I had one on a savage 10. it fetl awesome was pretty heavy but for just shooting was very comfortable, however it did not match up with the action very well at all, in fact it was horrific. There was a 1/4" between the stock and rear tang. and all along the side of the action/stock there was a pretty big gap. I wouldnt buy another unless i saw some good reviews for their stocks for another make. But never again for savage
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I have used several, and still use one on long action rem 700 22-250. Fit is excellent, no problems like TIKKAMIKE had. They are heavy, but this is not a problem on this rifle, used as a dog shooter from prone and "off the flat bed" shooting.
I can't remember where I saw the info, but the Choate's are designed to specifically have a gap at the rear tang on the Savages. The newer model Savages tend to have a larger gap when mated up with any of Choate's stocks where the old Savage actions tend to have a slimmer gap. But it is with Choate's intention that there is a "free float" at the back. They actually advise against bedding that particular section.
I agree the stocks tend to be a little heavy. But a heavier stock also equates to lesser recoil. Granted a VERY small reduction in recoil. Still, as a larger guy myself, I don't mind the extra weight... and personally I find the stock to be supremely rigid, durable and comfortable to shoot. I shoot a Savage 111 300WM on the Choate Ultimate Sniper and I have had nothing but good luck with it. For the prices, I would strongly consider Choate. However, if you have the scratch for something better by all means opt up, I mean, as much as I love Choate, they don't compare to something like McMillan.
Normally injection molded plastic is the kiss of death to rifle stocks, but if it is thick enough and has an Aluminum V block for a round bottomed [cheap to make Rem 700 or Sav110 design] then it works well, but is very heavy.
The lead insert is actually sort of a nice option. The handle is hollow so it is not like you have to have the lead, but if you need to balance the rifle, or deaden some of the recoil by all means throw in the lead. I know some people that use that extra space to carry a roll of tools for the field. They have the wrench for their scope, small roll of tape etc. I think for the price, it is quite a versatile stock.