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How resistant to warping/weather is the 550's stocks? I saw one, it's beefy, it's hard, and I know walnut is a good wood, and well protected. Though, with competiton of a Steyr Weather-proof stock, if well-oiled and such, could it withstand temperature changes, and common new-england weather? We're talkin up to 90 one day, down to 68 the next...rifle would stay in a soft case in this case. Would a Synthetic resist this more?

I also look at it that for hundreds of years, and the best rifles made, were all walnut stocks. Often covering the hotter parts of the gun (i.e. surplus rifles), and they only cracked due to heavy use, lack of upkeep, so on and so forth..
I've also read that synth stocks CAN warp, they Can crack, and Can melt/get soft with heat, something a Walnut won't do.


The best wooden stocks for weatherproofing are the old  Parker Hale stocks on sporting Lee Enfields that were dipped in glycol by their Italian manufacturer (Sile) but you can improve the resistance of your own stock by taking the following steps.
(1) Buy some marine spar varnish from a chandlery or specialised paint shop. The shop where everyone goes to get the exact touchup paint required for specific motor vehicles would be a good place to start. Avoid the chain stores and single brand outfits because you are looking for quality advice and product.
(2) Lightly sand any rough parts inside the stock that will not affect bedding.
(3) Use a chlorine bleach solution to remove any traces of lubricating oil or grease from the inside of the stock and any checkered areas.
(4) Create a thinned mixture of varnish, as per the salesman's instructions and apply it to the inside of the stock, any checkered areas and the wood under the buttplate or pad. Use a new toothbrush on the checkered areas and elsewhere use a thin lintfree rag or a brush as appropriate. Make your rags from old polycotton sheeting.
(5) End grain absorbs moisture up to 100 times faster than the face, so be prepared to apply several (thinned) coats to the area under the buttplate/pad.
Good luck

What he said  :grin:

    Good question Shadow9, since I have the 550 UCS and it has a synethic stock I was wondering about that whole warping thing myself. Although I really don't hunt (don't know a soul anywhere near me that hunts ) and simply use it for target practice (I need the practice long guns and I seem to have different opinion about hitting what I am aiming at  :laugh: ) I don't suppose it would impact myself but I would love to know the answer for future reference if the subject comes up again.

     And ZG47 The way you answered that question was brilliant and I can't tell you how happy I am that both of you joined this forum! With folks like you and our other members we will certainly be learning a lot from each other and have some fun while we are learning.

Should have mentioned that we have had some local problems with the black synthetic aftermarket stocks for SMLE No. 1 Mk III ( as made at Ishapore, Lithgow and up till 1940 or so in Britain) and Norinco Jian Wei 2 rimfire rifles.
If you leave one on its side in the summer sun it can droop and touch the barrel. The best solution seems to be - turn it over and wait till it droops back to the correct position. As a carpenter I can tell you that this (sometimes) works with timber boards that are left in the sun.
I would also point, as someone who, with assistance from others, managed a multi-range shooting facility on a voluntary basis for fourteen years, that sporting rifles and expensive optics, whether they be spotting or sighting telescopes, should never be left lying in the hot sun for more than a few minutes, unless they are covered, preferably with a pack or woollen item. Travel rugs are a good thing to have at the range.
Military rifles are usually far more tolerant of such abuse but look after the optics.

    ZG47 Thanks for adding that bit of advise. Even though all my gun clubs ranges have covered shooting lines I am going to take your advice and thrown a cover over my long guns when ever I have them out. I'm thinking I should get into the habit now even if I never really have a call to Have to. Rather be prepared then sorry.


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