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Laminated Stocks? Really? Why all the fuss?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by sloter, May 21, 2014.

  1. sloter

    sloter Active Member

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    Hi,

    So laminated stocks? really I don't get all the fuss? So let me get this right, people would rather have what is essentially a plywood stock over a Walnut stock? I don't understand it, and some of the bizarre colours they come in? they look like a bloody rainbow..... Can someone please explain it to me?

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  2. Egg

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    Individuality I suppose.
     
  3. sloter

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    But by that rational when are we going to see guns coming in glitter stocks and with twinkly lights on them? are people really going mad for laminate stocks? is it just a passing fad?
     
  4. larryking28

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    Laminate stocks are also supposed to be more stable that traditional solid wood types I believe.
    Less likely to be effected by temperature,therefore the action is less likely to move.
    Quite how much of a difference it makes I have no idea :)
     
  5. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Over Walnut laminate offers the following benefits:

    Objectively: Material cost (potentially), improved dimensional stability with variations in temperature and humidity, strength, mechanical properties are closer to being isotropic (i.e. they don't vary with the orientation of the force with respect to the material; natural wood is stronger when loaded along the grain rather than across it).

    Subjectively: Aesthetics.

    ;)
     
  6. Cymru-Dave

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    I like them, I've no reason why other than I like them, that's like saying why on earth would someone like the colour blue? No reason but lots of people do.
    Plus I don't think there is a fuss, I bet there aren't many out there.
     
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  7. sloter

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    Fair enough. I understand everyone has different taste it's just I've been in 4 gun shops over the pass 2 weeks and all the owners were shoving the things under my nose like it was some amazing new thing that everyone needs in there life. doing the hard sell on them in a big way, and when I say I'm not that keen on them they look at me as though I have just dropped my pants and curled one out on the floor in front of them.
     
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    Actually Dave there seems to be loads about, I saw three being refilled this morning within half an hour. End of the day it's an individual choice as already mentioned. I won't slate them as it seems too personal a subject slagging off someones pride and joy.
     
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    I've never seen one in the flesh, just saw giles mentioning one on his airgungear vid of the HW100, it just looked very different, I can't see that a laminate stock would have any advantages over a solid single piece of timber, and if it does it would be minuscule but I'm not sure they are offered for anything other than a design. While walnut is a lovely wood I haven't seen a stock yet that is as nice as Engravers I think it was, some have beautiful tiger striping and if you could pick your stock for grain etc I'm not sure many would pick laminate since you can't replicate mother nature and her wood designs, my three rifles are beech and are very bland, if I had a HW100 I wouldn't really have anything different, if I had a laminate one or even a synthetic one date I say it I'd have something different. I'd have to weigh up the additional cost of the laminate/synth over standard to see if it'd be better spending a tad more and getting a custom stock.
     
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    Ever heard of the fairy tale 'the Emperors new clothes' very much down to what you see yourself.
     
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    I dont mind laminate stocks but what I dont like is after market ones that are very chunky.
    If the stock was just a variation on the standard wooden one that would be okay in my eyes.
     
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    The chunky ones are more than likely target stocks. Chunky in the right places for a reason!
    Regards Stu.
     
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    Agreed. Functionally this the best stock I ever tried. If there was an identical one in walnut I expect it would cost a lot more than this one did.
    [​IMG]
     
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    thought you woz talking about me there for a minute;)
     
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    I would like to see Custom stocks offer Laminated stocks, but from what Ive heard thats not going to happen.

    Minelli only offer their services to the gun makers, but they've got a fair bit of choice in their Laminated blanks,

    so hopefully we will see more rifles being fitted with different patterns.

    Not blue, red, pink, orange or dayglo though, they can be for the FT boys.
     
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    Laminate stocks show off the contours of a stock aswell, they also add uniqueness and in nutmeg laminate look similar to a grainy walnut
     
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    Haven't laminate stocks been around for a a couple of decades or more? I'm sure I remember seeing them on top end rifles back in the 80's. Or did I dream it?
     

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