I would suggest using a water activated polyurethane adhesive like Gorilla glue. Clamp the joint afterwards as the glue will expand into the wood. Once it dries it's waterproof. I had a similar split in the nose of an Inland stock that I got real cheap from Whatacountry.com. Now you can't tell there ever was a crack. Once it dries you can scrape off any excess glue with a knife blade. The color of the glue matches the stock so it's real hard to see the repair afterwards. Since your split looks fairly tight, I would carefully pry the split apart from the inside to be sure to get the glue to completely fill the joint.
It will open if you lift on it. I did try elmers wood glue and it held for a while but came loose. Just concerned if any other glue would penetrate now. Thought about going on the inside to add some other sort of support. I would have to remove some of the other material to make room.
[quote]Originally posted by Lom1 How would you stablelize this crack.
I use glass bedding epoxy to fix stock cracks. Get a kit such as the Miles Gilbert Bedrock kit or the Brownell's Glass Bed kit. These are 2 part paste epoxies that come with epoxy stains such that one can match the wood color nearly perfectly. As was mentioned before, spread the crack from the inside of the stock, press the mixed epoxy into the opened crack, clamp the crack closed if possible, clean up squeezed out epoxy with compatible solvent. I've found by experience that this method holds where Gorilla Glue has has not.
Frank on MILSURPS that does this kind of repair and good chance you will not know it happened. While I have done some of mine (similar to yours) next time I have a stock with a crack I will send it to him and get it done right.
Every repair I've seen photos of by him was just outstanding... For those not familiar with his work he's gone to the trouble of posting before and after pics of some really neat repairs - for a variety of stock problems. He's the first guy I'd be contacting if I needed a first class repair, period.
Thanks I will get up with him would there be any contact info for him that someone would share.
On another note we talked about this stock not being correct for the barrel date, you can see this lower cut seems to go forword quite a bit. I wonder if that's normal, maybe this sock has bin cut down. Frack may be able to tell if it's bin cut down ?