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Old 07-03-2006, 11:15 PM
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Does anybody remember the 1957 Chevy? They didn't sell worth a darn in 1957 so GM changed the style for the next year, then everybody wanted the 1957 model......too late! I believe Ruger did the same thing with the TNZ.

So you pay a ton of money for one of the few TNZ's that are still around .....or you can make your own. Well nobody is going to mistake a DIY TNZ for an original, but it is a neat design and the next best thing.

My version of the TNZ has a 20" hammer forged T barrel, Ruger scope base, Burris Sig Zee rings, and a Simmons 22 Mag 3-9 x 32mm AO scope. The paint is Duplicolor MetalCast purple.



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I'll post a few in-progress shots. The building methods follow those I've posted in previous threads. Draw a fill size plan...mill down the carbine stock to accept glued on pieces....and form the new stock profile.

These are all the parts needed for the DIY TNZ.


All the dimensions come directly from your drawing. After the glue up is completed, the LOP is also obtained from the drawing.


Glue up the forearm pieces. Mark the fore end cut at 40 degrees as per your drawing.


Make the 40 degree fore end cut while the forearm is still square.


Again, while the forearm is still square, route the barrel channel.


...or sand it out with an appropriately sized dowel wrapped with sandpaper.


Make it easy on yourself and shape the forearm before gluing up the buttstock.
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Old 07-03-2006, 11:37 PM
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Glue up the Buttstock

Now I'll glue up the buttstock pieces and begin contouring.

Glue the buttstock piece to the tendon. Locate it and dry fit with a dowel in the grip area and one screw near the back end of the tendon. Apply the glue and clamp it up. I have started using Gorilla glue because it makes very tight glue joints.


After the glue has set, remove the clamps and glue up the comb piece. Here is the stock completely glued up.


Next round out the thumbhole where the buttstock piece is attached to the tendon. Don't cut all the way through the tendon or you will loose a lot of strength in the buttstock. I use an oscillating spindle sander, but a rasp and file will also get the job done.


Apply bondo to the voids created by your glue ups. I like to use Bondo Ultimate.


Begin working the contour of the grip.


Continue working the V shaped relief cut behind the thumbhole.
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Old 07-03-2006, 11:55 PM
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Finish Up

The sides of the carbine stock are fairly flat so I decided to round out the shape of the forearm a bit with bondo.


Blend the bondo into the lines of the stock, rounding the contour of the sides. This is not very thick...maybe 1/16" or so...just enough to relieve the flat side contour.


Some better shots of the contour of the grip and buttstock.




I sanded the stock down to 220 grit, puttied the small holes in the bondo with Bondo Spot Putty, primed it with Duplicolor High Fill Primer and sanded again with 400 grit.


Now is a good time to fit the recoil pad. I wrapped the butt with masking tape and cut the pad down to the tape on a small belt sander, following the angle of the stock. When you get close, go slow and be very careful not to cut into the stock.


I painted this stock with Duplicolor MetalCast purple. At this point I have applied two light coats and one heavy coat. This paint went on a bit rough, so I let it cure overnight and then wet sanded with 800 grit. The instructions on the can say to wait 7 days for the paint to cure before applying additional coats....so now I guess I'm just watching the paint dry for the next week.



Here are a couple more shots of the completed stock, albeit still needing some more paint.



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Old 07-04-2006, 12:13 AM
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Well Hipshot ... you've done it again! What a great looking piece of work. I love that color. Really goes well with the black.

I am irritated about one thing tho .. you make it look too %%%% easy!

That makes a great addition to your stable of fine stocks. Well done!
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Old 07-04-2006, 12:39 AM
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You guys truly amaze me with you chop stocks. Simply unbelievable!
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Old 07-04-2006, 12:43 AM
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Tom's right, you do make it look too easy. Almost as easy as that guy on the New Yankee Workshop! Now I feel a need to buy a drum sander.... Erm oscilating spindle sander. My bad.
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Excellent, can't wait to see it with all it's paint!
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Old 07-04-2006, 08:08 AM
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Only one word comes to mind........Outstanding.

Many thanks for showing your build.
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That is FREAKIN UGLY! Man, I have NEVER seen anything that looked so bad. It could probably win a UGLY contest. Did you make that out of a UGLY STICK or did you use the whole %%%% tree?

Or at least that is what I am going to keep telling myself. If I don't I would have to start making more stocks. Dang Hipshot you keep makin that bar higher. Need some flames for that baby?
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Old 07-04-2006, 03:35 PM
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Actially it WOULD look good with some of you flames. I have a Mod 700 that I put in a Brown Precision fiberglass stock back in 1977. I NEVER painted it.
I'm think'ng a light metallic blue with white, silver or pearl ghost flames.
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That is FREAKIN UGLY! Man, I have NEVER seen anything that looked so bad. It could probably win a UGLY contest. Did you make that out of a UGLY STICK or did you use the whole %%%% tree?
RIFLMAO...Now that was funny. I couldn't afford the whole %%%% tree so I just had to use a little piece of the ugly stick.

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Old 07-06-2006, 08:56 AM
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Wow nice job. At first glance I thouht you repainted an original.
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Old 07-06-2006, 03:58 PM
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Wow nice job. At first glance I thouht you repainted an original.
The original has a slot cut under the barrel through the forend. I always wondered why.
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