Published: Monday, 15 February 2016 17:40
Written by Jonny Ellsmore
I was at my local gun store one Saturday afternoon just browsing the racks of all the eye candy, when the owner “Brad” asked if there was anything I was interested in. Well, what a question, to which I replied “everything”. I was after a cheap .22lr to practice standing and prone competition shooting. I was just getting into it and didn’t want to invest heavily in a .22lr. I regularly shoot competition with a 22-250, but the .22 looked interesting.
Brad showed me a few .22’s in the 200-300 dollar range. I wanted something with a heavy barrel and chose the Savage MKII BV Heavy barrel with synthetic stock. This came in at $260CDN. It was a terrible stock, but I thought I would give it a try. The rifle shot amazingly well. After a couple boxes of ammo I was getting dime sized groups. The only thing letting the gun down was the stock. I looked at Boyds for another stock, but with shipping/taxes to Canada it turned out being a further $250CDN. Well I decided to build one. The following is a simple guide to build your own Stock.
I bought some Russian birch from Home Depot. It came in small sheets of 5’x3’ so I thought this would be enough to make two stocks. I cut the material into 3 sections and glued them together using a waterproof wood glue. I used clamps to press the boards together.
Now I had a good thick piece of wood to work with I cut the material into two pieces and proceeded to use the Savage stock as a template to draw around on the first piece. I made some personal changes to the design to make it ergonomically friendly to my shooting style.