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boyds classic/prarie hunter stocks?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ohihunter2014, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

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    I was hoping someone on here could help me out. I'm interested in purchasing a Boyd's stock in either classic or prairie hunter. I was going to go varmint thumbhole cause its a varmint rifle setup but I have friends that shoot the rifle too and some are left handed. I noticed the prairie hunter has a raised comb and the buttstock looks like its tipped at a lower angle. Why is the stock shaped like this compared to the classic? It mentions about being able to use a scope but i have a strait comb i guess it would be on all my rifles and no issues getting on the scope.
     
  2. LoonWulf

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    The prairie hunters comb will be higher in relation to the stocks heel, which encourages a more upright head position than a strait comb stock. Im finding i much prefer this style of stock to the classic.
    It will have a cheek piece which may or may not hinder your left hand shooters.

    Theres no reason you cant use a scope with the classic stock design, again the higher comb really just changes how you hold your head and neck in relation to your shoulder.

    Either way go with whats most comfortable to you, like i said ive changed from classic to Monte Carlo style stocks, but who knows later i may go back.
     
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  3. Newtosavage

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    LoonWulf nailed it. I had a PH stock for a model 7 and I really liked it.
     
  4. ohihunter2014

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    I was finally able to find all 3 stocks but it took me going to several stores over the weekend. Thumbhole is probably out for me as it pressed on my thumb bone too much for me. Classic felt pretty good with prairie hunter being 2nd. Ive never used a monte carlo stock so this might be why its 2nd. How would you guys feel about either classic or prairie for bench, sitting with bipod or prone? would the higher comb help with this?
     
  5. LoonWulf

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    I prefer the PH style now for most shooting position, especially standing, but it works well for me in all other positions as well.....
    Nother thing is it you DON'T like the high comb and cheak piece it takes about a 1/2hr with a rasp to remove it. Its also adjustable the same way, and ive seen guys cut saddles in them cause they liked the feel.
     
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    Off a bench I do d that I am liking the pro varmint style more than traditional stocks. However, the Boyd's pro varmint is too thick in the wrist for me and needs to be slimmed down.
     
  7. ohihunter2014

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    I tried it and don't like it at all.
     
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  9. ohihunter2014

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    well gents anyone prefer a monte carlo style over classic? will be a bench gun and sitting and prone for woodchuck hunting.
     
  10. CoalTrain49

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    I bought a hunter stock for my Ruger 77. I don't like it all that much. Should have just spent the extra money for a Bell and Carlson.
     
  11. Corn-Picker

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    I don't think that there is a right answer, other than whatever fits you and feels best is what you should buy. Personally, I strongly prefer the Weatherby/Prairie Hunter/Monte Carlo style stocks. For me, the classic stock is more appropriate for open sights. Whenever I shoulder a classic stock on a scoped rifle I feel that my choices are A) go from cheek weld to chin weld or B) rest the butt pad on my collarbone; I don't find either option appealing.
     
  12. ohihunter2014

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    for my savage axis boyds are the only option. :(
     
  13. ohihunter2014

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    I do shoot the factory strait comb stock pretty well. I have never used a monte carlo before but handled a weatherby at cabelas a few times to get the feel and while it felt nice it was a little odd when I leaned it on a bench.
     
  14. horsey300

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    If you want something different @LoonWulf put me onto these, http://www.rifle-stocks.com/sporter_hunting_styles.htm
    I'm specifically drawn to the wolverine, the wildcat sans thumbhole, the custom rollover, Monte Carlo, and the frontier. These may need a bit more work than Boyd's, but with ANY comb, I suggest you shoot a good 100-200 rds from a raised one and if you DON'T LOVE IT, and I really bet you do, it's MUCH easier to sand down a raised comb to where it feels more comfortable than a classic stock. Personal preference based on how much I love my Monte Carlo and raised stocks for varmints and targets (prone or sitting) makes me SUPER drawn to that wildcat minus a thumbhole. Just a thought or two. ETA that my scopes are 4-16x44&50 and 6.5-20x50 on high rings, if I had lower rings and less scope and hunting closer distances with more snapshots I'd be quite alright without the raised comb, but laying over my raised combs is soooooo much more comfortable for my cheek weld for my purposes!
     
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