Laminate Stocks on Dangerous Game Rifles

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I do not know who manufactured that stock on the top rifle which is chambered in .416 Remington. I wish I knew what company made it, best I have ever seen.
The middle rifle is a CZ-550 .404 Jeffery with factory CZ laminate stock. Bottom rifle in .404 Jeffery that a Boyd's stock was used when converted to a takedown but not yet checkered.
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I do not know who manufactured that stock on the top rifle which is chambered in .416 Remington. I wish I knew what company made it, best I have ever seen.
The middle rifle is a CZ-550 .404 Jeffery with factory CZ laminate stock. Bottom rifle in .404 Jeffery that a Boyd's stock was used when converted to a takedown but not yet checkered.View attachment 365452
Those are really sharp, especially the top and bottom ones, with the darker color and forend tip.
 

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Does anyone make a good laminate replacement stock for a Ruger RSM?
 

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Here is a pic of a laminate stock on a .50 B&M that was done by Accurate Innovations.

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Your good to go with all your suggestions IMO...A Laminate is strong, and has all the good points as any plastic stock, glass bed it for accuracy is a good idea, stick with a short forend African/English, drop box design as posted by Safarikid. Keep in mind this gun is for you, only nobody else, do as you please.

That said I personally have no use for Stainless steel, laminate or plastic stocks, but Im a nostalgic so give me properly cured and laid out walnut of straight grained wood, no marble cake, and of English design, short forend, no cheekpiece, stock cut of iron sights, steel butt or recoil pad, steel grip cap, irons sights and quick detachable rings for 3X Leupold or some low power scope for a DG rifle and in 404 Jefferys or 416 REm. I build my own to my specs only.
 

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I keep looking at options for a DG rifle. One of the options I've been looking at recently is putting something in a laminate stock. One idea is to have an AHR #2 upgrade done to a CZ 550, and then drop it into either a Boyd's or Richard's laminate stock. I do like the looks of laminate stocks, as long as they aren't crazy. So something in 2 shades of brown, or the pepper grey are really the only colors I would consider (I don't need a gunstock that looks like someone puked a box of crayons).

So who has:
A. Experience doing this and wants to share pros and cons
B. Pictures of a DG rifle with a laminate stock to share
C. Experience with Boyd's or Richard's (or others) on DG Caliber rifle stocks

Further, I've found a few posts that mention doing glass bedding on laminate stocks. Who has experience with doing this work? Worth it? What about pillar bedding in a laminate stock (Boyd's offers a front aluminum pillar)?

Is there any reason to add magnum crossbolts to a laminate stock? Anyone have experience with this process?
 

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You might check with boyds; they told me the warranty would not apply for the 375hh. They said it would certainly have to be glass bedded. Imo, every rifle should be pillar bedded
 

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I really like a laminate stock,look and feel of wood with the performance of a synthetic. I had a gray/ black laminate thumb hole stock that I dropped a 338 SS barreled action into. I can’t see why larger calibers would not do well with a laminated stock.
 

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I have used quite a few Boyds stock on rifles including 416
Rem. All bedded and/or pillar bedded. No issue at all.
 

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A laminate stock is rough on checkering tools so a lot of stockmakers will not work with them because of this. Others find it is beneath them to touch "plywood". The photo is of a stock from one of my earlier post that just made it's way home. Just right for my intended purpose and done at a very reasonable price.

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The good things about the Boyd's are that it'll do double duty in a wet environment after other big beasts (Alaska,) and their heft-they are not light, so great for recoil absorption! 'Have a few, but only photos of 22-250s that see action in the snow hunting coyotes. 'Son has a nice two-tone brown laminate stock on his Montana SS 375.

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Accurate Innovations does their stocks in laminate if you want. They do an aluminum bedding block system. This was a premade one I happened to see on their site a few years back for a Ruger M77 long action left-hander. It's in 375 Ruger so I had to open the barrel channel up a bit for the larger barrel. It's a bit heavier than the original walnut and has shot great. Their original checkering was a laser cut at 90 degrees. Not the most pleasing, but it works. It's a great workhorse of a rifle for southern Africa and as a back up in Alaska should a friend go brown bear hunting.
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I would think laminate or ply should be strong and be ok in bad weather.
I see people write of delamination. The glues of these days should be pretty strong. Assuming the plywood is properly made and has quality adhesive it should be strong due to the grain going both directions. I expect it it's also formed under high pressure to force the glue in every spece excluding airgap or flaws .
Never looked into it but stock makers may well source there material from someone who specialises in making the material.
Weather, ingress of excessive moisture might compromise the laminate so seal it and keep it dry.
I don't think it's going to shatter upon firing there would be signs of fault before failure. .
For the money it's not a lot to loose if it failed with regular use it's a learning curve but $200 is far less than some other options and it should work, take the advice on cross bolts and bedding for good measure. An epoxy bedding is going to seal and bind a large part of the critical mating surfaces.
 
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This is a Zastava actioned 35 Whelen I put together this Winter with a Boyd’s. With the 310 Weldcores it’s dangerous enough.

My experience was positive, 3 weeks from order to delivery. I generally use McMillan however with their ownership change they are in disarray and communication broke down with my intention to order a synthetic. The inlet is OK, a little out of plumb. I set everything up and mill for pillars. The factory holes were out about 1/16” so their bottom metal inlet was out that far. I loathe twisted installations so I have a bit of a gap on one side of the bottom metal. I am probably the only one who notices it. The wood doesn’t shatter or tear and mills very nicely. The finish is a bit soft.

It shoots well, here is shots 2-6 from a brand new barrel. Yes it’s a taped up target but it’s not hiding anything from this group. 100yds:
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