does anyone know how hard it is to install a gracoil on a cynergy? I dad has been a woodworker for a long time and has probably evey tool to do the job. Just want to see what the hardest part might be.
Why take a chance to mess up a good stock---I'v had two done---One sent to Gracoil and one done by my local smith,can't remember the total cost because I had a pad put on with them but they were very reasonable---Don't take a chance.
Tron has done some great work, from what I have seen posted, and suggest you have it done. I know you didn't ask for other's opinions of whether or not you should do it, but personally unless you, yourself, has woodworking experience or any kind of mechanical skill have Tron do it for you.
If you're like me, jack of all trades and master of none, you probably will get the job done and it will look ok. But then there is that chance the saw will walk and poof the stock is ruined.
The worst possible damage you could do is bore the oversize hole at an angle,by not using a fixture, or by using the incorrect boring tool.
Boring in at the wrong angle, and you'll come out the side of the stock. Using the wrong tool, and you good very well cause the stock to crack through the thinned out counter-bore. I's a bugger to bore an off-set hole when another hole is present.
The thing that comes to mind when I read this thread is when Spicoli (Fast Times at Rigdemont High) wrecks his buddies Z/28 and says "My dad is a TV repairman. He has an ultimate set of tools. I can fix it".
If you don't have the proper tools and experience to do the job right, send it to someone that does.
Just so you know, you CAN buy all the correct tools needed to make this job a breeze. I suspect by the time you buy all the jigs, saws and the Gracoil Unit itself that it would've been cheaper and faster to go to a qualified gunsmith.
riss6270, I have installed several of the gracoil's on my shotguns and have done several more for others.
To answer your question, it is not "hard" to install, providing you have the tooling and time. If you have never cut off a stock and installed a recoil pad, stop here.
You will need the fixture sold by Brownell's, part number 352-000-006 for $80. The set has the drill guide, bushing and 1 1/8" Forstner bit you will need. I do not recommend you try to cut the holes in the stock without the fixture.
You need to have the means to cut off the stock (about 1 inch). There are three aluminum plates that have to be cut, sanded, and polished to fit, along with the recoil pad. You will also need a good belt sander or disc sander and a sanding jig.
If you plan on doing more than one, it pays to buy the fixture. If you are only planning on doing one, have it done for about the same cost of the gracoil and fixture.
I thought it was hard and my result was ugly. I had no jigs, less patience, and found I didn't like recoiling stocks anyway. I've done dumber things, but few I have to look at every day I'm at the club.