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Wood or Synthetic Stock ?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by sm, Dec 29, 2002.

  1. sm

    sm member

    I personally prefer wood stocks.

    -Less percieved recoil
    -stock changes seem easier [fit]
    -though I don't really get upset about 'character' marks [kinda like actually] repair and refinish...shoot and repeat
    -seems to be more choices for youth stocks, put regular back on when youth "grows into it"
    -Just always liked blue and wood, felt 'right' , balance, and not as cold or hot with temps.

    You ?
  2. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    Not any great advantage either way, IMO.

    Wood's easier to modify, like shortening and adding better pad. Same with swivel studs.

    Synthetic will last through the next Ice Age, and is inert,no warping. Synthetic stocks are my choice on rifles, due to no shift in POI and the possibility of tighter groups, but shotguns do not have that mission.

    Whatever floats your boat....
  3. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Well-Known Member

    My dedicated duck/goose gun is a plastic SX2. Everything else wears wood and that is the way I prefer them.

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    For a range gun wood is great, for a gun to be used in the field I much prefer synthetic.
  5. Traveler

    Traveler Well-Known Member

    My major complaint about synthetic stocks, other than cosmetic, is that they are colder and louder. They just won't retain body heat like wood does, and when breaking brush they make an awful racket.
  6. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    I guess I'm a old fuddy duddy even though I'm not old enough to be one.

    I like wood stocks and I like a blue finish. I have the time to take reasonable care of my guns and they get cleaned when I get home. No rust, no pitting on any of my guns. And if the wood gets a bit dinged, it's just added character... :D
  7. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    I love the look of fine wood.
    That said, when pushing through head high weeds looking for pheasant or crawling through the sticks & stones for turkey, I'm glad I've got synthetic.
  8. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    As a guy who has repaired countless wood stocks that have broken, split, cracked, soaked up gun oil, and shed their finish, I vote for composite materials and that's what my rifles and shotguns are appendaged with.
    I don't care if they look plain, feel cold, or go off like a bell when slamed against the brush (how noisy can they be?) that I'm not going to walk through anyway. I just want durability and dependability !
  9. Guyon

    Guyon Well-Known Member

    Synthetic for me. My guns are hunting guns with the exception of the HD gun. Still, I have synthetic on all of them.
  10. Nosferatu

    Nosferatu Well-Known Member

    All but one is synthetic on mine. I don't own any "showpiece" shotguns. All mine get a healthy dose of range, Jeep and woods time.
  11. HS/LD

    HS/LD Well-Known Member


    Black synthetic!!

    TACTICAL black synthetic!!:D

  12. Kevinch

    Kevinch Well-Known Member

    Depends on the use, & either will work anywhere.

    For rough field or PD use, synthetic gets the nod from me. Easier to maintain, doesn't suffer as much from abuse.

    Aesthetically, I think wood gets the nod. It is also easier to modify & refinish. (I know a synthetic might be painted, but it is more difficult to get it looking "as new" than wood.) For a gun that will be used in kinder environments like clays or 'select" field use (dry, not in brush, etc.) I would go with wood because I like the way it looks.
  13. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    I prefer wood, but like them both.
  14. ruger357

    ruger357 Well-Known Member

    I also vote for blue and wood.
  15. armabill

    armabill Well-Known Member

    I have both. Whatever comes with the gun is ok with me. But sometimes you do have a choice on a new gun. A used one you get what comes unless you buy another stock for it.
  16. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    Whatever comes on the gun for me, too.

    OTOH, I don't sit around looking at magazine pictures of shotguns with plastic stocks.

  17. Ledbetter

    Ledbetter Well-Known Member

    My WalMart 1100

    It's gone through some changes, the best of which was the purchase of a used wood stock set from a stock maker (Jack Crawford) shutting down his business. I had my gunsmith install a KickEeez pad and cut the stock to fit.

    It's also been PARKERIZED, the receiver is green, the barrel is dark grey and the bolt and trigger group are still black. One-of-a-kind three tone 1100.

    So I have two stocks, wood for the gun club and synthetic if I want to take it out in the woods. Changing the stock set just requires three screws and switching the forearm.
  18. sm

    sm member

    Ledbetter! That's cheatin' :D
    'have scewdriver...will travel'

    I know, I know...

    "It ain't cheatin' if it works--Ingenuity!"
  19. PJR

    PJR Well-Known Member

    Each have their place in the scheme of things but only 1 SG in my safe has synthetic. It's the hard usin' gun. The rest have wood. A couple of them have really nice wood. It's for those days when I'm not shooting well. At least I have something nice to look at. ;)

    Like the new place incidentally and congrats and thanks to Dave McC for stepping forward and moderating.

  20. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

    I went synthetic on my "social" shotgun.

    My Remington 11 and Browning Auto-5 are still nice pieces of walnut.

    BTW, I still have a brand-new Remington 870 wood buttstock and forend if anybody's looking for same...

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