I've been hunting with my walnut stocked MKII for a few years now. It isn't terribly heavy, but I am seriously considering a nice synthetic stock. Curious what options are out there. I am looking for something about in the middle of the price range.
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October 29, 2013, 02:32 PM
So nobody out there had opinions on aftermarket synthetic stocks?
October 29, 2013, 03:20 PM
Do you have a budget in mind?? You can buy a McMillian down to a used ruger synthetic stock or ramline junk or a Hogue . Go look around on ebay or a simply search ruger for stocks and see what you like. They have a ruger boat paddle stock on there for 61 bucks. Just know that your not going to loose more than 1lb for under 400 dollars ultra lite after market stock.
You may also want to buy a Boonie Packers - Safari Sling to haul your rifle with. It sets the rifle across the front of your body and can be carried hands free yet allways have it at the ready. I have carried a ruger MKII custom that weights in a 10lb 6oz for the last 17 years with that sling.
October 29, 2013, 03:27 PM
Ruger makes a decent synthetic, and B&C does as well. I am partial to the Boyds wood/laminate stocks myself and all of my Hawkeyes and MkIIs wear a walnut Boyd Prairie Hunter. The walnut is lighter than the laminate by a good margin.
In fact, I probably have a Ruger OEM synth stock and a\ B&C around here somewhere, if you really want to try one.
October 29, 2013, 05:13 PM
The best budget Ruger stock is the factory synthetic, around $100 straight from Ruger. There are very few options period, and the only ones I'm aware of that make anything lighter than the factroy stock is MPI.
McMillan makes their standard weight stock for a Ruger, but it will be as heavy, or heavier than the factory wood stock. They do not offer their lightweight Edge stock for Rugers.
The wood stock on your rifle is going to be about 32-36 oz depending. Their factory synthetic is about 30-32, so there won't be much, if any, weight savings. But it is a more durable and weather resistant stock. It is one of the better factory synthetics and the way I'd go if I wanted a synthetic on a Ruger. A standard McMillan is about the same 32 oz weight. The Edge stocks are 20-24 oz, but not offered for a Ruger. MPI should be able to build one well under 30 oz, but expect to pay around $600 or more. About the same as a McMillan.
B&C offers their Carbelite stocks. They are also around 30-32 oz, but are pure junk. Their Medalist series are better stocks, but the Medalist is not offered for a Ruger.
October 29, 2013, 10:09 PM
I'm fairly happy with the factory synthetic stock. Had the fixed sling metal removed and the holes filled, added sling studs. Recoil pad replaced with SC100 Decelerator Sporting Clay unit.
October 29, 2013, 10:35 PM
McMillan is the way to go.
October 30, 2013, 05:48 AM
Thanks for the input guys. To be honest I didn't realize that synthetic stocks weighed almost as much as the walnut. But the weather resistence is what I'm mostly interested in.
October 30, 2013, 07:46 AM
I didn't realize that synthetic stocks weighed almost as much as the walnut.
That is entirely dependent on the stock. A Fiberglass, or one of the cheap plastic stocks that come from the factory are generally about the same weight, around 30-32 oz depending on the individual stock. Most walnut stocks I've weighed have been in the 32-36 oz range.
Some of the stock companies are making stocks with aluminum blocks molded inside the stock. These stocks use a much cheaper construction method and really NEED that metal or they would be very weak. They end up being a pretty solid stock at reasonable prices, but at the expense of excess weight. Most start at around 40 oz and some I've weighed are as much as 48 oz. That is more than laminated wood, far heavier than walnut.
If you get into the $600+ stocks made of Kevlar by McMillan and other companies weight runs from 16-24 oz. I currently have 3 rifles in McMillan Edge stocks. They vary from 1/2 to 3/4 lb lighter than they did in the factory stocks. But none are Rugers. The McMillan would be an excellent choice, but you won't save more than 2-3 oz, maybe none. No two wood stocks will be exactly the same because of differences in the density differences in each piece of wood.
The problem is that only one company to my knowledge makes a lightweight for Rugers. McMillan makes an excellent stock, but claims the reason for not making a Kevlar stock for the Ruger is because of the angled action screw.
October 31, 2013, 02:26 PM
ever look into the old Zytel Ruger stocks? They are pretty tough and light too. Something about them seems amplify recoil though. LOL I got one for my 35 whelan to replace a Boyds laminate and its much much lighter.
Growing up my buddy had one new on a 30-06 and it kicked alot too. I think its more than just the weight acting. It is a great hunting stock though.