Richards Microfit Gunstocks

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  1. Aaron Nietfeld

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    Does anyone have any experience with these stocks? They seem to have some good pricing right now on exhibition grade Claro Walnut.


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  2. Hogpatrol

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    You'll get some that say they're junk and others that say they love them. I only have experience with one, inletted for a Remington 700 short action. The barrel channel was centered, the action and magazine inletting were good but the external finish was rough and required finishing. The stock was made from a walnut blank that was sent to them.
     

  3. Aaron Nietfeld

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    I’ve read so many mixed reviews, it’s hard to know what’s what.
     

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    If you're handy with wood tools and have time, the microfits are a good option. If you're looking for a drop-in and shoot, probably good to look elsewhere for a stock.
     
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    I have built 6-7 guns with there stocks. They are very rough and require a lot of final fitting and finishing. If you enjoy woodworking they are a good option but NOT a drop in.
     

  6. Aaron Nietfeld

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    Do they seem like good chunks of wood for the price?
     

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    Yes I have been happy with them. It has been a couple years sense I bought any. There shipping time were long and there communication was not the best but there product I liked. I will try to post some pictures later.
     

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    For some reason they do not ship to adresses outside US anylonger.
     

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    Boyds offers wood upgrades and are more of a drop in stock
     
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  10. Aaron Nietfeld

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    They emailed me saying they will ship to Canada for a $95 shipping and exporting fee.
     

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    Agree.

    I’ve got Boyd’s on multiple rifles and only had to do very minor fitting on one ever. All others were drop in.

    I’ve got Boyd’s stocks on a Winchester 70, 2x ruger Americans, and a 98 Mauser. One of the rugers required a little tinkering to get the box mag to catch and release properly.. that’s it..

    Barrel Chanel’s have all been straight and centered, actions have fit in nice and snug, bolt holes all perfectly placed, etc...
     
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    I bought one of their laminated stocks for a 50 year old Win M52 that had been rebarrelled to bull barrel and a Canjar trigger, converted to single shot. It was "semi-inletted" which was the only way I could get a stock that would work, particularly with no magazine cut-out. I don't recall there being very much effort to bed it. I consider it a good stock and a reputable company, although that was about 15 years ago.
     

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    Only once from them, for a 1903 Springfield sporter, many years ago. I was pleased with it but cant remember how much work it was. I still have the rifle.
     

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    I have one on my 35 Whelen and another on a 22-250. Both very nice pieces of wood & great value for the money. I'll be ordering another soon.
     

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    My experiences with both: I just purchased a semi-finish (as in inletting and shaping are about 75% so final fitting and shaping is up to the purchaser) stock for a 98 Krag from Richards - told them what I wanted and they did it. No complaints. On the other hand, I've bought three stocks from Boyds and all have had issues even their "finished" "drop in" stock.

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  16. Doug375

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    I've used their semi-inlets on 3 rifles and have been happy with each of them. The wood quality is actually quite good. I've bought higher-grade wood each time and they have been just as described by Richard's. They don't claim to offer finished, drop in stocks. I've found that their 99% press fit inletting (not available for all actions...but most of the common ones) to require very little work to get them to fit the barreled action. The outside of the stock is rough shaped and requires a fair amount of hand work to smooth them out and finished with whatever oil or synthetic you choose. I figure that I've spent 20 hours each on completing them. It's worth the effort....and I like to work with wood.
     

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    Why not get. Gunsmith or someone who is great at wood turning to make you a stock?
    Obviously you’d need to choose the wood etc but measurements for the stock and made to measure for your size and fit would be paramount I would think
    If you want a synthetic stock I’m sure that an injection mounding biz could do that and make it to your requirements and fit.
     

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    This is Richards stock.

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    I put Richards stocks on two of my rifles: a laminated one on my Rem 700 SS .375 RUM, and a AA Fancy Claro Walnut one on my .300 Weatherby Vanguard. It took them several months to ship the Walnut one, and the one they shipped WAS NOT the grade of AA Fancy like they advertised. I called them and they agreed to send me a different stock. The second one was AA Fancy and I am very satisfied with the finished stock.

    I pillar and glass bedded both of these stocks and I hand checkered both of them with my favorite multi-panel wrap around patterns.
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