Stock repair epoxy recommendation?
I got a sentimental old gun, sold it to a friend in the early 80s.. he is deceased. His kids fought (really physically) over the gun for years, I got it back now from one of the adult children.
Stevens model 70 visible loader, carnival gun? anyways.. stock is broken at tang, looks like it was used for a ball bat. Looking at the various suppliers no replacement blank available in correct profile. Spindly.
What is the best readily available (ace hardware or?) epoxy to put the broken parts back together (into the cracks). I'd not consider this if it was a big bore, but a 22 short? one splinter is gone, so also I will need some form of putty style filler.
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Gunstocks, Inc has replacement stocks for the Visible Loader;
You will have to do minor fitting and finish the stock.
Epoxy repair works very well if you can get it all back together. I have used brake cleaner to clean the broken area as the wrist often is oil soaked as well. Brownell's Acra Glass is a repair kit that contains parting agent, glass filler and dyes that can be added for stock repair. It is kind of expensive, but works well.
You can use just about any epoxy, and dye is available at boat repair shops to tint if you want to go that route. Use silicone rubber surgical tubing to wrap the break when epoxying or gluing to apply pressure to hold the joint together. It can be stretched tight to apply pressure.
I used a gorilla glue about eight or so this morning.. pried open the cracks.. stuck tooth picks in the cracks.. poured the glue into them.. Put it under a toolbox for a hour..
NOT good as new, it needs a stock.. but I shot it three times a bit ago.. Crappy bullets... It is a short only rifle..
Pre 1920.. I think I'll do a wall hanger or just put it up..
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Nothing succeeds like success. The Stevens boy's rifles, which kind of includes, the visible loader, are collectable and are beginning to increase in value. It is worth hanging on to.
I guess I'm a little late responding to this one since it's already fixed, but in ther future, the standard every other gunsmithing epoxy is judged by is Brownell's AcraGlas. I've used it for 25 years or so, and never had a failure, even on some hard-kicking magnums. On a stock that's completely broken, use the threaded brass reinforcing pins that are available from the same supplier. If you have a federal firearms license or a curio & relic collector's license, they offer a professional's discount.