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Laminated stock improvements(?)

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I've got my laminated stock to play around with while I put a Fajen to use on the actual gun.

I'm sanding the fore-end support down to free float the barrel, and plan to bed things too. (Any other suggestions of mods for shooting performance would be appreciated)

But are there any suggestions for adding some "bling" to my laminated stock? Is there anything I can do (or have done for me) to improve upon the cosmetics of my factory stock?
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To improve the looks of the factory stock slightly, you could install a grip cap and maybe a forend cap. If you want to change the color, you could strip it down and stain/dye it. Maybe even sand the grip down a bit to add more of a hook to the grip.

You should seel any parts of the stock where the factory finish has been removed.

Most "plastic" stocks will flex. The problem area is the forend. It can sometimes flex and put unwanted pressure on your barrel in different locations, depending on your grip on the rifle.

Glass bedding a plastic stock requires roughing up the surface and extensive cleaning to remove all mold release that was used in the manufacturing process. The mold release was used in the factory to prevent the stock from sticking in the mold..........It does the same thing when bedding. If you don't remove it, the glass won't stick.

Bedding and barrels always make a difference, it just shows up better if you can shoot. For example, if you take a standard carbine with good optics and good ammo and good bedding and mount that carbine in a shooting vice to eliminate ALL movement............You will shoot smaller groups with it than if you were shooting offhand. Add a match barrel and it will shoot even smaller groups. It will be very noticeable in the viced rifle but barely noticeable offhand, BUT...........there will be an improvement.

Practically all materials change shape/dimention when exposed to heat or cold. Steel changes, so does aluminum, wood and plastic. Fiberglass will probably be the most stable (McMillan), but it too will "flex" to some degree.

The key to accuracy is eliminating varibles as much as possible.

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