A friend of mine bought a Glenfield 25 22lr from a pawn shop for $40. We kept on the boat when trapping and called it the "boat gun" because we didn't care if it fell overboard. It shot and functioned ok but it was beat to hell and ugly as mud. After a while it didn't even make it into the boat. It sat around and collected dust. Here's a pic.
Sawdust ordered a box of ten "Franken Barrels" from Green Mountain. In the box was a 17m2 barrel for a 77/22. We decided to make over the boat gun and turn it into a 17m2. The original stock wouldn't due. So we looked around for an option. We found an old walnut gunstock blank a friend of mine had given me about a year ago. He had it in his garage for ten years and gave to me to keep from throwing it away. It didn't have much figure to it and it had several long cracks. We decided to try and make a stock from it and if the blank was beyond repair or if we really messed up, we weren't out any money.
We measured twice and cut once. The cracks and voids put up a fight but we were able to fill and stabilize them. Sawdust did some great work on the forend and grip caps made from padauk. The rifle received a new blue job and full length bedding after we knocked out the original barrel and installed the 17m2 barrel. The stock was finished by Sawdust with 20 coats of Tru Oil. A couple of new sling studs, a trigger guard from a 17v, drill and tap for Weaver mounts, rings and a 4x32 scope, and the boat gun is no more. I need a new name for it.
Sawdust and I had alot of fun on this project. How does it shoot? I don't know. Haven't shot it yet. If it keeps 1" groups at 50 yrds, I'll be happy. After all with everything added up the whole thing(rifle, barrel, scope, rings, mounts, stock finish) only adds up to $97.