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#437364 02/29/16 01:14 PM
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I have a Parker Repro 20 that is cast off considerably. I am left handed and love the gun. I have a supply of Black Walnut and am hoping someone can point me in the direction of a quality duplicator that can duplicate the original stock for me without harming it then I can have my new stock fitted to me and keep the original.

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Can't the current stock be bent? Most are Claro walnut and I think they usually bend fairly easy.


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I have considered that option and would love to do that but am afraid of damaging it. Any input on this option will be appreciated.

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All duplicators of which I am aware (not many really), need to modify the copied stock in order to fixture it to the duplicator. That doesn't sound like what you desire. Many stock outfits will use your wood. It might pay to make a few calls.

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I have a pantograph machine(duplicator)and most set ups require at least gluing some pieces of wood to the existing stock temporarily. A careful craftsman can remove the blocks after the duplicating process and not leave a trace. While I do not like running nice stocks through my machine as patterns(accidents can and do happen)it can be done with lots of careful set up. As to correcting the cast, it can be done on the machine or through a bend. All stock bends have some risk associated with them as well but usually bending a Parker with a sound stock for cast is not an issue. Hope that helps,
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I have a question for Ryan. You say your present Parker stock is considerably cast off. Are you saying it is considerably cast off for a right handed shooter? If so, I can see your reluctance to try to bend a stock from being considerably cast off for a right hander to cast off for a left hander. Just going to a neutral cast might be OK from a breakage standpoint, but it might not be enough to fit you properly. Taking it even further to give cast off for a southpaw could be the straw that breaks the Parker's stock. The more the bend, the greater the risk.


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Yes, it is cast off RH a lot. I have not measured it but it is visible immediately. I would probably shoot for neutral. My other thought with duplicating was to find someone with an english Parker pattern already.

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This is a Parker Repro, not a Parker, correct? I have seen a lot of them with really beautiful wood and several that have runout in the wrist. Examine the grain structure through the wrist before attempting a bend. A friend of mine with a 20g. Parker Repro, with a beautiful stock, had it break through the wrist under normal recoil. Jim Greenwood was able to make an invisible repair, but it takes the wind out of your sails when you fire the gun and then find you have the action, barrels, and forearm in one hand and the buttstock in the other.

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Is n't it cast off for a right hander ,& cast on for a left hander??
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Originally Posted By: Franc Otte
Is n't it cast off for a right hander ,& cast on for a left hander??
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Indeed it is. I worded my previous post incorrectly. I assume that part of Ryan's reluctance to bend his stock would be to keep the original wood for any possible future resale to a right handed shooter. The problem with stock bending is that no-one can guarantee that the wood won't break. Of course, that risk may be relatively minor with a slight bend in great wood. But you get no warning until it is too late and damage is done.


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