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    Anyone slimmed down a .444 forearm and regretted it?

    G'day folks,

    I've spent the last week or so tromping around NW Ontario with my new Triple 4 (unsuccessfully) looking for deer. I've got a safety delete and a set of Skinner sights on the way which should cure my two biggest "issues" with the rifle.
    One other thing that isn't really a problem, but I'm turning it into one because I think about it too much, is the chubby forearm. When I carry it one handed, my one finger has to wrap around the wood for it to balance nicely in my hand and I was thinking of slimming it down to about even with the forearm iron.
    I'm aware, and unconcerned, that I'll lose that lovely press checkering on the forearm, I guess I'm just wondering if anyone's done it and regretted it? I'm a fair hand with a rasp and a plane so I'm not too concerned about it not turning out okay, I'm mostly wondering if there's any negatives I'm not thinking of? It looks like the wood will still be thick enough to not be worried about breakage. Any thoughts?

    And just a picture because...why not?



    Thanks,

    Cory

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    Can't imagine it would hurt anything, it all comes down to what you're satisfied with.

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    This sentence from your post, "One other thing that isn't really a problem", is your answer. This proposed fix loosely falls under the old axiom of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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    I haven't done this myself, but I understand it has been done.

    It's your rifle, go for it if you wish.

    My reservation would be that if you take it down to "even with the forearm iron" you might cut into the magazine channel in the fore end, or at least make it very thin and fragile. Most of those I've heard of don't take it down nearly so far. Make sure of the dimensions of that channel before you start.

    You might even consider picking up another used fore stock from EBay, LGS, or post a want to but on this forum. Folks do replace stock sets, due to breakage or just wanting fancier wood, and end up with an extra original. You could even carve one out from your own piece of walnut if you're handy. That's the one I would work on, if it were my rifle. That way you could put it back to original condition if need be.

    Again, it's your rifle.
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    I have several 336 in 30/30. One has a chubby forearm and I find it harder to carry. Have been thinking of slimming it down as well.
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    I am thinking of doing that myself, on my model 94. The old 1894's and 1893's were all slimmer.
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    I'd get an aftermarket replacement and keep the original, "just in case".
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    Although I have no way of verifying, I'm convinced the previous owner of my .444 not only had the barrel bobbed, but the forend slimmed as well.
    It's the same profile as the receiver pocket.
    Either way it feels better in my hands than any of my others.
    If I knew I had the skill I'd fit them all that way.



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    Vooch, nice rifle and pic! What's the length of your 444?

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    I would also get a spare and work on it preserving the original just in case. I imagine a little slimming would go a long ways, with a spare you could carve to your hearts delight. I have a friend who has a 30-30 he has two sets of wood, one for the range and one for hunting. I do not think I would go that far, but it works for him...


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