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How to Repair a Busted Gun Stock

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How to Repair a Busted Gun Stock

A broken rifle stock needn’t mean the end of the gun

A broken rifle stock is heart-wrenching, but it needn’t mean the end for that gun. While the repair may show, the stock will be very strong and the gun usable again. Sometimes the repairs can even add a bit of character to the rifle. A few scars just means it has stories to tell.

The first step it to take the gun apart so the stock is free and clear from the rest of the gun. Simply gluing the stock back together will not produce a strong enough repair and you must add some structural strength. If you were fixing a loose board in a building you would nail it back in place. Well, repairing a stock is pretty much the same concept, but with a few changes.

Rather than nails, brass stock repair pins from Brownells will reinforce the stock and prevent it from splitting again. The idea is to pin the broken area as you glue it so that the brass pins will provide structural strength along the damaged area. These pins will not rust and they look good on wood stocks, almost like they belong. Two or more pins are required for most repairs. They must be placed in sections of the stock that are solid and have plenty of material to accept them.

Choose a drill that is just a few thousandths of an inch smaller than the pin. The pin should be a snug fit, but if the hole is too small it will be difficult to drive the soft brass pin into place without bending or damaging it or the wood.

Hold the broken pieces together making sure they are correctly aligned, and drill the holes for the pins. If you are going to drill all the way through, as opposed to a blind hole, care should be taken to make sure the drill runs true and is lined up correctly so it exits in the desired location on the opposite side of the stock.

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