Based on my limited experience recently gluing up rings for a fighting butt, my humble opinion is that a preformed grip takes less time to assemble.
Jim, use a length of drill rod (non theaded) to glue the grip on. It's a pain to get the threaded rod out of the grip when they are bonded together. You may even want to wax the rod to make it release easier. I used a urethane glue (Gorrilla)to glue the rings, but have heard that a very thin coat of epoxy is better. Bonding the grip to the blank I do use epoxy. Somewhere on the web Bob Petti has a very good description of how to glue and form a grip.
Also Dave has a very good point that I completely neglected when I first posted this message.
Last edited by John Desjardins; 01-22-2002 at 02:38 PM.