Re: New stock for Rem. 700
I've used almost all Remington 700 stocks available out there... In my opinion, for a hunting rifle, you can't go wrong with an H-S Precision Police Tactical stock, preferably with the adjustable length of pull option. I carried this stock into combat in 2002/2003, and can vouch for it's accuracy and dependability.
The other H-S tactical stocks (and McMillans) that have high cheekrests and vertical grips are good-looking, and are excellent for prone and bench shooting, but a hunting rifle (as with a sniper rifle) needs to have a stock that is comfortable shooting in ANY position, since you never know what you'll need to do to make a shot... The vertical/high cheek stocks are also generally heavier than standard contours are.
My favorite stock for the 700, for ANY use, is the Accuracy International AICS 1.5, which runs around $850, but by the time you buy another brand stock that is fully adjustable, than add a detachable magazine bottom metal, you've probably spent more than $850!
Bell&Carlson makes decent stuff - I've used their Lightweight Tactical stock, which runs around $250, and it's a good all-around unit. Also used the fully adjustable A5 unit, which I'm not a fan of - rough blocks, and huge lug recess requiring bedding... All B&Cs have the rough blocks, but that can be overlooked for $250 - but not for $475! Add another $100 and just get an adjustable H-S or Manners T2/T4!
I recently ordered a Choate "Ultimate Sniper" stock for a customer, and for $200, was actually surprised at the quality. I was expecting a piece of crap, but it actually seems decently built, with a decent V block for bedding. Although tacky looking, and extremely heavy, that might fancy you.
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