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Ballard Straight Grip Reciever?
Nov 6th, 2017 at 5:39pm
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Know that the Ballard receivers are different for straight & pistol grip stocks. If one has a straight-grip receiver, how does one put on a pistol grip stock? Is it a fairly simple process of simply fitting the wood or is it more involved then that?
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Reply #1 - Nov 6th, 2017 at 6:22pm
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Not really a big deal.  Just feather it in with a gentle radius.  I've done several, here's one.
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Reply #2 - Nov 6th, 2017 at 6:27pm
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Here's another.  You might have to bend your lever just a little.
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Reply #3 - Nov 6th, 2017 at 6:36pm
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Thx. That's some nice wood on those rifles. Pretty much what I remembered on fitting a PG stock.
  

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Reply #4 - Nov 7th, 2017 at 12:34am
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Not that anyone would rework an original Ballard pistol grip stock. But if you're restocking a straight grip you can simply order a pistol grip stock blank and remove the extra wood where it meets the receiver to make it a pistol grip on a straight grip receiver.

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Reply #5 - Nov 14th, 2017 at 3:52pm
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This post was very timely for me as I had "got the bug again" last week and dug out a .32-40 octagon barreled JMarlin Ballard straight grip project... been collecting parts for the last several years... and have a nice stick of shaped wood for a No 8 LR. Need to get a few parts for the dst breech block as well as either make or buy the dst trigger group. Thinking I'm going to get to work reaming that tapered seat so I can get the stock fitted up and roughed in. Smiley
  
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Reply #6 - Nov 14th, 2017 at 4:47pm
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Dave Crossno Gun Service offers several pistol grip stock patterns for straight grip Ballard actions; 405-396-8786.
  
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Reply #7 - Nov 14th, 2017 at 5:50pm
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idjeffp wrote on Nov 14th, 2017 at 3:52pm:
This post was very timely for me as I had "got the bug again" last week and dug out a .32-40 octagon barreled JMarlin Ballard straight grip project... been collecting parts for the last several years... and have a nice stick of shaped wood for a No 8 LR. Need to get a few parts for the dst breech block as well as either make or buy the dst trigger group. Thinking I'm going to get to work reaming that tapered seat so I can get the stock fitted up and roughed in. Smiley


A 1" step bit and a coarse rat tail file do a good job of relieving the tang area.
  

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Reply #8 - Nov 14th, 2017 at 6:42pm
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Thanks marlinguy... I'll keep that in mind.

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Reply #9 - Dec 7th, 2017 at 8:01am
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marlinguy wrote on Nov 7th, 2017 at 12:34am:
Not that anyone would rework an original Ballard pistol grip stock. But if you're restocking a straight grip you can simply order a pistol grip stock blank and remove the extra wood where it meets the receiver to make it a pistol grip on a straight grip receiver.

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Fine looking Ballard
  
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Reply #10 - Dec 7th, 2017 at 2:14pm
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George Schoyen had a unique solution by notching the rear of the receiver, thus allowing a more graceful transition. Author John Dutcher illustrates this in his outstanding book on Ballard. This is of course when straight grip Ballards were considerably less valuable. I was able to examine a few of these years ago in John's collection. They were very well done and I thought at the time that a curved notch might be more pleasing to the eye, but never did any drawings to follow thru. See page 352 in John's book.   Krag
  

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Reply #11 - Dec 7th, 2017 at 2:43pm
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The notch that was seen on some Schoyen rifles is a neat way to make a closer pistol grip. But it requires a very special stock custom made to work with it. Schoyen had Henry Simmons to do all his stock work, but the rest of us have to muddle through, or pay somebody to build a special stock for this design.
I have a couple straight grip Ballard Schoyen rifles. One uses the non pistol grip stock similar to a #6 Schuetzen. The other has a stock modified to pistol grip, from straight grip, as shown above.
  

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Reply #12 - Dec 7th, 2017 at 9:46pm
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Vall:

Your Ballard's leave me awestruck!

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Flatlander wrote on Dec 7th, 2017 at 9:46pm:
Vall:

Your Ballard's leave me awestruck!

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