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B&C vs H-S Precision Stocks for Rem 700?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by skeet_man, Dec 15, 2012.

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  1. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Looking to upgrade the stock on my Rem 700.

    Kinda zeroed in on Bell and Carlson or H-S Precision. I like the HS designs a little better, but the B&C can be had a little cheaper brand new than the HS stocks can be bought used for. I've chased a couple HS stocks on ebay, but am not in that much of a hurry to pay top $ for one.

    Doing a little research online, on B&C vs HS threads, B&C is the preferred stock, by a 3-1 or 4-1 margin. I'm reading that B&C are fiberglass all the way through, but HS is a foam-type core with a hard outer shell.

    I always figured that HS was the standard when it came to stocks in this price range, and am surprised to see the preference for B&C.

    I'm comfortable with the $200ish range new or used, so Manners and McMillan are out of the picture.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    This is the one I currently have my eye on.
     
  3. whiz white

    whiz white Strong Supporter of Trapshooting Banned

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    I asked Tom Houghton, Sr, CEO if H-S Precision here why he never patented his aluminum bedding block system. He said it was too late. Tom and I hunted together and I accompanied him and helped man their booth at the Shot Show in Dallas long ago.

    As a result B&G and others now copy the original design of the H-S stocks.

    H-S makes rifles on their own action design, similar to the Remington 700. I have two; 223 varmint and 280. Both are absolutely and literally tack drivers. 5 shots in the same hole, target photographed in their underground range.

    Tom did patent his Model 700 style take-down rifle.

    They supply the FBI, Secret Service and Capitol Police with their tactial rifles.

    WW
     
  4. drgondog

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    Any rifle stock with a solid aluminum bedding block should be slightly better than one with 'just' pillars installed. And Pillars better than no pillar/no block.

    For two different stocks with a solid bedding block, the bedding technique and quality will be the key step to ensure best performance (all other factors equal) for your rifle. A well bedded pillar set up is better than a sloppy job on the monobloc.

    I have used McMillan, H&S and the top line Hogue and all work well. I have not used a Bell and Carlson but see no reason why it won't be as good as all the others.

    A thought to ponder. Composite stocks don't warp or shift like wood stocks so an automatic 'free float' approach to bedding barrel may not be the optimal.
     
  5. shrek

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    I had a "close relative" Bell and Carlson to what you are looking at. It was OK, but I like the HS Precision I have a lot better. On the only examples of each that I have ever owned the HS had better fit and finish.

    My experience/ observations are from a small sample size so there is likely variability out there.
     
  6. TommyTEREX

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    Go H&S, I lost adeer because of the flex in the forearm of a Bell &Carlson cabelite stock.

    I had a good rest across a stump , put too much down pressure on the fore end , causing a feather weight bbl to flex up , shot right over him at 236 yds.( measured by range fider ) . Never had any movement with my H&S stocks. This includes 3 high power target rifles, and I get so tight into the slings I almost cut off the circulation in my hand.

    Oh the carbelite, it ended up in cut of pieces, ( some satisfaction ! )

    JMO. Tommy Terex.
     
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