Borden action Johannes Frank stock

Borden Rimrock BRMXD,benchrest,30BR,6PPC,
For many years I used to shoot guns and compete in Benchrest shooting. I gave that all up some 20 years ago and thought I was done with this all and I would never do this again, sold my Benchrest  gun and all the equipment that one uses to shoot, from primer pocket cleaner to front rest and bag . As it goes you should never say never because you never know what is in the future.

In 2016 I bought back my old Stolle Panda rifle with all the stuff I sold with it from the same guy I sold it to. And I started shooting again. In the old days I used to chamber my own guns but I do not have any equipment to do that kind of job so I have my friend do the chamber job for me.

After shooting the old Stolle for a few months I decided that I like to have a new rifle with the  latest technology and stock made out of wood like Roy Hunter and Leonard. After some looking around I found a used rifle here in Iceland with Borden Rimrock action and Roy Hunter stock. After a few phone conversations with the owner we agreed on the price and I had a few days to think about if I would jump on his offer. Well if you think too long sometimes you are going to lose, as I did, I called one night and told the guy I like to go ahead but he told me he had just sold it. Since he sold It I had to look for a different solution, I started to look for a new action and in the end I bought a new Borden Rimrock BRMXD 1470 D action with Jewel trigger.https://bordenrifles.com/

I ordered 2 Hart barrels to go with the action, 6mm and 308 cal for making 6PPC and 30 BR. Jim Borden give me the time when they would be delivering the action and that give me enough time to look for a stock for this new riffle. After some search I found out that if would be difficult to buy a Roy Hunter, Leonard or similar stock from USA so I decided to make my own wood/carbon fiber stock .

There are not many companies here in Iceland selling good quality wood thicker than 3 inc suitable for Benchrest rifle stock, but I found one company that had American Redwood 4 Inc wide. I bought a piece that would make up 2 stocks. To find an epoxy and Carbon fiber usable for this project turns out to be impossible here in Iceland.

I ended up buying Epoxy and Carbon fiber from Easy Composite in England. http://www.easycomposites.co.uk/#!/

In the images down here you can see the process in making this stock. I made many mistakes along the way and  I made two stocks. The first one I cannot use with a wooden look. I have to do a skinning job on it ( skinning is to cover the stock with carbon fiber ) but the second one is ok with a wood look. The American Red Wood is very soft and in the final process one has to be very careful not to dent it because it is very difficult to repair this wood if dents are in it. The stock is covered with 3 layers of clear Epoxy. This I have to do in a different way next time because I have to have the right temperature in the room and instead of 3 layers I need to have 4 with each layer thinner to make the sanding less challenging.

Update in 2021

Making the stock I Red Wood is not good it is too soft and dents too easy. I have now re bedded this rifle in Carbon Fiber stock from Steve Blain from Australia.

I took the rifle for a test, the stock was not fully finished but I needed to know if it would shoot before I finished the stock. The rifle is bedded but not glued. I have not decided if I will glue this action?

The fist shoot was on a different paper ( just to sight the rifle in) and then I shot 6 groups. The top 3 groups  are shot with the stock firmly on the shoulder and with a little force against the front stop. The group bottom right is shot after cleaning and the bullet out of the group is the first shoot.

The two groups on the bottom left are shot free recoil.

The rifle is handling very well better than my old Stolle with 30 year old McMillan stock. The longer stock is much better in the bags. I need to do more shooting to see if all is ok and decide if I need to glue the action? In all the groups there is always one bullet out often the  5th. The aggregate for the first 3 top groups is ,210. If I count all 6 groups the agg is ,310 and If I take all 4 shot in each group the agg is ,170.

On the test day there was wind coming from 3-9 about 4-5 meters per sec and heat was +2°C  The load was 33,2 gr H4198 and Barts 112  gr. This of course  is 30BR.

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