T/C Westerner

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  1. Apr 9, 2019 #1

    Cdy

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    I recently picked up a T/C Black Mountain Magnum Westerner in .54 caliber. On the first range session I was shooting Hornady Great Plains conicals with 100 grains of Pyrodex RS. Unfortunately, after 18 shots I noticed cracks forming on the stock in the tang area. One crack on top and another on the left side. I made a repair with pins and epoxy but the cracks opened on the second range session. I am considering stock replacement but google searches can’t locate for this specific model. I’ve read in older posts that the BM Westerner is essentially a New Englander. Is that true will my BM Westerner barrel fit a New Englander stock?
     
  2. Apr 10, 2019 #2

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    Should go right in a New Englander stock. When ya put yer parts in the new stock be sure to get the tang tight but don’t over-tighten the lock bolt. All it needs is just a smidge past snug. Also, if the barrel is ‘springy’ loosen the tang ‘til ya install the barrel then snug it down. Might need to put a bit of beddin’ compound if ya hafta loosen it very much. Might could find a synthetic stock to eliminate crackin’ porblems.
     
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    Bubba.50 Knows What he’s talking about with these things :lewis: I use to have a Synthetic New Englander Stock, A Little Black Durable Plastic Looking Stock. i Just couldn’t learn to like it, I much prefer the looks, and feel of Wood. That said, You wouldn’t have to Worry about breaking 1 of the Synthetic New Englander Stocks, they are Tough! Keep an eye out on Ebay, i see Both the Synthetic and Wood Stocks on their Often
     
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    Thanks bubba.
     
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    Non exactly sure how the Black Mountain trigger group is set up, but guessing it is similar to the White Mountain Carbine. Have successfully reinforced and/or repaired those stocks by replacing the wood screws holding the tang in place with machine screws that were drilled and tapped into the trigger assembly.
     
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    Thanks boomer. The front screw (muzzle end) is already threaded to the trigger guard. The rear is a wood screw. I did another repair. I reapplied glue and used a different clamp fixture this time. I was able to apply more pressure with this clamp. If that doesn’t work I may try your suggestion for the remaining wood screw. Alternatively I may have to pay up and buy a replacement stock.

    Are the TC stocks inherently weak at his location? I don’t think the screws were over tight and I was shooting 100 grains of Pyrodex RS. While 100 grains was stout it was well within load limits. The manual lists loads all the way to 150 grains.
     
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    TC changed their design sometime in the 1990s I believe on their sidelocks from just wood screws holding the barrel tang to the stock to having a machine screw going through the tang/stock, which threaded into trigger plate or guard. Helped eliminate stock cracking some were experiencing.
     
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    I found a Grey Hawk stock online. Will the BM Westerner barrel fit that stock?
     

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