Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dragonfly, Aug 14, 2019.
I’m not familiar with solid birch stocks. Who supplies them?
The problem with shooting heavy kicking rifles from the bench is that you're leaning into them and take the full impact to the shoulder, so I use a money bag full of sand plus a PAST shoulder pad to cushion the blow. (The older I am, the more recoil conscious I've become.)
I don't know who supplies them any more as an aftermarket item. They were pretty common once as unfinished do-it-yourself sporterizing items for surplus military rifles.
Marlin used to make all of the Glenfield series guns with them, like the 30A (336C with stamped rim-fire type rear sight and dovetailed blade front sight).
The 336W, like the 30A, uses a stained solid "hardwood", which could be birch or beech.
(The 336W and 336Y now also have polymer barrel bands. )
It's also pretty common with a lot of .22 rifles. (Marlin, Ruger, Mossberg, Savage, etc.)
Birch has very little grain, but the stained "walnut finish" on a lot of birch stocks is so good that it fools some people.
Sadly true. I can still handle it. I just notice it more and enjoy it less.
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