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Re: Forend Screw Hole
That crack is long, first I would suggest to try and pry the cracked area open slightly and put some Krazy Glue or any type of cyanoacrylate glue into the crack and then wrap the for-end with some surgical tubing or rubber bands for 10 minutes. Then measure the depth of the hole for the screw and use a 5/16" Forsner bit or similar and drill a hole to that depth. It will be a flat bottom hole. The hardest thing is to find a dowel that is a true 5/16" if you don't have a plug cutter. Most dowels are undersized. It would be nice to have a walnut dowel but any hardwood will do. Glue dowel in with a good wood glue, I use Titebond III. Draw lines across the dowel in all directions to find center. I believe the screw size is a #5, so a starter drill would be 1/8". I've done this repair on a few of my guns and has held up so far after many shoots.
Any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A new for-end will cost you quite a bit of money, and the repair very little if you do it.