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I have a Savage Axis II in .223 that I picked up for almost nothing brand new. It is a tack driver. I seriously do not like the plastic stock and I am considering replacing it with one from Boyds; I think a better stock can only help the rifle shoot even better. Their basic wood stocks are not as expensive as a wood stock from Savage, and I have heard a few good things about Boyd’s. Anybody have experience with their stocks or have an alternative suggestion?
 

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Boyd's stocks are well made and reasonably priced. Keep in mind you "may" have to do some fitting to get the stock to bolt up to the receiver.
 

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If you go that route I strongly suggest glass bedding the stock. However with a wooden stock seasonal weather can still effect the point of impact due to slight seasonal warpage of a stock. Doesn't always happen with all wooden stocks, but it can still happen.
 

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Boyds makes a pretty good stock. I put one on my Garand a few years ago. If you really want to dress it up check out Macon stock works Warsaw, Mo. https://www.macongunstocks.com. They have done several shape and inlets for me using my wood. They have warehouses full of every grade and type gun stock wood. You might give them a look.

This is a pretty good 'How to' video on youtube:
How to finish a gun stock with Tru-Oil. Simple step by step tutorial.

Mike makes a very good point. The only way to stop wood from moving about is burn it. Since they no longer make Microbed I use Brownells Acraglas Gel. Brownells also has the pillar blocks for the various rifle manufactures. If you decide to go that route be sure to do the bedding before you finish the surface. Lots of unhappy hours spent sanding overun bedding glass taught me that little rule. :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks for the insight guys! I am probably going ahead with this pretty soon, so I am grateful for shared wisdom and experience. I think I am going to enjoy this more than I originally thought!
 
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