Marauder stock update – cheek rest, finish   2 comments

Greetings Everyone,

I have been busy over the holidays and have not been writing very much lately. I have been working on a few projects at the house also over the holidays. One such project is for the Marauder factory stock and trying to make a risible cheek rest and refinish the stock removing the horrid brown.

For starters, I wanted to refinish the stock with just Tru-Oil. I decided to sand off the cheezy forearm checking and the Benjamin name that is off-center.

I started with a belt sander with 120 grit sand paper (removing butt pad of course). I sanded down the bottom of the forearm and sides. That removed the items mentioned above. I then sanded down the rest of the stock with 120 grit by hand. Afterward, I worked up to 400 grit for the entire stock.


Cutting the Cheek Rest

Since I don’t have a work shop or any nice tools, I purchased a long jig-saw blade at Home Depot and began marking the stock. I did not mask off the top of the cheek rest area, but now in hind sight I should have.

I went outside on my front porch, put the stock in the gun vice and carefully cut the cheek out. After some further sanding the results are as follows.


Installing the Rising Hardware

With the cheek rest cut out,  I measured and found the center of the bottom portion of the stock. I then found the half way point and then measured the half-way mark  from the center to the edge. Once I had the two points for the holes, I drilled two holes about 1 1/2″ deep. At Lowes I purchased two bolts, two bushings, and two 1/2″ set screws.  I cut off the top of the hex bolts with my Dremel and set them aside. In the top portion of the cheek rest, I measured again and drilled two holes  just big enough for the bolt threads to fit in (deep enough to cover the threads). I then took the threaded portion of the bolt and fit the bolts into the top portion of the cheek rest. Everything seems to be fitting correctly.

For the bottom portion, the bolts will go into (with the cheek rest attached) and simply slide up and down. However, I did not want the set screws to press against and dent the wood. I pushed the bushings (about a half inch long) down into the holes in the bottom. I made sure, while at Lowes, the bolts would fit into the bushings. So the bolts – or cheek rails – are going into the bottom portion of the stock and into the bushings in the bottom. The bolts fit tight into the bushings. When the set screws are tapped and threaded, they will simply push the bolts against the bushing and keep the cheek rest centered.

Refinishing the Stock

With all the holes drilled – and everything sanded down to 400 grit sand paper – I now began to apply Tru-Oil. I used a lint-free cloth and gloves to apply the Tru-Oil. After every coat dried for a few hours, I would lightly sand the stock with 400 grit. Wipe everything down and apply the next coat. I applied six (6) coats of Tru-Oil over a week or so.

Once everything was dry (I let the stock sit about a week or so), I masked off the area for the set screws and installed them.

Here is the finished product.

In the photo above, you can see where I wrapped sandpaper around an old medicine bottle and ‘cut’ a grove for my hand to better fit into.

The stock is too light for FT, but for now I will make due. In the picture below, you can see my nice large sidewheel on the Hawke Sidewinder. The sidewheel was made from a toilet flange found at Lowes.


My wife received a vinyl cutting machine for Christmas, so she made me some stickers for the carrying box.

I will need to add a knee riser. I will do that later. For now, I need to work on my yard markings on the scope sidewheel.

Until next time, may God bless your day.

In Christ,


Posted January 18, 2011 by avv604 in Airguns, Marauder

2 responses to “Marauder stock update – cheek rest, finish

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  1. Jeff,
    Thanks for the blog and great posts. I’m curious about replicating the stock comb project and was curious if you could give a follow up or more details. How is it holding up? Do you have any more pics, or a link to a similar project that inspired you? I think I have the gist, but would really feel more confident going ahead with it if I could see the ‘guts’.
    I was contemplating dropping $50+ on comb hardware, but after seeing this-no way!

    Thanks again and keep up the great work!

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