I have a vintage, 1947 Winchester Model 24 SxS on which I have damaged the stock, and I am absolutely heartbroke over it.
In a moment of carelessness, I left the soft side gun case partially unzipped when I put the gun behind the seat of the truck. Two days later, when removing the gun fro the truck, the gun slid out of the case and landed on the butt plate. A chip of wood, about 1-2" long and 1/2" wide chipped off the stock starting right at the corner where the bottom of the stock meets the plastic butt plate. (Thank GOD the butt plate didn't get damaged.
I still have the chip, and it fits in its old place fairly decent. I spent some time at Home Despots today looking at wood glues and other adhesives. There are a LOT of choices to pick from, even after eliminating all of the ones that say "not for moist or wet exposure." So, I'm wondering what have people used in the past for a similar repair? I hope to be able to simply glue the chip back into place. There's an Elmer's wood glue for outdoor wood, another brand I forget the name, Quick Wood (a product similar to FastSteel) as well as a multitude of LocTite brand 2 part epoxies for multiple material types.
Has anyone done this with success, and what would you recommend?
Lastly, after the glue dries, how do you deal with the new line and the visible glue? If I sand it, it's going to sand the original finish off in the surrounding area as well. I know I'll never get a finish to match the rest of the stock, and I don't want to refinish the stock because refinishing anything in the vintage Winchester world is absolute no-no in regards to condition rating and value. (I know, too late now, I've dropped on the concrete, duh.) Anyway, I'm all ears.