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#601244 08/11/21 07:08 PM
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Ok I have a 12 ga FW field in 90+% condition with the exception of a stock break.

Man I took a chance and hopefully am not going to pay for it. I knew the stock was cracked when I bought it. It is 1949 gun with exc bluing and CCH and original wood finish. Well in disassembly to fix the stock I found that it is broken-broken. The top half of the stock head is completely separated from the lower half. That is the bad news. the good news is there is no oil in the head and the break is clean. On one side I can fit the two halves together and not even seethe crack and can barely see it on the other side. It is basically split right down the middle of the plate inletting from front to back.

My question is what is the consensus on the best glue or epoxy to fix this kind of break and what other steps after getting the two halves back together but prior to glass bedding would you recommend?

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I have used both epoxy and glue. Rarely use epoxy anymore, now use Titebond II with excellent results. It will work very well for the break you described.

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A photograph of the break would be extremely helpful though from what you describe some pining of the joint may also be of help in providing a good sound repair. As for adhesive's my preferred type is slow set Epoxy (this adhesive takes the rush and angst out of getting the joint assembled perfectly, also giving time for cleaning up) because it has been in common use for some sixty years now and still holding stock repairs together in the case of my own guns fifty years. More modern types of adhesives have not been around long enough to prove to me that things wont fall apart in the future.


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Sounds like a good place for the hidden reinforcing staple procedure, too.


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Another vote for slow setting epoxy. I have been using G-flex lately, a toughed epoxy designed for wooden boat repair. I agree that a hidden pin or staple would be a big benefit.


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Second on G-flex. I used it to repair sailboat ribs that were cracked and it has worked fine since.

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Local West Marine had G-flex. I purchased some of it and some disposable syringes.

I mixed a dollop to see the consistency and how it sets up. Pretty runny so this is truly more glue like than glass bedding like. Should be pretty easy to use out of the syringe so I should beo get some good control over placement. I cannot imagine it would be good for glass bedding like acgra glass jell.

One of the things it says on the label is that it will glue up wet or resinous woods. Maybe it will tolerate a little bit of oil.

Will probably glue up tomorrow but I am still formulating the approach to apply and best clamping angles.

Thanks for the suggestions

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If it is not to late, a gun stock is rather a difficult shape to use clamps on. I recommend strips of bicycle inner tube is used because it molds to any shape and the tighter you pull it, the higher the clamping force also glue has great difficulty in sticking to it also.


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West Marine epoxy products are first class. I have used them before with great results. The one I used on a boat poured as easily as thin syrup. It was their 105 epoxy resin, and combined with the 206 slow hardener was the ticket for our needs. How fast or how slow the epoxy sets can often be controlled, with the same epoxy product, by which speed hardener you use, and sometimes by the amount of hardener, as is the case with working fiberglass resin and catalyst, according to the ambient temperature and whether or not you are working in shade or direct sunlight. WM offers slow, medium and fast hardeners for their 105 resin.

Please let us know how the G-flex worked out for you.

I have had good results using long pieces of surgical tubing wrapped around the stock at all angles to hold it for the glue to set. Same basic technique as damascus uses, but with a little different product.

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The advice damacus gave is "right on", just be careful of the edges at inletting. You may want to put blocks in or use the guns frame and trigger guard, well treated with release agent though.
Mike

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