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.

A Recoil Pad for My Custom Savage Rifle

Here’s the video of how I fit the recoil pad to my rifle.  I chose a Kick-EEZ 3/4 pad.  I’ve had this brand on my competition shotguns and they shape well on the sander.  The tool of choice for this project is a benchtop disk/belt sander.  If you have a belt sander that you can lock on and mount in a vice that could work.

I adjusted my Length of Pull by cutting the stock on the miter saw.  I then mounted the pan and used a razor blade to scribe a line.  Then I sanded to the line.  Pretty simple.  I also installed sling studs but that will come in another post.

Finished Richard’s Custom Walnut Gun Stock Using Tru-oil

Finally.  This project kept getting pushed back and pushed back again.

I’m happy to say that I’ve reached a milestone in my Custom Savage 111 30-06 build.  This project started with a basic Savage bolt action rifle with a horrible plastic stock, poor trigger, and a cheap Bushnell scope.  I replaced trigger with a Rifle Basix SAV-1 Replacement Trigger, and the scope with a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9 that I pulled from another rifle.  I’ll be upgrading the scope to a premium quality optic in the future but the Nikon is a great scope for the money.  The stock I painted with Rustoleum Camo Spray Paint to make it bearable until I could find a replacement.

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Making Progress on My Richard’s Semi-inlet Rifle Stock

This Richard’s Micro-fit Rifle Stock has been sitting under my bed for about a year. I finally started working on it. I’ve finished inletting the action to receive bedding compound, shaping the forearm tip, and sanding to 100 grit. I still have a lot of work to do.

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Pine Ammo Box

I made two of these boxes. One for a friend’s birthday, the other is to sell on Etsy.  The box measures 20″Lx13.5Wx6″D. It’s the perfect size for your ammo, cleaning supplies, shooting gear, or tools (if you prefer).  My goal for this project was to combine beauty with function.

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A Comparasion: Savage 111 vs Remington 770

Remington 770 front, Savage 111 rear

You read a lot of opinions on rifles on the internet from people who probably have never shot the guns they are bashing.

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30-06 Kazeshini (Poor Man’s Custom Rifle part 2)

Finished Camo Job

Yes I named my rifle.  Kazeshini, “Wind of Death” in Japanese.  Why shouldn’t I name my rifle?  This is the camo job that I did over the weekend.  You can also see my new Ariat boots, at least the left one.  The colors of the camo don’t show up that well with the iphone picture, but I did a base coat of tan, followed by OD green, and finally brown.  My methods were pretty simple.  I did the base coat wrapped the stock in construction line (the kind used when using a line level) it’s about $5 for 400yards.  I also used some thicker rope and finished with burlap loosely wrapped around the stock.  Here is the process:

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My Savage 30-06 (My Poor Man’s Custom Rifle)

SAMSUNG

This was my birthday present back in October.  A Savage 111 30-06 with a Bushnell 3-9x scope and detachable box magazine (DBM).  I Got it for $300!!

So why did I get this inexpensive rifle?

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Ammo Boxes

Custom ammo boxes.

Beretta 391AL Refinish

This is a Beretta 391AL with a stock I refinished.  I got a great deal on in because it was shipped from the factory with a clouded finish.  Sadly, I sold this gun after I refinished the stock.

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