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Crap happens and you adjust and move on

Postby vaturkey » Thu May 14, 2020 3:44 pm

I've been having a Fox AE 16 gauge buttstock replaced for some time as the original had been inletted with ivory of all things to repair a split in the stock head. Purchased a Circassian blank from a well known blank supplier and have had it at Custom Stocks and Steel for a while getting the work done. Blank 667 B was turned with no issues and then inletted and then it sat for a bit until Dan got a chance to do the final shaping which started last week. Never had this happen before but during the final shaping a flaw was found that was unrepairable as the gun gods call it. Back to square one.

I had a Circassian blank here at the house that I'd had for a while and while it certainly wasn't as nice as the first blank, it was bought and paid for and available as they say. Shipped the blank to Dan last week and his dad turned it this week. Inletting will start soon and hopefully it will turn out fine in the end. Just goes to show you that Mr. Murphy is alive and well, and lets just say shit happens. I think it will turn out well in the end. Attaching a pic of the gun itself, which is a AE 16 gauge Fox with 28" barrels choked cylinder and Full (interesting combo) and also ordered with a ebony forearm tip. Thought about converting it to a regular round knob, but decided to stay with the gun as it left the factory 100 years ago.

PS. Ah, the things we do to make these things right. This gun will be headed somewhere this fall to chase little brown birds.
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Re: Crap happens and you adjust and move on

Postby Fox20obsessed » Thu May 14, 2020 8:42 pm

Awesome gun and nice restock!!! Shame about the first blank, but the second one will be nice as heck too : ). Are those factory Full/Cyl chokes Tom? Also, are you reusing the factory forend wood or will that get new wood as well? Engraving looks sharp still too...Nice!
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Re: Crap happens and you adjust and move on

Postby Jeff S » Thu May 14, 2020 10:11 pm

Tom, that’s going to be a beauty.
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Re: Crap happens and you adjust and move on

Postby vaturkey » Fri May 15, 2020 4:56 am

Fox20obsessed wrote:Awesome gun and nice restock!!! Shame about the first blank, but the second one will be nice as heck too : ). Are those factory Full/Cyl chokes Tom? Also, are you reusing the factory forend wood or will that get new wood as well? Engraving looks sharp still too...Nice!
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Will reuse the factory forearm. It will be refinished and the checkering touched up. Dan will stain as required to make the the buttstock and forearm match. Yes, those are factory full/cylinder chokes. Someone knew what they wanted a 100 years ago. Should be a wonderful little brown bird gun.

PS. This is what the new blank looked like that was turned this week. Once it goes through final shaping and finishing, more fiddleback will no doubt show up. This is a very dense blank. Dan will be removing a lot of wood from the buttstock to make it balance correctly. Good news unlike the other piece, is the grain flow is perfect in the head/grip area.
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Re: Crap happens and you adjust and move on

Postby Jim Cloninger » Fri May 15, 2020 1:26 pm

Nice blank, Tom. I can't wait to see the final result!
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