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stock length

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by oz_lowrider, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. oz_lowrider

    oz_lowrider New Member

    Jun 1, 2008
    brisbane australia
    Something learnt every day sure is the truth. I have always had trouble getting a good view through a scope on any of my rifles. Then I read in a magazine an article by a writer testing four different makes of .308s. His conclusion was he would choose the Ruger (example only) as it had the shortest stock. This caught my eye so I started looking at this point and found LOP. I have been looking for scopes with the longest eye relief and the longest tube so that I can move the scope back far enough to see clearly through the scope. I searched high and low for extended rings and this helped. It never dawned on me to look at stock length and LOP. When I checked this I found my stocks had too long an LOP for me, especially with my bad neck. Who would ever cut a wood stock and possibly damage it. So, I took the plunge and I removed 1" from the butt and found it was the answer to all my problems. Now I have perfect vision and a full view through the objective. Yoh.

    Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks. This forum is a great place to learn sometin every day.
  2. highorder

    highorder Senior Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    Amen brother. I assumed that rifle stocks were what they were. When I started to explore gun fit, I realized that LOP was easy to adjust and made a big difference. All that goes double for shotgun stocks. If a shotgun doesn't "point" right, it's of no use to me.
  3. zeke

    zeke Active Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    NW Wi
    oz lowrider-not only does it make a big difference in the optics/eye relief, but trigger pull and bolt/lever operation. At 5'8'' ,am arm length challenged, and hunting season weather means heavy coats up here. Have several stocks cut down to 12.5 in lop, and at least one fitted with a "youth" stock. Manufacturer's have a tough time designing for "average", and people with real long arms can have a tough time also. Although adding spacers is easily reversible.

    Finally figured this out after having a sxs shotgun stock cut down.

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