An idea, probably invented by some one else

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  1. Mar 24, 2019 #1

    tenngun

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    Forstocks are completely useless addition to a gun, rightly did away with on most nineteenth century arms.
    However like butterflies the world is a poorer place without them. Good forestock need be dipped in concrete to be as strong as an eggshell. When the barrel is out every fly and mosquito in the area wants to land on it and watch it snap off.
    But....
    You can’t cut the forestock down to shap at the very top without pulling the barrel out. No barrel and a forestock is just acheing to break off. I made a little block of dowel eighteen inches long I can drop in my channel to support it like the barrel asI bring it down to shap along the top. Any one else try this?
    Or have I just given away a million dollar patent?:D
     
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    Phil Coffins

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    The dowel patent is safe with me, I use a square piece of wood in the forearm, clamps good and won’t roll.
     
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    Been-there, Done that,,
    I even pre-drilled the dowel and screwed it into the forearm from the top. Nobody told me to do it,, but geez that thing was getting thin!
     
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    The only thing a forestock does is hold the ramrod. The best way to protect your forestock is to never take the barrel out.
     
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    I use an old broom handle.
     
  6. Mar 25, 2019 #6

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    That’s a trueism, however when getting your edge down to the profile it should be the barrel can get in your way.
    Bill Raby show cutting a 45 degree angle with out the barrel, replace the barrel and then cut the fore stock down.
    Once the gun is done don’t remove the barrel. I wax the channel and the bottom of the barrel. Take it out only every seven or eight years.
     
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    In modern firearms (unless its a free floating barrel), the stock supports the barrel, in a muzzleloader, the barrel supports the stock. As was said, the only function of the forestock is to hold the ram rod, and the aesthetics of the firearm. I always worry when I'm working on a stock without the barrel in place. But, some work is necessary without the barrel being in place. Just have to be careful, and do as was mentioned to strengthen the stock until comepletion.
     

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