How to Choose a Rifle Stock
Your stock is one of the most important choices you can make about your rifle because nothing makes as big of a difference when it comes to how the gun feels in your hands and how well it helps or hinders your performance. The wrong stock can make a rifle difficult or even impossible to shoot, but the right one can improve both accuracy and comfort. Here are some things to take into consideration when you're looking to upgrade your rifle stock.
Right or Left Hand
First off, are you left- or right-handed? You would be surprised how many people overlook this! If you're left-handed, you're not likely to forget to factor this in, because by now you're probably used to having to deal with a majority of items being made for use with your wrong hand. If you're shopping for a gift for someone else, however, make sure you know whether they'll need a left-handed stock.
The Right Stock for the Right Gun
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it can trip up a new or uninformed shooter who gets carried away with the idea of upgrades. Make sure you choose a stock that is right for your type of rifle. The wrong model can still technically work, but not to the gun's fullest potential. Another consideration is whether your rifle has a long or short action length— whichever option, the stock you purchase needs to be appropriate for it.
Stock material has a far greater effect than just looks. Both wooden and synthetic stocks can be a great choice, but the wrong stock can really mess with your shooting. Stocks made from too soft a material allow too much movement and are not reliable. The best stocks are stiff enough to keep your gun steady when it's rested on a surface for firing, while still absorbing some of the force of recoil.
Consider how you intend to use your rifle and if you'll be bringing it out into wet weather. Even in those situations, wood can survive just as well as synthetic materials just as long as it's properly treated. Much of this choice comes down to personal preference, but keep practicality in mind along with aesthetics.
Size and Comfort
The most durable, advanced stock in the world will do nothing for you if you can't hold it properly. Shooting under those conditions is dangerous and puts unnecessary stress on your body. A gun with a stock that is too large for you is much harder to fire accurately and deal with recoil. It also may be too heavy. Don't underestimate the importance of comfort while shooting; it isn't just about comfort itself but about the logistics of your body positioning and how they affect your shot.
Choosing a stock is not hard as long as you have a place to start, and now you know some of the most important factors to keep in mind. If you still have questions, please contact On the Mark and we'll help you pick out the best stock for your needs.