Stock / Wood Work
Stock work generally takes a gunsmith a long time like rust bluing – so a typical refinish would be – remove old finish, bleach the wood, sand, stain, then I typically use 3 to 6 coats of teak oil, or if you want a modern finish 3 coats of spray lacquer. As you can see this is very time consuming manual labor, so something like this is going to start around $250 and go up from there.
- Repair Cracked or broken stock without a total refinish – Typically around $100 bucks. Depending on the break it may or may not be visible after the repair. I guarantee the strength of the repaired area, but there is no way to guarantee how visible the break will be after the repair – Its is still a heck of a lot cheaper to fix a crack or broken stock than to buy and refinish a new one.
Typical Wood Stock Re-Finish
- $540 – Gunsmith Finish – Completely Filled – Hand rubbed like crazy for deep penetration. 12 hrs total labor to the project but worth it for bragging about how your gunsmith slaved for 12 hours on it. Easily maintained, scratches and whatnot can typically be rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and Tung or Teak oil.
- $360 – Hunter Finish (non-shiny) hand rubbed oil non filled this is a 8 hr project and is recommended for field use, where ease of touch-up is desired. New dings dents and scratches can usually be rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and teak oil.
- $400 – Spray Finish (High Gloss) This finish is shinny to point where you might need sun glasses to look at it. Not really suitable for a field grade gun because of the shine. But it looks nice and is reasonably durable. This finish is comparable to a Browning trap. It is filled and smooth, Takes about 8 hours to achieve.
- $250 – Spray Finish (low Gloss) This is a modern finish which has superior waterproofing and can be turned around quickly because each coat dries faster than a hand rubbed oil. I will give the stock 3 coats with a light sanding in between. This finish is great for a field grade iron as it is tough without being high gloss shinny. it is about a 6 hour project
Stock refinishing – can not be done quickly because of drying time. After project start (depends on shop back log) Allow for a minimum of three weeks work time for any hand rubbed finish. If you need it quickly, low gloss spray finish is the way to go but even then it will be at least a week to allow for drying time.
- Action only With Pillars of a rifle stock $200.00 – this takes about 4 to 5 five hours to do right.
- Add 60 if you want the barrel bedded as well.
I do my bedding projects with a material called Marine-Tex, it is a high quality material that can be drilled, tapped, painted, chiseled – whatever. It is more expensive than other products but it is something you do once may as well do it right.
I no longer do checking 🙁
I do 18 lines per inch which is Typical of most checkering and is durable for field use in most hardwoods. Straight patterns, no Fluer D Li – figure about 15 hours on a rifle, re-cutting existing checking is about half as time consuming.
Grip and Forearm Panel $725.00
1 Panel Grip or Forearm- $380