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7of7 09-03-2009 10:46 PM

Springfield 1903 stock repair
I am working on refinishing my dad's springfield. I have removed allmost all of the finish that was on it. I noticed a tight crack extending from the rear trigger guard back towards the butt about 6 inches. It appears to be the same on both sides. It is a tight crack. I just would like to know a good way to fix it so it doesn't get worse.
I would rather install something spanning the crack to secure it. I think it may have happened a good 30 years ago when my dad fell off the tailgate of a truck, (after he told us not to sit on the closed tailgate), with it slung, breaking a few ribs.. If it did occur then, it probably isn't going to continue, but I would rather make sure it doesn't get worse by installing some pin or something from the bottom, possibly angled up through the wrist area..., not completely through but more into the wrist area...


geodan 09-09-2009 01:12 PM

Re: Springfield 1903 stock repair
Repair the stock before the crack gets worse. Obtain a brass coarse thread screw longer than you need to span area perpendicular to the crack. Carefully drill a pilot hole 1/2 the width of the mid-section of the screw. Make sure not to drill too close to the opposite edge going through the stock. Lightly clamp the stock to close the crack. Apply waterproof wood glue (aliphatic resin) to the screw and carefully screw it into place, leaving the head and a portion of the shank sticking out of the hole. Carefully cut the head off the screw, near the stock surface. Carefully File/dremel/sand the screw shank flush with the stock surface. There--you've just completed an US Arsenal-style stock repair! I did this for my CMP M1 carbine stock, worked very nicely.

dfariswheel 09-09-2009 06:23 PM

Re: Springfield 1903 stock repair
Or you can use the original style Ordnance brass repair pins:

These have a special rounded "thread" design and are the same thing as used by Ordnance repair techs. ... IR_PIN_KIT

jimb16 09-11-2009 12:02 PM

Re: Springfield 1903 stock repair
I simply got a brass rod frm the hobby shop and ran it through a die. Then I dirlled the hole and ran the rod in using the power drill. Clip it off and file smooth....And I've got plenty of brass rod left over for future stock repairs.

7of7 09-18-2009 06:08 AM

Re: Springfield 1903 stock repair
Thanks for the replies. This stock is the straight stock with finger grooves... I heard they are getting more difficult to find.. Talked with my dad about the crack, he told me it has been there for years.. As I said, it is a tight crack, I doubt I could get any type of glue into the crack unless it has the consistancy of penetraitin oil... So, I am thinking that is a good thing...
Thanks for the replies, and it is time to find some brass rod... (I have taps, and dies...)

Hummer 07-31-2011 07:44 PM

There is a far strong repair that can be utilized. I have had similar on a Krag Cavalry Carbine.

1. Get Devcon 2 Ton Epoxy.
2. Get acetone.
3. Get syringe/needles like diabetics use.

Mix the 2 ton resin/hardener and enough acetone to make it all very thin so it can be drawn into syringe. Flex the stock open a bit, insert needle in crack and squirt away. You will only get one shot per syringe so have about 6 to 10 available.

Flood the crack with it so it will flow completely through the crack.

Then you want to clamp the stock. If you use a radiator screw type clamp make sure to wrap the stock to pad it so clamp won't dig into wood.

The acetone will evaporate and you have filled the entire void with Devcon 2 Ton Epoxy and it will be stronger than new.

I have also drilled a 1/4" hole with long drill so it goes down middle of stock more or less aligning it with crack. Put in a dowel rod with one side whittled flat after putting Devcon 2 Ton Epoxy in hole. This will allow the excess Devcon to come back out past the rod on the flat and let it cure up.

I was taught this many years ago but I didn't know if it would work with fiberlgass resin so I called Devcon and talked to a guy in their lab. I told him of the above thinning with acetone and asked him about the strength of such and he said once the acetone evaporates it goes to 100% strength. He also said thinning down fiberglass with acetone would work just as well.

What I have done with this is to make a mixture and use it like paint and apply it to wood. You can see it being sucked into the wood. I have done this on Douglas Fir 2X4 and left it out in weather for several years before turning gray.

I repaired a log beam like this. I dug out the rot, painted it with fiberglass/acetone mixture and beam surface hardened up and you could not tell it had a deterriorated center.

Note: Best way to buy Devcon 2 Ton epoxy is in kit that comes with two 4oz bottles and not the dual syringe thing where you lose it in the pre mixer.

I got a Ace TruValue hardware store to order me a box of six of them kits last year when I was at Camp Perry down at the hardware store in town. One of the handiest purchases I have ever made.

locknloadnow 08-25-2012 05:16 AM

old thread worth reviving, let's get something straight, actually bolting the stock back together again, is a far easier, stronger method to repair it, than gluing it back together with Devcon. Any repair using Devcon, Acraglas, JB Weld, epoxy, etc. is messy and subject to re-cracking from recoil force.

nothing like a steel pin holding things together, it serves the same purpose as a skeleton or backbone on an animal

screwed together and glued would be better yet, that's how they assemble buildings now, i.e. "screwed and glued"

the downside of the screw pin is, you will most likely see the hole in the stock where it was drilled to insert the pin

Hummer 08-28-2016 05:51 AM

I have also repaired pistol grip area another way.

Remove rifle from stock, drill and tap a 3/8" hole from inside down towards the bottom of the grip but do not come out the bottom of the grip.

Get 3/8" all thread rod and cut it 1/2" less than the depth of the hole and make sure it will go in and out easily. Cut a slot in back of all thread rod so you can turn it with a screwdriver.

Grind a flat spot down the entire side to the depth of the threads to allow the epoxy being compressed to escape around the thead and rise to the top of the hole.

Mix Devcon 2 Ton thinned down with apoxy and pour into hole filling it about 1/4 th of the depth.

As the all thread rod is screwed in it will force the epoxy out into any cracks or voids in the wood. The excess will come to the top of the rod and cover back end and it will never come out.

My my Target Rifles I put cross pins made from 1/4" all thread rod into threaded holes and nothing has ever happened thereafter.

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