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Posted: 1/22/2006 9:34:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 9:53:34 AM EDT by CockedandLocked]
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 9:42:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 9:45:14 AM EDT by dpmmn]
Birch


It is Stronger and lighter than walnut


Here is a pic



Birch on the Left and Walnut on the right


I honestly think the Birch looks better
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 9:46:31 AM EDT
Synthetic or Sage

Works well with any application.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 9:47:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 9:48:16 AM EDT by SGB]
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:24:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 3:43:06 PM EDT by cmeyer001]
USGI Synthetic, you don't feel bad when you take the spray paint to it.
plus when you out in the damp, cold, wet, etc... it doesn't swell.
and very cheap from Freds, paint a few to match projected environs in your particular AO.

Also from what I have read, doesn't need to be bedded like is recommended for wood.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:38:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Fister:
Synthetic or Sage

Works well with any application.




+1
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 11:00:48 AM EDT
For looks I like walnut but for actual use the GI synthetic stock is the only
way to go.

I do swap stocks around though-right now I'm down to only one M1A but I own
4 different stocks.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 11:10:23 AM EDT
Wood is nice

My M1 has Wood of course, very nice and, well it's the original thing and wouldn't look right in synthetic.

My M1A came with wood. It's nice too but for funcitonality I've swapped it out for a USGI synthetic which looks great, functional and very durable.

my M1A is shown here:
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 1:00:00 PM EDT
Wood, the thicker the better. Fiberglass stocks are too thin for me.

Soak the wood with several coats of pure tung oil and it'll be pretty damn waterproof.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 1:30:38 PM EDT
Fiberglass for the competitive shooters,

Walnut for the collectors amoung us.

Rome
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 1:54:31 PM EDT
As the owner of a Scout-type model, I think you need to specify which configuration. For the short barreled M1As synthetic is the way to go for me. I prefer the full length ones to be wrapped in wood however.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:45:45 PM EDT
Synthetic. I have had very poor luck with wooden stocks. With a synthetic, when I scratch/ding/scuff it, a few minutes with some sand paper and Krylon and all is square with the world again.

Link Posted: 1/23/2006 9:05:33 AM EDT
Plywood, has the look of a wood stock and is sealed in resin so its stable as syn. Best of both worlds.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 9:19:03 AM EDT
Synthetic.

The AR is not organic*, and I kinda like the m14 that way.

* Ok, so maybe there are some polymers in the synthetic stock, which would be organic, but those are long dead dinos, so bite me.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 12:33:34 PM EDT
I thought I liked my synth-stocked M1A until I put a walnut stock on it... now I love it.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 3:14:09 PM EDT
Freds tigerstripe walnut for looks and a synthetic for knockabout use.My N.M. M1a came from the factory with a gorgeous tigerstripped N.M. contour walnut stock. To save wear and tear I bought a G.I. synthetic. Now I have 4 M14 types and they all have both a walnut and a synthetic matched to them.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:05:50 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:37:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Slash:
Real guns have wood stocks.



Ummmm... yeah...............

I'll try to remember that the next time I see images of our guys with their M4's over in the sandbox.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 1:55:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 1:59:03 PM EDT by Maddogkiller]
Ya know, if the technology to produce them economically had been available in 1936, M1s would have had synthetic stocks. If that had happened, all of the "purists" would object to wooden stocks on Garands.

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 3:28:47 PM EDT
Walnut
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 3:33:28 PM EDT
Synthetic, no doubt about it. No need to bed in the M14SE. The weight advantage should be kept in mind, too. Speaking of synthetic, I must try the JAE 100 some time this year.
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