View Full Version : Favorite replacement stock?
03-24-2009, 12:53 PM
Have you got a favorite replacement walnut stock set? I'm seeing Boyd's, CMP, Dean's, DuPage, etc, and trying to figure which way to go. I'd like to keep the discussion in the $100-$160 range if possible. I'm not picky about needing the reddish color - they weren't that way originally, were they? Also, hardware/no hardware? Current stock is a 1955 SA, as is the rifle.
Frankly, mine is pretty beat. Is that what you call "experienced"? :madsmile: I'm going to try to resusitate the stock with steaming and a refin, but the front guard is split and flexing a tad. I wonder if I could repair the split and if it would last worth a darn?
Lot's o' questions! Edumacate me!
03-24-2009, 03:12 PM
Bob, I have used a lot of CMP stocks lately, and I like them a lot. little work to fit and they have fit tight where they need to. the Boyds need real work to get them to fit, but they are good stocks, just not for a new guy. Dean has an excellent stock, more money, but very good. he does the work for you. Dupage makes the stocks for the CMP. hope this help.
03-25-2009, 08:08 AM
Dean has the best stocks but they are expensive and look to be out of your stated price range. CMP stocks are fine but need some fitting work(nothing a novice couldn't handle)and staining.
Yes you can repair a split/cracked handguard. I've mended quite a few. On some the crack is visible, but I've been able to hide/blend-in the cracks pretty good over time and with practice. I use gorilla glue.
03-25-2009, 08:22 AM
Thanks for taking the time for a newbie! I'm kind of torn between trying to make something of the issue stock and trying to make a good-looking rifle. I suppose time will tell, eh?
03-25-2009, 03:05 PM
How much woodworking experience do you have? How much free time do you have? To reshape a Boyd's stock I'd figure on at least 10 hours, probably 20 hours, NOT including the finishing. For a CMP stock you just need to sand to whatever grit and use whatever finish you want. You can get a stock from Dean's that is fitted unfinished, which means you have to do the final sanding and the finishing, and it's 175 dollars plus shipping.
FWIW I've got a Boyd's, a CMP, and a couple Dupage 2nds stocks, the CMP is the least amount of work, the Dupage is the most inexpensive but had flaws I needed to fix, but the Boyd's was the most rewarding. I was also able to shape the pistol grip so it fit my hand a bit better, something that really couldn't be done with the CMP stock(less excess wood). Hope this helps.
03-25-2009, 05:47 PM
Spend a little more and get a lot BETTER...Go with DGR...
i been happy with cmp stocks,cmp garands and cmp ammo. they average 3-5 moa which is just fine for most of us.
a 5 moa rifle can yield 10-12" groups shooting 200 yard offhand which is also just fine for most of us
Is DGR still getting their stocks from Wenig?
03-25-2009, 08:33 PM
Last I heard DGR uses Wenig, They are about a 2 hour drive from me and I have bought 11 so far. All very nice and I have bought both the older version and the newer which is closer to WWII SA. I think they had to raise their price to $150 plus shipping
03-25-2009, 10:51 PM
I received my standard grade DGR stock today and am super pleased! The fitment is spot on and the walnut grain is beautiful.
Sorry about the picture quality. The weather turned to stink this afternoon with marble sized hail and lots of rain.
03-26-2009, 01:31 PM
I like U.S.G.I. replacements or skinny Danes.
L to R. HRA, USGI replacement birch, Skinny Dane
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