Sandog brought this up and reminded me of something I didn't like about the way the rifle "pulls up". I realized that the springy butt-plate is pointless and increases the length-of-pull by about 1/2". It always seemed like the stock was too big for what it was. I'm not tiny at a hair under 6' tall. Yes, fine, I'm odd.Pinned in the stupid springy butt plate, much better now that it's solid.
All removed, reinstalled or eliminated parts are highlighted in the diagram below.
My procedure is as follows:
- I removed the butt-plate plus all of the plunger screws and stock bolts rear of the aft take-down pin.
- Then used a flat-head screwdriver to pry the rear of the stock apart just enough to remove the guide rods and springs.
- The guide rods were reinserted with the sleeves for the plunger screws. [These sleeves are not shown in the factory diagram. An oops for HP.] Then I reinstalled the previously removed stock bolts and put the butt-plate screws (without the butt-plate) back into the guide rods with about two turns to hold them in the threading.
- I laid the carbine flat (leveled) on its left side and pulled the guide rods as far out/aft as they'd go since the sleeves stop them from coming all the way out.
- Applied PCV primer and cement to only one flat side of the guide rods with separate Q tips, pushed all three back into the stock and left it sit for a few minutes.
- Finally the butt-plate was reinstalled. Took out the three barely-in screws, popped on the butt-plate and reinstalled the three screws.
- Phillips head screwdriver
- flat head screwdriver
- 1/8" Allen key (which should have come with the firearm)
- PVC adhesive (I used the Oatey Handy Pack #30246)
- (2) Q tips