New wood vers. laminate stock -- effect on accuracy? Boyd's?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by cdherman, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. cdherman

    cdherman Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2008
    I have a Savage heavy barreled varminter in 270 WSM. Stainless with the plastic Savage stock.

    I use this for deer hunting and I like a more traditional look. I have found that Boyd's makes both a walnut as well as a laminate wood stock that can be fit to my action.

    I would like the look better -- I would rather have a wood stock with some dings and scratches than some plastic thing.

    But the issue arrises about accuracy. I would likely bed the action and free float the barrel.

    All things being equal, what would the expected accuracy loss be? I'm askin' for averages here -- I recognise that sometimes you get lucky and sometimes really unlucky.

    Appreciate your opinions....
  2. goose

    goose Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    I got a boyds laminate stock for my stevens 270, I'm happy with the quality. A laminate stock should be more solid than factory plastic, were you wondering about the accuracy of walnut VS laminate, or laminate Vs plasic?

    Is your rifle centerfeed? I converted the stock I got from stagger to centerfeed, easy job, I could post pics if you need to do the conversion.

    I bought a thumbhole stock, I like it for shooting from the bench, but not for carrying in the field.

  3. cdherman

    cdherman Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2008

    Yes, the issue is walnut versus laminate. I will have to convert to the center feed as well. pics are nice, but I've been working with wood for 30 years, so I think I can handle that.....

    It is obvious that the laminate stocks are more stable than a walnut stock. I'd like to hear opinions about plastic versus laminate or wood.

    How much difference does it make? etc.....

    I have the feeling that the low end plastic stocks are no better than wood for accuracy, maybe worse. They use them because the plastic stocks are cheap, IMO.

    But what's your take??????
  4. Axtell3

    Axtell3 Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2010
    I swapped out to the Boyds classic, and bedded my 111.
    Much nicer stock, less recoil and better balance.
    I also didan aftermarket recoil lug and a few other upgrades while I was at it.
    It shoots 2 inches at 300 yards so far.
    I cant speak for the traditional walnut...
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2010
  5. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    In my experience the laminated stocks are more stable than plain wood stocks as far as warping due to weather changes. I really like the look of the laminated green camo Boyds has.

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2007
    look at accurate innovations laminate stocks, rock solid with the "pretty" of wood.