Hate the look of your synthetic stock?
Want something more spiffy?
Want a "one of a kind" rifle?
No problem... with about 2 hours worth of time and about $15 in supplies, you can have a new custom camo look to your stock!
I took this Stevens Model 200 and completed this stock job very easily.
Here are the basic steps:
* Make sure the rifle is unloaded and follow the manufacturers recommendations for removing the action from the stock - this is most often the 2 action screws on the bottom of the stock. You may also have to remove the trigger guard, which you need to do anyway.
* If the rifle is used, now is a great time to give the action a good "spring cleaning."
* Either remove or tape over the recoil pad, sling eyes, any medallions on the hand grip area, etc... anything that you do not want to get paint on. The blue easy-to-remove painters tape is perfect for this. Make sure the tape is tightly and evenly pulled on each area for clean lines.
* Very lightly sand the stock with 400 - 600 grit sandpaper. Try to remove any casting or molding lines... if you have to go more aggressive with the sand paper (200 grit) to get the lines out, fine... just come back with the fine sandpaper to get a very smooth finish.
* Clean the stock very well with denatured alcohol and a soft, lint free cloth. Wear the light surgical gloves for this - you do not want the solvent on your hand plus you do not want the oil from your hands on the stock, either... wear the gloves from here on out.
* Hang the stock in an area free of any wind or dust, etc... the garage is good, but put paper on the floor.
* With the stock good and dry, spray it with the first coat of paint... I get camo paints in three colors at Lowes or Home Depot... I use flat tan, flat green and flat brown but you can mix or match to suit your tastes... this is all about you and having some fun! (Don't worry, you can not screw it up - it was ugly to start with!). Spray the entire stock, using light even coats... do not rush it... let it air dry between the light coats. You should have a uniform, light colored stock when you are done.
* After it is bone dry, come back with the next color - I used the flat brown and made random "branches" on the stock, trying to connect one to the other. Don't overdo it... try to envision the "camo" outcome... and you want the edges of the branches not real well defined... you want a haze of sorts to them.
*Again, after it is bone dry, come back with the third color - in my case, I used the green and sort of repeated the step where I used the brown.
* Let it dry again and for the final touch, I come back with the original lightest color and just sort of mist over the stock, trying to mute the overall effect.
* Let it dry for at least a day before reassembling it... do not rush this part, either.
* Put it back together and VOILA! - you have a neat looking rifle!
On this project, I also did some trigger work (clean up and polishing) and glass bedded the action into the stock - making sure the barrell was free floated - before I ever fired it the first time.
The Stevens is a vastly underrated little rifle... this thing was a MOA shooter even before it was broken in.
It did not care what cartridge I used, either... it shot them ALL well, which I found very odd.
The Savage action is legendary - this is basically a Savage without the Accutrigger and it is one of the best (actually, I think it is THE best) low cost rifles out there.
Get creative, have some fun - and make your own "one of a kind" masterpieces!!