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Re: Lithy 101 Range Report.
Old 11-13-2014, 01:45 PM
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Default Re: Lithy 101 Range Report.

Besides AR stocks, I have two other plastic stocks that I "like". The first is the so-called "paddle" stock that Ruger put out something like 20 years ago.
My .338 Win Mag has that stock. http://thehunterslife.com/forums/att...8&d=1109814471
In addition, it is made of stainless steel. Don't care for either from an aesthetic point of view. I bought the rifle in a knee-jerk reaction to the events of a coastal brown bear hunt with what had been up to that point a rifle I called the "ultimate weapon". After the hunt I now refer to it as "the sissy gun", and I went and bought my first over-7mm caliber rifle, the Ruger .338 in stainless with plastic stock.

I couldn't refuse to buy it as the price - new in the box - was a STEAL. I looked at it and said to myself, "That thing is going to kick like a MULE!". How wrong I was. It is amazing to me how that stock absorbs recoil. That rifle is no more 'mulish' than an '06 with stiff loads. Then I shot a caribou at 287 paces. When, looking through the 'scope after the shot all I could see was four feet sticking up in the air, I fell in love with that rifle. Pert near half of all the big game animals I have taken have been taken with that rifle. I have no intentions of changing it to make it "pretty".

The second plastic stock that I love to hate is on the 8mm SLT.

It is a McMillan if I remember correctly. Midway was having a close-out sale on this stock with the Mauser inletting. Not only is it plastic, it's camo. Insult to injury. However, it was $45 on sale, normally, $160. I really needed a stock to test fire the SLT in, and 'the price was right'. I could always get the stock I wanted after I 'proved' the SLT. Uh oh. It's shooting like it's laser-guided. That's OK. It'll shoot like that with a wooden stock too. Uh oh. Deer hunt in Colorado coming up too soon to get wooden stock. I end up taking a doe mule deer with a head shot (only shot availabel) at a lasered 311 yards. I still "hate" that stock, but I make rifles to HUNT with, not shoot. If it shoots well enough for me to Hunt with it, I have a difficult time 'fixing' what ain't broke. I have learned over the years that fixing things that ain't broke usually leads to broken things.

So... I can 'tolerate' plastic stocks that perform, and I would NEVER begrudge anyone of the firearm configuration they like. I will never admire the looks of a plastic stock, but I can certainly appreciate them on a rifle that shoots very straight.

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