aluminum pillars on laminate stock????

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by cookjp, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. cookjp

    cookjp Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Guys I have two quick questions on stocks, Do I need to aluminum pillar bed a laminate stock or can i just glass bed it and get the same results,and have any of you ever had any dealings with Richards micro-fit stocks good or bad.
    they have a thumbhole / target style that i like. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. EddieHarren

    EddieHarren Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    I would put pillars in a laminated stock.

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    I would recomend Pillars on any stock because any stock without pillars WILL compress over

    As to the stock purchase I would strongly recomend going to (MBI, Inc.) Home Page
    and see if they have your stock.

    If they do you will have it in 3 or 4 days. It took over a year to get one from Richards Micro fit.

    Last edited: Jul 16, 2009
  4. dirtball

    dirtball Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    I have one of Richards stocks, took about 3 to 4 months to get, and then the work starts. The one I got was VERY rough, but it turned out the way I wanted it in the end, and yes I used aluminum pillars and Devcon bedding.
    Before you order from Richards contact Joel Russo, he is on this site, use "SEARCH" and send him a message.
  5. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2003
    I've got two from Richards, they do come rough and require a ton of sanding, but can be a very nice looking stock when done.

    I've also got three from Joel Russo, they show up much much closer to finished than the Richards and they WILL be a very nice looking stock when complete.

    If and when I ever need another laminated stock it will come from Joel.

    Some of mine have pillars some don't, all are glass bedded. I don't notice any accuracy difference, but then again I'm no competative shooter. I guess for the small price to have it done you might as well.

  6. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

    Jul 5, 2006
    Even though you are working with a laminated piece of wood, it will still have a "crush effect" over time. With that being said, pillar bedding is highly recommended. If you can't go the full route with the pillars, at least do a "skim bed" in the action area of the stock.
  7. buffybr

    buffybr Active Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    My quick answer would be Yes, use both pillars and glass bedding.

    I've done two stocks from Richards, a laminate on my .375 RUM, and a AA Fancy walnut on my .300 Wby. I pillar and glass bedded both, and both shoot sub MOA. I glass bed the action, the floorplate, and the barrel channel and float the barrel.

    I think the wood in the laminate is birch, and it is not the hardest of stock woods. Pillars are a definate advantage here.

    Also, like has been said, Richards is not the quickest. My walnut blank took 4 months and did not have the grain shown on their web page for the grade that I ordered. I sent it back and it took another month for a new blank to arrive. It has great figure and finished into a beautiful stock.