By Wayne McLerran
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Last update: 3/15/13

In the chapter titled
Stock & Forearm in my Browning BPCR book, I
documented the differences between the original and redesigned stock.  I also
noted that some concerned rifle owners have reinforced the stock through-bolt
hole in the original design stock to prevent possible breakage.  Included in the
book appendix are details on two reinforcement techniques.  In another chapter
Shipping Your Rifle & Cracked Stocks I discuss the most common
reason for stock damage and identify some of the steps you can take to
mitigate damage.  What I’m leading up to here is a limited discussion on
options for repairing the stock or restocking a Miroku manufactured Browning
or Winchester BPCR.

In addition to the several hundred rifle owners I communicated with while
writing my book, I have bought, sold, handled, disassemble and reassembled
scores of Miroku manufactured Browning and Winchester BPCR.  Many of
the Browning’s had the original design stock.  Although I’ve heard of a couple
of original design stocks that cracked around the through-bolt hole, I personally
have seen only one rifle with a small crack at the toe of the butt, the area next
to the through-bolt hole where the wood is the thinnest.  The crack was a result
of dropping the rifle on the toe of the butt plate in a concrete floor.  By far, the
most likely cause of stock damage (usually at the wrist) is during shipping or
if the rifle is dropped on a hard surface.

In any case, you may be reading this because you have a damaged forearm or
stock and are wondering what the options are to return your Browning or
Winchester BPCR back to like new condition, or at least as close to like new
as possible.  Most of the following discussion will focus on stock repair or
replacement since forearm damage is much less likely.  Concerning do-it-
yourself stock repair, I don’t have the in-depth knowledge and certainly do not
intend to instruct you on the techniques involved.  The intent of this discussion
is to pass along the knowledge I’ve accumulated while having a few stocks
repaired or replaced.

No doubt some readers have woodworking experience and may have repaired
a stock or two in the past.  If the stock is not damaged too badly and you feel
comfortable in tackling the repair, go for it.  The key words here are “feeling
comfortable” while keeping in mind that if you mess up it’ll cost you in the
neighborhood of $500 + to have someone else replace the stock.

I’ve “steamed out” dents in many stocks and have successfully repaired a few
cracked stocks and forearms.  When properly finished, most of the repairs
were invisible and the repaired stock was as strong as or stronger than it was
originally.  I will admit to “messing up” a couple in the process of learning
some of the finer techniques.  Certainly, in my opinion, the hardest repairs are
cracks in the checkered wrist area.  In that case, after making the initial repairs,
you’d better be experienced in touching up checkering and have some of the
basic checkering tools on hand.

Assuming you have decided not to repair the stock yourself, as I see it, you
have four options:

1)  Send the rifle to Browning/Winchester for stock replacement.  Since
the rifle is proof fired after any repairs, they will need the complete rifle
(minus the stock).  Prior to replacing the stock you will receive a notice
confirming the total cost and requesting your permission to proceed.  Expect
the cost to run around $450.00.  A new case colored butt plate and grip cap
is included.  Only the new design stock is used, which will also fit the earlier
manufactured Browning’s with the original design stock.  Send the Rifle to
Browning/Winchester Repair
1 Browning Place, Arnold, MO 63010.  Phone: 1-800-322-4626, ext. 2860.

2)  Contact one of the companies listed below that purchase, stock and
resell obsolete parts from Browning/Winchester.
 In some cases they may
offer installation services.  I do know for a fact that from time to time one or
more of these companies had BPCR stocks in inventory which you could
purchase.  Be advised that some, most likely minimal, inletting and refinishing
will be required by you.  Also note that the stock will likely be the new design,
which will also fit the earlier manufactured Browning’s with the original design
stock.  This means that if your broken stock is the original design, the original
butt plate will not fit the new design stock.  The new design replacement stock
may be supplied with a new butt plate and grip cap “in white” (unfinished
condition).  The grip cap is interchangeable but the butt plate is not, meaning
you will have to send the new “in white” butt plate off to another company for
color case hardening.  See listing below on Signal Mountain Gun Works.

Western Gun Parts
18124 107 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5S 1K5, Canada, Phone: (780) 489-
5711, Fax: (780) 489-5717

Midwest Gunworks (MGW)
1101 Mason Circle Drive South, Pevely, MO, 63070, Phone: (636) 475-7300,
Fax: (636) 475-7303

Commemorative Arms Company
5149 Daggett Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110, Phone: (314) 771-5700, Fax:
(314) 771-5767

Signal Mountain Gun Works
PO Box 570, 260 Big Clearing Road, Roundup, MT 59072, Phone: (406) 323-
The company does color-casehardening work for Browning and Winchester
using a potassium-cyanide-based technology.  Owner is John Witt.

3)  Send the stock to a reputable company that specializes in repairing
and refinishing broken or damaged stocks.
 No doubt there are gunsmiths that
have the ability to repair stocks, but the only company that I’m aware of and
recommend is:

18 Sage Hill Road, Glenrock, WY 82637-1843, Phone: (307) 436-5561
Owner Bob Fulton and his son Doug specializes in repairing and refinishing
broken or damaged rifle and shotgun stocks.  They have an excellent
reputation and usually have a backlog of several months of work.

4)  Purchase a replacement stock from CPA Corporation or Macon Gunstocks
which will require some inletting and refinishing.
 The cost will be significantly
impacted by the quality of the wood you select.  If you decide to take this route
be aware that the original Browning BPCRs utilized two stock designs.  The rifles
manufactured in 1996 thru mid 1998 had the original stock design.  Around mid
1998 Miroku switched to a new design that changed the angle of the through-bolt
hole, which necessitated a change in the butt plate.  
The stocks are interchangeable but the butt plate is not.

CPA Corporation
RR 2 Box 1012, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
Phone: (570) 828-1669, Fax: (570) 828-8333
Owners are Paul and Gail Shuttleworth.  The stocks are semi-inletted and
will require some fitting and finishing.  Several grades are available, and
either right-hand or left-hand cheekpiece versions.  Current replacement
Browning BPCR stocks are patterned from the 1st generation (original
design with 3.2” butt plate screw center-to-center spacing), which has the
opening of the through-bolt hole very close to the toe of the stock.  But since
the through-bolt hole is drilled in a separate step, CPA indicated it can be
located to match Browning’s redesigned stock, which moved the hole opening
away from the toe and has a 4.05” butt plate screw spacing.

Macon Gunstocks
34535 Lickingteller Ave., Warsaw, MO 65355
Phone: (660) 438-4699
Macon makes very reasonable priced stocks for Winchester/Browning Miroku
manufactured 1885 rifles. The stocks are machine inletted & require some
additional hand-inletting to obtain the correct fit.

I hope the above information is useful in helping you make a decision.

Wishing you great shooting,