Thumbhole stock vs traditional stock (?)

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by skywalker, May 26, 2009.

  1. skywalker

    skywalker Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2009
    What are yalls thoughts on a thumbhole stock vs a traditional stock? I have a 7mm mag and was thinking of a new stock for it, not sure if I should go with a thumbhole or not.

  2. rdsii64

    rdsii64 Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    It all depends on what is comfortable to you. just keep in mind that with a thumbhole stock getting off the grip, working the bolt, and getting back on the grip will take a bit of getting used to when it comes to that second follow up shot. Other than that a thumbhole stock puts your hand in a more comfortable position. ( to me anyway).

    check your local gunshop and hole a few in your hand.

  3. backwoods hunter

    backwoods hunter Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2009
    Thumb hole stocks are great for off hand or sitting and shooting. Prone or bench not so great. Its good for any shooting that you can keep your elbows to your side(tucked in). When you lift your elbows like too lay on the ground it lifts your palm off the stock. But that's me and you will have to chose for your self.
  4. ATH

    ATH Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    My favorite is the "open thumbhole", ie McMillan A3/A5 configuration -- best of both worlds. I hunt mostly with a thumbhole and shot competitively with one for several years, they do take some getting used to. I prefer them prone, sitting or kneeling but they are less than desirable off the bench or offhand for me. Most of my shots at game are prone though.
  5. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    When I assembled my first "western" rifle, a 270 WSM on a Mauser action, I put a Fajen Thumbhole stock on it. Its still on it. God for any shooting position.

    The thumbhole is my favorite configuration by far.

    I have an A=5 being put on a rifle now. I'm not sure I'll like it.:rolleyes: