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Old 03-17-2013, 6:52 PM
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Hi All. I have a 10-22 stock that has some holes in it. It is a really nice PWS Raptor stock in midnight like this:



Unfortunately it has a few hole in it that should not be there (please don't ask ). What putty and stain do you recommend to do the repair? Any input is GREATLY appreciated!
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What kind of hole? Any pics?
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It is a hole that goes through the stock where the buffer sits in the action on the right and left sides. Sorry, no pics.
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It is a hole that goes through the stock where the buffer sits in the action on the right and left sides. Sorry, no pics.
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If the hole is big, I would find a wooden dowel that fits the hole instead of just filling it with wood filler. However if the hole is small enough, just some wood filler and try to match the color the best you can..
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Zar stain is pretty good stuff.
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The dowel is the way to go but matching the gray gets tricky. You could recess the dowel then fill with the gun's fines mixed with some epoxy to top it off. I had success with this method on a hard to match stock which took a digger off a quad.
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If its big just fill it with JB weld or epoxy...

Darker stains work best over patch. Pick up some old english scrach cover. Thousand and one uses.
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Most wood putty/dough will not accept stain. You must tint it before applying.
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If you find an area on the inside portion of the stock (not visible when the rifle is assembled). You could buy a plug cutting bit from rockier woodworking, cut a plug out of the stock itself (doesn't need to be more than 3/16 thick) and drive and glue it into the hole then match the stain as well as possible. This is a way I've fixed furniture in the past, you are using the same wood so getting the grain to match is much easier and makes the repair much less noticeable.
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Unfortunately with the laminated stocks there is no good way to make it up unless the lamination layers are very uniform.


The best way to match it as best as possible is:

Take off the recoil pad

Cut into the stock toward the sides with the grain strips wider and longer than the holes about 1/8 thick.

Shape the strips to have a tight fit into the holes.

Take one of the new round caps and lightly tap it into the hole until flush (make sure you match the grain direction)


On the other side fill the hole with a good 2 part 24 hour cure epoxy then insert the other round cap flush and in the right grain direction.

Leave just a little epoxy around the outside edges of the caps.

When fully cured sand down the epoxy to be flush with the rest of the area.

Now strip the old finish off the stock and redo the entire finish on the rifle.


Now wasn't that easy
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Man! Thanks for all of the great advice guys, I REALLY appreciate it. I have worked with wood (hobbyist) all my life and you guys have made some great suggestions that I never would have thought of! I will mull it over and see what I can do.
Thanks again,
Ken

BTW If anyon is interested in the Raptor Stock for the 10-22 in Midnight, let me know. I have another identical stock and am planning on repairing this stock and elling it. It sells for $180 but obviously I would be selling this stock cheaper.
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Automotive bondo takes stain well but will be a solid color. If the area your filling is large your best bet is to fill with wood and then putty any rough spots. You could also tint the area before the final finish with a spray tint that will blur the area and sort of hide the repair.
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I ran across this the other day when I was researching the same subject.

Rifle Stock Repair

Here's the stuff he used- PC Woody/Epoxy
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I ran across this the other day when I was researching the same subject.

Rifle Stock Repair

Here's the stuff he used- PC Woody/Epoxy
Thanks for the link, that was very cool. I wonder how he used the crayola and the pencil to duplicate the grain? It started off looking kind of iffy, but the finished product was pretty impressive!
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Glad I could help.

It might be fun and helpful to practice on a pieces of scrap first.
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Glad I could help.

It might be fun and helpful to practice on a pieces of scrap first.
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