Installing a Buttplate

This weekend I worked on my Leman rifle.  Attached are several pics of the steps to install the buttplate.

First, I laid out the pattern, then I cut it with the coping saw.  Then using lamp black, I inlet the part.  I used my large half round bastard file to remove the black spots as it went on.  Once it was inletted, I attached it with screws and took the remaining wood down to the brass using a spoke shave I bought at Ezekiel Bays auction house.  This took me about 2 hours from start to finish.

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About Gabe the Shootist

I am retired from public service, a trained gunsmith, pump mechanic, an old pipeliner, passable electrician, carpenter, truck driver, amateur blacksmith, proof reader, experienced hunter, shooter, reloader, avid canoeist, Renaissance man, jack of all trades, all around good guy (with the caveat: I won't be insulted, lied to or laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them.).
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3 Responses to Installing a Buttplate

  1. murfnsurf says:

    I must say. You have turned yourself into an excellent blogger. It’s just too damn bad that the subjects you blog about will soon be outlawed. You blog about guns. Well we can’t have that. You blog about being outdoors in nature. Well that’s not yours, it’s the King’s land. Anyway, best of luck to you until you and me are rounded up and sent to the gulag.

  2. Nathan Blanchard says:

    I think it’s time for you to retire, hire me and get into gun building. With the low end stuff coming out of the main gun builder’s shops that you and I have both seen, I don’t see how we could lose. Of course you would be the boss because you’re my elder and I need learning. Nathan. Very nice work Gabe!!

  3. Tom says:

    You make it look easy, Gabe. In fact, the great photos make me want to take on another project. Fitting the butt plate can really be a pain in the butt.


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