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I am in the market for a new rifle (not sure on brand) but am debating between wood and synthetic.  I like the idea of wood because it is more pleasing to the eye and think it adds character over the years once it is inherited while I like the idea of the stock not swelling in rain/snow and ease of maintenance.  Are modern day wood guns better sealed with special coatings/varnishes that help prevent swelling etc...?  Which way to go?
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In certain situations, I would say you can't beat a synthetic, like when you need to use it as an oar. 

 

On the other hand, not much beats a nice hunk of bark on a rifle.  If you are really concrned about passing it down, get the wood. 

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For hunting stocks I prefer wood with a alluminum bedding block, I have not had any problems with this combo and they look very nice. For Benchrest,target,long range,tactical rifles I prefer synthetics with a full bedding block also due to the ergonomics and weight.
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If your going to spend time in the rain and are going to bump, rub, hit and cause stock damage you want a synthetic.

 

If the above is not an issue or concern and your after the looks or craft of "fine" furniture get the wood.

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I've had good luck with the polyurethane finishes Remington puts on their rifles and shotguns.  This is a tough finish, and keeps their firearms looking new.

 

If you are going into tough country and tough conditions, synthetic is the way to go.  I've seen a fellow hunter's beautifully carved wooden stock turn into a gouged off-color plank in rough conditions (i.e., a week of hunting in deep snow and ice).

 

As SVD666 points out, one-piece wooden stocks can use some help to hold zero.  (Leave a 2x4 out in your back yard this winter, and watch it warp!)  For some reason, two-piece wooden stocks (on pump and semi-automatic rifles) have seemed to hold zero pretty well.

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I love the look of a good oiled wood stock. However, for a hunting rifle that I am going to be out in the rain and snow with...make mine synthetic and McMillan or Bell & Carson at that.

 

 

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Originally posted by Longhunter Longhunter wrote:

I've had good luck with the polyurethane finishes Remington puts on their rifles and shotguns.  This is a tough finish, and keeps their firearms looking new.

 

 

As the owner of many Remington shotguns and rifles a I second this. But, if you are going to use the gun in very wet conditions, you need to seal the inner stock channels and the end of the butt stock inside of the recoil pad. I have learned the hard way that the factory does not seal these areas and have some damage to show for it. This happend in the recoil pad area. You can order some polyurethane from Brownells and it will take care of this.

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i am torn, myself - it boils down to personal preference -

 

wood needs special care and looks and feel tremendously better to MY eye/hands.

 

but i am hard on guns (they are tools in my book) and are unfortunately treated like tools.

 

i have bought synthetics lately, and will probably continue to do so.  But every once in a while

you see a nice wooden stock and put it in your hands, it's irresistable.

 

if you can take good care of it, go wood - my 2 cents.

 

J

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My next one will most likely be a laminated wood stock.

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