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Opinions sought: Best retail synthetic stock
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 Posted: Mon Nov 14th, 2016 08:27 PM
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I have a 98 Mauser barreled action (.338 Win Mag) and would like to put a synthetic stock on it.

Seeking opinions from posters who have installed or had commercially available synthetic stocks installed.

What stock manufacturers do you find build the best stock (Quality, Price)?

If you had a custom installation, who installed; and your opinion as to quality and price?

Thanx and Good Hunting!



 Posted: Mon Nov 14th, 2016 10:02 PM
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I like Choate. they are made from fiberglass filled polymer, in the USA. they do not flex like plastic stocks.

I have two of their sniper stocks. Great bedding system, very accurate.

Last edited on Mon Nov 14th, 2016 10:03 PM by BEAR



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I bought a Bell & Carlson for a model 70 wsm. It was supposed to be a drop in fit. It wasn't. I had to take it to a local smith so he could mill out the aluminum block and the barrel channel to allow the action to seat properly. It's a very good stock but I was misinformed about the fitting. Because of my experience I'd be skeptical about any fitting without requiring modification.

I should add I bought it from Stocky's who told me it was a drop in fit. I thought I received the wrong item but the part number was confirmed as correct by Stocky's. I then called B&C to verify I had the right stock and they told me it was also correct. If it was correct it sure took some major milling to make it fit.



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 Posted: Tue Nov 15th, 2016 01:13 AM
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Thanx Bear & Ed.

Exactly the kind of feedback I seek.



 Posted: Thu Nov 17th, 2016 08:57 PM
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Well, if I had my druthers, it'd be a McMillan. I have four rifles in McMillans and they work great. Pricey and you have to wait for delivery but worth it.
I'm thinking of doing another rifle in the near future. Anther 24" 30-06 on a Husqvarna action and I want the same stock that is on my current custom with the slower 1 in 12 twist barrel. The new one would have a proper 1 in 10" twist.
A cheapie stock I like is the Butler Creek but I haven't seen any now for some time. Nice classic style and with a bit of bedding work and stock fix actually make a decent stock. I got a couple off a guy that had short arms so the length of pull is a tad short but with a slip on pad end up just about right. One is on a J.C. Higgins M50 that was given to me by a late friend and the other is out in my shed. The Husqvarna still has the original 30-06 barrel so it would would work. However, the Husky has a 1 in 12" barrel as does my custom so no gain there. Might as well wait for the McMillan stock and rebarrel job first and do it right. :lol:
My custom won't stabilize a bullet heavier than 165 gr. which is why I want to do one with a faster twist barrel.
Anyway, my vote is for the McMillan.
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Thanx for the great feedback!



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I bought and installed my own, Bell & Carlson. I don't remember what I spent for it, that build was in 1990 or so. Old as it was, the action was still solid in the bed when I sold it not long ago.

As far as installing and bedding the stock yourself, it's not difficult. Make sure you fill all the voids that can potentially lock the action to the stock, as me how I know. I use modeling clay, but I've heard of playdoh being used, I'm sure either will work just fine as long as it stays in place and doesn't shrink. Maybe watch a You Tube video if you feel uncomfortable doing it yourself, I think Larry Poterfield (Midway USA) has a good instructional video in his library.

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+2 on the McMillian also HS Precision, the first ones an early McMillian in FN 7MM Mag.the seconds a Rem. 700 varmint both fit like a glove.



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