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Kolar Custom Stock Fitting

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by kypilot, Oct 27, 2009.

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  1. kypilot

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    I am seriously considering ordering a new Kolar Max T/A and I have been giving it some thought about going up to Racine for a custom stock fitting. I understand that they have started charging for the service now and I was curious to see if anyone has done this and what their experience has been. Would you just use one of their standards stocks or do the custom fitting again?
     
  2. eric

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    You should really talk with Jeff Mainland and discuss the "standard" stocks they offer - one may be just what you need as they cover quite a range of shooters. That being said, I would highly recommend going to Kolar and doing the custom stock route as the cost is really minimal - take a look at custom fitters and their prices. Not that they charge too much given the expertise and experience involved, but it shows what a bargain Kolar fitting really is. I have had one done already and will be doing another custom fitted stock this winter.

    The only other decision is which barrels to choose - Unsingle or Top Single. Good luck with your new gun.

    Eric
     
  3. RAScott

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    I just returned from a custom fitting last week @Kolar. I met Jeff Mainland, he started about 10:00, am we finished about 5:30 that nite. It was a great experiance. I own a Max TA.

    I bought the gun used about 1 year ago love the gun, shoot good scores but not to consistant. I had jeff make a # 4 that was a "SCREWED-UP #4" he called it. About 1/2 " offset and Toe out about, 1-1/2".

    I would recommend the custom fitting. I never thought about the feeling of when you swing the gun he made me think about the fit as you swing the gun. I too considered just buying the #4 stock and doing it myself. I would definatly recommend the fitting. the trip was quick and I am waiting for my stock. here is a picture of the rough stock before checkering, and finishing.

    Bob S
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  4. 1oz

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    Do it 1 time .
     
  5. threedeuces

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    I was considering going the custom Kolar stock but if you look at all there stock options there mite be one that fits like a glove. My friend got his max t/a with a #2 stock and after shooting his I was dead set on a #2 and found a max t/a with #1 stock that I fell in love with the looks. After talking to a few people that new what they were doing said the #1 stock will fit 90% of the shooters so opted for a #1 and am damn glad I did. The gun fits like a glove. My friend with the #2 is wishing he would have got the #1 now. I don't know why.
     
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    Eric is right. Talk to Jeff Mainland. He knows his stuff. He could probably look at your face and build and give you the right stock.
     
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    Bob- Is that your metal on the stock, or a shop gun? Looks like the trigger guard took a whack at some point, or was intentionally bent...
     
  8. kypilot

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    I have heard two different prices for the service. Does anyone know what they charge now?
     
  9. RAScott

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    Skeet man, that is a shop gun. The iron was hit a few times with the sandpaper on the lever also, it was put on and off many times and put in the vise. Near the final Jeff put my stock on another reciever and we test fired it. I think that it is moved out of the way for filing and what-not

    The wood is sprayed with alcohol to show the grain. The trigger didnt move, I can see now why.

    Bob S
     
  10. RAScott

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    PM, sent.
     
  11. scott calhoun

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    I had Jeff custom fit me for my Kolar, and it was money well spent. I think it was $500 then (about 3 years ago, heard it's $750 now). The other benefit of having a custom fit stock is that you will get to pick your wood from the wood room at Kolar.

    Scott
     
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    I've had a full year of shooting the Max TA Comp after visiting Racine and spending a delightful day & a half with Jeff and the wonderful folks at Kolar. If you start out with a new gun, and wood, there is no charge for the wood or finish as you get finished wood with the gun you buy, and it's considered a trade -in, provided your wood has no damage, so that part of it is already paid for. If you want to pick out a nice blank, ($ome are very,very nice)then John allows for the wood you didn't use, and adds the difference. The fee for the fitting session was $750 and, except for shipping costs to you when the checkering and finish are done. (~ 6 weeks) In my opinion a custom fitted stock for $750 is a hell of a bargain, and frankly, I couldn't be more pleased with the result.

    By all means, make the trip.....all the best...mike
     
  13. threedeuces

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    Of coarse not all of us live in driving distance from Kolar so yes you would have to figure in plane fare,hotel and food costs. Yikes!
     
  14. kypilot

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    Well my other hobby is flying so part of the fun will be flying up there for the day. I need to find cheaper hobbies..............
     
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    kypilot-you have a pm
     
  16. kolartarget

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    you might want to give Dennis Devault a call he is one of the best in the country (330)456-6070
     
  17. kypilot

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    Well I have taken the advice and contacted Jeff Mainland. I am flying up on Thursday evening and meeting him on Friday for my fitting. I will let you know how it all goes. Thanks to everyone that has responded to the question.
     
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    Well I have taken the advice and contacted Jeff Mainland. I am flying up on Thursday evening and meeting him on Friday for my fitting. I will let you know how it all goes. Thanks to everyone that has responded to the question.
     
  19. kypilot

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    Actually I did order the release trigger. I figured I would be needing it at some point.
     
  20. kypilot

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    The trip was awesome and everyone at Kolar was super nice. Everyone is correct that the fitting fee is money well spent. I will post pictures later.
     
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