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WILDCAT COMPOSITES

51079 - RR 232
SHERWOOD PARK, AB, CANADA, T8B 1K6
780-417-6424 or 780-434-6137

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Some one once said that opinions are like assholes, everybody has one. Well here are a few of mine. You donít take a .22 grizzly hunting and you donít hunt gophers with a .458 Winchester (well a friend of mine uses the .458 for gophers but heís twisted).

My point is there isnít 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 canít help you there because choice is a matter of opinion and Iíve already explained that. Marketing by my definition is convincing someone to buy something they donít 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 wonít 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 doesnít lend itself to being bedded because of the chemical make up of the plastics wonít 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 dose 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 Iím 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.

 

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