating the process?

Sorry for all the questions. I just want to be sure I've got a handle on this :)

How did you strip your stock? I plan to use a spray on stripper and lots of paper towels.

The first stock that I did was an old Mossbery 44 Military Trainer. I had to sand it due to the poor refinish job that was done previously. Lots of sanding marks under the stain and boiled linseed oil. If I had to strip a stock's finish I would use a chemical stripper as you suggested

After stripping, I'll move on to pulling the dents out. I plan to use a rag between the iron and stock. Any better ideas?

That's the way its normally done.

At this point, should I let it rest (dry?) for a while? If so, how long?

I assume you will be using a damp cloth and steam iron so let it set for at least 24 hours to ensure no moisture is trapped in the wood.

After that, I'll move on to sanding just as you suggest. Good stuff.

Check the stock after stripping and if there are no scratches then go directly to the 220 grit and then 400 grit. 150 grit may not be necessary. Use a flat sanding block where you can to keep from get dips in the wood. Always sand with the grain where you can. The fore end of the stock and the area around the grip is difficult, just do what you can to minimize any cross grain sanding.

How long did you let it rest after using the mineral spirits to remove the dust, before applying Armor All for the first time? Do you think a tack cloth would work just as well as the spirits?

If you use mineral spirits to clean the stock after sanding wait at least 24 hours. Also wait 24 hours if you stain it befoe applying the Armorall/Truoil. Tack cloth is another method and if you have an air compressor, blast the dust off with that first then use the tack cloth. By the way the Armorall/Truoil process really, really pops the grain out in the wood.

When you applied the Armor All, did you just spray it on? Or did you rub it on?

I sprayed a small amount of Armorall on a soft cloth and applied it to the area where I was going to apply the TruOil. The wood should just be shiny, no liquid Armorall visible. It doesn't take much Armorall.

And just to be sure, you applied ArmorAll in one area, then rubbed in the TruOil, then ArmorAll in another area, then TruOil... until the whole stock was done and then waited 30 mins before repeating the process?

Yes, and I always went back to the area that I did previously to check that there was no excess TruOil and if there is just use your bare fingers to rub it in. You need to be sure that you don't touch the areas with you bare fingers that you have already done. Once you get the first coat on go over the entire stock and inspect it for finger prints, lint, etc. Don't forget to do the barrel channel or any other area of bare wood, it needs to be sealed.

Finally don't worry if you find a spot that is not covered well enough you can just do that area and it will blend perfectly with the rest of the stock. This process is very hard to mess up as long as you don't use too much Armorall or too much TruOil. For the Truoil just pour a little amount on your index and middle finger and rub it into the wood until its all gone off of your finger, then repeat. Take your time when rubbing in the TruOil to be sure it is dry to the touch before you move on. If you get a little too much oil on the stock just wipe it off. This whole process worked perfect the first time I tried it. I was aprehensive at first but it makes a beautiful gloss finish and is durable and easily repaired. I am going to say it one more time. Just take your time and don't panic. Savage Arms uses TruOil on all their rimfire stocks made by Boyd's..

Izzy43

EDIT: Why don't we use PM for further discussion/questions on this. May not be of interest to others.

Izzy43
07-23-2012, 5:41 PM
Here are some pics of the second rifle that I did. The stock came bare from Boyds (a manufacturer second). It actually looks better than the photos show, sorry I am no expert at photos.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7266/7633905358_aef6aeb613_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/7633950126_77a7d637a6_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8429/7633925364_68c648b8b8_b.jpg

By the way I suggest that you use the Original Amorall. That's what I and others have used. There are other Armorall types out there and I am not sure that the chemical make up would be the same.

ccandgc
07-23-2012, 7:46 PM
I have a CMP 82G for about a year now....I haven't shot it yet:eek: makes me wanna take her out.....

22popnsplat
07-23-2012, 9:06 PM
I have a 82g , I did the trigger mod and mine is just under 4 oz and safe . I was lucky and got one of the nicer stocks . I did alot of testing on mine and in good conditions with a hoen tuner and the actions screws torqued properly it has shot a best 5 shot group at 54.1 yards of .183 with more commonly in the 3s using wolf match . It sat in the back of the safe for a while and i dug it out and put a midbarrel tuner on it and took off the hoen and will see if i can out shoot my old record . I found on that for best results the two different rifles that 12 inch foot lbs on the front and back screws and take out the middle screw out .My winchester 52b and remington 40x will both outshoot the kimber any day of the week. .

Orlando
09-04-2012, 6:43 AM
I'm a Kimber 82 fan also, I bought 2 of them a few years back . One was $400 from CMP. I am keeping one back for parts if ever needed as there isnt alot available
This is the factory Kimber stock with a few mods. I want to get it bedded next
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f197/Garandlover/Kimber%2082/Picture.jpg

BigJ
09-04-2012, 7:40 AM
Wow Orlando! Outstanding!!

May I ask where that adjustable butt plate came from? That's next on my list.

I forgot to update this thread. Thanks to the help from Izzy and others, here's how mine sits today. I just wrapped up the refinish job on the stock (my first attempt at refinishing anything at all). There are a few knit picky things I would like to have done better, but overall I'm happy with the results.

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z260/JasonWilliamPics/Guns/Kimber%20Model%2082G/P1010997.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z260/JasonWilliamPics/Guns/Kimber%20Model%2082G/P1010996.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z260/JasonWilliamPics/Guns/Kimber%20Model%2082G/P1020007.jpg

Izzy43
09-04-2012, 9:40 AM
Great job BigJ whether it was the first or 100th time that looks really, really nice. I followed your thread on RFC as well, great info.

Orlando
09-04-2012, 4:20 PM
May I ask where that adjustable butt plate came from? That's next on my list.



I honestly cant tell you. A guy on Rimfire Central did all the stock work

me109g4
09-04-2012, 4:35 PM
Beautiful refinish on the stock, looks awesome.

cmoock1
09-13-2012, 7:33 PM
I bought one of these about 2 months ago and I am very pleased with it. Mine did not have the iron sights with it though but had scope rings. I need to find someone that has the sights for sale.
At 25 yards I am shooting through the same hole. At 50 yards I am touching the same hole. At 100 yards I am still touching the same hole. I really like this gun. I got it from a gunsmith here in VA. I would like to find a target match close by to try it out against other 22s.:D

usmcchet9296
09-14-2012, 7:01 PM
Got one and shoot it all the time
http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4150/5449119349_353b510841.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhermesmeyer/5449119349/)
Kimber 82G (5) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhermesmeyer/5449119349/) by usmcchet92_96 (http://www.flickr.com/people/jhermesmeyer/), on Flickr
love it and for 400 bucks you cant go wrong