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
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.
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
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
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.