factory sporter vs. thumbhole stocks

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  1. chucksniper

    chucksniper Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,
    been awhile since I last posted.... anyway.... what is your experience
    with thumbhole stocks? Do they really make a difference verses a factory
    sporter stock? What are the improvments?

    I handled one at the range and it felt comfortable and it seemed like it
    would enhance control. Do you all say it makes for more consistant
    shooting?
     
  2. dogdinger

    dogdinger Writers Guild

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    with the thumb opposing behind something to "hang on to" it just seems to give me better trigger control....AJ
     

  3. LewisH

    LewisH Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely. It's like shooting a pistol with the trigger hand. Much better trigger control, IMO.
     
  4. WizardM

    WizardM Active Member

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    I've been using regular stocks for many years. When I first picked up my new rifle - a Remington 700 TH-LSS .300 wsm, I was kind of hesitate, but out of my surprise, it felt really good, it gave way better control and better grip. I'm very happy with my decision to go with thumb hole stock, and I wouldn't go back to normal stock anymore.
     
  5. txlongrange

    txlongrange Well-Known Member

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    I agree. I must admit that I was a little leery when I purchased a custom 338 Edge with a thumbhole stock. But I like it.

    A side story: A buddy that I shoot with told me that he absolutely hated thumbhole stocks and couldn't believe I bought one. Well when I let him shoot my EDGE I noticed his thumb in the thumbhole. After about 5 rounds I called him on it and he just grinned and said "Not too bad."

    It's all personal preference in the end......but give one a try. That's the only way you will know for yourself.
     
  6. chucksniper

    chucksniper Well-Known Member

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    Sounds to me it was more than "not to bad" more like from the grin he was saying he liked it.:rolleyes:
     
  7. was21

    was21 Well-Known Member

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    I just sold my last thumbhole stock.
    I just couldn't get into it for any field use.

    However , I do like the vertical grip on the McMillan A series ; specifically the A3.

    FWIW
    Wes in AZ
     
  8. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

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    I really like the thumbhole stock for shooting off a bench, but not for a hunting rifle. They are awkward and slow for me to get behind. I would not walk around with one.

    It's an extreme example, but no dangerous game rifle has a thumbhole stock.

    JMO, Tom
     
  9. chucksniper

    chucksniper Well-Known Member

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    I want one as a varmint rifle.
     
  10. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

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    Off a table, it is fine. I don't know about belly shooting, never shot prone with a thumbhole.

    Good hunting, Tom
     
  11. Coues Sniper

    Coues Sniper Well-Known Member

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    I've shot plenty of prone behind mine. I really like it. Never had the problem of getting a fast shot off either. Just like anything else, once I got used to it it wasn't an issue.
     
  12. chucksniper

    chucksniper Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys for all the input, it was really helpful. I hope I can find a
    thumbhole with out all the fancy colors and lamination... like a regular
    wood or walnut. I was think synthetic... from brownells, but that one
    doesn't have the same configuration "thumbhole grip" as the one I
    usually see.
     
  13. loaders_loft

    loaders_loft Well-Known Member

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    contact Joel Russo for your stock