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Wood vs Synthetic for stocks

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Prion, Feb 27, 2009.

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  1. Prion

    Prion Member

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    I understand wood is effected by weather more than synthetic. How much so? I live in the northeast, land of extreme weather. Cold and dry in the winter, hot, humid, and rainy in the summer. I like the look of wood but am curious about how it effects a rifle. I own synthetics but no wood so I can't compare.
     
  2. Onmilo

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    There are synthetic stocks on the market now that mimic the look, but not feel, of real wood.

    The best way to solve this dilemma is to buy a synthetic stock for hard weather hunting and buy a nicer wood stock for displaying and admiring the rifle.
     
  3. ArmedBear

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    This guy's in Maine.

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  4. Horsemany

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    Onmilo has the right idea. I'm a wood guy myself but I mostly hunt with synthetics. Some of the better synthetics fiberglass with spiderwebbing patterns are more ridgid and look as good as wood IMO. I have enough guns I don't need to drag the nice walnut through the sticks anymore.
     
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    Laminant wood

    You could try the laminated wood stocks. They are much more weather resistant, but heavier as well.
    I personally like synthetics as I have a tendency to scratch and ding a hunting weapon. I don't want to have to baby it, I want to hunt with it.
     
  6. briansmithwins

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    Living in Oregon, if it can't take the wet, I'm not interested.

    I like the look of laminated wood, but synthetics are ok too. BSW

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    Wood will always expand and contract depending on the heat and moisture. Dried wood can absorb 6 to 10% moisture on the average and that's what it's supposed to do. That's one reason a floating barrel has the space between the stock and barrel. I love wood stocks and am making a couple. I have two blanks I picked up at a sawmill last year that I'm air drying. They'll probably be ready some time next winter.
     
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