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Wood stock AR15 LONG Learning curve.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing & Repairs' started by swampratt, Mar 17, 2021.

  1. swampratt

    swampratt Sharpshooter

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    Well I made a wood stock and grip for my AR 15.
    Began by cutting a wood section with a chain saw from a tree in the back yard.

    I made the first stock and then drilled the hole and the hole wandered off.
    Trash.
    Next stock same deal.

    #3 went a bit better but the learning curve was not finished yet.
    I decided to use a good sharp padle bit to make a 1 1/4" hole for the gas tube while the wood was still in the stump.

    I then took the chain saw and cut it out and shaped it with an angle grinder and sanding pads.

    I went to fit the stock to the gas tube and had to grind more out of the stock for the lower part of the tube.
    I used a sawzall for that and I also used the angle grinder to remove most of the lower section of the gas tube.
    The tube is used for an adjustable stock and is aluminum.

    OK I got it fitted and it is snug.

    OUCH there is a retaining nut on the gas tube.
    I need to make the entry hole in the stock larger to go over that nut.

    That is done fits well.
    I put the upper onto the lower.

    MORE Learning Curve!

    My stock is too tall and I can't pull the charging handle back!
    I pull the test fitted stock and more shaping with angle grinder.

    AAAHHHHH!!!
    Too thin and I windowed the top of the stock.
    :(
    And the small rustic looking hole that black ants made in the wood is not a huge canyon.
    No wood dope so I used super glue and sawdust.

    I decided to make an oak spacer and cut 3/4" off the front of stock so no more window in it.

    Shape and sand it all and stick more stain on it.
    Stain is not darkening the wood enough so out comes the torch to burn the wood slightly.

    Much better.
    All fits well soooooo I got out the JB weld.

    The gas tube is solid and in the correct spot and nut is tight I slip the 3/4" spacer over the nut.
    But not before I stuck JB weld on the nut.
    I also JB welded the wood stock to the gas tube.
    Let dry 24 hours and sand and final shape it and last bit of stain.

    The pistol grip I made on first try and made it a wee bit too thin at the back.
    Learning curve there also .
    I will leave it as is for now and shoot and hunt with it and see how it holds up.

    I removed moisture from this wood by microwaving it a bit.

    Pictures.

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    Now make a lower receiver out of wood
     
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    swampratt Sharpshooter

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    I have seen those and thought flat steel may be easier and stronger.
     
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    Pretty slick! I knew you could do it!
     
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    swampratt Sharpshooter

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    This stock is a few inches longer than an AR stock.
    When I pull it up and shoulder it the scope comes right in like a regular rifle with the correct scope placement.

    I put a 3-9X 50 Crossfire II Vortex on it.
     
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    That's pretty danged impressive! Congrats on a great job. :clap3:
     
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    Do you use a collimator to boresight the scope or just eyeball?
     
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    Very cool . . . nice job!
     
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    Thanks guys I hope it works out .
    I just eyeball it has worked for me for many years.
    If i have a bolt gun I look down the barrel while the gun is in a steady rest and adjust the scope to where the barrel is pointing.

    This has always got me on paper.
    I prefer to shoot at 25 yards after a scope is mounted and adjust scope after first shot and then I can test at 50 or 100 yards.

    I did get a heavy barrel .243 and stuck a scope on it and used a load that shot excellent in another .243.
    I was shooting 200 yards that day and thought why not.

    I will look down the barrel and line up on the 8.5x11 paper with a 1" piece of tape on it that is at 200 yards.
    Set the scope to that spot and then i double checked it at another target at 100.

    Looked good and I let 1 round fly towards the 200 yard target.
    1/2" to the left and 1/4" low.

    WOW! I waited until my buddy showed up and had him fire the second shot from that gun at the same target.
    This was going to be the second shot this gun had seen since I had got it.

    He hit 1/4" low and 1/4" to the left.

    I did not touch that scope after that and he hunted with it last year and every deer shot died where it was standing.
    I have not seen that rifle since deer season.

    :)
     
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    We shot it yesterday and it is a keeper.Pulls right up to the shoulder and eye position is perfect with cheek on stock.
    Shot some old mixed ammo through it and it did very well.
    No jams or anything.
    Blew up an apple and then shot the pieces of apple that was left.
    Lots of apple sauce.

    Now to make some good loads for it.
     
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