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Has anyone proven laminated stocks are better?
penguin1 Member Posts: 146 ✭✭
edited October 2019 in Ask the Experts
Looking for proof not opinions guys.
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I moose/caribou/bear hunted Alaska for 35 years. The plain wood stock on my Ruger 77 in 338mag would change point of impact at sight-in about 2 inches between spring and fall hunts.
Moose hunts of 10-days ranged from T-shirt hot to rain for days to deep snow. Point of impact could change up to 6 inches during the hunt. Stocks would swell out 1/8 inch around the recoil pad and grip cap. Imagine the pressure changes on the action and barrel.
Free floating the barrel helped as did glass-bedding to a lesser degree but ultimately the stock would crack.
I installed one of the early fiber-glass stocks. It was very work intensive back then but worked a miracle. It stayed sighted-in year-round.
I am a true beliver in synthetic stocks esp in crappy weather conditions.
Laminated stocks, layers of wood with the grain laying in different directions with layers of glue all through the wood cannot but help reduce wood swelling/changing pressure points and spliting.
My old partner prefers laminated stocks for more of the traditional look without the problems of straight wood.
I prefer stainless steel guns and quality synthetic stocks for serious hunting or defense.
I don't know what other proof you may be looking for.
About 15 years ago My cousin (funeral last Sunday) painted that fiberglass stock for me.
Added I have put 200 rounds out of it in an afternoon many times. Most (sensible) people will only shoot it once. I learned early as a kid to allow recoil to move me, not to try and resist it.
No offense Charlie! But I can't imagine shooting a 5 1/4 lb rifle, shooting a load like that. It gives me flinchitious, just thinking about it. I had one of the Browning M-86, 45-70, repos years back. It must of weighed 9 lbs. But shooting modern smokeless ammo, would make you cry. Because of it's half moon butt plate.
The Germans proved they were more cost effective, and faster to make. The Russians followed up on that.
We have enough gun laws, what we need is IDIOT control.
Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family.
I thought getting old would take longer. :shock:
Not that I'm aware of when compared to composite stocks. I haven't seen any thorough lab-type testing done and released to the general public.
But Tom Manners (Manners Composite Stocks) puts his stocks on up on blocks then parks his truck on them as proof they are stronger than any other stock. Try that with your fiberglass or laminated stocks!