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Old March 8th, 2015, 07:34 PM   #1
 
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Stock finish on new Charger?

Does anyone know what Ruger uses as the final finish on the new Charger Takedown stocks?

I'm not happy with how the stock meets the rear of the receiver. It's really bad. I want to file down the stock to match the receiver and than refinish the stock. It looks like it may be a satin finish polyurethane or similar.

The SS 10-22 I purchased from Walmart in 2003 has a perfect wood to metal fit.

I also worry about using an oil on the laminated stock. It may de-laminate (NOT good).

Update - A call to Ruger Tech Support told me Ruger uses an oil-based polyurethane that is available in your hardware store. They recommended hand sanding to remove the old finish first followed by a walnut stain then the polyurethane. Since I have the Charger takedown with the multi-color laminate, I'm not sure if the walnut stain is needed. I'll have to see.




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Good to know. I would have guessed urethane. Show us what you do.
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Will do. I've filed the stock to match the receiver and I'm using Minwax satin polyurethane. It seems like a close match. I'll see how it looks when I get two or three coats on the sanded part ans how it matches the existing finish. I may have to put a final coat on the entire stock. Not a big deal. The stock is small.
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I am impressed by your willingness to modify and make your Charger perfect. Very cool!
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For what its worth, i bought a pair of the Talo hardwood stock takedowns and one of them was perfect. The other looks like something id turn out. I called Ruger and they said, You pay to ship it here and we will look it over and more than likely replace it. And they did. Maybe call them and ask if you can send them a picture of it before you alter it. Hope this helps. Ron
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For what its worth, i bought a pair of the Talo hardwood stock takedowns and one of them was perfect. The other looks like something id turn out. I called Ruger and they said, You pay to ship it here and we will look it over and more than likely replace it. And they did. Maybe call them and ask if you can send them a picture of it before you alter it. Hope this helps. Ron
Actually, I had a small ding in my original stock and Ruger sent me another. It also had the same poor fit at the rear of the receiver. So -- Practice stock!
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There was a difference in the sheen of the Minwax satin and the Ruger finish so I went ahead and did the whole stock (both pieces). I just lightly sanded the stock and applied the Minwax. The Minwax has a shinier finish but is still a satin. Now the stock has a uniform finish. I like the Minwax finish better. But, and this is the hard part, I have to wait 24 hours for the finish to fully harden before "light handling".
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Here are some shots of the practice stock I worked over.

This is the problem I had with the issued Ruger stock. Ruger should be ashamed to send out a stock that fits like this. It is a disgrace to Ruger. The replacement stock had the same problem fit. I worked on the replacement stock first for practice as I like the wood appearance of the original stock better. The replacement stock came with the stock AR grip.





First, I marked the stock with an extra fine marker to see how much the stock was above the receiver.



Then I filed down to the marked line and smoothed out the filing area. I then used the Minwax satin polyurethane to coat the area. I noticed that the Minwax had a different appearance than the Ruger finish so I lightly sanded the stock (both pieces) and put a thin coat on it.

This is how it came out. It's better than the issue stock from Ruger. I should probably go a little lower.





The Minwax made the stock come alive. It looks much better that the Ruger finish. The Ruger finish is on the bottom and the Minwax is on top.





I did not have to use any stain on the stock. Everything matched up very good. I like this. Next I'll do the other stock and match the receiver/stock better.

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Wow. That is rough and that fit is rather shoddy. I have to say: I am liking those sights! You're making me jealous!
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