Re: Help me build my own ultralight rifle
My own experience with the MPI stocks was not good. I ordered up a graphite / kevlar stock for my Lilja built 7mm Mag model 700 and was not impressed. Now I'll start with pointing out my experience was about 10 years back and maybe they cleaned up their act in that time - hopefully so.
First it was unbelievably rough. Rough to the point where I actually had to add layers of glass and fair them down to avoid deep, unreinforced fill. The barrel channel was not glassed in and because of that, lacked the structural integrity you get with a layer of glass completely wrapping the foam. I ended up laying up a glass channel using the barrel as a mold and then glassing it in place.
Finally I sent the finished stock back to them for painting and they did it in the wrong color - still looks good but not what I asked / paid for.
In the end I got a stock which does the job but I would not repeat the process when there are better options available.
One last issue with MPI which concerns me. The place is an unbelievable dump. The times I have been in their shop it was unheated and they actually were doing much of their work outside in the damp, Portland weather. If you know anything about laminate work you will know that the environment must be controlled to achieve consistent results. I have done enough glass work, including building my own 35' sailboat & working on others, to know that the situation that existed at MPI at that time, was not conducive to bringing out the best in the medium used. Hopefully this situation has changed.
I am just now working on a Bansner for a model 70 and it is pretty well done for a rough blank. My experience with Rimrock (4 stocks) and McMillan (2) has also been good. I understand Manners also puts out a good stock.
Last edited by Jim N; 02-05-2012 at 09:24 PM.
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