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Can anyone fill me in on CZ Aramid stocks.thoughts,opinions experiences

Wikipedia desccride Aramid as similar to Kevlar. I guess if it has desiarable properties and works it adds to the cost
I like timber stocks for traditional looks but ive seen a CZ550 with an Aramid stock for sale.
I think its to pricey but ill keep an eye on it.
My dillemma is i want to get a .375 and probaably offload my .458wm.
If i give in and have a composite stock on a big game rifle id probably have it cerakoted to be easier on maintenance particuarly as i have been carrying on my shoulder holding the barrel.
It seems a .375H&H is capable and versatile and id possibly get a bit more regular use
I havent hunted big game yet but it may become a reality in the next few years.
 

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The CZ stock is bought from Bell & Carlson.
It has been stated here that buying the rifle with the wood stock and putting the B&C on it is cheaper, but I don't know by how much.
Here is a picture of mine after a trip to AHR for a #2 upgrade
This rifle is very comfortable for me to shoot and I'm 5'10" / 150#.
Rifle weighs 11# (fully loaded) but I've added a mercury recoil reducer in the butt of the stock.

This is my ONE rifle for everything I want to hunt with the exception of elephant, hippo & rhino.
 

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My apologies for raising the dead with this thread, but...

Does the Aramid stock have the same chunky profile as the wood on CZs? I love the mechanicals, but as I have smaller hands, the waist and pistol grip of the CZs can be a touch thick.
 

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I’ve seen different descriptions of “Aramid”. Almost like a proprietary process name- similar to Kevlar. No matter, probably both the current B&C and the HS Precision are comparable and will have a chunkier profile. Just guessing, but you could probably rasp and sand down the contour quite a bit without issue. I have piddled with several HS Precision’s and there is plenty of material to work with and remove without compromising any strength. There are durable synthetic based spray on texture finishes that could then re-finish the whole stock.
 

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My apologies for raising the dead with this thread, but...

Does the Aramid stock have the same chunky profile as the wood on CZs? I love the mechanicals, but as I have smaller hands, the waist and pistol grip of the CZs can be a touch thick.
The synthetic CZ stock has the same profile as their wooden stocks. I.e. a bit thick if you prefer slimmer.
 

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I’ve seen different descriptions of “Aramid”. Almost like a proprietary process name- similar to Kevlar. No matter, probably both the current B&C and the HS Precision are comparable and will have a chunkier profile. Just guessing, but you could probably rasp and sand down the contour quite a bit without issue. I have piddled with several HS Precision’s and there is plenty of material to work with and remove without compromising any strength. There are durable synthetic based spray on texture finishes that could then re-finish the whole stock.
The "Aramid" stock on the CZ is in fact made by Bell & Carlson.
It is identical to the stock you would order from them.
 

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The CZ "Aramid" stock is the Bell & Carlson stock. This has been confirmed to me by friends at CZ. It is also stated on the B&C website itself:

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This B&C stock was at a time called the Medalist. This was the top of the B&C line when they offered several lines. It has a full length (from front swivel stud to pistol grip included) aluminum bedding block and two aluminum bedding pillars. It is not injection molded, but hand laid and filled.

Aramid fibers are a class of heat-resistant and strong synthetic fibers. Both Kevlar® and Nomex® are aramid fibers trademark names.

Factually, the B&C stock is slimmer than the CZ wood stock. This is true around the magazine well and recoil lug areas, and especially in the forehand area.

Although the widest girth measurements do not show a huge difference, the actual difference is substantial because the B&C stock is more rounded than the CZ stock. The resulting feeling is that of a significantly slimmer stock. In fact the feeling of the B&C stock for the CZ 550 is similar to that of the B&C stock for the Mark V or Win 70. I know this for a fact because I own 3 B&C on CZ 550's, 2 on Weatherby Mark V's, 2 on Winchester 70's, etc.

These B&C stocks offer in my judgement the best price/quality ratio in the market, and I fail to see how significantly more expensive stocks such as McMillan, HS Precision etc. are any better. I own or have owned a few of these too. I wholeheartedly recommend the B&C stocks...

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CZ 550 B&C stock forend.jpg
 
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Wish I still had mine. It was no slimmer than the wood. Should have measured it. The wooden stock was not identical though as I no longer had the american classic style stock but only the the one with schnabel forend. Also are yours replacement stocks or the "factory" synthetics? They may be made by B&C but they could be dimensionally different.
 

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I have several of the aramid stocks on large rifles namely my . 458 lott as well as a .416 Rigby .

I am very happy with them and find them slimmer than the wood stocks .
 

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measure the grip
The grips on mine are not wider, but they have a palm swell. This give them a different feeling.
... are yours replacement stocks or the "factory" synthetics? They may be made by B&C but they could be dimensionally different.
All 3 of mine are B&C. I identified early on that it was cheaper to buy a wood stocked CZ 550 + a B&C stock than it was to buy an "Aramid" stocked CZ...

Maybe B&C made two different molds: one for CZ and one for themselves. This would be inefficient from a cost perspective, but there may have been mold ownership involved, hence the need for two molds. I just do not know...
 
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Guys, thanks for the great responses. Appreciate the feedback, and I’m a numbers guys, so the measurements post was great!
 

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The grips on mine are not wider, but they have a palm swell. This give them a different feeling.

All 3 of mine are B&C. I identified early on that it was cheaper to buy a wood stocked CZ 550 + a B&C stock than it was to buy an "Aramid" stocked CZ...

Maybe B&C made two different molds: one for CZ and one for themselves. This would be inefficient from a cost perspective, but there may have been mold ownership involved, hence the need for two molds. I just do not know...
Thanks for replying and the measurements. I know my Varmint .308 had the palm swell. I don't believe my .458 Lott did. That alone would make me believe the stock was different. But I can't say for sure as I no longer have these.

Either way I did like the synthetic stock on the big 550 a lot. Maybe more than the wood. Seemed to be a good combo.
 
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Not wanting to hi-jack this thread, but I have a question concerning these synthetic stocks as well. Does anyone know if the B&C synthetic stocks for the CZ 550 will fit a BRNO zkk-602 in .375 H&H as well? Would I be lucky enough to just swap out the existing wooden stock without any fitting required? Hoping to get lucky.
 

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Not wanting to hi-jack this thread, but I have a question concerning these synthetic stocks as well. Does anyone know if the B&C synthetic stocks for the CZ 550 will fit a BRNO zkk-602 in .375 H&H as well? Would I be lucky enough to just swap out the existing wooden stock without any fitting required? Hoping to get lucky.
I always thought they should but never got to try it. The CZ550 trigger seems bulkier than that of the ZKK so you might not even have to grind anything. Otherwise I'd suspect the trigger areas might be different and around the safety near the bolt. Get one and let us know. I'm sure it should not take much to fit.

Do it and let us know. ;)
 
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I always thought they should but never got to try it. The CZ550 trigger seems bulkier than that of the ZKK so you might not even have to grind anything. Otherwise I'd suspect the trigger areas might be different and around the safety near the bolt. Get one and let us know. I'm sure it should not take much to fit.

Do it and let us know. ;)
I would like to just jump in with both feet on this one and go ahead and order one. However, I am located in Canada, and no one will ship a rifle stock across the border. I would have to resort to having it shipped to the US address of a relative of a coworker, who would be willing to pick it up and drive it back across the border to me after finishing a family trip. This will not take place until June. It's not the hassle of it all that I mind so much, but if I went through all that trouble and it just doesn't fit, I am stuck with a stock that I just can't return so simply. I was hoping that someone here had some experience with the 602 and these stocks.
 

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Yup. In Canada here we have a bit of disadvantage that way...
 

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I would like to just jump in with both feet on this one and go ahead and order one. However, I am located in Canada, and no one will ship a rifle stock across the border. I would have to resort to having it shipped to the US address of a relative of a coworker, who would be willing to pick it up and drive it back across the border to me after finishing a family trip. This will not take place until June. It's not the hassle of it all that I mind so much, but if I went through all that trouble and it just doesn't fit, I am stuck with a stock that I just can't return so simply. I was hoping that someone here had some experience with the 602 and these stocks.

If it's that hard to find in Canada then surely you would get your money back? It would save another Canadian shooter the bother of sourcing one for their CZ if it doesn't fit your rifle?

They are nice stocks in my opinion. I have one on my CZ .416 Rigby and although I have quite small hands, it's easily manageable for me.
 
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If it's that hard to find in Canada then surely you would get your money back? It would save another Canadian shooter the bother of sourcing one for their CZ if it doesn't fit your rifle?

They are nice stocks in my opinion. I have one on my CZ .416 Rigby and although I have quite small hands, it's easily manageable for me.
Good point. The market for safari rifles is small in my neck of the woods, but it is there. Maybe a little bit of patience on my part to get one here would pay off in more ways than one. Now, to make sure my friend will still be able to travel to the States in June..... that we shall have to see.
 

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