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Gunstock duplication

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by mikeinmich, Dec 6, 2009.

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  1. mikeinmich

    mikeinmich Member

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    Are there any references out there on exactly how this is accomplished? I have seen one video showing a rifle stock and that's it. Has anyone purchased a machine and tried it out? What was your experience? I can only guess about how the stock bolt hole is drilled for a buttstock. A separate horizontal boring machine? Thanks in advance for your input.........
     
  2. Taxidermy

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    I have had and used one of the machine you are speaking of and does fine on rifle blanks. I had to much trouble drilling the stock bolts for shotgun stocks. I sold mine after a year of dissapointment. Ronnie
     
  3. high 2

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    I have a Don Allen duplicater. Forget trying to do the draw bolt holes. I have a fixture on my engine lathe for that. The Allen is a 5 axis machine that lets you do almost everything. Not cheap, about $10,000 now.
     
  4. mikeinmich

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    I've seen a machine on Ebay for quite sometime and I think they want $1100.00. Have you tried any of the cheaper models or would they just be a waste of time & money? Thanks for the info on the drawbolt holes. I would imagine that the magazine hole on the forend would also require some sort of jig on a lathe. Do you know of any books ,videos or training manuels or is this something that is passed down firsthand..............
     
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    When you could be working on a blank that`s in $2500-$3000- range, I don`t think I`ll be useing anythig cheap. I have seen what you are talking about, but never used one. I`m totaly self taught except for a book from Brownells getting me started in the right direction on checkering. Always been good with my hands. Larry
     
  6. shot410ga

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    I made my own duplacator, Bought the plans for about $20.00 and maybe spent $150 to make the machine. It works fine. I even use it on stone carvings. It could be easly set up for stocks. You can find the plans on the internet. You have to use a simple cheap wood lathe to aline the stock bolt hole.
     
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    When I was making stocks, I found it much simpler to sen the wood to Bishop's and let them do the initial shaping. The only duplicator I used was a very large machine at a furniture manufacturing plant. It did a reasonable job on a piece of wood that looked great in block form, but wasn't that great on the inside. Not unlike opening a Christmas present, you don't know what is inside the box.

    Pat Ireland
     
  8. mikeinmich

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    I think that I've found the plans on Copycarver. What kind of drill bit and jig did you use on the lathe?
     
  9. mikeinmich

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    I've taken the plunge and invested in a duplicator but still in the dark about the drawbolt holes. I'm not looking to create high end stocks. I just enjoy finishing and checkering; mostly for myself. Is there a way I can accomplish this myself or just try to find a local machine shop to drill the blanks for me? If a jig can be configured to work on a lathe what kind of bit would work? Even with a high speed cutter the chips and dust are going to accumulate ...I'm committed now so please help me out if you can........Thanks Oz
     
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