Making a gun stock extension

After a couple of sessions on the trap range where I haven’t been able to hit even 10 out of 25 clay pigeons, a couple of trap shooters and I did some measurements and sure enough, the stocks were too short. The difference between now and last year is that I dropped a few pounds, nothing real significant but enough that the guns no longer fit well.

Recoil pads weren’t enough to make up the difference and I couldn’t find any gun stock extensions that would work for me, so I made my own.

The butt plate provided the template for the extension

The butt plate provided the template for the extension

These extensions are only temporary, and after hunting season ends I’ll buy some wood and make new gun stocks. In the meantime, I bought a block of wood at the hardware store and used the butt plates as templates.

clamping the extension for more shaping

clamping the extension for more shaping

I used hand tools and a clamping device I had designed for carving suiseki bases; the clamp works well but needs improvements.

The gun stock extension almost ready for sanding

The gun stock extension almost ready for sanding

After roughing out the shapes with a crosscut saw, I trimmed the edges with a coping saw, then shaped it with a rasp.

checking the shape with the butt plate

checking the shape with the butt plate

At that point I attached it to my gun stock for fit, did a little more shaping, and then sanded it with an electric sander.

final check

final check

Once I was satisfied with that, I stained it and finally applied several coats of clear lacquer to protect the wood. The gun now fits perfectly, but the proof test will come from bird hunting.

Extension is completed and ready to try

Extension is completed and ready to try

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2 Responses to Making a gun stock extension

  1. Good for you. Now you have no excuse if you miss…..lol.

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  2. I hope I don’t miss because I’m starting to run out of excuses!

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