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#4276736 - 07/27/10 08:19 AM Inletting for Williams bottom metal
Buckster Offline
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I recently purchased the older version of Williams bottom metal for a Remmy long action that does not have an inside-the-bow release. The rifle is currently bedded into a McMillan stock that is inletted for the Remmy factory pot metal.

How difficult is it to inlet the for the Williams? Can an average knucklehead with a Dremel tool, sharp chisels and some patience pull this off? Or is this strictly a job for a pro? Would like to hear from those who have actually attempted this. Thanks for any help

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#4276802 - 07/27/10 08:51 AM Re: Inletting for Williams bottom metal [Re: Buckster]
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I'm not a gunsmith but I did something similar. I have a model 70 that I converted from a blind magazine to a drop down floorplate. It turned out really good. I took the slow approach to removing material and it fits better than a lot of factory jobs.

A little patience, some careful use of the dremel tool, razor knife, chisels and sandpaper wrapped around a socket or straightedge for the final fitting is how I did it.


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#4276811 - 07/27/10 08:57 AM Re: Inletting for Williams bottom metal [Re: fish head]
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It can be done but why take the chance, especially with a McMillan. Take it to a good gunsmith and let him do the work. I debated the same thing myself when I switched from a two-piece TG to a Williams one-piece for a Win 70. I decided to send the stock off to Redneck to do it. He did a GREAT job with it. He is a M70 expert but I think he is willing to work M700s too. Send him a PM and he'll give you a quote.

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#4277485 - 07/27/10 02:21 PM Re: Inletting for Williams bottom metal [Re: Buckster]
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For anybody wondering:


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#4278832 - 07/28/10 05:43 AM Re: Inletting for Williams bottom metal [Re: ColdBore]
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The Williams unit I got for my SC Model 70 was pretty much a drop in.
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#4278922 - 07/28/10 06:34 AM Re: Inletting for Williams bottom metal [Re: Texas99]
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I think the sides of the floorplate are beveled, so that needs to be accommodated when doing the instal.
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#4279111 - 07/28/10 08:04 AM Re: Inletting for Williams bottom metal [Re: DMB]
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I guess I should have added this caveot. A dremel tool can be someone's friend or their worst enemy. One slip and oooooooops, damage done. I used to be an aircraft propeller mechanic and I've had lot of hands on experience with die grinders and dremel tools. I used them for many years.

A whole lot of caution in using one is advised.


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#4279121 - 07/28/10 08:11 AM Re: Inletting for Williams bottom metal [Re: fish head]
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Originally Posted By: fish head
A dremel tool can be someone's friend or their worst enemy.


Dremel tools smell fear, like a cornered tiger.

If you ain't got a grip on the situation, it's gonna chew something up.
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#4282285 - 07/29/10 10:31 AM Re: Inletting for Williams bottom metal [Re: RWE]
summitsitter Offline
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I worked on mine for about a total of 12 hours to get it to fit my McMil. then another 2 hours to get it to not interfer with the jewel trigger..All this was done on a mod. 70. Then again I'm alittle slow on the mill. Still gonna have to use some bedding to clear it up for a perfect fit.

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#4284220 - 07/29/10 09:04 PM Re: Inletting for Williams bottom metal [Re: summitsitter]
dennisinaz Offline
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20 minutes on a Bridgeport and it was done. I wouldn't do it with a Dremel on a bet.
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