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Old February 22nd, 2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Wood or Fiberglass Stock on M1A Supermatch?

I am getting a M1A Supermatch. I will not be using the gun for match shooting - I use ARs and a M1 Garand for the matches I shoot. This gun will just be for target shooting fun and will probably only shoot around 5 or 6 hundred rounds per year at a range with overhead cover from the rain.

I definitely prefer the feel and look of walnut. I have never owned a glass bedded gun before. I am a little concerned about how the bedding in a wood stock might hold up in the ultra humid weather where I live... even though I don't see the this rifle getting any wetter than an occassional light coating of mist from the saturated air that sometimes drifts everywhere a good part of the year. I have no problem with keeping a wood stock oiled up with tung oil.

Under these relatively light use conditions would a fiberglass stock (McMillan) offer any real functional advantage over walnut in terms of longevity of the bedding? Maintaining clamping force of the trigger group? Any other considerations between the two stock materials that I may be overlooking?

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Old February 22nd, 2012, 11:48 PM   #2
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The Mac is still the way too go, weather netural. I also like wood.

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Old February 22nd, 2012, 11:57 PM   #3
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 12:10 AM   #4
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I like wood too and plan on always having one M1A with wood, but I had one glass bedded in a McMillan M3A stock and feel that would be superior for your Super Match, especially in the Pacific Northwest. The camo'd one would be sweet.
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 02:02 AM   #5
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I live up north of Philly where it get humid. I have a Supermatch in a camo McMillian & the weather does not have the effect on the accuracy of the rifle. I, like you love the look of wood. I grew up with wood being the stock of mosts of my rifles. Now half my rifles sport composite stocks for ease of maintainance & durability. I would still keep the wood stock though, it's nice to dress her up once in a while!

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Old February 23rd, 2012, 04:52 AM   #6
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Go with the McMillan stock, i like the wood stock on an M14 but it has the tendency to swell and crack when wet. I have a wood stock on mine and would love a composite stock right now, cause the weather here is humid too. If the weather is humid like that i would go with a McMillan, also the composite stock they make is going to be way more ridgide than a wood stock, and will hold its bedding much longer than a wood stock.
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If you can't make up your mind between walnut and McM get a laminated stock. You will have both beauty and stability you are looking for. Plus you do not pay the weight penalty. My M1A hunter wears a laminated stock.

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Dunno, if you're just going to use it for a play rifle I'd spend the $$ on ammo, parts and mags. My supermatch has been in a bedded wood stock for a few decades and it's still tight. I live in the PNW and it hasn't caused me any grief so far.

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I've taken my walnut from the desert to camp perry and it's always worked fine.

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Your gonna have alot of fun trying to inlet the fiberglass stock for that rear lug if you choose to go that rout, I used a dremal drill, it took about 2hours. Make sure to use a dustmask.

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Mine's wood, big ol' Fajen. I don't think it makes much difference if you've got enough epoxy bedding compound in the stock and the wood is well-sealed. Either one, get caught in a rainstorm you'll have to pull the barreled action, clean & re-grease.

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...Make sure to use a dustmask.
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I am getting a M1A Supermatch. I will not be using the gun for match shooting - I use ARs and a M1 Garand for the matches I shoot. This gun will just be for target shooting fun and will probably only shoot around 5 or 6 hundred rounds per year at a range with overhead cover from the rain.

I definitely prefer the feel and look of walnut. I have never owned a glass bedded gun before. I am a little concerned about how the bedding in a wood stock might hold up in the ultra humid weather where I live... even though I don't see the this rifle getting any wetter than an occassional light coating of mist from the saturated air that sometimes drifts everywhere a good part of the year. I have no problem with keeping a wood stock oiled up with tung oil.Under these relatively light use conditions would a fiberglass stock (McMillan) offer any real functional advantage over walnut in terms of longevity of the bedding? Maintaining clamping force of the trigger group? Any other considerations between the two stock materials that I may be overlooking?

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Given what I've colored in red, I question why you bought a Supermatch? Fun guns, as stated can be had for much cheaper, perhaps a Loaded model would have served better, for much less cost. Even if you buy a McMillan, you will have to have it bedded to your rifle. Since you already have a bedded wood stock, are willing to maintain it w/Tung oil, like the feel/look of walnut, and only shoot it under a overhang at the range, why not live with what you have? dozier

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Thanks for the replies.

I don't have the gun yet. It won't be ordered until the 1st of March, so I can order it with either stock already installed.

I already have a M1A Standard walnut and also a SOCOM, both of which are certainly fun, but I want the Supermatch in order to get something a little more accurate. I had several bolt guns laying around that I wasn't shooting much so I figured I would trade them off for 1 really nice M1A... my dealer, who I konw pretty well, asked for a few days to move a couple of them before ordering the new rifle - that was part of our trade deal - so I am on hold until the end of the month.

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Thanks for the replies.

I don't have the gun yet. It won't be ordered until the 1st of March, so I can order it with either stock already installed.

I already have a M1A Standard walnut and also a SOCOM, both of which are certainly fun, but I want the Supermatch in order to get something a little more accurate. I had several bolt guns laying around that I wasn't shooting much so I figured I would trade them off for 1 really nice M1A... my dealer, who I konw pretty well, asked for a few days to move a couple of them before ordering the new rifle - that was part of our trade deal - so I am on hold until the end of the month.
Sounds like you really need something in between! I'd recommend an 18-18.5" barrelled rifle. A Scout/Bush type rifle can be made to be as accurate as most 22" barrelled rifles out to 6-800 yds, have less muzzle flash than the SOCCOM (with factory/Milsurp ammo), with the right muzzle brake can be as handy as a SOCCOM (within a half inch or so), Uses standard gas cyl parts, more sight radius than the SOCCOM (longer barrel)...........................

Of course Standards and SOCCOM's can be tuned to enhance accuracy by GC shimming, stock work, sight upgrades (NM), bedding, aftermarket stocks, etc.

Still it depends on what you're going to do with the rifle. If you're not planning on competing or 1000Yd shots you may not need a SM....................but they're still fun to have

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