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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Re: Custom stock..what gun to cannibalize?
What do you think you want in a custom stock? cast-off? comb height? special overall length? etc.
If you need a really exotic stock fit, then that is going to be a lot of $$$. There are true custom stock makers, but they are costly as most stocks are made on machines that copy the outline of standards. Stock makers usually start with this as the basis.
If you have an old stock, take and hack it up. uses bondo, fibergalss, etc to build a model stock of what you want. Then just send it with your check to a stock company that will copy from your model. Them a stock/gunsmith can fit and checker and finish for you.
As to the rifle/action to start with. Get the best you can afford, as this is going to be costly project. The minimum would be a rem M700 with a good barrel. the price goes up from there.
But before I'd invest in a custom stock, I'd go to a BIG show like the NRA show this year in Pittsburgh...and try every rifle there, including 22 rf. You might find one that would thrill you on fit. Especially the Euro models that have different standards than american makers. Try Sako, CZ, etc.