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I started work on this stock a year and a half ago and finally have the time to finish it. I personally don't believe 10/22's should be considered benchrest rifles so working on this stock kinda breaks my own rules, but it started out as a fully custom stock I was commissioned to make (and took too long for the person I was making it for, so now it's mine).

It's got a 3" flat fore-end, 5/8" flat toe, and the fore-end and toe are parallel- so it will track like a train. The fore-end is extremely long, as it is photographed with a 20" barrel. Because you just can't shoot free-recoil with the heavier (and creepier) triggers available for 10/22's (even customs!), I had to make a very well shaped grip- almost like a prone rifle- so the trigger pull and grip will be consistent and it will be easy to control the rifle in a natural way.

This might be the first stock I put into production (I see no point in making a fully custom stock for myself if there's only one copy), but I have yet to do the final tweaking and the final finish... I'll attempt putting a carbon fiber skin on this stock (for looks).







It started out as a drawing and a stack of lumber glued together and, upon being cut out with a bandsaw, was shaped by hand (same goes for the buttplate... I'm pretty handy with a file). I inletted it with a drill press. It's currently pillar and glass bedded, and the fore-end is lined with two layers of carbon fiber. Because it's 100% ambidextrous, the hardest parts have been keeping both sides even. This project has definitely tested my attention to detail and made me re-define my ideas of "quality" and "perfection".

I'm willing to bet it'll be a shooter (and will put up better photos when it's finished).
 

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That looks real sweet! I want to build my own stock when I try out benchrest next year, but I doubt I'll find the time, and will likely be more competitive with a purchased stock. Good on you! Is this your first stock?
 

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That looks real sweet! I want to build my own stock when I try out benchrest next year, but I doubt I'll find the time, and will likely be more competitive with a purchased stock. Good on you! Is this your first stock?
What sort of rifle will you be using? Trust me, unless you have a mill, it's a real challenge keeping everything square and true (tons and tons of measurements and light cuts if you're doing it by hand). There's a fella named Don Stith that makes a lot of wood/laminate rimfire benchrest stocks and if you need one, I'd check him out first. If you need advice, I'd go to benchrest.com or rimfireaccuracy.com- the guys there will set you straight.

This is not the first stock I've done... it's the fourth "total" custom (starting with a drawing and going on from there). I've fixed up a number of factory stocks otherwise.
 

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That looks pretty slick. Good work. And by the way....anything you make and market for the 10-22 will sell. People get bored with them and look for new upgrades/mods to bolt on.:D
 

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And by the way....anything you make and market for the 10-22 will sell. People get bored with them and look for new upgrades/mods to bolt on.:D
I'm working on some dressed-up walking varminter stocks for 10/22's right now... I think they should be successful.
 

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What sort of rifle will you be using? Trust me, unless you have a mill, it's a real challenge keeping everything square and true (tons and tons of measurements and light cuts if you're doing it by hand). There's a fella named Don Stith that makes a lot of wood/laminate rimfire benchrest stocks and if you need one, I'd check him out first. If you need advice, I'd go to benchrest.com or rimfireaccuracy.com- the guys there will set you straight.

This is not the first stock I've done... it's the fourth "total" custom (starting with a drawing and going on from there). I've fixed up a number of factory stocks otherwise.
Well, actually I'm going for short range centerfire (6PPC) based off a Howa 1500. Have all your stocks been rimfire? I know a few machinists, and I'll be getting work done through my college (they teach machining there) so I think I'll be ok In that regard. EDIT I'm also on a Canadian benchrest forum so I'll have help there.

I'm working on some dressed-up walking varminter stocks for 10/22's right now... I think they should be successful.
Sounds like fun. Post pictures, I might even get one if I have a 10/22 by then.

Sounds like your livin' the life. :)
 

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I put a quick layer of paint over the stock and will be shooting tomorrow to test how it tracks in bags and see if there's any balance issues.

 
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