Bell & Carlson stocks

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by brokenspoke, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. brokenspoke

    brokenspoke Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    I was wondering if anybody had much experience with them. I was looking at the Medalist stock to replace the laminated stock on my Remington 700 LSS 30-06. Are the Carbelite stocks pretty much the same stock except without the aluminum bedding block? If they are & a guy beds the action in one should it not be just about as good as the Medalist? There's about $100 difference between the two & if they are the same stock minus the bedding block I think I could live without it & bed my own action like I have with most of my other bolt action guns. If anybody has any experience please let me know whether it's good or bad. I'm very open to suggestions.
  2. scoutm

    scoutm Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    I replaced on old beat up Win M70 Feather weight stock with a B & C stock and I'm very happy with it. It did require some minor fitting and once bedded the rifle shoots great!

  3. Stocky

    Stocky <strong>SPONSOR</STRONG>

    Apr 7, 2009
    There are significant differences between the Carbelites and Medalists. If they are your ONLY choice, as in the case with an P14/17 Enfield, 1903 Springfield, Mini Mauser, tang safety Ruger 77 or pre-64 M70 Winchester for example, they will fill-the-bill and are very serviceable, however if you have do a choice we usually recommend the Medalist.

    First consider the recoil pad, a Medalist comes standard with a Pachmayr Decelerator, a $50+ option and (arguably) one of the best pads available. There goes most of the price difference.

    Secondly, Medalists are far stiffer in the forend, sure you can full-length ‘glass them but I stress the full-length aspect, a receiver job will do nothing for the forend and one has to install aluminum pillars as well if we are to compare like apples (Medalists come with pillars inserted too).

    Add pad, bedding supplies and pillars to the price of a Carbelite are we are at or over the price of a Medalist, time spent notwithstanding.

    Medalists come with cheek rests also, a nice touch but also know guys that choose Carbelites because they don’t want one.

    Now for the big kicker – the “3rd Generation” of Bell & Carlson Medalist stocks really have no peer in their price range. These are the 700 Alaskans, the A-Bolt WSM Mountain stocks and the Winchester M70 Extreme Weather stocks. Look for the units with SKU’s beginning in 777x. Originally they appear to have been developed to replace OEM McMillan’s in the Remington 700 Alaskans, at 28-30 oz. they are the stiffest “ultralight” stocks I know of in the $200 price range, but are only available in the aforementioned inlets.

    Bottom line – Carbelites are time-tested, extremely durable hunting rifle stocks but when you do have a choice, opt for a Medalist. It’s far more than a Carbelite with aluminum – they are completely new molds, employ the latest technology and materials plus come standard with most of the trimmings. Especially the newest models.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2009
  4. flyin lizard

    flyin lizard Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    I just recently put a medalist on my 22-250 savage and love it..
  5. topwater225

    topwater225 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    I just layed the 20BR in a Medalist Light Tactical and I too love it!!

    Got it from Stockys.....Great price and service.

  6. GySgtFTL

    GySgtFTL Member

    Aug 29, 2009
    After mucho research, I just ordered a B&C Medalist Tactical via Stockys. It's on backorder.
  7. tigmaned

    tigmaned Active Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    just wanted to know if you ever got your B&C Hook stock from Stocy's yet?? and how you like it!!!
    i need to up grade my 700spsv and thats what i was thinking about going with. but it seems every where s/a 700 stocks are on back order??