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re-checkering?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Cooter, Dec 4, 2009.

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  1. Cooter

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    Would like to try re-checkering,would appreciate any info on tools,instructional tapes,difficulty,etc.,thanks in advance.
     
  2. high 2

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    Brownells has everything you need. Good luck and don`t get in a hurry. high 2
     
  3. Cooter

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    Thank high2,I looked in Brownells and they do have a lot of stuff.The question is what do I need to just re checker,what instrucional vids are best and how hard is it?Thanks again.
     
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    Cooter, I can't help with your question but wondered where you were from. Your name is a common term in my area where we float down the river and shoot cooters off the logs. I'm in South Georgia. LOL Jackie B.
     
  5. high 2

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    It depends on the gun you`re wanting ti recut the checkering on. If it is a course checkering like a Browning or a Krieghoff with 18-20 lines per inch a single line fine cutter in a 90 degree will work fine. If you are looking at something like a Perazzi or Beretta with 24 lines per inch a 60-75 degree cutter will work best. If it is a fine checkering and well worn, you`ll be best served to send it to someone who does this kind of work. It is a job that I would not recommend for a beginner. Larry
     
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    Checkering is an art. A learned process over a long time. Do yourself a favor and sent the stock to a Pro.
     
  7. Cooter

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    Thanks again Larry,I guess the best thing to do is get a good video and take a look. Shootig Jack,One of my friends gave me that nick name when I was 10 years old,he had me out in the woods at 2 in the morning with a flash light hunting coots LOL,it stuck!By the way, I come from way north of you where there are no coot.
     
  8. phirel

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    Brownells has an excellent book on checkering. It is much better than a video. A file, some sort of rigged stock vice (pipe clamps in a vice work well) and some practice wood will get you going. I agree with Larry. Recutting very worn checkering is more difficult than checkering new wood.

    I would not call checkering an art, it is more of a craft than an art. And, it is a lot of fun.

    Pat Ireland
     
  9. high 2

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    Pat, I just spent 10 hours recutting the checkering on a custom TM1 forearm. I won`t make much on that job. You are correct, it would have been faster to start from scratch. Larry
     
  10. Cooter

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    Thans for the info Pat,I'll look for that book.
     
  11. Joey  S.

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    There is a very nice video on gunstock checkering put out by a fellow named
    Joe Balicke. Do a search on gunstock checkering dvd with his name. Joe S.
     
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    Monte Kennedy, who wrote the defintive book on checkering stated that a Howitzer gun turret was almost sturdy enough to mount your checkering vice to!!LOL
     
  13. Brian in Oregon

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    I've done recheckering and cleanup checkering. But I would suggest if you are going to do this on a really nice stock that you practice first on a cheap used gun.

    My 9422 Trapper and 9417 both came new with crappy checkering. I had to do a lot of cleanup work on them.
     
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    Pick up some old broken stocks from a gunsmith to practice on if possible. It takes a little while to get to the point that you make the right moves. I would suggest that you use a 60 degree cutter first no matter how many lines to the inch you are working on. I find the 60 to be easier to control than the 90. On some you will want to finish with the 90 degree cutter and on some the 60 will do what you want. I like the Gunline cutters as I find them easier to keep in the previously cut lines than those with fine file like cutters.
     
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    Gunline are the ones I used. The double cut versions work great for positive spacing. The single cuts I used for the borders.
     
  16. phirel

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    First, get and study the book by Kennedy. It is great. You don't need gun stocks to practice. First, some small flat blocks of wood will work. Then, when you think you are good, checker a 2 inch wood dowel. If you can do that, you can do any gun.

    Pat Ireland
     
  17. Cooter

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    Thank you to all that replied,very,very helpful!
     
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