Custom Biathlon Rifle Stock

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While I said last post that I was cleaning the shop and setting up some new to me tools, I ended up finishing one last project…  It was quite the year for custom rifle stocks!  I’ve made many over the last few years, but 8 in one year is a new record for sure.
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This one was for another local athlete.  It’s made from Walnut and has some green accents (as per the athlete’s request).  On this one I ended up making all the adjustable parts as well, which takes a bit of extra time but ends up working out nicer in the end.
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The finish on this stock is boiled linseed oil, it’s cheap, easy, and looks great.  The other 7 I did this year have all been exposed to some harsh weather and still look like the day they left my workshop.

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I doubt 2014 will bring quite as many stock requests, which is fine, I wouldn’t mind spending time on some other projects I have in my head.  All the cut offs from this stock (and my other stocks) get used in many of the items for sale in my Etsy Shop.

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Biathlon Walnut Rifle Stock

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Finally something to post about… Or more like finally some time to post what I’ve been working on….  I’ve made rifle stocks in the past, but not in the last couple of years.  Well orders have flooded in all of a sudden (when it rains it pours…).  Here is the first of 7.  It’s a custom stock designed for a local athlete who came just shy of a medal at last year’s national championships.  The design was mostly his suggestions, and they are loosely based on a German stock maker named Brislinger.

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I’m quite happy with how it turned out, and I tried out a new finish on it which I’m thrilled with the results of.  I spent a long time picking out the wood, and while you can’t see it from the pictures, there is some sap wood on the other side of the stock, giving it a nice two-toned look. Below is one of his first test groups… 98 out of 100 is an incredible score, and can’t be solely credited to the stock, but I’m also his coach, so I can take some of the credit…

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