In reality, my 10/22 build is almost completed now, despite me not having gotten around to even really starting on the parts involved, or the instructions for doing so, or whatnot. What can I say? I am having more fun building than writing.
However, I have encountered one last problem that I thought outside of my abilities to fix… but I might be wrong, and that is where you guys come in.
So my receiver is completely assembled, with the bolt, barrel, trigger group, and everything else inserted. I have fitted it to the stock (and boy did it take a bit of fitting, specifically around the lugs in front of the magazine well), and inserted it into the stock, but the takedown screw hole in the stock does not line up with the corresponding screw hole on the receiver – the latter is about 2-3mm forward of the former.
Not knowing a damned thing about really fitting stocks, and not being willing to experiment on rather unforgiving plastic and rubber (I bought a Hogue stock – it was cheap, and will hopefully be replaced with wood in the future), I finally threw my hands up in despair and took it to a local gun shop, who agreed that relieving some of the stock behind the receiver would let the entire assembly slide back and engage with the screw hole properly.
This is where the question comes in – both the Blackhawk stock Better Half has and the Hogue stock I have threading in the takedown screw hole, however, talking with @TL671, I am no longer convinced that the threading on the screw hole on the stock is important.
So, if I were to stick an appropriately-sized drill bit in the screw hole in the stock and elongate it a bit towards the front, would anything break? Does that screw hole need to be snug on the stock? Would it matter if there were a few millimeters of slack for the stock’s takedown screw hole? The receiver is damned-near-impossible-to-install-or-remove tight in the stock by itself, so with the screw cranked down and the receiver held in place, I kind of have to wonder.
And saving the money / time necessary to let a legitimate gunsmith unscrew my mistakes would be shiny to. What do you think?