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Looking at replacing my Remington SPS Varmint stock with something better. Right now the stock is NOT free floated or bedded and the forend pushes on the barrel, especially when it gets hot outside and begins to spray verticle simply after 5 shots. Let me start by saying I'm NOT a competitive shooter who is willing to spend HC Precision $$. So please keep that in mind when replying. I will be using it for 80% Target Plinking 300 yard or less, and 20% Deer Hunting in NC 300 yards or less.

I'm leaning toward a Bell & Carlson Medalist Hunting stock, but someone also said Hogue is very good as well. Hogue is 1/2 the cost, and I'm wondering if it's 1/2 the quality?
 
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Bell & Carlson Medalist Hunting stock and be done with it. Buy once cry once......
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For a budget, I'd do what Bigdaddy said. Otherwise keep your eye on the classifieds over at Snipers hide and find an HS take off from a PSS or similar. 
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Nothing wrong with Hogue stocks ... although many tend to feel bulky and / or clubby. If it were my choice, I too would go with the BC Medalist.
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The Hogue has more flex than I would prefer (have a friend with a 308 in the Hogue, I don't like it at all!)

It has been my experience that:
1.  The SPS stocks might be the worst rifle stock ever sold.
2.  You get what you pay for in rifle stocks.

Almost anything other than the stock you now have is better - I say that, having owned more than a few of that same stock.  I think I still have 1 or 2 in my attic, you can't even sell the damned things.

I haven't shot the B&C so cannot say on that, but would also recommend you keep an eye out for a used HS or better.  I know spending more hurts, sometimes allot, but it might be worth saving for a little longer to get something that fits you and the action well.
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I will say this.  I took the hogue stock that came on my SPS tactical and epoxy bedded a steel rod into the foreend of it and also glass bedded the action at the time.  IT was 100% better than original but it was still a hogue. 
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I have a couple B&C stocks, they are decent.  HS is better IMO, Hogue is worse IMO. 

I would look for a HS stock on midway or something if it were me. 
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I like the HS stock with out the palm swell. Check out Stockys.
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

I like the HS stock with out the palm swell. Check out Stockys.


+1 on Stockys. When I have checked they seem to have the best prices on stocks.


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Stockys are the SWFA of rifle stock vendors.
I even "like" them on my Fakebook page.
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+1 on Stocky's sign p for the their emails send out some good deals from time to time as well

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+2 on the Stocky's.I bought a Bob Hart  thumb hole with an aluminum bed for a .308 that I had .It had a HS stock on it, thought it was every  bit as good + I was able to add a magazine & got rid of the floor plate.Great stocks at a reasonable price!
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I have a B&C Medalist on my Nosler, it's s nice hunting stock..
Gun will shoot one hole groups, not sure how much better I can get the gun to shoot..

I like the Manners MCS-T on my Rem 700 which started as a LTR
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My first choice would be McMillan personally.  Expensive and worth it.  
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Could you post a pic of one of your McMillans...


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My next rifle will wear one (McMillan) along with a Leica 3-12x50 ERi scope.   Bucky
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HCR 7Mag Mcmillan stock by Precision Stock Works


I like the B&C/ Tikka combo also.....


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Very nice. Talley LW's too.
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:


I like the B&C/ Tikka combo also.....




I do too, the stock that the Tikka normally comes with is one of the reasons why I don't own one.
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I got the H-S Precision stock on my SPS Varmint on eBay for around $200. I like it a lot.
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Manners MCS-T from Stocky's
 
 
I ordered my first Manners from Stocky's, great stock and a god bargain at $500.
 
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JG, I like how the spider web has been carried over to the bolt shroud on the Tikka. Is that a 3.5-10 on the Remington?
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Thank you sir.  That scope is actually a 4.5-14x50 VX3 LR model.  Although it's been great so far (accurate tracking, good glass, and reliable) , it wouldn't necessarily be my first choice on that rifle (first 50mm I've ever had).  I basically got it for about 1/2 price so I thought I'd try it out.  I usually stay in the 36-42mm obj range. Some of the VX3 4.5-14x40's, to me, seem to be a little finicky/ not really easy to get behind, but maybe this 50mm makes it easier because it seems to be more user friendly.  Not in the same way the VX6 is, but very usable.     

On the spider web.....as you know the shroud on the T-3's is black.  I had a can of flat olive spray paint and some black webbing so I thought I'd spray it to match the stock.  If I screwed it up I'd just strip it, spray flat black on it and be back where I started.  I kind of like it myself....it's different.  I started to buy a Cooper 54 in 7-08, but this 7-08 T3 shoots so good I've put that off for a while. 
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I have a B&C medalist and an HS Precision.  I would say the B&C is pretty comparable to the HS really.

I really like the Tikka, JG.

Now that B&C is making a stock for them, I have been looking for a used T3.
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