Gun Stocks

Written by Linda Alexander
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Synthetic gun stocks have become an indispensable accessory for sportsmen everywhere. Their light weight, low cost and improved performance capabilities have helped their popularity, even if shooters never notice the difference in performance. Wood stocks are generally fine if the graining is good and the wood is of a high quality. But with high prices on wood and improved engineering in synthetics, the synthetics are growing in popularity.

Injection molded gun stocks are the least expensive synthetics. The plastics are foamed because solid stocks would weigh too much. The downside with these is that they could warp if exposed to high temperatures. Even sitting in the hot sun is sometimes enough to warp them. They can also deteriorate when exposed to certain solvents contained in bore cleaners.

Finding Gun Stocks

Polyurethane foam is also used to make gun stocks, and these are strengthened with the addition of chopped fiberglass strands. Foam stocks are prone to breaking and are subject to the same problems as wood with regard to temperature. There are foam core stocks laminated with fiberglass also, making the shell stronger than foamed plastic alone.

Solid fiberglass laminated stocks are the strongest synthetics used and are more expensive to produce. If cost is not a factor, these are your best bet. They retain more accuracy than foamed synthetics and are stiffer than foam. They are not affected by moisture and do not dry and swell like wood. Temperature extremes do not affect them.

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