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    Swiss K11 Carbine warped stock.

    Hey guys. I've owned the rifle for a number of years now, just been busy as hell and haven't had a chance to do much with it. I just built an outdoor range at the farm, so that will soon change.



    Anyway, the fore-end of the stock seems to be warped very slightly to the left and the ring fitment inside seems to be pressing on the barrel. The gun is all matching, but I've considered replacing the stock for some time now. Will this affect accuracy in any way? And is there a chance I could possibly rework the stock?

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    The first thing I would do before worrying about it is fire it. See how accuracy is as is. If it's good, don't do anything.

    If it is a problem, reworking the stock is probably the best bet as replacements are pretty much non-existent and sporterizing it totally destroys the value. How to do that is beyond anything I've ever attempted but would probably involve water, presses, possibly steam and a lot of time with an uncertain result. Easy to go too far in the opposite direction.

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    Use linseed oil and time before carving!

    Quote Originally Posted by StrelokM38 View Post
    Anyway, the fore-end of the stock seems to be warped very slightly to the left and the ring fitment inside seems to be pressing on the barrel.
    Before doing anything else, strip the rifle down and soak the stock in linseed oilicon. You don't need a bathtub, but you should use a small brush to get the linseed everywhere - not just the outside, but also on the inside, in the magazine cutout etc etc. Wipe off any excess and leave for a week. Repeat 2 or 3 times. Many stocks are totally dried out on the inside, especially in the barrel channel. IMHO there is too much attention paid to exterior finish, and practically none to the inside of stocks, which get baked by the hot barrel. You are trying to get the stock back into the moisture balance it had 60 or 70 years ago. This is a procedure that really takes a long time, and there are no quick fixes!

    Only if there is no improvement in the fit of the stock after a month should you consider mechanical work on it. The ring should not press on the barrel. Sideways pressure on the barrel will cause the POI to wander with temperature, humidity, length of shooting session (barrel temperature) ... Ideally, when you tighten up the system screws, the barrel will sit in the middle of the ring. If you cannot achieve this, then it may be necessary to modify the barrel channel - but try oiling and waiting first!
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    I've been considering the linseed oilicon idea for a bit now but wasn't 100% sure whether it would work. But with that said, i've got something to do tonight! (Well, for quite a while now at least, Hah.)

    Edit: I only have boiled linseed oilicon, would this be acceptable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrelokM38 View Post
    I only have boiled linseed oilicon
    (Here we go again), but good question.
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrelokM38 View Post
    Edit: I only have boiled linseed oilicon, would this be acceptable?
    As BLOicon seems to be a bit thicker, and is supposed to dry faster, I would add some natural turpentine to aid penetration.

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