Stocks are one of the most personal components in a rifle build so there are going to be many different preferences.
Each type has its merits. What looks good to some, doesn't look good to others. What works well in some environments, doesn't in others.
I have all three types of stocks for different purposes. If I want to use a rifle in the worst environment, (Weather, rough handling, carting around for long distances, riding around on 4 wheeler handlebars, I would use the composite stock.
If I want to build a show piece rifle, with the best actions and components, to look the best and afford me some bragging rights. I would chose fine hardwood stocks.
If I wanted a stock that could have the attributes of both with little compromises, I would chose a laminate.
I like all three types and use them for the benefits each offer.
When building a rifle for a friend, I spend more time trying to find out what type of stock that he wants than the other aspects of the build.
(Maybe because of the technical aspects of the metal work compared to the personal aspects of the stock).
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