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    Sharp Shooter
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    Last week I bought a very nice grade 3 walnut FTR stock to go on my Daystate CR94.

    I paid a bit extra to cover shipping by guranteed 24hr insured delivery, the package arrived on time, but on unwrapping it I was gutted to find that this had happened in transit:

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    Once the initial shock had worn off, I started to assess the situation and plan the repair.

    Using some high strength fast setting epoxy resin I first re-attached the small piece of wood to the upper half of the stock. Once this had set I then looked at rejoining the two major pieces.

    The first step was to drill a hole through the inside of the upper grip section to allow fitting of a screw. The two halves were held firmly in alignment and the self tapping pozidrive screw was fastened down through the grip to hold the stock together.

    Separating the two halves again, all break surfaces were liberally coated with the epoxy resin, joined together and the screw fixed tightly to hold the stock together. Excess resin was allowed to ooze from the joints and the stock was left while the resin cured to good handling strength.

    Once the resin had formed a trong joint two further screws were added within the grip to further reinforce the joint. The excess resin was then filed off and the edges of the joints sanded smooth.

    Where the break passed through the stippling, new stippling was applied. Once all the areas were blended in, an oil finish was reapplied.

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    Hopefully none of you guys will have to go through this, but before being too gloomy should it happen, it just goes to show that careful thought can help to resurrect something!

    Incidentally I am going to make a claim against the postal service for the cost of the repair.

    Dale
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    Protea FT Team '06/'07/'08/'09/'10/'11/'12/'13/'14
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    ouch
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    Marksman
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    eekk...!

    did u not claim from insurance?
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    Sharp Shooter
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    As I said, I am going to make a claim for the repair costs.

    The stock is second-hand and of a design no longer offered, so it was a case of repair it as I was damned if I was going to give up on such a nice bit of wood.

    Fortunately the break was fairly clean making it relatively easy to repair well.
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    Protea Benchrest (Air) Team '08/'10/'11/'13/'15

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    Nice repair work
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    Dale, in Afrikaans we say "Bliksem". Thats a good repair job.
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    I wish one could "repair" the SA Customs that easily. This morning (Saturday) the agent called me to say that Customs now require me to obtain an import permit from the Department of Trade and Industry for my five year old secondhand Pro Target that I purchased from Chris Whytock. BEAT THAT!
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    Johan,
    You are really lucky to have a clearing agent that has communication with you and Customs on a Saturday. Like I said, if you let me have the information I asked for, I might be able to help you. I also believe that your agent cleared the shipment as "spares." That being the case, they will have to pay a stiff penalty that they would certainly try to recover from you, be aware of that. Unless your instruction to them was to do so, they are liable for that. Im telling you this today, being a Sunday, just in case they can also raise the dead and talk to Customs on a Sunday, as well. Good luck! I have asked my Customs Liaison Clerk to contact them about the Import permit. I dont think you need that as a ad hoc importer, but I will certainly let you know tomorrow
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    Marksman
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    definitely don't need the permit...
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    last time i checked the import permit required for used airguns from customs...

    if u import under business name... u need vat certificated from SARS...

    u can obtain import permit from ITAC..
    contact : Mrs.Hassbrock
    tel: 012-3943612

    if everything goes well u should have it with few days.


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    What if you clear your own goods, do you really need a clearing agent?
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    Marksman
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    no.
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    Ben,
    No, you don't, and some times it is better to take a day off work and do it yourself. It is obviously not that easy if you don't know your way around.
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    just email them an invoice and they will forward the cleared package to your nearest post office...simple..
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    Thanks guys
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