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Stocks: wood, laminate, or synthetic?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by RNB65, Jun 13, 2007.

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Preferred stock material for a benchrest rifle?

  1. Hardwood

    10 vote(s)
    23.3%
  2. Laminate

    8 vote(s)
    18.6%
  3. Synthetic (hiqh quality McMillan or HS Precision)

    25 vote(s)
    58.1%
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  1. RNB65

    RNB65 Member

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    What's your preferred stock material for a benchrest paper puncher?

    I've read horror stories about wood stocks warping, laminate stocks splitting along glue lines, and synthetic stocks being poorly balanced and very hot/cold to the touch. Note that I'm referring to a high quality synthetic stock such as a McMillan or HS Precision, not the flimsy synthetic stocks that some gun makers use.
     
  2. aka108

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    Not a bench rest shooter but those I know have a big preference for the synthetic stocks.
     
  3. DMK

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    I like the looks and feel of wood. However, synthetics are pretty much immune to dents, gun oils, moisture, and won't crack because of dryness.

    Synthetic takes a little more care and work to glass bed properly though.
     
  4. RNB65

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    I'm surprised. Synthetic seems to be the popular choice. I thought it would be the least favorite.
     
  5. CH47gunner

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    Must be "Old" fashioned

    Voted Hardwood.
    I like the appearance & feel of the wood. I prefer the classic Monte Carlo style wood rifles/stocks. Tho I do have a couple of wood laminate's also.
    My own personal favorite rifle is a Sako AIII Monte Carlo stocked, in 30-06, scoped with a Nikon Monarch UCC 4-12X40AO. Like Buttah.
    I only have one "evil" black rifle left - a Savage 10FP, in .308, Stocked with a Bell & Carlsen Medalist/Varmint stock. This is my "long distance precision shooting instrument".
     
  6. kcmarine

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    Synthetic because I was born in the 90's.
     
  7. YodaVader

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    Look at what all the competition benchrest shooters stock their rifles with. Of those mentioned above I have owned 3 rifles with the HS Precision stock and a laminated Model 700 and a Savage 12BVSS also with laminated stock.

    Since my most accurate and consistent shooting rifle is my 700LTR with HS stock I voted synthetic. But I do want a walnut varminter! I already have the stock , just need to find a suitable barreled action.

    But when the time comes for my custom rifle it will be used in some type of synthetic stock.
     
  8. stevelyn

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    I like laminates.
     
  9. rantingredneck

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    Laminates and nice wood are pretty. Synthetic is functional. I use synthetic. My guns are shooters, not collectors.
     
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