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Old January 26th, 2017, 05:53 PM   #16
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That's a nice looking stock. I would have a tough time with a fixed crack on a new stock.
It sounds like you are being taken care of though.
Excellent customer service! I started this thread so some could share my grief for loosing a beautiful hunk of wood. I am in mourning!

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Old January 26th, 2017, 05:56 PM   #17
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Hello, Heck. Call me cheap,thrifty or frugal, but I would have repaired that stock. You will be hard pressed to find another just as nice. After all it is a used mil surplus stock... Yet, that's just me...

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Old January 26th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #18
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Was this their 50%+ or the 90%+ fancy grain stock?

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Old January 26th, 2017, 07:07 PM   #19
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Looking at the forend the crack matches the wood grain. It may have been there before purchase or if you used a hot water rinse or soaked it the crack was created during drying because it was weak. I had a similar experience with my 1895 Chilean Mauser butt stock and made the mistake of soaking it in hot water with Dawn detergent and and rinsing it it hot water. I'll never make that mistake again.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 07:10 PM   #20
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Was this their 50%+ or the 90%+ fancy grain stock?
90%+ excellent

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Old January 26th, 2017, 07:57 PM   #21
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That's such a beautiful stock RichD
I'm heartbroken and it's not even mine

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Old January 27th, 2017, 08:03 AM   #22
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butt closeup

Please disregard the tear drops. I wiped it down with RO water for a better look.

Circles, horizontal contrasting grain, and diagonal tiger stripe!
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Old January 27th, 2017, 08:33 AM   #23
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Looking at the forend the crack matches the wood grain. It may have been there before purchase or if you used a hot water rinse or soaked it the crack was created during drying because it was weak. I had a similar experience with my 1895 Chilean Mauser butt stock and made the mistake of soaking it in hot water with Dawn detergent and and rinsing it it hot water. I'll never make that mistake again.
THIS.^^^^^^^^ That area of the stock is famous for "checking" if the stock gets soaked with water and not dried off well, or if left to "air dry" to quickly..
Happens with pretty much any and all wood that does not have a naturally heavy oil content..

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Old January 27th, 2017, 08:54 AM   #24
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THIS.^^^^^^^^ That area of the stock is famous for "checking" if the stock gets soaked with water and not dried off well, or if left to "air dry" to quickly..
Happens with pretty much any and all wood that does not have a naturally heavy oil content..
I dried it off with a bath towel, and air dried at room temp. The humidity in my house is nil. I guess I could wrap it in a bath towel, and dry it slowly in and out of a plastic bag?

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I dried it off with a bath towel, and air dried at room temp. The humidity in my house is nil. I guess I could wrap it in a bath towel, and dry it slowly in and out of a plastic bag?
I sometimes wrap with a dry towel after drying with another towel so it doesn't dry to quick. But at the same time, your stock may have already had that check before you did anything to it. Sux as it's a beauty, but cool that Randy will do something for you. Hopefully you will receive another unique figured stock.

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Old January 27th, 2017, 11:46 AM   #26
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That's a 1 in a million grain pattern on that stock! Dang!

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Old January 27th, 2017, 04:49 PM   #27
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Bought it

I emailed Randy, told him how I fell in love with it, sent the pix, and he reduced the price $50. Now to repair that crack. I think I will use a thin CA. The crack does not go all the way through, and the thin CA penetrates cracks well. Any comments would be appreciated.

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1. are you going to take the ferule off ??? If not still do it as follows;

2. tape both sides of the crack with painters tape, press it down real good by the crack;

3.turn the stock so the ferule end is down, and apply the CA glue so that it will run into the ferule end. remove tape asap.

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I would use a good epoxy. Wet it well with a thin coat first, let it kick for a few minutes unless using fast epoxy, then mix up a little more with either saw dust or micro balloons, fill the crack and clamp it for a day. Wipe off the excess while its still wet or its a bugger to sand or cut later. CA is just too thin for this job I think.

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