Thanks for the replies Folks. I bought the stock after seeing pictures of the old US Marines M40A1 type sniping rifle and don't regret my purchase one little bit.
I was so taken back by this Gunsmiths attitude when I was actually speaking to him that it wasn't until after I had completed the call that I could comprehend what he had actually said. I also remember that when I told him I intended to make a semi-custom rifle
out of old Rem 700 action I had sourced he stated I "was doing it on the cheap".
I was absolutely fuming following the call and it was all my wife could do to stop me phoning him back and giving him a piece of my mind. Needless to say he won't be getting my business.
D-Mon I don't want to print the name of the 'Smith involved as in fairness unless he is a member of this Forum he does not have a chance to defend himself.