WOOD or PLASTIC?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by boattailed bandit, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. boattailed bandit

    boattailed bandit Well-Known Member

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    Alright, although the title is misleading, the question is which do most of yall prefer? Wood stocks or synthetic? I have always hunted with a wood stock Browning a-bolt or a wood stock Rem 788 so I am just wondering if I am missing out. Ive shot several synthetic stock rifles, but other than the reduction in weight and the obvious "tacti-cool" of some of them, is there a true benefit? Weight really isn't an issue because I don't have a heavy barrel counterpart that I have to balance out. Just wantin to see what most of yall think.

    Happy shootin,

    BTB
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    The main benefits of synthetic is that most have a full aluminum bed block which improves accuracy and regidity. Also, the synthetic fibers won't expand & contract with temperature swings like a wooden stock will, causing accuracy swings.

    I am synthetic fan, but my .280 AI / .25-06 AI will be on a vintage BDL wood stock because I got it for a really good price, and my rifle is a budget build. I will eventually swap it over to an original Sendero SF stock (no palm swell), if I can find one for a reasonable price.
     

  3. PhulesAu

    PhulesAu Well-Known Member

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    All of the above, and moisture resistance.
     
  4. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Good catch! I forgot to add that in there. It was in my head, but never made it to my hands. LOL
     
  5. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    The high-end synthetics are very nice for the reasons you mention. The lower cost true plastic stocks can be very questionable. I am in the plastics biz - believe me when I say that some of these stocks move around in temperature a LOT more than you think, and can deform due to molded-in stresses when exposed to moderate (left in your car in the sun) heat.

    Just like budget wood stocks, you generally get what you pay for...
     
  6. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    All the above plus one other attribute...

    You can beat the snot out of a snot stock, take a damp rag and wipe it off and be good as new. Can't do that with wood furniture.

    I like the look of wood but it's not practical for a 'go to' rifle. One time using a wood stocked rifle as a downhill brake and you'll understand what I mean or, if you are on horseback and your mount decides to brush a rock...you get the idea.

    I tend to take the nice wood stock off and put it away for later....

    Personally, I like the looks of wood better but it's not as practical and candidly, I don't look at a snot stock as 'tacticool', just practical.

    You can pillar bed or bar bed either wood or plastic. Makes no difference.
     
  7. Rocky Mountain

    Rocky Mountain Well-Known Member

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    If your talking McMillan or Manner stocks they would be my choice over wood.
     
  8. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't referring to any particular brand. In fact, I like Houge myself.
     
  9. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    Wood has heart and soul....plastic is cold.
     
  10. benchracer

    benchracer Well-Known Member

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    +1 I prefer wood. My carry rifles all have wood or laminate stocks. My bench/target rifles have fiberglass/bedding block stocks.

    I have found that a properly bedded/sealed laminate stock will perform just as well as all but the higher end fiberglass stocks (HS, McMillan, Manners), costs less, and sometimes weighs less.

    I also like the feel of checkered wood in my hands. No synthetic can match that feel.

    I have wanted to try an Accurate Innovations wood stock with a bedding block for a long time. Can't bring myself to drop the coin, though.

    I guess I am just a traditionalist at heart. I don't like stainless either.
     
  11. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    So does Al Sharpton......................:D