Re: Composite vs. laminated stock
On average, laminated stocks do run a bit heavier. A good company like Boyds Gunstocks will remove excess weight from the fore-end and butt in non-essential areas to make the stock weigh less.
In my opinion, laminates and laid-up fiberglass stocks are the most stable stocks that you can buy. When properly sealed, a laminated stock is just as tough as anything. Plus, you get the feel of wood on your rifle instead of plastic. Laid-up fiberglass stocks are lighter (not a whole lot lighter once you add aluminum bedding chassis) and just as strong. They are the most weather resistant and they can be had in many finishes and paint jobs.
In the end, ask yourself what feels and looks better in your hands. If you like the warm looks and feel of wood, go laminate. You won't be disappointed. If you want something that is darn-near fool proof and will be resistant to any weather, go fiberglass. I have used Boyds JRS Classic laminates and HS Precision Kevlar/Fiberglass stocks (these can be had with a 3/4 chassis to reduce weight). The HS Precision runs about $360 after shipping. The Boyds runs around $190.
If you are interested in HS Precision and have a long-action Remington 700, shoot me a line. I have a brand new one that I can let go for less than what you would pay if you bought from HS Precision.
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