Attaching Sling Swivel Studs to My Custom Rifle Stock

This is the third post on my Richard’s Semi-Inlet Walnut Rifle stock for my Savage Model 111 in 30-06.  This also makes the rifle itself complete.  It’s almost done, and is as done as it is going to be for some time.

Installing sling studs is crazy simple.  However if you do it wrong it can make the whole rifle look like crap.  Here’s how to install sling swivel studs in your stock:

  1. Determine where you want the studs to be.  Another rifle or the original stock will give you a good idea where they should be.  Trust your eyes.
  2. Tape off the stock with Blue painters tape.  This will give you a place to mark so that you wont mess up the finish on your stock.  It will also negate tear out when you drill.
  3. Using calipers find the center point on your stock.  My stock was approximately 1.5 inches thick.  Have of that would be .75 inches.  I have found that if I mark .7 inches then measure from the other side .7 inches I’ll get two marks very close together.  With two marks so close it’s easy to eyeball the exact center.  I do the will many projects with much success.
  4. Use an automatic center punch to mark your drilling locations.  I got mine from Harbor Freight and they are wonderful little tools for getting accurate holes and guiding a drill bit.
  5. Drill the holes with a proper sized drill bit.  You want the studs to go in tight but not so tight that it splits your stock.  Nor do you want it to go in loose and comes loose constantly.  Err on the side of to small an if there is too much resistance go up a size in drill bits.  The proper depth is 1/8 of an inch deeper than the stud screw is long.  I use tape to make a flag so I know when to stop.
  6. Install the studs with Wax.  Coating your screws with wax does two things;  first it lubricates the screw so it goes in easier, and second, it helps seal the exposed wood in the hole and stopping moisture from getting in.  My set came with little washers that allow you to stop the stud in the right place.  I got mine started by hand then used an open end wrench to turn them in the rest of the way.  There where little flats designed for a wrench, I don’t remember what size.
  7. Install your cheap, ugly, sling and start shopping for a nice leather sling worthy of your custom stock.

This is the sling I’m leaning toward right now.

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