Originally Posted by blackbrush
An alternative suggestion; find a couple of scratched up, banged up 788 stocks, do some fitting and incrementally whack off a portion of the butts so your children can graduate and learn to shoot the same way Dad did with Dad's same rifle.
This may allow you to get your children in the field with you sooner enjoying and learning with Dad. There is not a better classroom in the whole world.
No worries, I asked for suggestions about this rifle. Multiple stocks in different lengths is a good idea. I can never seem to get rid of R&R parts when I accumulate them. You never know when you might need them. So maybe I'll buy my .243 a "new dress" too and keep the old stock for future use. I have 2 little ones at home. The are just cutting their teeth with my old Crosmans. My other kids are teenagers and far away. They have been shooting my other guns as fast as I can reload.
When I coach at sniper schools, it is very satisfying to take a good shooter and help him refine his skills to be a tack driver. In the sniper business, the shot has
to count.......everytime. But it's still nothing compared to seeing joy on your child's face that you helped create.
As for the .308, I think I'm going to clean it well and be sure everything is tight. Then I'm going to do some diagnostic shooting with it. The glass on it is crap, but was part of the $200 deal. I'll swap it with one of my Leupold's to eliminate that question and put it to the test. If it gets the nod, then it's off to the honey-do list to earn credit. See I told my wife about the Richards stock I want to by and the price. She said, "That's not bad." That brought 2 questions to mind...........
1. Who are you, and how long is my wife going to be gone?
2. Did I mention how many stocks I wanted to buy..........?
Thanks for the suggestion.