Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by YankeeFlyr, Sep 23, 2016.
You want synthetic? Take your pick from 299 dollar rifles up to custom McMillan or others.
Just get what makes you happy!
Remington Seven .243
Winchester 70 .30-06
That sums it up nicely...... I love a fine piece of wood or a laminate but I can't stand watching it get dinged up and scratched as it will eventually get if it's a hunting rifle.
Now, from an aesthetic perspective, I wholeheartedly agree that wood LOOKS better. I've got a lot of wood stocked rifles in anything from plain hardwood to nicer walnut, maple or myrtle. However, to me it's a depressing sight when I look at what was once a pristine wood stock and it's covered in nicks, scratches, and worn finish. As such for any of those nice rifles I'll ONLY use them if I'm basically walking straight to a tree stand through an open field (which isn't often). If I'm going to be trucking through a mile of forest before I get to my stand, I'm going to take a polymer stock. Not only will it take the beating against trees, limbs, etc on the way just fine, but it's also lighter. The accuracy advantage of the stock being more stable regardless of moisture is just icing on the cake.
The same goes for a hunting shotgun. When I started duck hunting I started with an old Browning A-5. Trust me it didn't take but a couple of trips of that thing betting beat around in a boat for me to go out and buy something with synthetic stocks instead.
So to me it has nothing to do with being "cheap" but rather just the fact that for this particular application, technology has provided a better solution.
I agree, I have carried my 270wsm a-bolt hunter walnut stock about 14 seasons now, up and down our steep WV hills. Slipped and fell with it a few times. Get caught out in the rain 2-3 times a season, what few scratches and dings it has I call battle scars. Most of my hunt'en buddys guns are ( you can tell its Matell its swell ) plastic. If it starts to rain they for the nearest shelter at a dead run pretty much same as I do with my wood stock. O well to each their own.
Nail on the head- and they sell it to you like it's an upgrade for "durability" and "weather resistance".
I can appreciate that some folks like a beautiful wood stock but I prefer synthetic. To me they're beautiful not in the way a Victoria's Secret model is but in the way a shark is; sleek and efficient, with form following function. There's something wonderfully utilitarian and no-nonsense to a black polymer stock IMO. I think they're objectively superior performance-wise and I think they look just fine. No one buys a figured burl handle for their clawhammer, right?
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Wood is boring, so not afraid to ding it up.
The cheaper synth stocks are pretty flimsy and require reinforcement to stiffen them up in the front.
And some are still flexy at the wrist.
Better synth stock is probably gonna run 300 and up.
Then add more (if you want it film dipped to look like wood LOL).
My wife gave me a hard time about going to the gunsmith before I went to the hospital after the horse wreck. I told her it was going to take him a while and I wanted it when I healed up. That was 20 elk ago. For those too lazy to do maintenance try Hornady One Shot. An excellant product for the serious hunter.
A long time ago they used to cut people to let them bleed out what was making them sick.
Lots of improvements over the years where we don't do things the same as we used to. Wood is nice and warm but doesn't do as good in adverse conditions.
So while wood is pleasing to look at and feels nice in your hand you would rather they use a "space aged polymer" as say a stent in your arteries than a stick.
Not all synthetic stocks are cheap pieces of crap and not all wood stocks are works of art. I've seen a fair number of crappy wood stocks.
That being said wood and steel costs more than polymer, fiberglass, Bakelite and plastic. So I'm sure that it doesn't exactly hurt the feelings of the gun company executives that they're increasing their profit margins.
I tend to agree with the fiberglass choice for hunting especially in un-predictable weather conditions. But I have never had a problem with walnut stocks when it rained all day long while hunting. I still prefer walnut to all other stock choices.
I do have a howa with a hogue stock and it's pretty nice. Rem, win should take a hint and put those on. Ruger has a pretty sweet skeleton stock they use for the all weathers.
Point is there is synthetic that serves a purpose of durability and weatherproof and then there's the junk plastic stocks they use to save money.
I'm not above beating up a nice wood stock. I have a model 70 super grade to prove it. All beat up it still looks better than cheap plastic. The jeweled bolt may have some surface rust on it, but it's not all loose and floppy like those new ones that come with the plastic.
up their rifles. I know guys that hunt with wood stocks and seldom scratch them. Plastic
is definitely more stable than wood it doesn't take a genius to know that, but wood is
so much more enjoyable.
I respect a wood stock. I hunt with wood stocked rifles and shotguns, and I hunt with synthetic stocked firearms as well. I've had to refinish wood stocks a few times because of how beat up they get, its nice not to have to do that with synthetic.
Yep, people are different and live in different conditions and modes. If you want to see that first hand next time you are in a large parking lot walk around and take a look in the beds of all the pickup trucks.
A soccer moms bed won't have a single scratch in the paint. Someone that uses one for work will be a mess, especially the tailgate the manufacturer designed to be so lightweight the soccer mom could shut it with one hand and not break a nail.
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