Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! A bit off topic, but I figured some of you might be interested... Hunting season (for me) is barreling down the tracks and I'm sort of rushing to get ready for it this year. I had been planning on doing some minor modifications to my rifle, but I didn't decide on exactly what I wanted until a few weeks ago. My rifle is a Tikka T3 Hunter in .270 win. The Hunter designates that it came factory with a wooden stock, which is what I wanted, however after shooting it -pretty well, I might add- for 3 seasons I've been hankering for some changes... I'm sure you all get it; Hi, my name is Orion and I have a 'gear' addiction. The first upgrade I knew I wanted was a new cheek riser. Previously I was using a leather one that secured with Velcro, but it wasn't exactly what I'm looking for. So, incomes the kydex cheek riser. There are a ton a makers of these, so I did some research and landed on a Karsten. It's adjustable, attaches via bolts through the stock, and it seems to be pretty bombproof. We'll see with use this season. Because it attaches via bolts through the stock I needed to get a new stock. I'm not about to drill through the nice wooden stock that came with the rifle! So I hoped on everyone's favorite bidding website and picked up someone's old synthetic Tikka stock on the cheap. The next upgrade was going to be the addition of a bipod. I always shoot from prone if I can, and a bipod makes that a lot easier! Previously I was having to use my backpack, rocks, my other hand, etc. Those all ended up being sufficient, but why go through the extra work? Plus, gear addiction, remember? So I started researching bipods, but before I got too far into that rabbit hole I landed on a thread about shooting from a tripod. Ah hah! The way I hunt leads me to always carry a tripod in my backpack. I use it to "glass" from my binoculars and spotting scope. I would rather leave my boots behind than my tripod! I'll skip all the details of the researching I did on that, just know that I landed on that as my solution and found a good way to make it happen. It saves weight and bulk on the rifle, and still provides me with a great shooting platform. The final upgrade is a paint job. More on that later, here are some pictures of the modification process so far. The tripod attachment I decided on is a general use Arca style plate made by Really Right Stuff. Keeps things minimal on the rifle, and provides and quick and solid hookup to the tripod. It needed to be attached to the stock via heavily modified t-nuts. This install took some drilling, Dremel work, filing, sanding, more Dremel work, and some finagling. It all worked out nicely in the end though! Filing to level the plate. All done! Next up is getting the cheek riser installed. I dry fit it last night with a clamp. The front-back measurement is important to get right because I want to be able to pull the bolt out without having to mess with the cheek riser adjustment. I'll be drilling the holes for the cheek riser bolts this afternoon. Once that's all fitted I'll pull everything off and prep the stock for painting. I'm just doing a 'rattle can' job and you can see the colors I picked in the first picture. I might have enough time to get a base coat on the evening, we'll see. Hoping to have it all done by this weekend so I can get out and shoot it! More pictures to come as the project progresses. I promise to add some knives into the mix as well.