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Old 08-24-2020, 09:43 AM   #1
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Camo - Have You Ever Tried This?

I have been looking for a carbine-style bolt action rifle in 5.56 that accepts standard AR magazines. Ruger (with their American Ranch) and Mossberg (with their MVP line) have some good reviews. I'm leaning toward the Ruger American Ranch.

But, here is the problem ................. I really dislike FDE and that's the only color stock available. I would prefer something like Mossy Oak (darker) camouflage. I did some research about DIY camo and found this video. Has anyone here tried this technique? Another method? If so, please give me some tips. Thanks

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Old 08-24-2020, 10:01 AM   #2
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I used rubber bands and spray paint to camo an extension tube to sort of match my shotgun finish for snow goose hunting. It was ok.

More recently I had a barrel dipped for the same gun. I would recommend searching for anybody doing hydro dipping near you and check their prices. DIY is okay, professional is better if it's not outside your budget.

Here's a link to the guy who did my barrel just to give you an idea what I'm talking about.

http://www.h2oimaging.com/
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Cool technique ... I like it. I've never done a rifle stock but I have done some bows and bow hunting gear using different size leaves, ferns and twigs as patterns ... fun stuff.
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Rustoleum has got the green and the FDE and a few other colors. All flat finish and literally ideal for camo.

I made a pattern one time by painting the grips one color, overlaying weeds and grasses/ferns then over sprayed those with a different color. Since the weeds/grasses/ ferns block out the second color thus showing the first color, this gives you a much better actual camo effect. This works great on synthetic stocks and polymer grips.

Start out by spraying a base color on your stock. Find some grasses, reeds, ferns, weeds and lay them down on the stock and arrange a pattern.

Since you already have a good coat on your base color, you want to get back about 18" or so for the second color. Just make light passes with the second color and don't disturb the foilage/plants with forceful spray. Having them move slightly adds more realism and a different shadow. You can even add a third color.

Get creative and ENJOY!

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I painted a couple of cornhole boards I made sort of like that. Except I used white and black stripes over red. Looks like the paint-job on Eddie Van Halen's guitar.
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Ya know.... I'm not a fan of FDE either BUT if I had an FDE colored stock that I liked otherwise, I would spatter it with black or dark green enamel paint using a gloved hand.
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You can always go this route...

https://magpul.com/hunter-american-s...t-action.html#

I think that the Ruger stocks are cheap, light but cheap.
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I kinda like this technique better:


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My son-in-law wants to paint his gun now!

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The Ruger FDE stock might as well be a neon light from a concealment standpoint. I did some testing/practice on a cardboard box this afternoon.

I tend to like a base coat of green and overlay brown and black spray paint over leaves and grasses.

Please post any photos you have of DIY camo on rifle stocks. I would love to get this right on the first try.
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The Ruger FDE stock might as well be a neon light from a concealment standpoint. I did some testing/practice on a cardboard box this afternoon.

I tend to like a base coat of green and overlay brown and black spray paint over leaves and grasses.

Please post any photos you have of DIY camo on rifle stocks. I would love to get this right on the first try.
I no longer have those grips but I might try to throw something together. Plus one link to the rustoleum is a "six pack" of the colors you mention already put together.

And if you start out with a black stock, that pretty much takes care of that color. Plus you could perhaps tie string at different stages to add "branches" to your scheme. And a little bit of FDE is NOT going to kill you. Think of it as sand.
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The Ruger FDE stock might as well be a neon light from a concealment standpoint. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://sigtalk.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/IMG]
You do know that FDE was a military innovation for increased concealment in dry landscapes? It's a natural color and also fairly easy to add darker lines and shapes and breakup the outline.

Have fun and good luck with your project! Show us the pics when you're done.
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Not sure if you are talking about what is in stock or which. They make the American Predator that comes in green AND with a threaded barrel.

Edit, keep in mind all of these are also .223 Remington rifles, NOT 5.56 rifles. You can use 5.56 in them, but if you blow one up (which Hornady ammunition has been doing lately) your warranty will likely be voided.

More Edit: NOw I see it, the ranch version is indeed listed in 5.56 and is FDE.
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If you use the string and plants and right combination of colors, You could end up with something like this (not mine):


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You do know that FDE was a military innovation for increased concealment in dry landscapes? It's a natural color and also fairly easy to add darker lines and shapes and breakup the outline.

Have fun and good luck with your project! Show us the pics when you're done.

This is generally the effect I am hoping to achieve. Using the string technique shown in the video will leave some FDE. My base coat will be green. I will also use black and brown. I'll definitely post some photos of the process.

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