Making & Inletting the Toe Plate:
I wanted to make my toe plate for this rifle. I took a pattern from a gunsmith who was a mentor of J.P. Beck, named Nicholas Meyer.
Next I drilled the pilot mounting holes into the toe plate with a 1/16" drill bit.
Once the holes were drilled, I redrilled the pilot holes in the toe plate with a 9/64" bit to serve as clearance hole for the #4 screws I wanted to mount the toe plate with. Using a countersink bit, the surface holes in the plate were counter sunk for the heads of the screws.
The plate was then remounted onto the stock and the the screws were driven into the 1/16" pilot holes previously drilled in the stock. This held the plate in position for inletting.
Once the plate was inletted. it was removed and the butt plate was reinstalled. A "safe" file was used with the safe side down on the stock and the file's teeth on the side were used to cut into the butt plate. This was done to the same depth as the toe plate overlap on the stock. (you may have to do a little trial and error to get a good fit.) Now the toe plate was reinstalled. Using a peen hammer, peen the bottom of the butt plate over the end of the toeplate. You may have to file down the excess brass above the plate to make this easier. Here is how it should look. If you look closely, you can see the toe plate overlapping into the butt plate. Next I filed the excess metal off and cleaned it up.
Then I put in an incised relief line on either side of the stock along the lower edge of the butt stock.
Next I will work on the patchbox installation.