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Re: What would you do? First time rifle build...
« Reply #50 on: October 11, 2019, 08:45:03 am »
*chuckle* Like I said, if anyone has a better approach to get the contour and depth right, I'm all ears.

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    Re: What would you do? First time rifle build...
    « Reply #51 on: October 11, 2019, 10:08:13 pm »
    Wood or steel dowel/rod and spray adhesive, to keep the sand paper in place?

    If the barrel channel is not too tapered I think that would work.  If you have access to a lathe you could make a custom dowel that matches the taper of the barrel.
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    Re: What would you do? First time rifle build...
    « Reply #52 on: October 11, 2019, 11:01:13 pm »
    Marking the barrel channel with ink or graphite will let you know where the abrasive is removing wood as well as how much and how fast.  Make some detailed measurements before you start if you have a caliper and refer back to them as you progress toward the finished contour.
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    Re: What would you do? First time rifle build...
    « Reply #53 on: October 13, 2019, 08:37:03 pm »
    Wood or steel dowel/rod and spray adhesive, to keep the sand paper in place?

    If the barrel channel is not too tapered I think that would work.  If you have access to a lathe you could make a custom dowel that matches the taper of the barrel.

    I do have a lathe, but I was concerned with making sure that the barrel remained centered in the channel as much as possible, and that I followed the contour uniformly down the forearm.

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    Re: What would you do? First time rifle build...
    « Reply #54 on: October 14, 2019, 10:56:21 pm »
    I do have a lathe, but I was concerned with making sure that the barrel remained centered in the channel as much as possible, and that I followed the contour uniformly down the forearm.

    Make reference marks on the top of the stock, and work slowly test fitting frequently.  I know "measure twice and cut once" is cliched, but it really is good advise.  Also remember the only places you will see the gaps are at the front and on top.  If you take out more wood than you are comfortable with under the barrel, it can be filled in with epoxy.  Also a black line on either side of the barrel could, possibly look good while hiding a lot of sins in the wood removal process.  It is faster to go slow and do it right the first time, vs going to fast and having to go back and fix oops.
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    Re: What would you do? First time rifle build...
    « Reply #55 on: October 15, 2019, 08:15:29 am »
    I'm not worried about there being gaps underneath, but there being bumps underneath that will keep the barrel from resting freely in the channel.

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