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#740848 - 02/07/06 06:27 AM Browning factory synthetic stock. Replace?
kenjs1 Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 4307
Loc: Texas
I have a stainless stalker and wonder what the general impression is regarding the factory stock. I am getting some inconsistant shooting and was going to bed this stock. Being my first bedding job and it being a synthetic I am thinking it may not be a good idea for a first time try. I am wondering if most people find these to be very good factory stocks or should I replace with another model - maybe with just a touch more weight and less hollow feeling. It is only a 260 but it has a bit of snap to the recoil because it is so light. I am looking at a Bell & Carlson Medalist or one of the Accurate innovation wood stocks, perhaps a laminate. All of these have aluminum bedding blocks already built in. Would love to hear from someone who replaced (or decided against replacing) the stock and why.
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#740849 - 02/07/06 06:47 AM Re: Browning factory synthetic stock. Replace?
Painless Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 06/11/03
Posts: 3187
Loc: tennessee
my personal opinion is that the factory stocks suck, I am a McMillan slut so that is what I have been putting on my brownings. I know that they are expensive, but they are definitely worth every penny.........blake

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#740850 - 02/07/06 05:32 PM Re: Browning factory synthetic stock. Replace?
Spotshooter Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 05/10/03
Posts: 11204
I replaced my Abolt stock with a McMillan pillar bedded by them.

Why - because I tried to bed, free float, and install pillars and I had the chuck go nuts and fall of the drill press when I was cutting the holes of the post in the factory stock.

I am super happy with the result - tightened up the groups and it lightened the rifle.

Spot
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#740851 - 02/07/06 07:56 PM Re: Browning factory synthetic stock. Replace?
JonA Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 12/09/04
Posts: 1849
Loc: Everett, WA
Spot, do you have any pics of the bedding job?

Kenjs, my factory tupperware "got the job done" for many years...but when I finally wanted something better and replaced it with a McMillan, I wished I had done it years ago. You won't regret it.

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#740852 - 02/08/06 08:58 AM Re: Browning factory synthetic stock. Replace?
SlowHand Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 03/23/03
Posts: 302
Spot, if you get McMillan to pillar bed it do you have to send in your barreled action?

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#740853 - 02/12/06 04:21 AM Re: Browning factory synthetic stock. Replace?
Spotshooter Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 05/10/03
Posts: 11204
Guy's,

I can take some pictures of the job and post them... It's really nice.

Yes I did send the rifle to them to get the "complete Installation" option done where they pillar, bed, and free float after fitting everyting.

I'll get out the camera and see what I can do, it doesn't focus good up close so I'm not sure how good they'll be but I'll give it a shot.

I'm going to send my Winchester model 70 to McMillan for another custom stock in the next month... I'm just waiting for a check to come so I don't feel the waters getting too deep.

Spot
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#740854 - 02/12/06 04:50 AM Re: Browning factory synthetic stock. Replace?
Spotshooter Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 05/10/03
Posts: 11204
Ok here are the pictures starting with the beding moving out to shots of the whole rifle.

I'll put one per post (I don't know where to upload on the web) sorry.

BUT these are Great examples of how good McMillan is - you can see exactly where the pillars are and how they still get exactly the bedding surface area you want.. Look at the tang area and you can see exactly where the surface fits.

In fact I have to wiggle the trigger guard out since the fit is so precise!

Now I can't wait to send my next rifle in for it's new stock.. BUT you guy's hold off so my order can be infront of yours.

Hhahhahahahah .
Spot


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743242-bottompillars.JPG (296 downloads)

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#740855 - 02/12/06 04:51 AM Re: Browning factory synthetic stock. Replace?
Spotshooter Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 05/10/03
Posts: 11204
Here's the top view of the bedding


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743246-toppillars.JPG (265 downloads)

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#740856 - 02/12/06 04:51 AM Re: Browning factory synthetic stock. Replace?
Spotshooter Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 05/10/03
Posts: 11204
Here's a down the channel from the tang view.


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743249-Longbedview.JPG (328 downloads)

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#740857 - 02/12/06 04:53 AM Re: Browning factory synthetic stock. Replace?
Spotshooter Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 05/10/03
Posts: 11204
Here's a bedded view,

Look how nice she fits


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