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synthetic stocks vs. laminated stocks?

I'm looking at new rifles--factory issue, not custom or after-market refitting.  Because of the weather I encounter when hunting, I've been planning to get one with a synthetic stock.  But I wondered if a laminated stock would give better stiffness for accuracy.  But how do laminated handle wet weather, etc.?  Does anyone have any experience regarding pros and cons of laminated stocks vs. synthetics?  Thanks.

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I don't believe that there

I don't believe that there would be any problems with a laminated stock in foul weather but why chance it.  I do know that my go to rifle for a hunt in the future where the weather may cause a lot of conserns has a synthitic stock on it just to make sure that there are no problems.  That rifle also sports a stainless barrel for the same reason. 

Now as far as a wood stocked rifle I have a lot of them and have never had any problems with any of them in bad weather.  Rain, snow, or sleet you name it and they have been with me.  It is just that you need to take a little more care of them when you get in out of the weather.  So for my vote go synthitc. 

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All my new guns that I but

All my new guns that I but have sythetic stocks for thier durability.  I cab beat them up and not worry about anything.  I buy my guns to be work horses.  I want to be able to punish it and it still perform.  I also buy all with a stainless barrel, just want all my stuf to hold up to all the elements and punishment I will put it thru.

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All my new guns that I but

All my new guns that I but have sythetic stocks for thier durability.  I cab beat them up and not worry about anything.  I buy my guns to be work horses.  I want to be able to punish it and it still perform.  I also buy all with a stainless barrel, just want all my stuf to hold up to all the elements and punishment I will put it thru.

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I have synthetic, laminate

I have synthetic, laminate and wood.  I hunt with the wood stock rifle the most.  All three are great, but i love the beauty of the wood.  The laminate is pretty too, but not the same as the walnut stock on my .270.  Between laminate and synthetic I'd go with the synthetic and stainless steel barrel.  The laminate is going to be heavier than the synthetic.

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I have never had a problem

I have never had a problem with either, and I really prefer the wood stock.  I prefer the wood over the synthetic by far for look, feel, etc.  The wood does scratch and wear over time, but not that much.  And, I think it just adds to the overall "beuaty" of the gun.  I don't think there is any difference in functionality.

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My next rifle will have a

My next rifle will have a laminate stock on it. I have enough purely functional rifles and kind of want a real beauty for a change. I love the look of laminate stocks, especially with stainless barrels. Both grey and brown laminates look amazing with stainless barrels. My next center fire rifle (exluding an AR because I want one of those soon!) will be a .375 H&H. I think I want it in a grey laminate stock and stainless barrel with a 2-7X scope. That would be a brown bear killer if I ever saw one!

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I really like the grey

I really like the grey laminate stocks.  They rival walnut stocks in beauty in my humble opinion.  A .375 H&H with a grey laminate stock would be a killer figuratively and literally!  I like the .375 H&H, but have you considered the Ruger .375?  Not recommending or suggesting it, just wondering.

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This may be a little off topic - but I think you should at least look at the new AccuStock from Savage.

This thing is supposed to redefine stocks and rifle accuracy as we know it.

The did exactly that - redefine - triggers some years ago with the AccuTrigger, so the stock seems to be worth investigating.

I have not seen one yet but the premise, I think, is that they looked at the stock and the action as an overall system... along with assesssing the way the action is locked into the stock.

They are using a screw that actually applies positive pressure on the recoil lug, creating a new way to "weld" the action and stock together.

The system looks great and I feel sure if you research it, you will find positive reviews.

A new rifle is not in my immediate budget but if it were, it would be a Savage with this new stock.

Also in the deal you would get legendary Savage reliability and accuracy.

I have never owned a Savage (or a Stevens, for that matter) that was not capable of at least MOA accuracy and in some cases... better than MOA.

I have had about 5 or 6 of them and all were shooters.

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