i've just had some trouble inletting a fowler butt plate - it's my first build.
there is obviously some rigidity in the heavy brass cast supplied by jim with my kit and as a result i found it difficult to cut the inlet for the rather complicated shape of the extension (the tab got in the way too but i cut a decent slot for that so it wasn't an insurmountable problem). i found it difficult to inlet the extension even after i cut out the excess wood at the back of the stock because i couldn't position the extension in the correct place on the top of the stock, at least enough to accurately scribe around its shape. the casting needed some force applied to it to conform the extension forward into its correct placement. probably had i screwed the butt plate more or less in position at this point i would have been alright, because this would have flexed the casting enough to hold the extension in place for scribing. but in the event i inlet the extension back into the stock in the horizontal plane, cutting little by little as i went. the job i've done is ok but not great. with this method it was almost impossible to get a good fit, even when using inletting black. also, even with this method i had to gently tap the butt plate casting backwards, to achieve a fit, and this inevitably led to some chipping on the stock as the extension was moved back into place. i've managed to deal with the chipping problem by careful sanding of the stock and butt plate in situ, but i still have a few unsightly gaps around the extension part of the butt plate as a result of my inletting method.
so the question is what could i do to do a better job next time around?