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Old 11-24-2006, 07:24 AM
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"A Tribute to Hipshot"



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This is my tribute to the man who inspired me to take the leap into stock modding. When I first found RFC I came across a thread Hipshot had done called "A Tribute to Sawdust", and fell in love with the red benchrest stock that Hipshot had patterned off of Sawdust's Polarbear. Hipshot has done numerous how-to stocks on this forum, creating beautiful stocks while taking the time to detail the process that he uses to build them. He is a asset to RFC and a true craftsman in my book.

Hipshot stand up and take a well deserved bow. You have gave alot to this forum and have inspired many people who which would of never took the first step in creating there own stock.

Because of you I was bit by the bug and there is no turning back now, for that I thank you.

My latest stock a TNZ Mannlicher is patterned off of Hipshot's but moddified for a bull barrel. My best creation yet even though I'm not through with it yet. I still have to finish painting it and a couple other little mods here and there. I give you my Hipshot's TNZ Mannlicher and then mine.








The following is a gallery of Hipshots work.

A Polarbear look alike. The Silver and Red Benchrest Models.





Hipshots revised Benchrest model "The Lavender Lady".

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Old 11-24-2006, 07:28 AM
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From here we go to the $22 Mod.




From there on to the Morphosis line of stocks.





Morphosis Grows up.





Morphosis for a Lady.



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Old 11-24-2006, 07:32 AM
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Now to the TNZ line a favorite of mine.

DIY TNZ.





The Red TNZ.





A TNZ for a Woods Hunter.




After Charger tom had a stock givaway contest and donated the gifts. Hipshot gave Tom the TNZ for the Woods Hunter, this is how it looks now.


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Old 11-24-2006, 07:36 AM
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And the most recent known stock the Raptor.

Hawk and Hipshot have teamed up to bring us a stock for the shooter, always asking the forum for there input trying to make a stock for us shooters.




Version 2





I salute you Hipshot for your dedication and willingness to help people like me who just sometimes need a little encouragement to get started.

Keep up the great work and keep showing us those new stocks.

Current version of the Raptor / Talon, great work.



Version 3 Current version that is going into production with or without the forearm dimples.

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Old 11-24-2006, 07:39 AM
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For those new members who might not have the hang of searching I give you a index of Hipshot's stock threads. If you think you might want to take the leap into modding your stock, I suggest you read these threads. They will give you everything that you could need to do a stock, as they are detailed how-to's that show you every step along the way.

Tribute to Sawdust 10-23-05

My $22 mod 2-22-06

Morphosis 3-23-06


Morphosis Grows Up 5-13-06

Morphosis For A Lady 6-16-06

DIY TNZ Stock 7-03-06

My Red TNZ Stock 7-28-06

A TNZ For a Woods Hunter 8-26-06

Blue Raptor 11-01-06

Raptor Version 2.0 11-05-06

Mannlicher TNZ How-to 12-20-06

Raptor/Talon 12-03-06

The Lavendar Lady 01-25-07

Raptor in Red 01-17-07

Black Tactical on the Cheap 05-05-07

Black Tactical How-To 05-10-07


Walnut and a Heavy Sporter 05-19-07

The Three Amigos 06-03-07

T-Rex 09-14-07

Refinished Walnut Stock 10-11-06


A Tribute to the Classic Carbine 6-16-08

Model T LowRider 12-22-2007

Celeste 12-30-2007
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Old 11-24-2006, 07:44 AM
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One last little item, Hipshot even detailed how to build a stand just like the one in the photos, at the request of one of the members. I believe it is in one of the Morphosis threads a gives a materials list and a complete how to do it. Hipshot goes above and beyond spreading his knowledge to all that is willing to learn.

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Excellent write-up, rigrat. You did a great job on this, and I think Hipshot is one of the guys who is very deserving of having his contributions to RFC and its members highlighted.

I, too, was bitten by the stock modding bug, thanks to Hipshot, sawdust and Squawsach. Hipshot jumped right in, and was there for me. My first attempt (which I made alone, with no help) ended up getting cut up and scrapped. After I had made several attempts at fixing mistakes, I found a huge crack in the rear of the stock, at the back of the receiver. I think it was a sign.

Since then, I have built 2 benchrest stocks, did the stock for the giveaway, built a custom stock for my brother, and I am in the process of building one for my wife.

For each of these projects, I have had Hipshot there every step of the way. Answering questions, giving advice, making suggestions, and lending his knowledge and encouragement.

Cutting up your factory stock can be pretty darn intimidating. All you can think about is "what if I screw this up?". I know it took me forever to make that first cut. Once I did tho, I haven't looked back. I think the best part of these builds is that you can change them in progress. You can try new things, different looks, add stuff to the stock, remove stuff you don't like about a certain design. There are hundreds of combinations you can use to come up with your "perfect" stock.

I doubt I will ever be able to build a stock that can compete with one of Hipshot's. The TNZ Woodsman stock that he sent me is the best fitting stock I have ever had my hands on. It fits me perfectly, from the length of pull, to the grip. It's perfect, and it will always be my go-to hunting stock. (I'm sure Hipshot will understand a ding or scratch along the way.)

I guess what I'm saying is that I hope that more of the RFC group will try their own hands at building one of these custom stocks. Even if they don't pattern it after one of the stocks you showcased, they can still come up with something that will work for them, and they can learn some stuff along the way.

Ultimately, you will have the great satisfaction that you built it yourself. And I can tell you from personal experience, one of the biggest pleasures is being at the range, and having someone walk over and say "Where'd you get that stock?" ... then being able to answer "I built it myself."

Thanks again rigrat for taking the time to write this up. It's a great privilege to have guys like Hipshot on these forums, and to be able to take from their experiences and knowledge, and put it to use. You did an outstanding job on your version of the TNZ, and you should be very proud of it. I hope you'll be moving on to another stock, and another story very soon.

And to Hipshot ... thanks! You're a great asset to this community, and I appreciate everything you have taught me. Especially the stuff that has nothing to do with stocks.
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Old 11-24-2006, 09:16 AM
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Is This A Fun Hobby or What?

Wow Rigrat, I'm very humbled and flattered by your post. Obviously I really enjoy building these modded stocks, but sharing the interest with all the folks here on RFC is even more enjoyable. It's a real pleasure to see someone such as yourself take one of these designs and add their own creative ideas. You did a supurb job on your version of the TNZ and you now possess a unique stock that will bring you immense satisfaction for years to come. Just as satisfying is the knowledge that you can do it again with whatever design may strike your fancy. I really hope to see many of your stocks in the future.

I've got to blame Sawdust for igniting this spark of creativity in me. I hope I can pass it along to others.

I've come full circle with my latest mod. Here is a preview of my updated "Tribute to Sawdust" benchrest stock...still a work in progress.




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Sawdust.

You guys have done some amazing and wonderful stuff. I would really like to see the TNZ Woods Hunter available commercially for those of us who do not or can not build our own.

I very much appreciate Hipshots shout out to Sawdust. Those two, he a Sqawsach, have shown us all how to do many things. It has been nothing but a pleasure to be associated with Sawdust through the 1/4" Club in the SuperStock Forum. He presented us with our first tangible challenge to prove that the rifles we are building are worthwhile and it has been nothing but a pleasure to deal with this gentleman. He has given me the blueprint to do all the metal work on the action of my nest SuperStock. An aim to refine the little Ruger action without aftermarket parts.

Be it metal or wood Sawdust and Sqawsach have taught any one who could read to do some very nice custom work.

Thanks to Rigrat for putting all this great stuff in one place.
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Old 11-24-2006, 05:20 PM
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Hipshot that stock is looking very nice.

We'll be waiting for the pictures of it after painting, so be sure to update the photo's.

Vincent, I agree with you whole heartily. Sawdust and Squawsach have done many great how-to's and threads that I know have helped many people including myself. I have a few of there threads that I hope to incorporate in 1 of my next builds that I hope will bring me into the realm of SuperStock also. I plan on getting into the 1/4" club before next year is over.

That is why this forum is so great, not only the members mentioned in this post, but many more are all valuable assets to this site. It is a great brotherly attitude and willingness to help fellow members which is so great here.
I only hope that one day I can contribute more and help new members as so many has helped me.
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well done rigrat

and a thank you to all those that have made such good looking modded stocks, i think i will be reading all of the listed threads and maybe ill start to build my own stock.
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Vincent, I agree with you whole heartily. Sawdust and Squawsach have done many great how-to's and threads that I know have helped many people including myself. I have a few of there threads that I hope to incorporate in 1 of my next builds that I hope will bring me into the realm of SuperStock also. I plan on getting into the 1/4" club before next year is over.

That is why this forum is so great, not only the members mentioned in this post, but many more are all valuable assets to this site. It is a great brotherly attitude and willingness to help fellow members which is so great here.
I only hope that one day I can contribute more and help new members as so many has helped me.
I will look forward to the to your participation in the SuperStock Forum.
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and a thank you to all those that have made such good looking modded stocks, i think i will be reading all of the listed threads and maybe ill start to build my own stock.
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Do it man! The hours you spend will be worth it, I guarantee. Once you get it all sanded out, and painted ... then you drop your barreled action into it and hoist it to your shoulder ... you'll just have one huge smile!

There's no reason not to give it a try. Factory birch stocks are cheap, the materials will cost you about $35 including paint, and you should be able to get it done in a couple of weekends.

Go for it!
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I will look forward to the to your participation in the SuperStock Forum.
Is the homemade TNZ stock eligible for super stock?
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Ah... what a thread. The web's finest 10/22 porn. My kind of place.
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