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I recently bought a used Rem 700 with a synthetic stock I like it except its noisy. It sounds like I'm beating on plastic when it bumps something. Are a synthetic stocks like that? Is there anything I can do to make it quite? Or should I go back to wood?

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I don't know if I dislike synthetic stocks enough to change over unless necessary but I prefer solid wood, not laminated.
Here's a link to a nice article that is worth a read:

http://www.chuckhawks.com/rifle_stock.htm

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The heavier reinforced syn. stocks are much more quiet. Bedding the action may make it a bit more quiet and possible more accurate to boot. Thumbs up

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I have one and only one plastic stock. It too is on a Rem 700. I absolutely hate the thing but it was a present. I have never seen a worse bedded stock in my life. And that sound it makes when you bump it drives me nut's. But after a lot of bedding work, it does shoot well. I much prefer solid wood and would someday like to try a laminate wood stock with all walnut verneers.

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I have a Browning A-Bolt with a synthetic stock and I love it. Yeah, it might be a little bit louder when you bump it, but not that much. Carrying it up and down the Colorado mountains I really appreciate the fact that it is a couple of pounds lighter than an equivalent wood-stocked rifle.

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Hi Don, the M700 stock is one one of the better synthetic stocks on the market as it is fairly stout and makes for a good bedding platform. The best method to quiet your stock is to use one of the many aerosol type fillers. In New Zealand we have Selley's Space invader which is used for filling holes in damaged walls (home interior). It sprays out as a foam before setting into a hard plastic. It is also light and is ideal for filling the buttstock. As well as this you may like to fit an elastic ammo holder. These are designed to go on your wrist/ forearm but when stretched over your rifle buttstock do a great job of deadening noise.
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Nathan, welcome to the site. I wasn't aware that the stock was hollow. I know the forearm is and one of these days I'm gonna find some push rods and bed them in there with epoxy. Now, to get foam in the butt, I'm guessing I'd have to drill a hole in the stock? Or does the butt plate screw off? I'd figured it was glued on. I think I said earlier the only reason I have this rifle is it was a gift. I'm big on wood stocks but every once in a while I think I should try a plastic one, a friend over heard that and not only bought the wrong rifle but wrong barrel length too. Wanted a med wt. 24" barrel, got a light 22" one. Not sure where I would have found what I was thinking about, but thinking was all I was doing.

Tried to take the stock off it when I got it to fool with the trigger, felt like it was moulded to it. Bedded pretty tight up the barrel and still had a pressure point in front. Action was tight. Relieved it all and floated the barrel anf the stock still wouldn't let go of the barrel action. Found out that the recoil lug was bedded tight all the way around. Had to dig it out and redo the whole thing. Lifts in and out easily now and doesn't shoot bad; but don't bump it because it sounds like an MTY plastic container!

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Howdy Nathan,

Are you talking about urethane foam? Do you drill two holes one to let the air out or will one do?

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Welcome Nathan:
This is very interesting topic Chuck is in Alaska,Nathan in New Zealand and I am almost exactly half way between the North Pole and The Equator( that's what the sign says)

Think Interesting Think

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Hammer1 wrote:
Welcome Nathan:
This is very interesting topic Chuck is in Alaska,Nathan in New Zealand and I am almost exactly half way between the North Pole and The Equator( that's what the sign says)

Think Interesting Think

Ya know what? I'm almost on the half way point myself! That is the 45th parallel (however you spell that), isn't it?

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Funny how many people think "all of Canada" is more northern than the USA(except Alaska). I've had tourists from North Dakota state that it must be awful to live so north. I tried to explain that we were more south than them but they would hear none of it. Think eye roll

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