Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Remington Summit in a Benjamin NP2 Stock ???

Told my co-blogger, Nick, that I wasn't going to post this, as the entire project was just an exercise in frustration.  

Anyway, we do like content, so here's the gist:  The stock was cracking on my old Remington Summit air rifle.  Some online research suggested that a Benjamin NP2 stock could be a drop-in fit. After ordering a replacement NP2 wood stock, I discovered that some things on the internet aren't exactly true. The forend holes don't quite line up and the spring tube end cap is about 3/4" too short,  the inletting doesn't quite match in critical areas... And that was just the obvious stuff.  Truthfully, it was just looking like more work than I wanted to put into a Remington Summit.  At the very least, this was a project that I'd really need to be in the mood to tackle.

I leaned the NP2 stock against the wall and tried to forget about it.  About six months--OK, maybe a year and six months later--I finally got the urge to see if it would work.

Took zero pics of this in process.  Was sure it was going to end up in the trash with the original Summit stock.    The forend screw holes were off location by just a bit more than 1/16"  Had to go forward and slightly up.  This also entailed shifting the counterbores a very small amount.

A new end cap was turned from a piece of 1-1/4 black acetal.

Here's a better shot of that endcap.  Cut the radius freehand then fit it to the spring tube.  

There was work with a router to get the trigger unit to fit.  A long shelf also had to be cut in the right side inletting--and wood added--for the cocking lever roller. 

The Remington's single scope stop hole wasn't in a useful place, so I drilled another.  The scope rings are from VISM.   Of course, they didn't have a recoil stop pin, so that got machined into the rear ring.

Even the rear action screw through the trigger guard needed modification.

After all that work, and the rife finally functional, I found that the cheek piece was too low. With a good cheek weld on the stock, the bottom of the recoil pad hit me mid shoulder. 

The quickest and easiest fix was to make the recoil pad vertically adjustable as I did for the QB 77 rifle.   Since I still had the raw material, I cut another butt plate from my nemesis plastic--UHMW PE.  And like the QB project, after all the shaping, I again struggled with the surface finish; lots of fine scratches that won't polish out.  After wet sanding and various attempts at polishing,  I tried bead blasting it.  Figured maybe some texture would blend the finish.  Used a fine glass media then wiped it down with a silicone rag. 

The bead blasting really did the trick.

In retrospect, the project was frustrating because it wasn't even remotely close to what I was expecting.  At least the Remington is finally in a new stock.  A stock that absolutely, positively is not a drop in fit.  No thanks to the damn internet.

Made some small tweaks to my IZH 61 a while back.  Try to get something posted later this week.  Thanks for checking in.