Boyd's Rifle Stocks


April 22, 2008, 01:16 PM
Does anyone have pics of the Boyd's laminated wood rifle stocks they can show? I've seen the images on the website but they look too good to be true. I'm interested in seeing pics taken by real people of real stocks on real guns. Nutmeg is what I'd really love to see.

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April 22, 2008, 01:45 PM
No, but they put out good stuff !!! Replaced entire wood on six M-1
Garands (Ceremonial). All but two were drop ins. Very little wood
was removed from the trigger guard area for these two to fit. Very nice figured wood!:D

Smokey Joe
April 22, 2008, 02:43 PM
RGS 1975--No pix here either, but Boyd's does put out niiiiiiiice wood! The pix in their catalogue are not exaggerations.

If you're thinking of getting a Boyd's stock I say go for it, you won't be unhappy.

My choice would be getting one unifinished--that means not varnished; the inletting is done! Then you dremel out some space and glass-bed yr bbl/action in the stock, and while you're at it, make any minor stock modifications that occur to you.

I finished mine w/common hardware store spray satin spar varnish. Boyd's sells finishing supplies but you can get them all locally.

The most important--and most tedious--part of this or any wood finishing project, is the sanding. You start w/ 100 grit, work down 120/150/200 grit sandpaper, then moisten the stock and re-sand the whiskers. Then you put on a coat of varnish, let it dry, and sand off most of it. You varnish the interior spaces, too, to seal 'em up. Recoat & repeat, abt. 4 times. The final coat you don't sand.

I was extremely nervous doing the glass bedding but mine turned out better than I had any right to expect. (It's no Harrisburg School Long-Rifle, but OTOH it looks a lot better than just OK. It beats the snot out of any off-the-shelf Rem or Ruger!) There are plenty of sources for directions on doing this. Brownell's sells glass bedding kits and they come with instructions.

I probably took 2 weeks w/my stock, taking 1-3 hours/day for sanding and bedding operations; a lot less than that on "drying" days.

Anyhow, take yr time, don't short-change the sanding, and you WILL come out with a really nice stock. If I can do it anyone can.

April 22, 2008, 03:25 PM
I have a finished stock from Boyds and one I finished from Elk Ridge. Both are nice. I really should take some pictures.

Smokey Joe
April 22, 2008, 03:40 PM
Boyd's Gunstock Industries, Inc. Snail Mail; 25376 403rd Ave. Mitchell, SD 57301. 'Phone: 605/996-5011. Fax: 605-996-9878. Website:

They will mail you a catalogue for the asking. Their 'phone people are used to talking newbies through the selection process, and giving advice on finishing. The call is on your nickel, but then, you're the one with a question, and you get a live human being to talk to.

April 22, 2008, 04:08 PM
Not sure if this helps you or not. It's on a Ruger 10/22

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