Remington Mohawk 600


A gentleman from North Dakota sent in this classic piece for a little touch-up and love and a lot of stock work. Someone had taken the time to carve and inlet the stock, but slacked on the detail work and didn’t apply any finish. So we put a wrapping shadow line around the cheekpiece and gave the thumbhole a bit more flow, straightened some corners and edges, gave her a good sanding and coated with a hand-rubbed oil finish, mounted and zeroed the Vortex Crossfire II, and had an incredible time doing the whole thing. Early spring storms have been difficult to beat with the additional humidity substantially increasing finish dry times – sometimes almost two days per coat! But finally done, and another happy customer on the books. Pictures of various stages of the project are shown and captioned below. Who’s got the next stock project?

 

 

The Remington Mohawk 600, as it arrived in our shop. Rather unsightly, but that’s about to change.

 

This photo and the one below show some lumps in the surface and line flow. We almost forgot to take these photos, the rasp gouges shown are where some of the heavy work started.

 

Note the roll of the cheek piece as it rises from the gun butt. Just a scoop right up to the edge, it needs a bit more line flair to match the middle of the stock – we’ll fix that.

 

Just an overall shot of the stock before things get messy…

 

Another shot of the cheek piece roll, and an example of why stocks must be finished. Oil is hard to remove.

 

Freshly cut shadow line around the cheek piece. We think it adds character and a sense of completion, given the European line flow from the previous stock maker.

 

This photo shows the roughed-out line flow continued from the shadow line around the cheek piece. This normally stays on the same side and is feathered back out, but since the cheek piece rolls over the top, it must be followed. Or to put it bluntly, if you don’t do that it looks ridiculous.

 

Best tool in the shop. Rubber erasers make the best sanding blocks and can be shaped to match stock curvature with relative ease. And as stated, this one is for BIG mistakes. Get those tooling marks out!

 

We didn’t snap a photo after final sanding. This shot is just after a light sealer coat to be used for grain leveling. Also shows some flaws and marks if you aren’t thorough during sanding.

 

 

A good look at the shadow line under the cheekpiece, cutting the line resulted in slimming down some of the previous bulk on the bottom edge of the stock leading into the grip cap. Much better line appeal and stock flow now!

 

 

We love the contrasting tiger-striped maple forend cap. This is the leveling coat, several runs and extra finish here to be used as a “slurry” while wet sanding with more oil finish to fill the pores before adding the final coats.

 

 

After all the coats and a good rub back to satin with steel wool, hand polished with a soft cloth. Turned out rather well!

 

 

We don’t think there is a bad side to the piece, but the shop lighting compliments this photo quite well. A piece of unfinished black walnut under the forend for comparison.