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#1906636 - 04/23/11 10:39 AM Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter?
Chris_Brice Offline
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Title say's it all......Which do you prefer and why on a lighter weight hunting rig (as opposed to a heavier varmint rig)?

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#1906647 - 04/23/11 11:05 AM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: Chris_Brice]
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sporter is going to be lighter, thumbholes feel better imo.
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#1906653 - 04/23/11 11:13 AM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: NdIndy]
brdeano Offline
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It's all just a matter of taste. I don't care for thumbholes of any persuasion. Try some and see what works for you.

My favorite stock is the McMillan Rem Mountain Rifle stock, which is an exact copy of the Remington stock.

The Bell and Carlson "TI" stocks are good if you're on a budget and they are very lightweight. I'm running 3 of them now and while they aren't a McMillan in stiffness/quality they don't come with the McMillan price tag. I snagged my last one for 130$/shipped, used of course. New they are around 200$.
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#1906670 - 04/23/11 11:40 AM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: brdeano]
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For me the bottom line is the fit and feel of the stock. And the TH stock just fits and feels better. I definitely shoot all my rifles with TH's considerably more accurately than I do my non-TH stocked rifles. I have better control of the rifle with a TH stock. I definitely shoot considerably better from an off handed position with TH stocks. So I say TH all the way.

Some people say they can not work their action fast enough with a TH stock?? I have not noticed any "real" difference in that. And others say you can't shoot the rifle with the off hand. And that is also incorret. Most modern TH's are designed with a slimmer stock that easily allows off handed shoting. Mine do.

I have TH's on my lighter deer rifles, as well as my heavier varmint rigs. Tom.











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#1906676 - 04/23/11 11:49 AM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: HOGGHEAD]
DAB Offline
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Registered: 05/10/09
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I Have only one rifle with a thumb hole stock, a Savage 93 in 17HMR. I like it better for shooting Sage Rats from a portable bench. I think it gives me better trigger control.

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#1906679 - 04/23/11 11:53 AM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: DAB]
brdeano Offline
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Man HH, the wood on the top stock looks good! How about a full pic?
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#1906739 - 04/23/11 01:50 PM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: brdeano]
muddydog Offline
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Registered: 10/16/10
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Loc: Central Texas
I want a thumbhole for my Savage. Who makes the tan stock in pic 4 Hogghead?

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#1906775 - 04/23/11 03:17 PM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: muddydog]
HOGGHEAD Offline
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#4 is a stock made by Manner's. According to my smith they are every bit what a McMillan stock is. Just without the extra payment for the name. Manners is getting a very good name in the industry. Just ask around a little bit. You will get some good information on Manner's. Tom.
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#1906799 - 04/23/11 04:17 PM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: HOGGHEAD]
brdeano Offline
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I ran a Manners T2 for quite awhile. Thomas Manners gave some of us a very good deal when he first came out with it. He just wanted to get some out there and get some feedback on it. It is every bit as stiff as the McMillan's are. The only thing I didn't like (and its just a personal thing) is the paint compared to the gelcoat. Compared to a painted McM its same/same. But now Manners are offering a Gelcoat finish. Their wait times are about the same as the McMillans, their prices are almost the same as well. Manners is 475$+shipping, an A5 is just about the same.
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#1906804 - 04/23/11 04:31 PM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: brdeano]
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#1906855 - 04/23/11 06:31 PM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: Chris_Brice]
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Hate thumbholes of any type.......
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#1906857 - 04/23/11 06:38 PM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: 2muchgun]
doggin coyotes Offline
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Originally Posted By: 2muchgun
Hate thumbholes of any type.......


Me too! I always feel like I'm stickin my thumb in a hole. tongue_smilie
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#1906860 - 04/23/11 06:42 PM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: 2muchgun]
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#1906878 - 04/23/11 07:10 PM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: doggin coyotes]
HOGGHEAD Offline
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Originally Posted By: doggin coyotes


I always feel like I'm stickin my thumb in a hole. tongue_smilie




confused Tom.
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#1906950 - 04/23/11 09:08 PM Re: Stock Choice - Thumbhole or Standard Sporter? [Re: HOGGHEAD]
BigKev Offline
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Registered: 03/08/11
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I can go either way. I have owned several thumbholes over the years, but don't own one now.
If I was to suggest one it would be for target and varmint use. I wouldn't have one on a light rifle for stalking use...but thats just me.
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