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Old May 23, 2016, 09:07 PM   #1
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Stocky's Composite LR

Yaaaay! My stock arrived today and my pre-installation inspection really instilled confidence in my decision to buy one. Can't wait to dump the factory hogue stock!!

More after dinner.
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Old May 23, 2016, 11:36 PM   #2
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Okay, let me preface this with: Dollar for dollar this is handily the best stock I own. Granted I don't have a Manners or a chassis that could qualify for a down payment on a luxury car but I do have several Boyds, 2 from B&C and an HS Precision.

This is a very nice stock for not a lot of money. It features an action length bedding block and comes with new action screws and some washers. In my rem 700 the rifle balances just short of the recoil lug with my heavy barreled 308. It's heavy but not oppressively so, I was actually surprised that it wasn't much heavier. I rapped my knuckles on the butt-stock and was pleasantly surprised to hear a dull thud-thud rather than the hollow knock-knock sound of my HS.

I opted for the textured paint in black, although I'm not sure it was worth the extra money considering I'd rather the texture be at the gripping areas rather than where my cheek weld and rear bag ride and I plan on giving it some Krylon anyway. It comes with a removable channel spacer, I removed it as soon as I got it out of the packaging, but it probably could have remained in place and still cleared my bull barrel. Under the channel spacer I was almost disappointed that the forearm was ribbed rather than solid. In terms of molding marks there are virtually none. Small circular marks can be seen if looking very closely but no seams on the longitudinal axis of the stock.

The butt-stock features a nice straight comb that gave a great cheek weld with my 20 moa bases and low rings on a 3-9 VX-I though I wouldn't hesitate putting higher rings and larger objective scopes on it. The pistol grip affords incredible palm purchase. I have large palms compared to finger length and I have trouble with sporter style stocks getting enough real-estate on the pistol grip and still be able to put just the front pad on the trigger without dragging wood, this stock remedied that. My wife of 5'1" with little elf hands also liked the fit, although I'm sure she could benefit from a shorter LOP.

The stock comes fitted with 3 swivel studs. Once the bipod was installed I torqued the butt-stock to look for flex in the fore-end. There was much more than my HS but with the wide barrel channel I'd probably break the bipod before ever touching the barrel.

After shipping this stock cost $260, $30 less if you go with the un-painted option. If I'd bought one for my Savage instead, I'd have sold my Remington to buy more of these for my other Savage rifles.

Pros:
Great inletting (better than my B&C)
Generous barrel channel
Ergonomics are spot on
Grippy with textured factory paint
2 For-end swivel studs
Heavy but not so heavy that I wouldn't take it on a mountain hunt
SOLID
Nice bedding block
No seams
Excellent comb
PRICE!

Cons:
Fore-end flex
Aluminum block ends at the action
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Ummmm...
There were some minor cosmetic anomalies from the molding process and painting but you have to be holding it to see them.
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Old May 24, 2016, 12:00 AM   #3
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Old May 24, 2016, 10:35 AM   #4
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Thanks for the write up, I was just looking at that stock a few days ago!
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Old May 24, 2016, 11:39 AM   #5
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Nice choice and nice looking stock.
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Old May 24, 2016, 11:42 AM   #6
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Let us know any accuracy improvements. I have the same rifle and would like to upgrade also. Thanks for info.
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Old May 24, 2016, 01:21 PM   #7
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Most definitely! I will load up some ammo tonight and probably try her out Wednesday evening after work. I'll let ya know how it goes.
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Old May 25, 2016, 10:59 PM   #8
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I managed to squeeze in time to load up ( rather hurriedly) 15 rounds for the rifle. 45 grains of Varget under a 168 gr A-Max in Hornady brass WLR. I figured 5 rounds for sight-in and 2 five shot groups.

120yards prone on a Harris with a 3-9 x 40mm VX-I and a Redhead fanny-pack stuffed with a fleece pullover as a rear bag.

I kinda winged my first three shots out there just to see if I was even hitting paper, landed about 4" low. So I adjusted 16 clicks up and fired again. I found that my scope seemed reeeeaaaaallly fuzzy and fussed with the ocular bell a bit. Meh, still wasn't satisfied. Shot another. Kept messing around with positioning and cheek weld with no real improvement until my left eye got tired and opened it. That is when the heavens parted and all became clear, literally. My duplex snapped right into focus once I opened my other eye. I used to shoot that way with irons but the old rifle/stock/scope combo just made it a no-go. So I shot one and another and another... I hit five rounds down range and didn't see any more fliers so I kept shooting. I ultimately shot 10 rounds at the same POI for group and when I walked up to my target I about dropped a brick.

Okay, first things first. This is two five round groups with the old stock. Note the fliers that have been making me pull my hair out.



Note the three sight in shots at the bottom and the two "fliers" that weren't really fliers but part of familiarization with my new rifle configuration.



Close up of the group with the new stock. Including the two at the top this is 12 rounds at 120 yards.


I wouldn't say this stock made me a better shooter, but I would most definitely say it softened the effects of radical outliers. I don't have any wizbang software for analyzing shot groups but if any of you do I'd appreciate your input on what would be a good product.
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Old May 26, 2016, 08:49 AM   #9
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Really nice results!
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Old May 26, 2016, 10:25 AM   #10
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Thanks! This is me right now: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Pd0VBm8gU5o
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Old May 26, 2016, 06:59 PM   #11
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Okay, last one.

.57 MOA 5 shot group at 210 yards including the flyer up there.


Measured just shy of 4" on a 5 inch target, .8 MOA at 500 yards. Need more practice at longer ranges but it gave me the confidence to try!
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Old May 26, 2016, 08:47 PM   #12
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That's pretty awesome! Were you on a bench rest or bipod / prone? Did you have these kind of groups with your old stock on there?


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Old May 26, 2016, 09:13 PM   #13
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That's pretty awesome! Were you on a bench rest or bipod / prone? Did you have these kind of groups with your old stock on there?


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I shoot prone because there are no benches in the field (as far as I know) and the ground has always been there to support me, ya know? This is one of the few pics I have from load dev past 100 yards. I kept it because it was one of the few good ones compared to my other shot groups. In retrospect, it was rather bad. My notes say that my best groups at 300 yards were in the 6-7 inch range, I never shot beyond 300 (prior to today with this rifle) as I was actually contemplating selling the rifle.

Same load at 210 yards, old stock.
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Old May 26, 2016, 09:54 PM   #14
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Thanks for the follow up. I also only shoot prone with the exception of doing load development now. In all honestly I'm not a good enough shooter, yet, to do a ladder test and know my groups reflect how the loads perform. I just picked up a bench rest and have done 1 dev session on it and the results were impressive compared to all my previous prone dev work. When shooting known loads however I've only ever shot prone ... I probably need to practice some sitting and off hand shots at some point.

Thanks again for the write up and answering my questions, it's appreciated!


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