After I got my m14 clone and began googling for scope mounts I became very conscious of the height of the scope relative to the bore. I'm currently using a home made cheek rest that is over 2" high and if I close my eyes and have a nap in the prone firing position I wake up with my eye looking into the scope but not properly centered.
For a year or so I've been casually looking at complementing my beloved tractor of a gun with a more harmonic hunting rifle. For various reasons I'm looking for a bolt action rifle, but it bothers me that even in modern designs the stocks are even lower than is required by the protrusion of the bolt. Why is this? Is my face abnormally shaped?
One work-around that is popular here in sweden is sending your gun to a smith and having them cut out an adjustable cheek rest from your stock. In my eyes this is barbarically ugly. I don't mind synthetic stocks or laminate stocks or tacky Tapco furniture but it kills me when people take a beautiful, expensive fine walnut stock with lines that are the conscious product of a true artist and saw them up to make an adjustable cheek rest.
The person who designed the stock didn't intend it to be used cut in two, and this is immediately obvious to most who hold the rifle.
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At this page you can see some examples not of fantastic stocks but of stock shapes that simply don't go well with the cheek rest riser.
As I said, don't mind people doing what they feel is right to their rifles, but I don't get why manufacturers won't try harder to circumvent this problem.
I guess what I want to ask the LongRangeHunters is; those of you who use wooden stocked bolt action rifles, how have you handled this problem? Is cheek weld as important to you as to me?