Adding Weight to Stock


September 9, 2013, 03:29 PM
I have a Savage Axis that I shoot from a bipod and recently took it and shot it in a f-class comp.

Well, I like the rifle but it has a lot of jump to it since it is lightweight.

I was wondering if adding weight inside the hollow buttstock would help reduce some of this, since I grip the rifle near the trigger while shooting it prone. Left hand is up near the trigger while right hand is right behind that on the buttstock adjusting left and right for wind age.

Any and all thoughts are appreciated.

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September 9, 2013, 08:33 PM
Yes, adding weight anywhere will reduce the felt recoil.

Adding it to the forend will reduce jump much more then adding it to the butt though.

As for that specific stock forend?
I don't know how many holes or slots it has in it you could add lead shot & epoxy for weight.


September 9, 2013, 08:42 PM
I believe it sectioned off pretty good in the forearm. I've always been worried about messing up the harmonics by doing anything under the barrel.

Will I need to work my load up again after taking it apart and adding weight to the forearm?

Thanks for the response rc, I always heed your advice in the reloading forum, so I'm ready for any advice you happen to give.

September 9, 2013, 08:47 PM
messing up the harmonics Again, I have no personal experience with that rifle or stock.

However, I am going to assume it is a free-floated barrel.

So, nothing you add to the forend should touch the barrel, or effect the harmonics.

You might at worst need to do some scope adjustment fiddling to make up for less jump of the bi-pod.


September 9, 2013, 09:01 PM
Thank you sir

September 9, 2013, 09:44 PM
Have a muzzle brake installed.

September 9, 2013, 10:05 PM
I don't think my fellow competitors would appreciate that much.

September 9, 2013, 11:23 PM
Brownells carries a slim mercury recoil reducer that is made to be epoxied into a forearm. The "sloshing" of the mercury reduces recoil more than just dead weight would. They also carry mercury and spring type recoil reducers that fit under the buttplate.

September 14, 2013, 08:22 AM
I installed a mercury capsule from Brownell's in my 721 .300 Super back in the 80s. Took all the sharpness out of the kick and turned it into a gentle push. Later I fabricated and installed a muzzle break in the barrel. That made the experience even more enjoyable. I was impressed with both additions!

September 14, 2013, 09:05 AM
My Axis stock seems very weak/cheap. Have read about a broken stock online, i would not attempt to add weights. Link - Mine broke the other day at the grip...

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