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Old 02-05-2010, 02:18 PM
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981T Wood Stock How To



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There is a lot of interest in replacing the plastic stock that comes with the 981T. I took my installation as an opportunity to help others thinking of doing this modification in the future. So here you go, this should answer any questions.

What is needed:
- Wood Stock, mine was from a 781/783
- 10-32 Screw w/ counter-sink head

Here is a picture before I started, comparing the two stocks.


When you attempt to install the action into the stock it quickly becomes apparent it ain't gonna fit.


This picture shows the inside of the stock. I circled the problem areas. These are the places that need to be ground down.


Looking at the action you can see the circled points that are contacting the stock.


After grinding you can see the material that needed to be removed. I also had to grind a little for the pin that holds the barrel in place.


Now that the action/barrel fit properly it is time make a screw to replace the rear takedown/front trigger guard screw. This requires a 10-32 screw about 1.5-2 inches long. I had a 2" screw to start with. In order for the screw to fit the stock you need to drill out the original hole. You can see that the screw extends far into the action. I had to take about 1/2" off the screw. I also rounded the head so it would match the other oval head screws.


Here is the final length.


here are the 3 screws for the stock. I blued the new screw to match the others.


Thats all there is to it. Here are a couple after pictures. If anything is unclear please ask, I will update this post.



Edit: Thanks to Photobucket for denying links to images hosted on their website I had to switch to Imgur as a hosting website. Worth the effort to keep this thread alive though.

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Old 02-05-2010, 02:24 PM
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981T Wood Stock

Hello,

I don't have one; but you did a real nice job showing how to make the swap. What wood stock did you purchase, and from who ?

I'm a LEFTY and have serveral LH bolt guns, I have always like the tube feed 981T, I might just have to get one after seeing the wood stocked version.

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Old 02-05-2010, 02:27 PM
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The stock is from a 781/783. I got it from Numrich gun parts Here

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Old 02-05-2010, 02:35 PM
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Otis,

Very nice job, pictures are worth a thousand words. I did the exact same work to mine as in your photos. Thanks for taking time to do the thread and many will now have the confidence to try this on their own. Now perhaps consider a Rifle Basix trigger and it will be just like mine. Gotta love the 981T.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:53 PM
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Nice job, do you believe the stock to be walnut or other wood, appears light
in color perhaps the picture.?
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:57 PM
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almost positve it is walnut. Came with the bullseye, swivel studs, metal trigger guard, and rubber butt.

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almost positve it is walnut. Came with the bullseye, swivel studs, and rubber butt.
What is a "bullseye" in relation to a stock? Pardon my ignorance.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:20 PM
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i was about to ask the same question
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:07 PM
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Excellent tutorial.

A+ job on the pics & highlights. I nominate it as a Sticky.

Curious what your plans are for the old synthetic stock?
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:08 PM
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What is a "bullseye" in relation to a stock? Pardon my ignorance.
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i was about to ask the same question
The little black & white dot on the bottom of some of Marlin's stocks near the rear swivel stud. Usually the walnut if I remember correctly.

Question number 12 in Marlin's FAQ:

"12. What is the small round black and white dot on the bottom of my Marlin stock?

This is the Marlin "Bullseye". This trademark has been used since 1922 on all Marlin walnut buttstocks. Please note that this is not a suitable place to install a swivel for you firearm. Swivels should be mounted approximately 2 inches from the toe of the butt."
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:14 PM
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Yep, the bullseye is purely aesthetic. Usually reserved for "deluxe" models.

Thanks for the positive feedback, figured I would give something back to the people.

As far as the synthetic stock, I plan on keeping it around for utility purposes.
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:10 PM
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Great thread... I just bought a 981T and ordered the same stock last night! Can't wait to get it together.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:06 PM
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What is the diff between the 983 stock and this one?
Looks good, will be doing mine and maybe the boy's if he wants it done.
Thanks for the write up, good job.

Kelvin
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:58 PM
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crazycd1- your won't be let down with this setup.

txcombat- I'm pretty sure the 983 stock fits the 981t without modification.
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:09 PM
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I took the stock to a high speed buffer today. Sure made that matte finish they use look nice and glossy. The grain is still really open but I'm gonna live with it. Gotta love nice wood stocks.
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