Semi-finished or Semi Inletted is used to describe the level of completion our stocks are sold as. Our stocks are sold off the duplicator; this means there will be minor machining marks and small ridges to be remove by the purchaser or their stock-maker. Also, square corners in the inletting will need to be relieved. This is best done using a combination of chisels and various grades of sandpaper. For this reason, we machine the outside shape slightly oversize (Approximately 0.5mm unless specified) so that you can bring the surfaces down to final dimensions before applying your desired finish. Inletting is machined tight but as close to final dimensions as practicable, keeping in mind tolerances of the pattern stock copied and variances in metalwork by the manufacturer all contribute to the fit to your action. We tend to err on the minimum side of these dimensions (within reason) and aim to provide a good balance of the stock not requiring large amounts of work to fit but still without any unsightly gaps. The barrel channel may need to be opened out slightly to suit your particular barrel profile, and the forend tip is left square unless requested otherwise. Also, the desired recoil pad / butt plate will need to be fitted.
There are no free lunches here – the final fit and finish of the finished stock is determined by the quality of the job that is completed on the machined stock. However painstaking it is, take your time, go slow with a steady hand and remember your finished rifle will be looked at, touched, admired and used for a far longer time than it takes to do the job! Also, it will be an immensely rewarding process to go through knowing you have done the hard work!