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Old January 25th, 2017, 08:42 AM   #1
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Chassis v. Fiberglass Stocks?

Chassis systems on bolt action rifles seem to be steadily growing in popularity. Besides being able to use AR buttstocks, etc, what advantages do these offer over traditional fiberglass stocks from HS Precision, McMillan, etc?

Specifically, I intend to purchase a precision rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor this year. I have found out that I qualify for a generous discount on Savage rifles which has me looking at their offerings instead of a Ruger Precision Rifle.

My use will mostly be paper punching and some steel shooting from the bench and prone out to 1000yds. I'm interested in Precision Rifle competitions but realistically cannot make the time to compete.

I am looking at the model 12 LRP and the model 10 BA Stealth specifically.

Savage Model 12 LRP (link)



Savage Model 10 BA Stealth (link)



I am leaning towards the 10 BA Stealth because, although it's butt ugly, as a sum of its parts it seems like you get more for your money (detachable mags, threaded, base already included, blue printed action, etc).

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Old January 25th, 2017, 09:23 AM   #2
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Get one of the new Tikka 6.5 creedmoors and put it in a KRG chassis.

Here's mine in 308, waiting until I can afford a nightforce or vortex for it:



weighs about the same as my m1a and shoots quite well. Mag is a ruger scout steel mag (accurate mag AICS clone).

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Old January 25th, 2017, 09:27 AM   #3
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+1 for the tikka

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Old January 25th, 2017, 10:15 AM   #4
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I like fiberglass, specifically McMillan, but they tend to get bulky and heavy sometimes. Modular chassis systems have made a huge improvement over the past few years, each have their advantages. If you just want to drop in the action and shoot it the chassis is probably the way to go cause you have to bed the fiberglass.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 10:52 AM   #5
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I think the adaptability (if that's a word) of the "chassis" rifles over the conventional stocks. Fit the rifle to the shooter rather than fit the shooter to the rifle. Mainly being the numerous style buttstocks on the market, pistol grip styles, ready to go bottom metal / detachable magazine ready to go.
Also the CDE factor. Chicks Dig Em.
Son's instructors are in favor the Savage 10BA over the Remington-MagPul 700 anyway.

Could you elaborate more on the Savage discount if you don't mind ?

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Old January 25th, 2017, 11:09 AM   #6
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Get one of the new Tikka 6.5 creedmoors and put it in a KRG chassis.

Here's mine in 308, waiting until I can afford a nightforce or vortex for it:



weighs about the same as my m1a and shoots quite well. Mag is a ruger scout steel mag (accurate mag AICS clone).
What "donor" action is that... a Tikka T3 lite, T3 tactical, or T3 CTR?

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Old January 25th, 2017, 11:11 AM   #7
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it all depends what your going to do with it.if it's going to be a range gun only,i'd go with the glass gun.if your going to have to hump it hunting,etc,lighter is good.
that stealth gun looks good.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 11:13 AM   #8
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If you regularly shoot sub-moa with your rifle and like to see a 10% improvement in your groups, a chassis may be worth while. Of course, if you like the looks and style, then that's OK too if you can afford the price.

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Could you elaborate more on the Savage discount if you don't mind ?

40% off MSRP for military through Experticity.

Thanks for the input folks, keep
It up!

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Old January 25th, 2017, 12:48 PM   #10
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Older CTR that I bought used on sniper's hide, stock was used too.

I went chassis on this one because I like the look and wanted to use AICS mags. The fact that it drops in and then the LOP etc is all adjustable is nice too.

If I were spending a bunch I might look for a used manners with their mini chassis system in the stock, those are really nice.

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Check out the MDT LSS chassis on the model 10. I like it better than both and lighter. It will take AI mags as well that are better than savages

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Check out the MDT LSS chassis on the model 10. I like it better than both and lighter. It will take AI mags as well that are better than savages
I concur, I bought a MDT LSS for a Remy 700 and accuracy is 50% better, plus you have many grips / buttstocks to choose from

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Old February 4th, 2017, 07:50 PM   #13
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It is mostly personal choice. Not all chassis provide exceptional accuracy. I have both... I have a Manners chassis, AICS chassis and had a Eliseo Chassis with probably a half dozen Mcmillans. I prefer bedded stocks but they are heavy. I really like the manners stock with the v block chassis system. It is light but feels like a rifle should.
The marine corps hates the remington chassis and have had a hell of a time getting them to be near as accurate as the bedded rifles were. It comes down to the harmonics.
Ultimately do what you can afford to do but watch out for the cool guy fads. Almost any stock will help a plain remington rifle that hasn't been bedded.

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My use will mostly be paper punching and some steel shooting from the bench and prone out to 1000yds. I'm interested in Precision Rifle competitions but realistically cannot make the time to compete.

I am looking at the model 12 LRP and the model 10 BA Stealth specifically.
To each their own, as they say.

If you are shooting off sandbags at the bench or prone at 1000 yards, I like the wider forend of the Savage LRP (HS Precision stock). The chassis system is fine with a bipod, but off the sandbags the wider forend offers more stability - esp at a 1000 yd range.

I own several accurate rifles, but for the money, the Savage LRP in 6.5 Creedmoor appears to be most accurate bolt-action rifle I have owned in its price range. Here's my Savage LRP (owned since 2011), with Burris 3.5-21 scope w/ H59 reticle:


5-shot group at 100 yards (40.0grs H4350 w/ 140 AMAX, Fed GMM primer, OAL=2.805') = 0.37" CTC group. (I have shot some 0.5 to 0.4 MOA groups at 200 yrds with this rifle as well with the 139 Lapua Scenar bullets, so the rifle is more accurate that I am as a shooter.)

...I have several sub-MOA rifles, but very few can deliver 0.5" MOA (or slightly smaller) groups like my Savage LRP. (I shot it once at 1000 yds at Quantico years ago, and did pretty well, if I recall correctly)

...again, the stock is personal preference, but to my eyes I think the LRP is a better looking/traditional rifle. My 2cts worth.

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Old February 5th, 2017, 03:45 PM   #15
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My Rem 700 in 308 came in the HS Precision stock, I added the HS Precision DBM and an Atlas bipod. Shooting prone off a mat, it's a tack driver.
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