Stocks, Stocks, Stocks.....

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by scsims, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. scsims

    scsims Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    I'm starting a build and already have a Brux barrel on order. The barrel is stainless 30" finished Sendero contour. I really like the tatical stocks and on the surface their prices don't seem too bad until you look further into it.

    I've been looking at H-S, McMillan and Manners. You can buy a A-3, A-4, or A5 for $400-$500. But hold on that's not the real price. You'll also need a cheek piece, and bottom metal. If you want an adjustable LOP it's going to put it at close to 1K.

    So I as I contiue to look around I can't find a tactical stock that is what I'd call a reasonable price. Don't get me wrong I realize that these are extremely high quality stocks, but is there something out there for lets say around $500 or $600 with something close to the same options?

    Are laminate stocks near as good as some of these fiberglass stocks?
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2012
  2. mrbigtexan

    mrbigtexan Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2009
    bell and carlson makes great stocks and are around your price level. laminates are better than walnut, but not as good as a quality synthetic.

  3. scsims

    scsims Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2007
  4. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Ever looked at XLR stocks? They come with as a detachable magazine an in the end are often cheaper than McMillan and manners.
  5. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004

    I personally consider Laminate stocks to be the best. They are extremely stable in temperature
    swings, The have better balance with heaver barrels, They also dampen the harmonics of the
    rifle when fired better than any other material. they are quite when walking through brush if
    they are scraped on something and in cold weather they have the soft warm feel when placed
    against your face.

    Over the years I have replaced "ALL" of my composite stocked rifles with laminates and without
    exception they have all shot better/tighter groups.

    I realize that the bedding could be better or some other phenomenon could cause this, But not in
    every rifle.

    Many will disagree with this and that's fine. It's there/your choice .

    There are many good laminate stocks available at a much better price, and several good stock
    builders like Joel Russo that can build you a beautiful custom stock that will not only look good,
    but also shoot good.

    This is just my opinion for what it's worth.

  6. 1SevenZero

    1SevenZero Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2012
    + 1 Bell & Carlson
  7. pyroducksx3

    pyroducksx3 Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2009
    It really depends on your action options. I recently built a rifle off my 700 action and used a manners t-2. I ordered the stock that used the factory bdl bottom metal. and for a check piece I had the smith install a defensive edge check piece for 80$, this kept me really close to the base price of the stock.
  8. Lycan

    Lycan Active Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    I've had laminates and Bell and Carlsons. Both do well when pillared and bedded. That being said, my McMillan is a much better stock, in my opinion.