Stocking A Best Gun
Stocking starts with assessing the proposed stock
blank(s) and understanding the new specified measurements. This will ensure that
the blank will yield these measurements whilst also allowing the best
positioning of the body of the stock in the blank to allow a straight-grained
hand and figured body.
The blank will then be pre-cut to a squared outline of
the new stock and offered up to the stripped action for inletting. The stocker
will inlet the action, triggerplate and lockwork using the traditional method of
lamp-blanking to ensure the best fit between metal and wood. The stocker will
periodically use the measurements table to ensure that at all times the stock is
being headed-up correctly and that all proposed measurements are achievable.
Once inlet, the stock will be shaped, an oval fitted,
smoothed off and bored and balanced. The stock will then be finished in
traditional oil methods to suit the style of gun and its nature, colour and
grain of the wood. Chequering will be cut by hand to ensure that a new clean
grip is both crisp and suited to the style of the gun. All the furniture will be
re-blued and pins re-coloured so that the metalwork complements the new stock.