Re: Stocks: Laminate wood vs composite
Provided we exclude the injection molded (tupperware) stocks, the synthetic stocks are the most stable - errr in theory.
The modern wooden laminate stocks are vacuum impregnated and pressed together under very high pressure. It terms of stability, in theory they are less stable that synthetic stocks.
Does this theoretical loss in stability amount to a hill of beans? No.
I free float my barrels and pillar bed my wooden stocks. The only one to have changed/moved on me is my Model 700 BDL walnut stock. I moved with humidity changes, so I had to re-float the barrel channel, my laminated stocks have not moved.
Synthetic stocks tend to be cold and clammy in cold weather, in that same weather the wooden laminate stocks have a preception of warmth.
Regarding the injection molded plastic stocks, the forearms are not as strong as the synthetic and laminate stocks.
Snohomish Co. Washington
NRA Life Member