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Old 08-22-2005, 06:25 AM   #1
 
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Boyd Stock

I am thinking of ordering a Boyd stock for my Garand. I will be ordering the finished model. Is there a lot of fitting the receiver to the stock that has to be done or does it just drop in. I have never had any experience in fitting a stock to a receiver so any info would be appreciated. Also don't have any wood working tools that may be needed to accomoplish the job.
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Old 08-22-2005, 07:04 AM   #2
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Shouldn't be a lot of fitting necessary. The one Boyd's stock that I bought needed a small amount of wood removed in the mag floorplate inletting area to get the trigger group closed. A small wood file would work well for that.
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:11 AM   #3
 
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I just had to take a little bit of wood off of the front handguard. Aside from that, its great. It looks good, feels good, and the action locks up tighter than a bull's a$$ in a March wind.

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Old 08-22-2005, 01:54 PM   #4
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Although I have never used a Boyds stock, the consensus from most people I know is that they require a lot of fitting. It seems that a few people get lucky but that most have to spend quite a bit of time getting them to fit.
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Old 08-22-2005, 02:13 PM   #5
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The set I got from Midway 6 months ago wasn't too bad fitting wise.. but the over sized wood , handguards included (took a LOT of use of the sander) and that $%^[email protected]# short pistol grip made me swear off using Boyds.... I'll stick with Wenig.........
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Old 08-22-2005, 03:07 PM   #6
 
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Some Boyds require more fitting than others. I don't have the link handy but if you search for a posting by me about Boyds, you'll find a nice article with photo on fitting.
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Old 08-22-2005, 04:01 PM   #7
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My experience is like HighPowerShooter. I bought front and rear handguards to replace the "crap" wood set that came with the DAS walnut stock on my Greek return SA SG. I don't like a lot of wood hanging over the metal parts so I had to sand like a "wild man" to get the profile right. I don't know what Wenig's handguards would have been like but if I need another set, that's where I'm going!
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Old 08-22-2005, 06:56 PM   #8
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...and that $%^[email protected]# short pistol grip made me swear off using Boyds....
Agreed. Even their M1 Carbine stocks are like that. I spent a good amount of time re-contouring the stock, but I can't do anything about the pistol grip. It irks me.
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Old 08-23-2005, 04:13 AM   #9
 
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locks up tighter than a bull's a$$ in a March wind.
Never heard that one before.

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Old 08-23-2005, 10:49 AM   #10
 
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Boyd Stock

Thanks Fellows for the info. Helped me make up my mind. I'll shop around for a different stock then. Any suggestions where to order one.
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Old 08-23-2005, 11:35 AM   #11
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wenig has nice ones, but they are almost twice as much.

don't let the internet turn you off of boyd's stocks too easily. go look at a brand new Springfield Armory, Inc. Garand. it will be in a boyd's stock.
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Old 08-23-2005, 11:53 AM   #12
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My experience with 3 Boyd's and 2 Wenig stocks has been that neither is a drop in fit. All three Boyd's stocks I have done required minor fitting. There was an excellent article done by Gus Fisher pointing out the 8 or so places to check and adjust as needed. There is a single photo with arrows pointing to each of the places explained in the article. One of my Wenig stocks I purchased directly from Wenig and required major fitting. As received, the action could not have been hammered into the stock. Again, following Gus Fisher's article, I was able to fit the stock up to my action correctly, but I will never go that route again. It was way too much work and I saved a lousy $10.00 over what a fitted/unfinished stock from Dean at http://www.dgrguns.com costs. Dean supplies Wenig stocks in plain or fancy woods fitted to a standard M1 barreled action. His stocks are the only true drop in fit stocks available that I am aware of for the M1 Garand. Dean will tell you that a properly fitted stock is as much as 40% of the accuracy of an M1, and I believe him based on what I have seen with my own eyes. You can also order your stock finished on the outside from Dean if you are not into wood finishing.
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Old 08-23-2005, 12:37 PM   #13
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Dean supplies Wenig stocks in plain or fancy woods fitted to a standard M1 barreled action. His stocks are the only true drop in fit stocks available that I am aware of for the M1 Garand.
JAS, that is one reason I buy my Wenigs from Deans and not direct from Wenigs....
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:17 PM   #14
 
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"JAS, that is one reason I buy my Wenigs from Deans and not direct from Wenigs.... "



Me too.
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Old 08-26-2005, 06:08 PM   #15
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I have three M1's now in Boyd stocks and I like them. I've had no problems with them and they are great shooters.
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Old 08-26-2005, 08:17 PM   #16
 
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I'd recommend the DuPage WW2 profile stock. Here's a link to my previous report.


http://www.ambackforum.com/viewtopic...ghlight=dupage
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Old 08-26-2005, 09:11 PM   #17
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Didn't the home he was running his business out of burn down? It was supposedly spontaneous combustion from a BLO soaked rag?
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Old 08-27-2005, 04:02 AM   #18
 
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It did, but the stocks were at another location being sanded down so they escaped.
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Old 08-27-2005, 06:19 AM   #19
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Thanks for the info. I had been planning on ordering one, but figured they'd burnt up in the fire.
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Old 08-27-2005, 06:45 AM   #20
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Quag, I ordered one from them about 2 weeks before the fire. I got the stock about 4 weeks after it happened. I was cool with that, just because housefires tend to slow operations down
I asked for, and got, one that was fitted but unfinished. The wood is very pretty (lots of figure), and the fit is great. The receiver fit is not as tight as Dean's, but after shipping, its also $60 less. It does not have the receiver pad that DGR puts in, but you can do that yourself with a little sandpaper and a wood block (i did). It looks better than all the Boyd's I've seen. Lots of figure, some of it quite interesting.
The pistol grip might be a little shorter than Wenigs, but not a lot, and it hasn't been a problem for me.
All in all, I am very pleased, and plan on buying more.
Now go board up the house. Sorry you guys are being hit again, but after 3 hurricanes in 6 weeks last year, I can't say I'm sorry somebody else is having to deal with this mess
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