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why I hate synthetic stocks............

hillbillehillbille Member Posts: 14,086 ✭✭✭✭

bought a knight rolling block muzzleloader years ago, and it does shoot great but it has a black synthetic stock. The first year I hunted with it I had it slung over my shoulder and was riding the 4-wheeler down a trail and it was quite muddy. by the time we got back to the cabin it had slung mud all over me and my rifle. Now this has been 10 year or more and to this day the mud stains are still in the buttstock. I have tried everything on it, from plain old soap and water to hoppes to rem oil. the oil is the best cover for it. But after a month or so the oil evaporates and the stain bleeds back through. As I have said it doesn't hurt the function but it just looks butt ugly and anyone who sees it thinks it has never been cleaned.........


  • William81William81 Member Posts: 24,507 ✭✭✭✭

    My Savage 16 Trophy Hunter is my usual deer rifle. It also has a black synthetic stock. There are mud spots on it that have been there for years. Also some discoloration from blood in a couple of places (Both whitetail and some of mine too).... I hunt pretty hard for an old fart, so I see them the same way as the age spots on my hands... These things will not wash off or ever completely disappear....

    They are hard earned markings that add character..........

  • BobJudyBobJudy Member Posts: 6,410 ✭✭✭✭

    @hillbille, you could always turn it into a camo finish. Either the dip method or be creative with some earth tone rattle cans. Some on here in the past have posted their efforts and they looked pretty good. Bob

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,174 ******

    I can get those awful mud stains removed from your synthetic gunstock hillbille!

  • roswellnativeroswellnative Member Posts: 10,090 ✭✭✭✭

    One word,, krylon

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  • toad67toad67 Member Posts: 13,019 ✭✭✭✭

    Try some seltzer water, baking soda and water, or maybe some hydrogen peroxide to lift the mud out of the pores.

  • dunbarboyzdunbarboyz Member Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭

    Take the action out of the stock and pressure wash it. Mud will be gone.

  • jimdeerejimdeere Member, Moderator Posts: 25,501 ******

    A black synthetic stock is like a blank canvas.

  • FrogdogFrogdog Member Posts: 2,752 ✭✭✭✭

    Yep! I prefer flat back Rustoleum. It’s a plastic stock, so it feels guilt-free.

    A good coat of spray paint can be one of the handiest “tools” around. I even use it as my “shine” for some of my work boots and shoes. A spritz of black at the beginning of the week hides the boot scuffs, and a hit of white Krylon just before a ceremony really makes Dress White shoes pop! Haha!

  • Kevin_LKevin_L Member Posts: 1,345 ✭✭✭✭

    For me, the synthetic stocks are becoming more appealing. Yes, some are awful and make you wonder if the gun maker has given up on life, but I have two rifles with synthetic stocks that are excellent: one Tikka and one FX.

    They are my two most accurate rifles but I've never had them out in the weather or given them a mud bath so I can't speak to their stain resistance. The FX stock has a somewhat soft feel to it. No, not soft like a fat cat or a marshmallow. Just a texturing that makes it feel soft. I think they call it "soft touch" because Swedes are clever that way.

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  • MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,682 ✭✭✭✭

    I can't imagine what sort of 'mud' would cause a permanent 'stain' on a synthetic stock. Synthetic stocks are for working not for works of art.

  • montanajoemontanajoe Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 57,792 ******

    Prefer wood stocks way over synth., but we do own both. I can take and get use to most synth. stocks.

    The stocks I just can't become fond of is thumbhole stocks. Just not for me.

  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member, Moderator Posts: 66,154 ******

    I have been thinking over your post racking my brain trying to remember what I've used on plastics successfully to clean them. And then I remembered. Have you tried using a magic eraser on it? Those dang sponges do an incredible job getting into the minute crevices where the dirt lives. If you haven't, please give it a go and report back.

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  • Chief ShawayChief Shaway Member, Moderator Posts: 6,185 ******

    A buddy had a duck hunting accident and they ended up out of the boat.

    He went back with a magnet to retrieve his Benelli Super Black Eagle.

    After only 1 day in the lake, the stain on the stock was and is permanent.

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