Originally Posted by No Fear in Accuracy
I wondered myself why do shooters/hunters prefer this type of stock instead of similar stock.
Mind you, I have a McMillan A-5 Adj. cheek piece stock, using 6BR cartridge.
I've researched and gather all information I need to build for my next project. My long range project will be either 338 AM/338 Snipetac or 338 Raptor.
It seems that most popular are McMillan A-5 or Manners. That will handle high powered cartridge due to twist, shifting and better design.
When I shoot at long range, I only touch with my thumb on the grip, one finger on the trigger, cheek weld lightly on the cheek piece and shoulder lightly touches the butt.
So why did you choose this stock over other stock? Based on looks, feel and weight?
I wonder if I can use the laminated wood stock for high powered rifle. (see the picture below, red stripes on black). The price is around $200.
McMillan A-5 is approaching $700 to $900.
Like most people I like what I like.
From a strength stand point I would put a good laminate up against any other type and cost of stocks
Most of the precision rifles (Bench Rest are on Laminate stocks) They are very strong and very stable. Not believing hardly anything I hear, I decided to test the difference in stability.
I placed 4 different types of stocks on a concrete slab with a 20lb bag of shot on the butt stock and a dial indicator the same distance from the end of the but stock on the fore arm. I even shaded the dial indicators to prevent heat from effecting them.
After 30 minuets in the sun I found the most effected by heating on one side was the Tupperware (No big surprises) next was the all wood factory stock. (Different woods would probably have an effect on the warping amount.
Next was a High dollar composite. And the laminate had the least deflection of all of them.
I realize this was not a very scientific test but it did tell me what stock material was less effected
by uneven heat and was the most stable.
As far as strength, I have laminates on most of my Big bore rifles and have never had a failure.
All this aside , I like Laminates.
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