January 22nd, 2013, 07:12 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Long Island NY
A GI fiberglas stock is not very expensive. What you are looking for is the overall condition but more specifically they have a tendency to split where they are molded together in the front of the stock behind the stock ferule, basically underneath the barrel. The cats meow of fiberglass stocks would be the Mcmillan M1A stock, it requires a bedding job. Bedding basically is a way of custom fitting the action to the stock. These stocks are beefy and typically used by match shooters. I think they retail for about 480.
Nothing wrong with your walnut boyds stock that came with the rifle. I don't think you will see much of a difference in accuracy if you placed your action in a fiberglass stock. You can find them reasonably cheap and give it a paint job. I picked on up for 10 bucks and painted it black. I got lucky with that find, typically they sell for around 100 bucks in excellent condition.
You could always buy a good GI glass stock and sell off the wood stock to offset the cost or try and place a want to trade ad on the forum.