Re: Who makes Remington\'s stocks?
The stock that Remington uses for the 40XB-KS rifles is made by McMillan. The 'aramid fiber' is another name for what most of us know by the brand name Kevlar. I had been investigating having a 40X stock modified to fit me, and after finding this out and talking to some 'smiths that had dealt w/ it, decided it wasn't worth the effort, as they had indicated it was extremely hard on most common cutting tools used in stock work. A call to McMillan indicated that they only make that stock for Remington, as it is not the easiest thing in the world to make, even for them. I would imagine the Mountain Rifle stock is of similar construction.
As far as the stock on the Varmint Specials and Senderos, yes, they were made by H-S Precision for a long time. The word is (as in unsubstantiated rumor) that they shifted to Bell & Carlson about a year ago or so to cut costs. Not for you or me, but to improve their profit margin. In any event, I have a VS stock (same thing as the Sendero, but short action, basically) circa 1998, that works well, but has a bit rougher, texturized, almost splatter finish to it, and a new 2002 production VS that has a much smoother, slightly darker toned stock. Both work equally well, and both had to be skim bedded as the aluminum bedding block didn't contact the receiver 100%.