View Full Version : Wood Stock vs Polymer?

04-25-2017, 05:39 PM
What do you guys prefer on your range rifles? Does a wooden stock warp/shrink/crack in the winter/summer? :confused1:

For context, I'm trying to decide between a Ruger American Ranch 5.56 and a CZ 527 7.62x39 or .223 and have not owned a wooden stocked firearm previously. I'm in Ontario, rifle would almost always be shot from a bench on a bipod in temperatures ranging from 30 degrees to minus 10. Thanks in advance for your comments/advice!

NB Hillbilly
04-25-2017, 06:05 PM
I was just pondering this. My cousin hates wood and has none and I much prefer wood. I am not a fudd but I do enjoy nice wood on rifles.

Duck gun getting beat up in the canoe gets polymer. Scratched up polymer does not look as bad.

I find the wood feels better. Might just in my imagination.

04-25-2017, 06:43 PM
We could say wood vs polymer vs fiberglass vs aluminium

I'd pick wood over polymer for ridgidity
Fiberglass or aluminium over wood for the same ridgidity or more, and not to have a stock that can change proprieties with changing humidity/temperatures

04-25-2017, 06:45 PM
Aluminum Chassis is the way to go.

My preference is high-end synthetic for hunting in BC. Is Laminate still wood?

04-25-2017, 06:52 PM
I really like the fibreglass or carbon fibre stocks.

Camo tung
04-25-2017, 06:58 PM
I have a Ruger 77 in 7mm that had a synthetic stock on it...lightweight and kicked. Swapped it out for a pepper laminate from Boyds, same length of pull, used the same scope and mounts - much more comfortable to shoot with the extra weight and no more bleeding eyebrow!

Other than the fibreglass Macmillan stock on my target rifle and synthetics on my 22's and .204 everything else is wood or wood laminate for me.

04-25-2017, 07:05 PM
Aluminum Chassis is the way to go.

My preference is high-end synthetic for hunting in BC. Is Laminate still wood?

I was wondering about laminate as well, isn't laminate just compressed cardboard wrapped in a nice print?

04-25-2017, 07:20 PM
Laminate is like plywood or butcher block. Layers of wood glued together across the grain to prevent warping and cracking. Not the same as a single piece of walnut, but not fiberglass either.

04-25-2017, 08:31 PM
Laminate is definitely my preferred stock material. Stable, strong and beautiful. When the inletting is fitted correctly, there's no need for glass bedding most of the time.

Rory McCanuck
04-25-2017, 08:40 PM
For look, nice wood.
For practicality, laminate.
I have a couple plastic stocks, and they just feel hard and cold and cheap in the hand, flex, and ring like a gong when knocked against anything.

04-26-2017, 03:23 AM
I love wood stocks. I can not get used to the plastic ones.

NB Hillbilly
04-26-2017, 04:06 AM
Sounds like the stability of laminates may offer the best compromise. I have not tried a laminate stock yet.

04-26-2017, 07:44 AM
HS Precision, Bell and Carlson, and McMillan make some nice synthetics. Not all plastic is cheap anymore.


I've been eyeing one of these.

04-26-2017, 12:10 PM
An interesting write-up on firearm stocks.


05-01-2017, 10:53 AM
Wood can expand and extract due to humidity. Causes the metal to sit differently in the stock and will change your POI seasonally. That's why you need to seal the inside of a stock. Laminates and, of course, synthetics don't do that. However, laminates are also tend to be heavier than plain wood.
The type of synthetic material makes a difference(not all of 'em are cheap "glass filled fiber polymer"), but they really need bedding of some type.

05-01-2017, 11:19 AM
I'm pretty partial to wood. my hunting rifle has a laminate stock but my trap/upland shotgun has a really nice wood stock.

05-01-2017, 03:39 PM
Thanks guys, I chose a wood stock rifle :)