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A couple of weeks ago I was in a different LGS than I normally frequent. Some guy came in with a rusty Marlin 30-30 with a broken stock. He wanted $200 and the LGS didn't want it. He lowered it to $150 and they guy told him he didn't want it any price because he didn't want to clean and fix it. I asked the owner if he minded if I made and offer and he said go for it. I told the guy $100 and you pay the transfer. He said no and left. He came back in 5 minutes later and said yes. I should have taken some before pics. It had lots of fine rust and has some minor pitting. I wasnt interested in refinishing it so I just oiled it for a few days and cleaned it with some 000 steel wool and rags. Did a complete disassemble and cleaned everything. Bore was nasty but shined right up and everything seems to work great. The stock has 2 breaks and someone drilled a hole and put a 5/16 bolt through it so to me it's beyond repair. I see lots of stocks for sale that are new and need about 5% refitting. I think I'm going to try and find a used one so it matches the worn used look. Also had a cheap scope on it with some high rise rings. I'll probably put peep sight on it.
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The stock was repairable until they did this to it...
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Epoxy and case head inserts.

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Sturm, Ruger & Co. acquired the Marlin assets from Remington Outdoor Company. I'd contact Ruger and tell them about the broken stock and see if they have a replacement available.
 

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I think the stock you need is only $90. $68 for the fore end. For that price you could get all new wood.
 

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Epoxy and case head inserts.

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Well I couldn't find a decent used stock so this is what I did. Only problem is the wood is crushed a bit beyond the case heads but for the price and for what I'm going to do with it It will be fine with me as long as it holds together. I cut two cases down to about 1/2" and used a dowel between them and filled everything with epoxy. I also fixed the two original cracks with some wood epoxy as well. I was thinking of refinishing it but then it would look too new for the rest of the gun. Also had a williams peep sight kicking around that fit it so I put that on as well. Now I just need to get it to the range, sight it in and make sure the stock holds up.
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I was thinking of adding some cases with a larger diameter but these just barely fit between the stock bolt hole and main spring. Also I used 30/30 cases which is what the rifle is...
 

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Iron and a wet cloth can help pull some of that wood out.
I've used that trick before on guns and wood working projects. This is crushed in pretty good so I doubt it would work. He had a 5/16 bolt, washer and nut cranked in pretty tight. That's fine for small dents but once the fibers are crushed it's a done deal.
 

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Great job. That 30-30 is a low recoiling gun. There won't be any problem with that stock.
That's what I'm hoping. The crack was pretty long though and not sure how it happened? I used a screwdriver as a wedge to open it up so I could get plenty of epoxy in the whole crack and hoping that and the epoxy with the dowel and cases holds it together. Going to take it out later and put 10-20 rounds through it real quick when i go to my LGS.
 
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