Part 1: The Planning
Part 2: The Trigger Assembly
Part 3: The Receiver
Part 4: The Bolt
Part 5: The Scope
Part 6: The Barrel
Part 7: The Stock
Part 8: The Stock cont.
Part 9: The Stock cont.
Part 10: The Stock completed
After several weeks (months?) of work, Ava is ready for paint and final assembly
...........in case you missed it, Ava Lord from Sin City A Dame to Kill For was the inspiration for the paint color.
I am going to use Rust-Oleum semi-gloss white as the base coat, I am not sure a base coat is needed, but I figured it couldn't hurt.
I'll follow the base coat with the Rust-Oleum pearl mist and then a Krylon satin clear coat
Here is the 1st coat of white semi-gloss, after two coats I will wet sand and then add the Pearl Mist coats
After two coats of white base, 3 coats of pearl mist and 2 coats of satin clear, the stock is ready for assembly.
the final pictures....now that I get it in the natural light I see plenty of flaws....but then I have always been my hardest critic.
- Planks of Poplar wood
- Popsicle sticks (for creating "feature line")
- Nitrile gloves
- Bondo brand body filler
- Bondo Spot Putty
- JB Weld classic
- JB Clear Weld 5 min Epoxy
- Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Glue MAX
- Kleen Strip Aircraft Remover
- RustOleum 2in1 Primer
- RustOleum Universal Metallic White Pearl Mist
- RustOleum Specialty Metallic Silver
- Borghese Nail Lacquer in Che Bella Red
- Studio 35 Beauty non-acetone nail polish remover
- Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish
- Permatex Valve Grinding Compound
- Mill Drill
- Table Saw
- Compound Miter Saw
- Belt Sander
- Drill Press
- Cordless drill
- Silicone spatula (for spreading body filler)
- Popsicle sticks (for mixing bondo/epoxy)
Costs for the project
Factory beech wood stock: $5.00
Poplar wood for stock modification: $13.00 (just a guess, I used less than 1/2 the wood I purchased)
Pearl White Paint: $6.88
White Flip-Flops (recoil pad): $0.98
I already had the sand paper and Bondo, so I wont include those. I also wont include things like drill bits or other like items purchased for this build, since I can use them on other projects.
Factory (new take-off) v-block & screws: $13.70
Gently used factory 18.5" stainless barrel: $40.00
Ruger Charger Receiver: $76.00 (including the shipping & tax)
Used Bolt & Charging Handle: $34.00
Custom stainless take-down screw: $8.00
KIDD Rear Receiver Tang: $25.00
Complete Trigger Group, gently used: $30.00
Aluminum Trigger housing: $15.00
KIDD Auto Bolt Release: $13.00
KIDD Trigger Spring Kit: $9.50
Wurstmeister stainless oversize trigger pins: $5.20
Atomic Arms red billet trigger: $19.95
Home-Made Bolt Buffer: $1.00
Weaver stainless/aluminum scope mounts: $19.00
6-24x50mm Rimfire Scope: $36.92
50mm Scope Sun Shade: $3.99
Silver Spray Paint: $3.95
There are a lot of ways we could have attacked this project. We could have bought a new stainless rifle to start with, but that would have cost us around $300 or so, besides we needed to modify and polish the receiver, so no sense in buying new.
We have a little over $200 in our base rifle (not including the custom parts) so we saved around $100 there.
All told we spent $382 for a good looking rifle with some custom touches that you can't buy for that price.