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Posted: December 12 2010 at 6:06pm | IP Logged Quote midmichigun

Guys,
I recently picked up a thumbhole stock from Boyds. Here is the product that I purchased:
http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/Thumbhole-Replacement-Stocks-f or-Ruger-s/41.htm
Specifically, I ordered the: ROSS FT RUGER 77 MKII LONG ACTION PEPPER LAMINATE (FINISHED)

As received, the product was well packaged! Certainly no issues there!

Here is a comparison of "as issued" Ruger synthetic stock, compared to the Thumb hole:

The goal here was not to simply dress up the rifle, but to lesson some of the recoil. As a .300 win mag, I found the original recoil to be less than I would like.
They do give you swivel studs, but no actual swivels themselves. This shouldn't be a problem, just be aware of this when you order.
After dropping the action out of the stock, and putting it into the thumbhole, this is what it looks like:

I had some trouble getting the triggerguard screws to fit, but soon learned why:

I don't know if the photo is good enough, but I found that the barrel channel needed to be opened up... i.e... I needed to free float the barrel. In my book, this is certainly acceptable from a stock maker. Additional photos of the action in the stock:

The wood looks a bit proud in some areas, but I really don't mind. If this bothers you, of course you can dremel it down. I left mine alone. As purchased, the bolt slide smoothly open and closed with no interference... same with the bolt handle.
Due to the barrel not fitting well, until I free float it, I did find that the floorplate didn't initially sit well:

Here is another view of the stock:


I did notice that the safety was a little tight. Careful sanding and the safety was as smooth as butter.
Here is how the laminate looks, via another view!

I noticed that there were flecks of brown in the "pepper", but I have no real issues with it.
This is what the barrel channel and receiver looks like:

Here is a buttplate supplied by Boyds:

Now, I will probably upgrade this also, to reduce felt recoil.

Ok, what are my thoughts?
After 15minutes of careful sanding, the barrel channel is now wide enough to free float the tube. Everything lines up exactly as intended. I consider this a nothing, when installing a new stock on a rifle... due to various barrel configs. A few minutes of careful sanding, and the barrel is perfectly free floated.
The price was $92.00+S&H. Sometimes you can find these on sale. Would I purchase again? YES. No doubt in my mind that this stock was a great value!
Would I recommend it? YES. My brother had a similar stock made via a custom maker (fit to his person) for around $350. While his had checkering, whereas mine doesn't... do I care? Nope... not for what I paid!
So how was the recoil? Well, it barked with authority! It was a lot better than before. Very manageable. I am excited to fire this combination again!
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Posted: December 13 2010 at 12:13am | IP Logged Quote weaponeer

does the stock feature a aluminum or steel recoil block?  or did you add Acraglas for proper bedding?

looks like a nice stock

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Posted: December 13 2010 at 7:58pm | IP Logged Quote midmichigun

Boss,

I actually asked Boyds about the Al or steel recoil blocks. They say that their stocks do not feature these items.

As far as glass bedding, I may do that in the future! I briefly thought about it while I was working the barrel channel. As mentioned, the receiver fits like a glove. I understand about the features of glass bedding, and won't deny that it sounds attractive... maybe in the Spring!

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midmichigun wrote:

Boss,

I actually asked Boyds about the Al or steel recoil blocks. They say that their stocks do not feature these items.

As far as glass bedding, I may do that in the future! I briefly thought about it while I was working the barrel channel. As mentioned, the receiver fits like a glove. I understand about the features of glass bedding, and won't deny that it sounds attractive... maybe in the Spring!

It's a great way to save the stock, as well as improve the accuracy. I don't need it, but I'm still doing it.

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