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Old October 22nd, 2016, 03:24 PM   #1
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New project: Refinishing and Bedding a Savage 257 Rob AI

If you read this, take a stab at what you think the name is in the 2nd picture.



I picked this up at the local shop this morning. Decent enough deal, but I have some work to do.



Weaver K10-1 scope and a 26" aftermarket varmint profile barrel marked "257 Rem Imp" and a name. Any ideas who this is?


Took it to the range on the way home with a box of Hornadys. It was cold and raining sideways; wasn't very impressed with my 2" 5-shot group. One failed to fire and extraction was funny (they came halfway out and stopped--uh oh). But I was gratified to see that 40degree shoulder come out of the chamber; I had bought it at the risk that it was the 28degree flavor which is impossible to find dies for and got a decent discount on that argument.

I think I figured out the fail to fire and extraction problem; two chips were broken off of the underside of the extractor and were jammed up under the claw. The ball was MIA (though I found it in the mag well later). I think the chips caused the ctg to go farther into the chamber than you'd normally get feeding Roberts into AI--the shoulder of that one round is noticeably crunched.

There was a modest amount of pitting under the wood, but no biggie. The bedding, IMO, is a trainwreck. Souring Acra-glass applied in some obsolete manner--full barrel channel bedding, a dab between the mag well and the trigger, and some at the tang. Virtually zero contact anywhere at the receiver ring.

My plan is to bed the lug area and the area between the trigger and magazine. There's not really anything to do between them on this stock, so I'm leaving the area between as-is.


So I've got this going on on the other side. I'm thinking of doing pillars. The front one seems easy; bed it and file the pillar flush with the wood. Not sure about the back one since I won't be able to get at it with a file, and I'm not confident that I can get it to the correct length, compress epoxy, and have everything work out right. Thoughts?

I'm half tempted just to bed the top and leave the pillars out of the equation.

The wood has some honest wear; a couple dents, some chipped varnish, etc. I may strip it, lift dents, sand lightly, and refinish with oil before I get into bedding. But I'm not sure if I can wait that long. I guess going in plan is to bed the top and see if it shoots. If that works out, maybe then do the stock up pretty, excavate some bedding, do the pillars, and skim.


Finally, any ideas on how to get out the half acre of Acra-glass that's in the barrel channel?


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Old October 22nd, 2016, 04:22 PM   #2
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I'd say nice pick up, in a hard to believe left handed model, but that would preclude easily finding a replacement stock. Probably didn't mix the acraglas ratio correctly, I did the same thing 40 years ago, the first time I tried it. It never fully hardened, but wasn't easy to remove either.
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 04:49 PM   #3
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I did not consider the aspect of finding a LH replacement stock. I guess I'm committed to removing the old glass--which I've found out is actually in 2 layers. Ah well...

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I can't see the pictures right now because of some thing my computer but if it a 10 or a 110 action boyds has some close out stocks for Left hand Savages right now...
http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/rapid-...oseouts/savage

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I can't see the pictures right now because of some thing my computer but if it a 10 or a 110 action boyds has some close out stocks for Left hand Savages right now...
http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/rapid-...oseouts/savage

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And they also offer LH stocks in a few different styles.

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Old October 23rd, 2016, 02:55 PM   #6
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I carved/chipped the old bedding out last night. This morning I stripped the old varnish off with Formby's Furniture Refinisher and a 1x steel wool pad.

Had an idea late this afternoon. We have a Shark floor steamer. It's got a water reservoir and a heating element. At the bottom is a diffuser that you stretch a washable terrycloth pad over. Plug it in and it does a great job on the floors. But will it work on a gunstock? YES!!! It's a little awkward in the grip area, but dang, it did a great job of lifting dents and taking off the residue left behind by the Refinisher!



I am rewarded with the blessed smell of walnut!!!

Any thoughts on staining a press-checkered stock, or is that going to be a disaster?

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And they also offer LH stocks in a few different styles.
Took a look and they don't have LH stocks for the older staggered mag rifles. No biggie. I like vintage rifles.

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Took a look and they don't have LH stocks for the older staggered mag rifles. No biggie. I like vintage rifles.
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30Caliber, I don't know how staining would be effected by the pressed "checkering", but your "steaming" could also raise that pressed checkering some.
As far as staining, I guess it depends on the stain you will be using. I would get a couple of the GI double ended nylon brushes, and use the small row of short bristles, or trim off all but 1 row of the long bristles, on the other end. That and a little denatured alcohol (if necessary), should help lighten up any dark staining deep in the checkering.

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I'm actually having more of a problem working the stain down into the checkering. Q-tips and brushes helped, but it's tough to control. I've got a couple more ideas...

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Forgot about that place--stumbled onto that site last week. Will save for possible future reference.

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Old October 25th, 2016, 07:08 AM   #12
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Nice find and an interesting project

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Yeah, I'm excited. 3 piece set of Lee dies arrived today. Awaiting epoxy, bullets and a new extractor.

Stain came out pretty good. I ended up using Q-tips to work stain down into the checkering which took a long time. Dab of stain, then a quick wipe to keep the ridges from getting too dark. Then I darkened the rest of the stock to match the checkering. There are still some checkering areas that I'm thrilled with, but I think time and use will correct that. 2nd coat of Minwax tung oil is on.

Cleaned up the old Weaver K10-1. There's a little internal dust, but otherwise, she looks good. Duplex reticle.

Still trying to work through how to get pillars into the bedding plan. Worried that everything is not going to be lined up well after the epoxy sets. I'm ready to chicken out on pillars and just do the top and call it a day.


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Old October 26th, 2016, 06:24 PM   #14
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Did I mention the 26" of varmint profile goodness in 257 Roberts Ackley Improved??

That barrel with a 10x scope would not be my prime choice for a deer rifle, but I think I've got just the spot for it out on the lease and should have her in action by opening day.

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Old October 28th, 2016, 03:14 PM   #15
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You got a great little project going on there

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