Can a competent home woodworker cut a Marlin 30-30 lever action wood stock?

My son's first hunt is coming up and I was going to give him my old 30-30. However, he's small for his age and the stock is a little long. Is it possible for me to cut the stock without encountering issues or is this something a gunsmith should do instead? I'm a pretty competent woodworker.

Asked By: marty d - 9/1/2008
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Instead of chopping it down, you would be better off getting an entirely new one. Not only do you need to change the length, you need to adjust the rest of the stock to fit his smaller stature as well. Do you have any accessories built into the butt plate? I used to own a Winchester lever action with a cleaning kit... More
Answered By: ? - 9/1/2008
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Yes it's possible if you know what you're doing. Biggest issue I see in it would be refitting the recoil pad.
Answered By: halsca - 9/1/2008
While I'm not doubting your skill as a competent woodworker... More
Answered By: Joe H - 9/1/2008
yes, you could do it or you could build a new ( smaller ) one entirely if you have the skill and the tools , that way you could reinstall the old one again when he outgrown it,
Answered By: DragonLord 66 - 9/1/2008
well id figure out how much shorter he needs it then just cut a inch or so off the stock let him handle it and if neccasary cut a little more off you may need to refinish the stock which is quite easy (im 13 and i do it to guns all the time) if he is small sized u may want to get him a slip on recoil pad. these can be... More
Answered By: Jonah W - 9/1/2008
Of course its possible but let me offer another suggestion. The stock is too long for him? Just cut the stock down a bit and add a recoil pad or sleeve if you cut away too much. H
Answered By: H - 9/1/2008
Absolutely you can! My husband had to do this for me on my Marlin 30-30, I just could not shoot is comfortably with a full sized stock. I am very small... More
Answered By: fourwindgsd - 9/1/2008
Sure you can do it. You will have to know how to set the angle to cut it and how to do the cutting so that you don't make a mess of the finish. Once the stock is cut, you will have to get a new buttplate or recoil pad since the stock will be much shorter from toe to heel after the cut. I would just cut parallel to... More
Answered By: CIH(Ret) - 9/1/2008
It's a piece of cake if you have a chop saw. Take your time lining it up so it's nice and square. You can always get an adjustable recoil pad for when he's older for it also. Good luck.
Answered By: pagg3 - 9/1/2008
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