Carbon skinning a McMillan Edge stock

Some years ago I bought a used McMillan Edge rifle stock. My intention at the time was to use it for my old Stolle Panda action. That did not happen as I sold that action in a stock I made from wood and skinned with Carbon fiber and Epoxy.

So when I bought a 2013 Anschutz BR 50 action (J.G. ANSCHÜTZ GmbH & Co. KG) from a friend I thought it might be possible to fit this action to the McMillan Edge stock.? So I began to fit this together. I had already routed out the stock to be fitted for the Stolle Panda so it was not much I needed to remove, thought the 2013-BR-50 action is a bit longer than the Panda.

The biggest problem in this was the rear of the BR-50 action, and the big trigger ( witch is a great trigger by the way.) and I had to fill up some parts that was originally cut from the stock and I had to make a new slot for the bolt handle.

A lot had to be cut from the stock to fit the trigger and I saw that I would have some problems with the trigger guard and the screws under the trigger. I had an old trigger guard from another McMillan stock I have I could fit that guard with some modifications under the stock but I need to make a new one open in the back.

Bedding.

For bedding I used Marintex and some car wax I had ( mistake) should have used shoeshine wax. This ANSCHÜTZ 2013 -BR-50 action is a little difficult to make good bedding on, it has many holes and slots witch need to be filled prior to bedding. Using modelling clay I filled this holes but I needed to be sure that the clay would be flat to the surface on the action so it would not stick in the stock. A dark clay would probably have been better to see the small uneven surface of the clay visible after removing the action after bedding. I had some pillars made from aluminum and I screwed a plate under the stock to make the pillar rest on. This gave me the exact high I was looking for and the correct amount of bedding material under the action I was looking for.

Bedding an ANSCHÜTZ 2013 -BR-50 action is different from regular actions for two reason, one is the holes and slots in the action, the other is the 4 screws holding the action. This make the bedding a little difficult specially if one is not doing bedding on a regular bases as I´m not doing. My mistake in the bedding ( I need to re bedd later) was not to put enough material where the reverse recoil lug is in the action. Result, not 100% contackt for the lug and not so good looking bedding, but I will need to re bedd later on.

I decided to make the stock a little more straight on the for end as it had some curve in it .

Skinning.

I have done a skinning before but I knew skinning a Edge stock would be different because I would not have a corner to brake the carbon on. and the pistol grip would be a in a way a bit, I decided to start from the top and make the flat underneath last and make the connection on the front of the pistol grip.

The biggest mistake.

Cutting the carbon is a best done by tape a line bigger than you need and then use scissors to cut down the middle of the tape. I did that and marked on the tape where the middle of the tape would be.

With this method of skinning you mix a black epoxy and paint it on the stock and let it sit for 2 hours before you apply the carbon. I did exactly that and all looked good until I forgot to turn the tape towards me in stead towards the stock, I wrapped the stock perfectly and it looked fine but then I saw that the tape was trapped between the stock and carbon, not good. I had to remove the carbon and by doing so it gets ruined and can not be used so I had to cut a new one and hoped enough epoxy would still remain on the stock to glue the second carbon. I tried this and it looked OK but I later found out that on 2 places on the stock there were some spot out of epoxy witch turn out to be very difficult to fix. I should have just waited 24 hours and sand the black epoxy off and start again.

Finish

I painted 3 layers of Miopa Lacquer on top of the epoxy.

I still need to do some finishing touches on this like making a new trigger guard, bedding the action again and some small details I like to fix, but I will have to shoot it first.

Ilyich Steel

Here are some photographs I shoot with my wife Mayya Pigida inside the Ilyich Steel Factory in Mariupol Ukraine. This images where shoot in summer 2016

All images are shoot in color and converted to black and white.

The steel workers in this work in a very harsh condition

A old man sad to me that this workers are heroes for working in this factories under this conditions.

So here are the images I promise to publish 3 years ago

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Hotshoe Award


I have been fortunate enough to receive this award from www.hotshoe.org

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WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris

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My images of the Icelandic Sheep taken in the West Fjörds in 2016 won gold award at Px3 in Paris

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Icelandic Sheep have been here with us since the first Vikings came to Iceland in 874 And they remain almost the same bred as the Viking brought here. The Sheep has always been used for meat and the wool to make clothing. The Sheep run free during the summer months in Iceland, in the fall they are collected for the winter. some goes to the slaughter house and some live. The Sheep in this images have been free in the mountains in the West Fjords Iceland they ware fresh from the mountains when I took this images and they are the lucky ones this year.

Northern Lights Extreme

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August 2016 trip to Ukraine.

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Chernobyl


DJI Drone in Þingeyri (Thingeyri)

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