Boyds Ross thumbhole stock

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by brasshead, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. brasshead

    brasshead Member

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    I have a 223 Remington with the plastic varmint stock that I am not fond of. I have been looking at the Boyds stock with the thumbhole,it looks pretty nice but I have not handled one. Has anyone had on or shot one before, whats the finish like?
    I mostly shoot paper with a few coyotes and crows when I can. I'm just getting started in the long range game so going to use what i have for now.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. muleyman

    muleyman Well-Known Member

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    I've had a few and for the most part liked them. The ones I have/had did require some final finishing for both fit and finish but were a good place to start.
     

  3. brasshead

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    Did you glass bed yours? I did a search on here it seems people like them OK but nothing to special.
     
  4. sambo3006

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    I've got one, no complaints. I would definitely pillar bed it for best accuracy. Also, make sure you are ordering the one with the vented forend that is made for heavy barrels. The sporter one has a very narrow forend and won't accomodate heavy barrels.
     
  5. muleyman

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    Yes I bedded them along with adding pillars. On the one I'm still using, I tried just using the bedding material (devcon) as sort of a pillar bedding as well. So far so good so I think it might have actually worked. I also refinished the stocks and for the most part once done, are a good solid stock that looks nice. There are certainly better ones out there, but for the money, I think they're fine.......
     
  6. brasshead

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    The varmint stock setup for a heavy barrel is the one I want. Is the finish not smooth? I could sand it and refinish with automotive clear coat. How heavy are these stocks and do they balance well?
    thanks for the help
     
  7. Forester

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    The finish was pretty good on the two I have. I put one on a 204 Savage and one on a Savage muzzleloader.

    If you want a little more shine you can use some automotive polishing compound followed by a good wax and it will make it pretty slick. Not like auto clear, but still pretty darn good.

    Here is my 204, it now wears a better scope and these pics were pre-polishing. Next up is Duracoat for the action and bead blasting the barrel late summer sometime.

    I pillar and Devcon bedded mine and it has held up extremely well.

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  8. brasshead

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    That 204 looks really nice! I think I may just order one of these stocks and give it a try.

    thanks for the help.