Thumb hole stocks

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Goatroota, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Goatroota

    Goatroota Member

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    Gday All.

    I am thinking of puting a thumbhole stock (Boyds) on my Ruger 300wm and possibly one on my Remington BDL 700 .223.

    What opinions do you have regarding thumbholes . I will be using them for hunting. Not targets.
    Boyds have them at fantastic prices atm.



    Cheers
    GR
     
  2. diriel

    diriel Well-Known Member

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    I think boyds uses the Ross style thumbhole, I am not at all a fan of that style. Boyds stocks themselves are pretty decent however.

    Manners makes a VERY nice thumbhole stock, even folks who normally do not like anything like a thumbhole will generally say they are "okay".

    Richards Microfit also sells a Thumbhole that I have owned on an old Remington 722, the Dual Grip Thumbhole. It is actually a very decent stock. I got it from a friend who gave it to me as a challenge. One of these days I will probably buy one myself.

    Gary
     

  3. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Dont own one but the few I have held have felt very good to me
     
  4. michaln

    michaln Well-Known Member

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    I have a Bell and Carlson thumb hole stock on my 30 378 and love it
     
  5. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Thumb hole stocks like everything else have there place that they are very good, bench shooting,
    offhand and stand hunting.

    They can be troublesome in other situations like very cold weather where gloves have to be worn
    and on quick shots where positioning of the trigger hand takes longer than a pistol grip stock.

    I have never seen a thumb hole stock on a dangerous game rifle but I'm sure there are a few.

    They are great for varmint hunting .

    A vertical pistol grip (Tactical)stock positions the hand close to the same but is easier to acquire
    a good shooting position.

    Just some of the + and -

    J E CUSTOM
     
  6. Goatroota

    Goatroota Member

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    Most of my hunting is varmit, hence the .223 but the 300wm accounts for feral Camels, Donkeys and the odd horse and cow/steer/bull.
    Cold weather (gloves) shooting is not a problem where I live but I take your point re .
    I would really like a pistol grip type for the .223 but I do not think that I would be able to import one to down under. Would you know where I could purchase for the Reminghton bdl 700 and Ruger mk11 ?
     
  7. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I don't know about the import laws but look at Stocky's New Rifle Stocks - America's Gunstock Specialist!

    Don may be able to help you, or guide you to someone that can.

    J E CUSTOM
     
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  8. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I chose a McMillan " Lazzaroni Thumbhole" stock for my latest 300 win build and I love it. I find it very asy to get on target quickly. I chose it for its very light weight, strength and the highest cheek weld I could find in a light stock for a carry rifle. I only shoot prone and it is a joy to shoot. I have let several people shoot this rifle that have never shot at distance and all had great success. This includes my wife and she took her first elk with it this year.

    I also built a 7mm for a lady down the road that has a weak shoulder. I chose the thumbhole laminated from "Stocky" for the reduced recoil. She shoots this rifle very well and took her elk with it this year as well.

    I have become more fond of them with these last two rifles. I would recommend you give one a try.

    Jeff gun)gun)
     
  9. AZHunter7

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    Re: Thumb hole stocks - TRY A LAZZ!

    I have a Lazzeroni thumbhole stock on a semi-custom Remington 700 long action. They are made by McMillan in Arizona. Without a single exception, every hunter that ever puts their hands on it falls in love with it. The thumbhole is large enough that gloves are not a problem. The "pistol grip" portion of the stock is canted at a very nice ergonomic angle, and it has a palm swell that perfectly fills up your hand. The high cheekpiece places my eye right behind the scope. I won't build a custom rifle without one of these stocks.

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  10. Forester

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    I have 2 Boyds Thumbhole stocks. One on a nasty recoiling smokeless muzzleloader and the other on a 204 Ruger...opposite ends of the spectrum use wise.

    On the 204 I like the stock because it is comfortable on the bench or prone. This gun is way to heavy for me to shoot well off hand. I could be just as happy with an MBR or A-5 type stock on this gun though.

    On the muzzleloader I like the stock because it seems to help soak up some recoil, and it makes the gun point very naturally off hand. The downside is it is a little bit slower to bring up and is much less comfortable to walk around with.

    It is all in what you place the highest priority on use wise.
     
  11. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Broz and AZHunter7,
    What does the Lazzeroni weigh? What did you guys have done as far as bedding goes?

    Looking at them myself for my 300wm
     
  12. IMRasputin

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    I currently shoot a 350 Rem mag and a 325wsm with thumbhole stocks. The 350 was built in the late seventies with a fajen stock and the 325wsm was built on a boyds stock. I am currently restocking my son's savage 110 308 with a richards thumbhole. I actually prefer the thumbhole over a regular stock and when someone borrows a rifle from me they always want the thumbhole. Try it and you will like it.
     
  13. ltrshooter

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    I got a thumbhole Mcmillan from Stocky's and put a BDL on my LTR 308 and I like it.
     
  14. AZHunter7

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    I don't know the weight. Once I held one, I had to have it. It's not much, but I don't know the weight. It definitely wouldn't keep me from buying more.