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Old February 1st, 2017, 01:36 PM   #1
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Advice on Rem 700 synthetic stock

Folks, I need some advice.

Here's what I'm trying to do: Building up a 700 ADL, .308 Win, 22" sporter barrel into sort of a "light tactical" configuration.

This is somewhat of a budget build. I say that with a chuckle, because it's already at $2K plus, but I'm trying to keep a lid on it. I want to set up the rifle with the factory Remington barrel at first, and if that just won't shoot then I will look at the expense of a custom barrel with custom machine work.

So far I have the rifle in hand, Leupold LR/T 3.5-10x40 illuminated TMR reticle, Badger Ordnance mount and rings, Stillers Precision AICS bottom metal.

The last major component I need is a stock. I have looked at them until I'm crosseyed. Here's what I am looking for, roughly in order:

1. Must have a somewhat closed, vertical grip, like a "tactical" or semi tactical. This is because I have a short trigger finger, and on standard American sporter or classic style stocks I have to cramp my hand up on the stock to get good finger pad on trigger. For this semi-precision build, I just don't want to do that anymore.

2. Lightweight. Looking for a stock under 2 pounds finished with a recoil pad.

3. At least somewhat affordable.

What I am finding is that with very few exceptions, stocks with a more vertical grip are heavy, and the really lightweight stocks only come with a traditional sporter swept back grip.

The exceptions seem to be: Manners MCS-EH4



Wildcat Composites Var-Tac



There are some other stocks out there that get into $900 and up which is just too expensive right now.

Any other ideas that I may not have looked at? Closed grip, light, and affordable?

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Old February 1st, 2017, 01:39 PM   #2
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I was going to say just buy a Mac and be done but that's to heavy, have you looked at magpuls stocks? Descent stocks not to high$

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Old February 1st, 2017, 01:41 PM   #3
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Yes, just looked at the Magpul the other day, I forgot they made them. It's 3.5 lbs.

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Old February 1st, 2017, 01:45 PM   #4
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The 2 pound factor is what's limiting you. Have you look at the composite, carbon fiber stocks?

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Old February 1st, 2017, 02:11 PM   #5
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Yes sir, both of the stocks in my post are composites. The Manners comes in about 26 ounces, and ships painted and recoil pad fitted. Needs minor inletting for the DBM, and bedding is recommended. About $650 out the door, plus bedding.

The Wildcat will be about 20 ounces, but that's bare stripped stock. More like 24 ounces after filling, sanding, paint, fitted recoil pad, bedding. About $350 out the door, but all materials to finish it will end up $500 plus, and a LOT of work to get it finished... if I do it all myself.

A buddy of mine has an almost identical Rem 700 to mine, also did a "budget" build. He just dropped his into an H-S Precision, no bedding, and he is shooting 5/8" with the factory Remington barrel. But, I'd like to cut a pound off the weight he has. That has to come out of the stock.

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Old February 1st, 2017, 02:18 PM   #6
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AG composites has what you are looking for $539 but I'm not sure you will like the pistol grip, have you considered them? Hogue makes a nice budget stock but I'm having a hard time finding the wieght.

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Old February 1st, 2017, 02:32 PM   #7
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Yes, AG looks like a really nice stock... for folks with long fingers. Grip is swept way back.

Now you're starting to feel my pain, getting a closed grip AND light weight is rare. If I wanted a heavy rifle I would have just bought a McMillan and been done. Their tactical stocks go around 5 pounds.

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Have you considered a chassis? AR style grip might be easier for you to shoot?

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Old February 1st, 2017, 02:35 PM   #9
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We are looking for a pink elephant but I will spend some time trying to help you. We need POLACK he can find anything on the net. Lol

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Choate sniper, archangel

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Did you check with Greyboe? They may be working on something you can use.

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Old February 1st, 2017, 03:16 PM   #12
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May not be what you're looking for, but I've got this Remington XCR stock sitting in a 7mm Rem Mag. IMO, for $340, a good value. I understand that it is essentially a Bell/Carlson stock with the Remington name slapped on it. However, not sure if it is available in short-action. Otherwise, maybe just take a look at Bell/Carlson stocks.

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He wants ultralight with a pistol style grip, grayboe is a very nice stock but the grip isn't what he is looking for. This will be a challenge.

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Bell and Carlson makes a good stock.
http://www.bellandcarlson.com/index....tegory_ID=1118

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Old February 1st, 2017, 03:55 PM   #15
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I'm looking at the Bell and Carlsons again. They may be on the list. If they are being honest about their weights, they are 2 lbs, at the top of my limit. The Wildcat for example would be 1/2 lb lighter. Looking at the Mountain Ti model, looks like the grip is a bit more closed up than a classic. I need to hold one in my hands.

BTW, I find the grip on the factory Remington ADL walnut stock is OK, can get a decent trigger position on it, but it's wood, it's blind ADL magazine, and it's 2.5 lbs.

Guys may think I'm being fussy about weight, but I want to be able to use this rifle like a light deer rifle, but also do some long range shooting for fun and maybe competition. The Leopold Mk 4 is a heavy scope, the Badger mount and rings are heavy, and if I mount a bipod... well all of a sudden you have a 12 lb rifle.

I think it's like the hot rodders say. "Weight is just a matter of money. How light do you want to go?"

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