Outdoor Skills - Hunting Q&A

Q: I recently bought a synthetic-stocked custom rifle from a friend. What I didn't notice at the time is that the action is epoxied permanently into the stock. Why? Should I leave it like that?

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A: When synthetic stocks were starting to become popular in the early 1980s, gunsmiths routinely epoxied the actions in place because it was thought that would make the guns more accurate. It has no real effect on accuracy, however, and is a handicap for a hunting rifle because you can't take the gun apart in the field for cleaning and repair. To break the epoxy bond, leave the rifle in a freezer overnight, then remove the action screws and rap the underside of the barrel hard with a rubber mallet. The barreled action should pop clear of the stock.