I have been in the Composites business Since 1987. Building racecar parts, contained air system helmet components, Custom core boxes for foundries, etc. Until recently gunstocks were just a hobby to fund my own gun habit. Back around 1993 a bench-rest shooter friend of mine came into the shop to show me his new stock. I shot my mouth off and said I could build a better stock than that. He said prove it. Being the stubborn ass that I am I had to try. I wanted to create a stock that came out of the mould with a better finish was light weigh and very rigid. Well that was easier said than done. 2 years of spare time 3 moulds and about 20 stocks in the garbage I finally had a product that I liked. Then one day at a gun show in Edmonton I was introduced to Rod Schram from Rocky Mountain Rifles in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He said my stocks were nice but he was building lightweight mountain rifles and I couldn’t possibly build a stock as light as so and so. Well I love a challenge so Rod sent me a model 7 stock and I set out to prove him wrong. Well that was fun, after trying a couple of different moulds and techniques as well as a myriad of different composite materials each delivering different qualities to the finished product. I started to feel like Goldie Locks you know this stocks to brittle, this stocks to heavy, this stocks to hard to finish, this stocks to flexible, finally after trying hand lay-up, vacuum bagging, bladder moulding, resin transfer, I settled on wet on wet compression moulding, which allowed me much more flexibility In how I could configure each stock.
LETS TALK STOCKS
You don’t take a .22 grizzly hunting and you don’t hunt gophers with a .458 Winchester (well a friend of mine uses the .458 for gophers but he’s twisted).
My point is there isn’t a one size fits all gun so why assume there is a one size fits all stock. The great thing about living in these times is the amount of choice there is the bad thing is that there is so much choice it becomes confusing. Well I can’t help you there because choice is a mater of opinion and I’ve already explained that. Marketing by my definition is convincing someone to buy something they don’t necessarily need or want.
Advertising is a process by which you let your customers know what you have to offer and where to find you. This web site is here to advertise my product and to educate you in the differences between stocks. You decide if what I make fits your needs and desires (because a wise old gun collector once told me, what does need have to do with buying another gun).
Stocks have many different characteristics that need to be taken into account when making a choice. Weight, Balance, style, cost, strength, stability to name only a few.
There is a trade off for everything; a super light stock won’t balance the same as a heavier stock with the barreled action in place. A lightweight hand made stock costs more than an injection molded stock. Style, weight, and the composition of the stock have a bearing on felt recoil. A flexible plastic stock does not lend itself to accuracy as much as a ridged composite stock, to create rigidity you must sacrifice some strength (depending on how you are measuring or defining strength). A plastic stock doesn’t lend itself to being bedded because of the chemical make up of the plastics won’t allow the proper adhesion of the bedding compound, and are virtually impossible to repair.
A drop in stock, dose not usually fit as well as a fitted and bedded stock because they must allow for variances in action size. Lets face it if you are going to the trouble of restocking your gun or building a custom gun why stop short with your stock.
The strength of a stock can be measured in many ways, torsion strength, flexural, tensile, etc. You can build a stock out of exotic materials such as kevlar, liquid crystal, spectra-fiber, etc, but they are only as strong as the resins that bind them together. If the resin fails it does not matter if the fiber can hold an elephant up by his testicles.
In my opinion funky fibers have incredible tensile strength but unless you plan on using your stock for a pull strap their properties bring a marginal increase in performance in comparison to the grief in milling and finishing. Plastic stocks have great flexural strength
But unless you plan on beating your quarry to death, the instability, lack of inherent accuracy, trouble bedding them out weigh the cost saving, unless your main concern is cost. I could go on forever but quite frankly I’m tired of typing and would rather be building stocks.
So in a nutshell there are a lot of good stocks on the market but only you can decide what your needs or wants are.