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Wood or composite stock?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by PATH, Jan 3, 2003.

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  1. PATH

    PATH Member

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    Which one do you prefer and why. Do you use both but in different situations. My Rem 700 is so dinked that I might buy a composite stock.
     
  2. JStordahl

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    Path: I would take a composite stock any day over wood. I used to have nice Claro walnut on a pair of Shilen DGA Varminter rifles.......I said goodbye. I want stability and toughness in a stock. To me the painted composite is beautiful in its utility. Wood massages the eyes, but when it gets scratched it hurts.....sorta like ruining a fine painting. Mcmillan and HS Precision are the two most popular, I think.
     
  3. MacPelto

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    Wood! Always wood! Some of the synthetics out there hurt my eyes when I look at them, they're so ugly. The best looking ones just look bad. If you must do something besides wood, at least use a nice looking laminate. Some of the Boyd's aren't bad.



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  4. thumbtack

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    I perfer the Composite over wood. My rifles won't win a beauty contest but they shoot good.
     
  5. Chipperman

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    I think it depends upon the rifle. I like the plastic of my HK's. I also like the beautiful wood on my older bolt actions.
     
  6. stubby

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    wood laminates give the best of both worlds, stability and beauty!:)
     
  7. Roadrunner

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    For my hunting rifles (non-varmit), I just like the look and feel of wood.
     
  8. Quintin Likely

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    I do most of my shooting from a bench or from prone, so synthetics it is for me...

    ...although I am a sucker for a handsome walnut stock.
     
  9. MiniZ

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    Both have their place in my collection. I will admit to being a freak about laminate though..
     
  10. 454c

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    It's hard to beat how a nice wood stock and blued barrell looks,but it's almost impossible to use it and keep it looking nice.

    Nowadays I prefer synthetic and stainless for durability.Some of those laminate stocks with stainless look pretty sharp.
     
  11. Longbow

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    Doesn't wood warp when exposed to wet and cold weather? I would personally go for a synthetic stock for a utilitarian rifle.
     
  12. Schuey2002

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    I own several guns with wooden stocks, but I usually prefer the synthetic stuff due to the rainy conditions found here in the Pacific Northwest..
     
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