I'm planning to buy a Remington SPS Varmint .204 and replace the stock with a Boyds Thumbhole laminate stock. What problems should I look for and try to avoid? I'm told that sometimes a bit of sanding here and there is needed for it to fit. The rifle has a heavy barrel; does that create any special problems? Any other stock manufacturer you might recommend?
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March 1, 2013, 11:49 AM
I have a Boyds thumb-hole stock on a marlin XL7 270, the fit was perfect and the finish was immaculate, I didn't have to do anything except put it together. Great stock for a good price; I always get compliments on it and the stock is very comfortable to shoot.
Fred in Wisc
March 1, 2013, 12:30 PM
I just put a Boyd's stock on my Remington 597. Fit perfect, just bolted right up. 3 minute job.
Very nicely made for the cost.
March 1, 2013, 12:37 PM
Sniper they are excellent stocks, I just put my Savage 116 7 rem mag in a thumbhole varmint contour laminate and it fit very nice. However I went a step further and pillared and bedded the action, I have done two Savage actions this way and it made a HUGE difference.
Make sure and get the varmint contour fore end, it is very stiff, wide and beefy yet not incredibly heavy.
March 1, 2013, 12:44 PM
I have a Boyd stock on my Marlin 60 and the channel for the barrel/magazine tube had to be cut out/filed before it would fit. Took me a few hours of filing/sanding but I eventually go there!
March 1, 2013, 10:38 PM
The Boyd's stocks I have used have required very little fitting. Commercial rifles have been drop-ins, military rifles have required very minor inletting.
March 5, 2013, 11:33 AM
I bought one for my Mosin. I had to take a bit off the back of the recoil lug recess and a bit off the sides at the back.
The laminate was unexpectedly easy to carve. It took me half an hour of making teeny-tiny shavings before I was done. It was my very first attempt at fitting a stock.
I was happy enough with the fit; the bit of carving was likely due to my 1946 M44 being a bit different from whatever they used to determine the inletting dimensions.
March 8, 2013, 07:47 AM
I re- installed a Boyd stock on a Savage 110 in .243 for a friend recently as he wasn't satisfied with the way the rifle shot by just "dropping in".
I carefully bedded the action section using Prussian Blue and scrapers and ground off about a thread on the front guard screw which was a tad too long.
The barrel channel needed no additional work.
The rifle now shoots SUB MOA with reloads.
March 9, 2013, 01:08 PM
I have 4 or 5 Boyds stock on various rifles and they are great! I have had two that needed fitting, one I had required some minor fitting for a Yugo M48 action. If you have a dremel you will not spend more than 10 - 15 minutes. The other time I really had trouble with was a Mosin Nagant stock that I put a Timmy trigger in, had to remove a lot of material to get the new trigger in.
March 9, 2013, 05:37 PM
Just got a Richards Wildcat in their Autumn laminate for my Chilean mauser project. Haven't fitted it yet, but it is very close already. I think Richard's stocks are a bit prettier than Boyd's. They also have a bargain bin if you don't feel like customizing.
March 15, 2013, 12:59 PM
Boyds usually makes pretty nice stocks. I had a Savage 110 that I got a stock for. I was basically a drop in. I did have a small issue with the very end of the forearm. It was a very close fit. It would clear when the gun was cold but after the first shot the barrel would grow enough to make contact and string the shots. easy enough to fix but just be aware.