This spot is where the lower barrel band was located. I am blending it together into an unbroken fore end.
It is going to become a Mannlicher length stock for my 17" barrel small ring 7x57.
I am going to fill in the area where the barrel band retainer was with wood removed from the end of the stock where the nose cap will be.
I have found that if I take belt sander belts and cut them to fit my sanding block they last way longer than paper backed sandpaper does.
Here are some of the spots I was talking about.
I don't know if I can do it but I am trying to keep the rifle in the 6 pound neighborhood.
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