Wood or composite stock?


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PATH
January 3, 2003, 01:09 AM
Which one do you prefer and why. Do you use both but in different situations. My Rem 700 is so dinked that I might buy a composite stock.

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JStordahl
January 3, 2003, 11:52 AM
Path: I would take a composite stock any day over wood. I used to have nice Claro walnut on a pair of Shilen DGA Varminter rifles.......I said goodbye. I want stability and toughness in a stock. To me the painted composite is beautiful in its utility. Wood massages the eyes, but when it gets scratched it hurts.....sorta like ruining a fine painting. Mcmillan and HS Precision are the two most popular, I think.

MacPelto
January 3, 2003, 12:44 PM
Wood! Always wood! Some of the synthetics out there hurt my eyes when I look at them, they're so ugly. The best looking ones just look bad. If you must do something besides wood, at least use a nice looking laminate. Some of the Boyd's aren't bad.



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thumbtack
January 3, 2003, 12:57 PM
I perfer the Composite over wood. My rifles won't win a beauty contest but they shoot good.

Chipperman
January 3, 2003, 12:59 PM
I think it depends upon the rifle. I like the plastic of my HK's. I also like the beautiful wood on my older bolt actions.

stubby
January 3, 2003, 01:25 PM
wood laminates give the best of both worlds, stability and beauty!:)

Roadrunner
January 3, 2003, 02:45 PM
For my hunting rifles (non-varmit), I just like the look and feel of wood.

Quintin Likely
January 3, 2003, 11:01 PM
I do most of my shooting from a bench or from prone, so synthetics it is for me...

...although I am a sucker for a handsome walnut stock.

MiniZ
January 4, 2003, 12:02 AM
Both have their place in my collection. I will admit to being a freak about laminate though..

454c
January 4, 2003, 12:35 AM
It's hard to beat how a nice wood stock and blued barrell looks,but it's almost impossible to use it and keep it looking nice.

Nowadays I prefer synthetic and stainless for durability.Some of those laminate stocks with stainless look pretty sharp.

Longbow
January 4, 2003, 03:56 AM
Doesn't wood warp when exposed to wet and cold weather? I would personally go for a synthetic stock for a utilitarian rifle.

Schuey2002
January 4, 2003, 04:39 AM
I own several guns with wooden stocks, but I usually prefer the synthetic stuff due to the rainy conditions found here in the Pacific Northwest..

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