Above is the forend of the stock right after I cut it off. As mentioned in an earlier post the barrel did not look good with the stock at factory length. The disadvantage is that under the barrel channel there is a cut that was put there mainly to lighten the stock. As a result I now have a gap under the barrel that looks pretty bad.
Right away I looked at two solutions to the gap under the barrel. First is to use a piece of the forend that we just cut off to make a plug for the hole.
You can see that I cut out a small plug to fit the hole under the barrel. I was careful to select a piece that could be aligned with the layers of the laminate. Then by hand filing the plug you can fit it carefully so that it lines up with the grain, or laminate in the stock. A tight fit is important if you wish to minimize the line left when the plug is glued in place.
Below is the plug after some fitting. Note that the gaps around the edges are minimal and will seal up tight with glue.
This is one option. Another is to make a forend cap or tip similar to what is common on sporter style stocks. That will be our next installment.
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