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Old 02-06-2017, 01:42 PM
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Just wondering if anyone has done this.

I have a couple of 10/22's with wooden (aftermarket) stocks, with heavy .920 barrels on them. The guns are front-heavy. I was toying with the idea of removing the butt plate, drilling 2 or 3 3/4 inch holes, maybe 3 inches or so deep, and filling with lead.

Is this a crazy idea?
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:48 PM
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A lot depends on how often you carry them...
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:49 PM
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A lot depends on how often you carry them...
And how far you carry 'em too


That said, what you describe is the way to add weight to the back end.
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A lot depends on how often you carry them...
Yeah, I should have mentioned that.

One I built mainly for target shooting, which for me is basically benchrest. It has a very heavy 24 inch bull barrel and a fairly large 44mm scope with sunshade. Doesn't get carried much.

The other has a 20 inch bull, a smaller stock (CWP "Target" model), and a smaller scope. I have been carrying that one in the woods (I would say "hunting," but that would be a bit of an ambitious characterization at this point).

I have several other 10/22's in various configurations, and working on a couple of other builds. Just wondering if this idea was something people have done.
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And how far you carry 'em too


That said, what you describe is the way to add weight to the back end.
Thanks. Do people melt the lead and pour it in, or just add fishing weights or something?
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Determine how much weight you want to add and where, then carefully drill or carve into the butt, mix small lead shot or fishing sinkers or whatever lead bits you have with epoxy, and cram the mess into place. Testing your weight arrangement first before mixing up the epoxy would be a good idea.
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1/2" hole and .50 caliber round balls should work fine. Silicone caulk would hold them still, be easy to remove any squeeze out and easier to remove than epoxy, should the fix need fixed. So to speak.
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Old 02-06-2017, 02:48 PM
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Thanks. Do people melt the lead and pour it in, or just add fishing weights or something?
Lots of ways. Important part is that it isn't too damaging to the stock (drill the holes straight!), the weights are secured (no shifting/rattling) and preferrably removable.

I'd get a good guesstimate as to how much weight to add, then see how much volume that takes. If you want it to be permanent mixing lead shot with an epoxy or jb weld or similar would work. Or even lead shot and molten (higher temp parafin) wax.
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Thanks, all, very helpful!
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Thanks. Do people melt the lead and pour it in, or just add fishing weights or something?
pouring in molten lead will probably set fire to your stock or at least crack it from the 700 deg lead.
Cut open a couple of shotgun shells (small shot for max weight & density) and cap it off with a good shot of glue, most any kind will do.
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pouring in molten lead will probably set fire to your stock or at least crack it from the 700 deg lead.
Cut open a couple of shotgun shells (small shot for max weight & density) and cap it off with a good shot of glue, most any kind will do.

Ha! Great idea, thanks! Will post pics when I do it.
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When I built my Wifey - her last birthday Moist Nugget -- changing the butt angle / shorting the length of pull / shorting the barrel -- as a last resort I was going to epoxy into the butt -- two or 3 short lengths of re-bar -- this time it wasn't needed --

On the build I'm doing now -- I'm probably going to add a 3/8ths. brass butt plate --
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...a 3/8ths. brass butt plate --
where do you get such a thing?
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where do you get such a thing?
Make it

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FWIW a lot of offhand shooters like front heavy, it slows the wobbles.
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