Barrel/stock fitment

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by emmagator, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    Ill try to post this here, hopefully i will get a few more opinions. Im contemplating purchasing a stock from this company(PSE Composites), for my Tikka T3. I recieved some pics of the stock with a sporter barrel, which is what i have. What are your guys thoughts on the large gap between barrel and stock? Pros? Cons? etc.....
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  2. LRSickle

    LRSickle Well-Known Member

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    It doesn't look too bad and I'm sure it would help with barrel cooling. I don't see a problem with it.
     

  3. LRSickle

    LRSickle Well-Known Member

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    I looked up their website and I like the looks of their stocks. I couldn't fine any prices. How much are they shipped from Ireland?
     
  4. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    Ive been in contact with them for awhile and they DO make really nice stocks. However, they are fairly expensive 600-700$, and im not sure what shipping would involve.
     
  5. Willys46

    Willys46 Well-Known Member

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    If I was spending 600-700 bucks on a stock, it is going to fit a lot better than that. Ya it will work, but that large gap will collect "stuff" during hunting (snow, rain, dirt, pine needles).

    The amount of cooling it will allow out ways a good fit to me.

    This is all my opinion, just want my barrel and stock to fit better.
     
  6. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    This is how the stock was meant to fit, its not shotty work. I understand that fitment like this in the past was a sign of bad workmanship, but that is not the case here. Im just wondering if designing it to fit this way is good/bad/ugly? etc.. As far as collecting stuff, yea probably but all floated barrels do, and this one would be easy to clean:). I guess also if one decided to rebarrel he would have a little room to work with.
     
  7. Willys46

    Willys46 Well-Known Member

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    Not saying it's shooty work, But if your asking for opinions, to me is ugly. But that's just me. The part by the chamber where the barrel starts to tapper to me should match the stock.

    You would have a lot of room to rebarrel. If you like it go for it, but the amount of room for "cooling" is over blown. You just want clearance so the stock does not touch the stock.

    Good luck on the decision.

    Willys
     
  8. BUNDUKI

    BUNDUKI Well-Known Member

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    For the price would expect them to machine the inlet to whichever profile you require.
    Save your money and get a mc millan
     
  9. ejg

    ejg Well-Known Member

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    Might be able to explain a few points.
    The barrel channel in the pictures is made to take up to Tikka tactical barrel.
    Even with the varmint barrel it will have a good gap. I believe this is the way to go, even the smallest barrel gap will not avoid water and dust to penetrate but will not allow you to clean. The tight fitting stock is ok for some but not for others that use there rifle a few times a week and don't like taking the action out of the stock every second day. I think tight barrel channels and their disadvantages have led to enough misplaced shots in the past. A large gap around the barrel has no technical disadvantages just looks different and leads to a more reliable rifle.
    I hunt all year round in pine forests, peat bogs and open hills in mostly wet conditions and am convinced the larger barrel channel is better. I can remove crud out of the barrel channel in the field with a rag, shirt or even a twig.


    PSE stocks are built different, the stock is a full sandwich design, they are not milled (anywhere). If one mills out the barrel channel one would remove carbon or glass fiber structure. That is why these stocks are made with the larger channel and can be ordered in reduced in size via light weight filler if one wishes. This light weight filler can later be removed without any structural problems. Advantage of the full sandwich is a lighter stiffer construction. Similar to the difference of stiffnes of a pipe vs a half pipe.

    all the best from Ireland
    edi