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Difference between wood and Laminate stocks

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JonB, Dec 24, 2006.

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  1. JonB

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    Anyone? Pro's and cons of each?
     
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    Laminated stocks should be substantially stronger than a solid wood stock. Laminated is more resistant to warping and dimensional stability is greater under varying weather conditions. It is also heavier due to bonding agents used to bind the many layers of wood together. Lower grades of hardwood may be used in manufacturing and still produce a visually attractive finished item and various woods may be combined to provide interesting color contrasts within the stock. Nothing however beats the beauty and the feel of finely figured solid walnut and some of the exotic woods and the material is more expensive to obtain.
     
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    A laminated stock is constructed of many layers of wood and glue or resin pressed together, sometimes with heat, to form a material that is waterproof and resistant to warpage, yet still looks like wood. They are stronger and heavier than wood. The thickness of the wood strips can vary and is the weakest part of a lamination, I have split a stock along the wood layer. Wood is beautiful, but can warp, shrink, and is weak along the grain. Most people consider a laminated stock a decent comprise between wood and a full synthetic.
     
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    I just bought a Mosin Nagant M44 with a laminate, they cost more. I think it looks much better than birch and as has been said it's much stronger. Laminates also do better in harsh environments.
     
  5. 270Win

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    My dad's 91/30 is laminate... it's nice. When cleaned up it turned out to be really colorful and handsome.
     
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