BAM B26-2 thumbhole Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier


BAM B26 is a well-done copy of the Beeman R9.

Before I begin, I received a packet of vintage Daisy BBs yesterday. I remember that one of you said he was sending them, but I don’t remember who I am to thank. These will find their way into a vintage Daisy gun box somewhere.
This is actually my second look at BAM’s B26-2. The first was back in 2006, when I tested a .22 caliber B26 with a standard stock. Today, I’ll start looking at the same gun in .177, and this one sits in a thumbhole stock.

The B26 is BAM’s second attempt at copying the Weihrauch HW95, which we all know as the Beeman R9. The B20 was their first try, and even that rifle was pretty impressive, but in the B26 has a copy of the Rekord trigger that was refined through more attention to finishing the parts.

For those who are not familiar with the R9, it’s a classic breakbarrel spring-piston air rifle. It was developed from the BSF 55 action that Weihrauch acquired when they purchased the BSF company back at the end of the 1980s. The rifle went through several design iterations, first as the Marksman 55, then the Beeman R10 and finally becoming the R9. The R9 is a lightweight spring rifle with all the power of the Beeman R1 but at a lower weight and bulk. It has the famous Rekord trigger that gets airgunners so excited, so it was a natural to be copied.

I talked with the BAM representatives at the SHOT Show when the B26 first came out, which is how I know that the trigger was the major upgrade. They were really impressed with all the finishing Weihrauch put into the trigger, and they knew they would have to do more work if they really wanted to compete. That work was going to take their rifle from a retail price below $100 to significantly more, and in those days the Chinese competed on price, alone. So, BAM took a real leap of faith that the airgunning world was ready to pay more for a higher quality level. Of course, the fact that many were already buying the R9 helped them make the decision.

The rifle
The B26 thumbhole comes without sights, so plan on mounting a scope. The thumbhole stock is made from medium-brown wood that resembles beech. In typical Chinese fashion, the stock on my test rifle has several ares where wood putty was used to fill in gouges. There’s no checkering, and the wood is finished very smooth. The raised cheekpiece is sharply defined around the border and looks very European. The butt drops very little, so medium or high mounts are what you want to use, because your cheek will already be quite high. Also, you might want to install an adjustable butt to lengthen the distance between your shoulder and cheek. Otherwise, the rifle will be difficult to fit to most people’s hold.


Dark oval is wood putty. This rifle has three areas like this one. Most Chinese wood stocks will have this, though sometimes it isn’t stained dark and can be harder to locate.

I have never been fond of thumbhole stocks because they don’t fit my style of hold, but this one isn’t that objectionable. It does make the rifle unfit for southpaws, however.

The metal is finished a little shinier than matte and is even all around. Markings are lasered on the metal, where they appear silver.


Rifle’s nomenclature is lasered on the left side of the baseblock.

The trigger
BAM didn’t copy the Rekord exactly and in so doing, they missed the boat. What you get is a delightful single-stage trigger with adjustable pull weight. If you can work with a single-stage trigger, this is a very good one. Light and relatively creep-free, but it isn’t a Rekord.


A crisp single-stage trigger that’s unlike a Rekord in operation. It still beats many popular sporting triggers found on air rifles today.

Dimensions
The rifle is 44.5″ long and weighs a light 7.5 lbs. That’s 1.5 lbs. less than an R1 of the equivalent power. The barrel is 16″ long, but the muzzlebrake adds another 1.5″ to that. The pull length is 14-1/8″.

Cocking and trigger-pull
The rifle cocks at a surprisingly low 24 lbs. of force, which is amazing considering the advertised power. The piston seal is honking like a goose–a sure sign that things are too dry inside. That leads me to wonder if I shouldn’t try to tune the rifle to see if I might knock off another pound of effort. The trigger lets go at 3 lbs., 2 oz. of pull. Because it’s a single-stage, I don’t want to adjust it too light or it could slip off by itself. The release is crisp and repeatable. And the safety, which is a weakness with Rekord triggers, is very crisp and positive. One negative observation is that the baseblock is under far too little tension. Once cocked, the barrel flops around freely instead of remaining in any position. A tune would fix that, as well.

A very nice air rifle
The B26 needs to make no apologies. It seems to hold its own with the R9. Apart from not having the Rekord trigger and the wood putty, the B26 is quite the air rifle–especially for less than $200. That’s $300 less than the rifle it copies.

60 thoughts on “BAM B26-2 thumbhole Part 1

  1. My B26-2 also had a single stage trigger. After “adjusting” the trigger stop, I found that it is now a two stage trigger, as it should be.


  2. B.B.

    I guess I was thinking the Marksman 70 series came before the 55. At least localy the 55 didn’t turn up till a year or more later.

    Also when I comepare the BSF 70 , the Marksman 70/71 and the R10 there isn’t a lot of difference. My 70/71 have the BSF trigger and safety. The later ones switched to the Rekord trigger and are a dead ringer for the R10.

    All keepers.

    Al


  3. I have the B26-2 in .22 and love it. The high comb was a big problem and I joined the cult of converting these to Tyrolean style stocks. It was more work than I bargained for, but turned out beautifully and what a great shooter! Untuned it was flinging hunting weight pellets around 630 fps.
    Highly recommended and thanks for re-visiting this excellent value.


  4. What surprises me is the selection of BAM rifles have dwindled at PyramydAir. The B40 has become non-existant, and the same goes for .22 calibers in the remaining rifles.


  5. I have been looking for a break-barrel rifle for my brother in .177 and around $100. I was just looking at the Ruger Airhawk Combo. First, I noticed tat the front sight looks exactly like the one on my RWS Panther. Then, I noticed that the safety also looks the same. Is this an RWS rifle with a scope for $110?! If so, I will look no further. I love my Panther and if this is the same rifle, maybe the ProGuide spring retainer would fit this rifle too making it upgradable later.


  6. B.B.

    I don’t mind the wood putty, in a rifle at that price range… what a waste to toss an otherwise good stock that has made it that far through the production process.

    But, It’s not fair to have to polish parts and “tune” it up to make it ready. Sure if you want to really step it up, but it should be to a basic standard, when it comes off the line. It should also be shot at least 10 times and the paper target put in the box, like Mendoza and the CZ634, both well under $200, and I think ready to shoot out of the box, at least on the ones I got.

    Just my $.0000000002 cents worth…

    Wayne,
    Ashland Air Rifle Range


  7. I agree Wayne. I know it may have a little less power, but for $165 my CZ630 has beautifully finished with seemingly flawless wood and right out of the box it was smooth and well lubed.
    2000 shots later and it seems to be hitting a little harder and sounding a little smoother.
    I wonder if sometimes we accept ‘minor’ flaws in Chinese goods just because we have been conditioned to think we’re getting such a deal pricewise.
    cowboy dad



  8. Al,

    The Marksman 55 and 70 are the same gun with different embellishments – just as the BSF 55 and 70 are the same with a few different features. My records show that the Marksman 55 and 70 came out at the same time.

    Also, be aware there are Marksman 55s and 70s that have the Rekord trigger. So as Weihrauch used up BSF parts, they transitioned the guns to their parts.

    B.B.





  9. B.B.,

    You're welcome for the little package. Glad it made it safely. Very, very small token of gratitude for all the time you've spent helping…..besides, you're the collector not me.

    Hey guys, I agree with you. I want hand fit and finish at mass production prices. I also want $1.00 per gallon gas. The more I read about the BAM B-26 the more I'm impressed. Reasonable copy at a fraction of the price of an R-9. Even the R-9 owners send their rifles to tuners brand new, in the box, to address "mass production" flaws/shortcomings and the R-9 is now over $300 more than the BAM B-26.

    I'm also impressed by all I hear about the CZ Slavia 634's successful attempt at copying the R-7 (Wayne included). B.B., as you stated, back in 2006 you did a segment on the BAM B-26 but you also did a segment on the CZ Slavia 630 & 631. Have you had any time with the CZ Slavia 634?

    kevin lentz


  10. Kevin,

    First of all, thank you for the BBs!

    Second, I believe your take on the B26 is also mine. It may not be perfect, but at the price it offers a lot more value than similar guns.

    Of course this test is to determine that, but the .22 tested very well, and I don’t anticipate a problem with this one.

    B.B.


  11. B.B.

    Didn’t mean it as criticism, just advice to manufactures to add a little more cost and do the polishing and tuning at the factory, test it, prove you tested it with the target in the box, and price it to make a fair profit, while paying living wages….
    Now, also redo the high cheekpiece into a Tyrolean stock…

    If your going to copy with cheaper labor, let it be a copy at all levels, including quality, the advantage is to the community that can keep their cost of living down, so that their people can work for less, but still be healthy and happy..

    Wayne,
    Ashland Air Rifle Range


  12. Kevin & B.B.

    I'm very interested in the Bam B26, I've got the B-30, and probably will add this one too, but I bet if they added $100 to it's cost they would not loose one customer, because for everyone who can't afford $275 for a ready to go copy, there are two, who can, and with the internet feedback, that place in the marketplace for quality for a reasonable price is growing…

    Also keep in mind, that the adjustments, tuning and polishing that come so natural to you two, are foreign to most of us first and even fifty time buyers…

    Wayne,
    Ashland Air Rifle Range


  13. Wayne,

    Because of your many recent air gun purchases, you’re potentially a great third party resource for those consumers reading this information site trying to determine their first air gun purchase ever, or in many years.

    Which is your favorite springer, so far, under $275.00?

    kevin


  14. Kevin,

    HHHMMMMM……..
    Well, if I had $275 and wanted a springer for fun and for killing invasive starlings, English sparrows, rats and the like, I guess I would stay under 800fps because I personally don't like to deal with very much recoil, to hard to be accurate. I would have said a HW-30 but the price just went up. I haven't had the CZ634 very long, but I would probably add a leapers 4-16x50AO (I think it would fit and still break the barrel, the 3-9×40 fits with lots of room) and still be under the $275. And be shooting the perfect 750fps with very low recoil, and a very nice trigger.

    Wayne,
    AARR&R



  15. Wayne,

    What you suggest for the B26 would be difficult for Pyramyd Air, but easy for the boutique dealers. They would have to hand-tune each gun to get the best possible performance. Now, that might add more than $100, if the dealer was a serious businessman, and not just in it for fun.

    But a company the size of Pyramyd Air would have to restructure their operation to do the same thing, because in the time the small dealer has sold one gun, they’ve sold 250. And their dealers, like you, would never be able to take advantage of the tuned rifle, because they wouldn’t be able to supply them.

    Could it be done? Probably, with a Demming restructuring of the entire operation. Is it a good idea? Probably not for Pyramyd Air.

    B.B.


  16. I have to admit I’ve a thing against Chinese merchandise at the moment.
    I think it was on this site that I read that a fairly high percentage of Chinese springers come from the factory with either bent or broken springs, and that the failure rate of the ‘good’ ones a year later is pretty high as well.
    I won’t go into lead based paint on childrens toys or melamine in milk and other food products.
    I feel that on the one hand we get what we pay for (no one in my opinion should bitch when their WallyMart product craps out), but moreso that we help drive up the cost of the ‘good’ products, so perpetuating the problem.

    So Beeman sells there Model X for $250, sells 10000 of them at $75 profit and nets $750000. Then China brings out a much cheaper model that everyone admits isn’t as good as the Beeman…but it’s a $100 less and sells like hotcakes.
    Suddenly Beeman is only selling 2500 of their guns, but of course needs to see the same profit (they still have employees to pay and such) so suddenly the Beeman retails for $500. What was once a somewhat affordable gun is now, for most of us high priced.
    So of course more of us will buy the Chinese version.
    It’s a never ending cycle.

    Like many, I of course have a limited income…Bill Gates I ain’t!!.
    But rather than having to have everything I pick and choose…so far only two air rifles to my name (not counting the boys Red Ryder)…but like most things I own I feel pride of ownership because they are well made quality pieces.

    Anyways…that’s my take on life. LOL

    cowboydad


  17. B.B.
    I'm suggesting that the factory do the improvements, where they have the cheap labor. That is what the factory that makes the CZ634 is doing now.

    I totally agree that it would never work for PA to do it.

    PA would actually have more time to do what they do best, (customer service and mounting scopes and repair of broken stuff), if they didn't have to deal with all the returns and unhappy customers from the not ready guns and untrue advertising of the manufactures..just a thought..

    Wayne,
    AARR&R


  18. B.B.

    This sounds familiar down to the high cheekpiece just like on my B30; that cheekpiece feels surprisingly good with properly fitted iron sights and both a low and high mount scope. The wood that BAM uses for its stock remains a mystery. Let's see how the B26 shoots and whether things start dropping off.

    Regarding the polishing and tuning of BAM rifles, that would have turned what I expect to be a good deal with a few hitches into a really fantastic one.

    Wayne, my repaired B30 is on the way back from PA, so prepare for battle. >:-)

    Matt61


  19. Matt61,

    I'll be here "paaarrtnerr" high noon or sunset?

    What kind of head start (yards closer) do you need with that clunker.. against the S410?..

    BTW, great advice on using smaller targets…. I think some how it does improve my groups…. I looked back at some boards I kept, and the ones with the 1" dots were better than the 2" dots, which were better than the 3" dots… the 1/2" dots were the best… That's looking back… I will do a more intense trial on the subject..

    Aren't you nice to help me beat the pants off you..

    You didn't want me to use a lessor gun did you?

    Wayne,
    AARR&R


  20. BB,

    Interesting article. If BAM is really a step up from the Industry guns as I keep reading, something like this should be a really capable platform. Just from reading, the R-9 has caught my attention as a good all-around BB, so its nice to see there’s a close copy. One missing option currently is moderate power side- and under-levers. Perhaps BAM could take the same powerplant and trigger and do something like that with it.

    I don’t think the fact that a little tuning will improve it is a mark against any air rifle, although I suppose I would like the option to pay 30% or so extra for a factory tuned model if everything else matched my preferences…that’s a big “if”:).


  21. Wayne,

    We can do this asynchronous. As for range, I’ll actually get out to the 25 yard range at the local club, so we don’t need to compensate for distance.

    You’re welcome about the smaller targets. It’s just like the saying from one of the blogs about aiming small, but I’ve found it confirmed from so many different sources. A 15th century treatise on Chinese archery says how one should focus not just on the center of the target but on a grain at the center of that (then release the string like a dragonfly landing on the water). This all seems based on the principle that vision is tied into the brain much closer than any of the other senses; as the eyes go, so goes the mind. I’ve particularly enjoyed experimenting with this for snap shooting. By just looking at the target in the Lucky McDaniel method (a blog entry you can search for), my accuracy is almost equal to the modern technique of the flash sight picture–at a significantly higher speed. And, like I said, I’m really reaping the benefits of follow-through where I look through the shot at the target instead of follow the sights as they bounce from the recoil; it does wonders.

    So, I want your A game. But having said that the S410 is a pretty tough opponent. No harm in trying that (He lowers expectations VP fashion). But I was also thinking of taking on your best choice for springer at around $150 like the Avenger. In spite of its shortcomings, I continue to believe that the B30 is a heck of a deal which was one of my driving reasons for buying it in the first place.

    So get out the Liquid Paper to modify your targets (the greater will be my glory). Whoops how did that get in there. And we’ll get this done.

    Matt61


  22. B.B.

    I just had a look at the American Rifleman. Would you say that is the leading magazine on rifles? The articles seem much more thorough than others and their protocol of five 5 shot groups for testing is also more demanding than other magazines which seem to go with random selections of 3 shot groups. The stories I could tell about my 3 shots groups…. Anyway is this the leading gun magazine?

    Matt61


  23. B.B.,

    Off topic, has RWS upgraded the front sight on the Panther since your review? It looks like a globe sight from the pictures. Can we expect that feature if we purchase a new Panther from Pyramyd?


  24. B.B.
    I was just wondering if Xisico owned or made the BAM rifles ? I was also told that Xisico made air rifles for other companies like Crosman ? This BAM B26 looks so much like the Benjamin Super Streak without sights that it isn’t even funny. I woned the SS in .22 caliber and it only lasted a month and 800 shots before the mainspring broke. I read you review on the Super Streak and what you said about the dry and crunchy sounding mainspring and wondered if this had something to do with it. It doesn’t have access to oil the mainspring like my RWS. The SS went back and I got a refund because it was under 30 days but I learned a valuable lesson on Chinese made airguns and will never buy one again. Did Xisico make the Super Streak for Crosman/Benjamin-Sheridan ???


  25. Matt,

    The American Rifleman is certainly the best and most authoritative gun magazine on the American Market. That has been true for over a century. It’s just one good reason for belonging to the NRA.

    B.B.



  26. uw hunter,

    The Airhawk is mostly a copy of the ’34: it takes the same seals (piston and breech) and a similar spring, it comes apart the same way, and even copies the T05 trigger. But either working on it or shooting it you’ll never mistake it for the real thing.

    That’s not to say that it’s all bad. It even has some design improvements, notably an articulated cocking line similar to the 350. In many respects it’s really something that a gun this complex can sell (with scope) for less than $100 from some vendors (although I don’t think they have pyramyd’s generous return policy).

    I’ve tried 2 of them, the 2nd was much better than the first. Still, I’m having some trouble with the newer one shooting consistently at 60 yards. I suspect it’s a pellet issue.


  27. David,

    Xisico is the U.S. representative for SOME BAM airguns – but apparently not all.

    I think Xisico might have had a hand with the Benjamin Super Streak, but I don’t know for sure.

    The B26 is definitely NOT the same rifle as the Benjamin Super Streak. For starters, it is MUCH smaller and lighter. The thumbhole stocks do look alike, but in person the Super Streak is much larger.

    B.B.


  28. BB, the B26 SHOULD have a real, gen-U-wine 2 stage trigger in that an intermediate lever moves towards tripping the sear through the 1st stage as well as the 2nd, with a noticeable increase in effort in the second stage.

    However on the last B26 I had the lever couldn’t move forward enough to work properly. I finally determined that the housing wasn’t stamped and/or folded quite right, and it was keeping the trigger from returning all the way. A little bit of grinding took care of it.

    I used my B20′s trigger (which works properly) as a guide when troubleshooting the B26.


  29. There is no trigger stop screw. When you let go of the trigger, it comes forward to rest against a metal tab. I bent this tab forward to allow the trigger to come farther forward when it is released. It took a little doing but it gave me a nice two stage trigger. Maybe trigger rest is a better description.




  30. B.B.

    Thanks. Anything you could tell me about a guy named Bryce Towsley? On a hunch, I ordered his hobby gunsmithing book and have enjoyed it partly for his laid-back folksy presentation and anecdotes about past blunders. Then I saw that he is some kind of editor for The American Rifleman. His liking for Savage rifles is a credit to him in my opinion.

    Matt61


  31. BB,
    I have a question about lubing the spring of an shadow express. It is very buzzy, but how many drops and how far apart? great job with the B26-2. It reminds me of teh rmeington summit, great gun for the price. I bought a gamo sampler pack and found that the changed the shape of most of there pellets.
    Shadow express dude


  32. BB, it sounds like ‘Trigger rest’ had exactly the same problem – the trigger wasn’t coming forward enough. He solved it by bending, as I recall I did it by grinding (because I didn’t want to risk breaking the tab). But they both acheive the same effect.

    Shadow Express Dude, I don’t think you’re gonna fix the buzzy Shadow by dripping anything into the cocking slot. The simplest way of fixing that is to pull the spring and apply Maccarri’s spring tar. It’s a super-sticky and super-thick grease that sticks to the spring and dampens vibration. Ordinary greases will work over the short term but the spring will eventually sling it off – and you might get grease into the compression chamber ahead of the seal. If that happens – BANG!!!

    The other option is a custom-fitted rear guide, probably with a matched spring. Rich in Mich offers such kits. Sometimes you can get away with a Crosman Quest spring and tophat on the stock Gamo guide, depending on what diameter guide Gamo installed in your particular gun (there are two that I know of).

    Hope this helps…


  33. Matt61,

    The Avenger 1100s should be here any day, but not yet, we could wait… or The RWS94 probably is as accurate as the B30 but not with me shooting it.. it has more recoil, and is harder for me to stay on with.
    How about the new CZ634, I’ve only shot it a little over 100 shots, it’s not broken in yet.. I’ll shoot it tonight to break it in more (at the smallest targets) and get more use to it.

    Thanks for the further detail on the small target focus.. Very, very interesssstttinnngggg..

    off to practice..

    Wayne




  34. Matt61: Thanks for the heads up on Lucky McDaniel. Folks, give him a google. Wayne, I’m tending to put my pellets on Matt61 as trained and improved by Lucky. B.B. I was talking with you about your training CD talking and pumping up the Air Force Talon and asked about if you’d prefilled its air tank, cause mine was almost killing me–pump was failing, being replaced at no charge by Crosman. FedX has the right sized box, if any of you have the same need. Mr.B Great Debate tonight


  35. mr.b.

    Me too!! Especially if I’m not using my s410.. And it can’t be off hand either, Matt, your way to good that way.. How about FT sitting position, I’ve been doing my sit ups..

    Wayne


  36. Mr. B

    The blog here has a post on Lucky McDaniel and instinct shooting which is how I heard about him, and I got hold of his book that B.B recommended. It’s a quick read. McDaniel was quite amazing and his book is full of Americana–the shooting culture of the South specifically.

    As for the method, it seems to boil down to looking above the target you’re shooting at to compensate for the height difference between your eye and the barrel when you shoulder the rifle without bending to look through the sights. After that, it’s practice. However, it doesn’t really translate outside of snap shooting.

    Wayne, I’m going to actually try to be normal about this one with no weird formulas. I’ll go out to the 25 yard range and benchrest it and you can stick with your recliner. There’s no rush since the rifle just arrived this afternoon, and I need to refamiliarize myself. Besides, I only get out to the range once a month.

    Maybe sitting is in the future. I don’t know if I can do enough sit-ups to get me in shape for the traditional FT sitting position, but there is another way. While paging through a book on the M1 Garand, I came across a picture of soldiers on a target range with a different sitting position. They opened the legs out more so that the knee was bent far past 90 degrees AND they turned the knees outward so that the feet were resting on the outside edges of their boots rather than right on the heel and sole. The elbows were rested on the insides of the thighs. I tried it out, and it doesn’t strain the stomach or make me feel like I’m going to tip over. It looks sort of like this but with the ankles uncrossed:

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/
    army/fm/3-22-31/image330.gif

    It felt so good, I’m wondering why FT shooters don’t use it. Maybe because the strap to secure their legs is better. Anyway, this might save you a few sit-ups, Wayne.

    I missed the debate tonight but doubt it could have surpassed the online commentary on it by my fellow countryme which really cracked me up.

    Matt61


  37. Matt61,

    I guess were are testing the rifles mostly, so benchrests makes more sense.. I can't get 25 yards inside where my recliner is… so bench rests outside is it.. we have to both pick days with little or no wind..
    What scope are you going to use?

    A weird thing is going on for me.. last night I put on the 3-9x40AO leapers with 2 piece accushot high mounts. It sighted in real quick. Tonight, I wanted to put the 4-16x50AO on, but when I got it on it was shooting 3 feet low at 20 yards, with it adjusted all the way up. I switched to a one piece mount thinking the mounts were the problem, and still the same. I put shimms under the front and got to with in 3" with it adjusted all the way, so I took it off and put back the 3-9x40AO, and it was fine.

    Isn't that weird? Could there be something wrong with the 4-16×50 scope? Is there barrel droop in the CZ634? If there is, why does the 3-9×40 work? Now that I think of it I think I did have a problem with that particular scope, but I'm not sure, I've got so many different guns and scopes, I don't remember.

    Wayne,
    AARR&R


  38. Wayne,

    I have to comment on what you said about shimming your scope. You said you shimmed under the FRONT of the scope, when the pellet was shooting low. You should have shimmed the REAR. Shimming the front will make the gun shoot lower than before.

    B.B.





  39. Mr. B.,

    I had pumped my Talon SS tank to just over 2,000 psi before starting the filming for the video. That is the easy part, of course.

    I have been using hand pumps since 1996, so I;m used to them. I don’t find them too difficult, except for filling big bores that exhaust the air in a few shots.

    B.B.


  40. The wood on my B26-2 was quite acceptable. There was a little filler but since I was refinishing anyway, it went away. Under a light stain and many coats of Tru Oil you would be surprised how much figure and character it has.
    I am no expert but I did spend a lot of time on it… there are few pics at http://www.gatewaytoairguns.com/airguns/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=11164&mid=86280#M86280
    The 26 itself is light, solid, compact, and cocks and shoots very smoothly. A professionally tuned one would be a truly wonderful rifle.


  41. B.B.

    I tried shimming the back first, that was my instinct, but I couldn’t see any change. This must mean the scope is broken inside.. could it be anything else?
    Especially since the 3-9×40 works perfect with lots of up and down adjustment… The strangest thing is I got the closest by shimming the front.. Is it possible to put the scope together backwards at the factory?

    Thanks,
    Wayne




  42. Davehoot,

    Great job on the stock! Scrolled through all your pictures but can’t tell, did you add the checkpiece to the existing stock or fabricate an entire stock? Lot of tru oil then what did you use to finish? I’m considering the $6,000 cost!!!!!

    kevin


  43. Thanks, B.B.

    I'll call PA and get it fixed, or send it back to Leapers. It's good to hear that Matt got his fixed with out issues, even if it takes some time..

    Wayne,
    AARR&R


  44. That was all mod to the existing stock, no pieces added. About 12 coats of TruOil over Minwax Golden Oak (oil based). I just left it TruOil for now. I never got a really good pic of the finished product but there is a lot of wood to work with.
    Others have done nicer ones!



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