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During the 2010 Elk hunting season, the stock of my rifle, a Browning 300 Winchester Magnum rifle, was broken in half. This happened in a pack horse wreck while crossing a river in the high mountains of Colorado. Sadly, it was the day before the opening of the season. We hunt in a remote area (two days horse ride from a motorized vehicle) and obtaining a replacement rifle was out of the question. Needless to say, I did not fill my tag in 2010. I still had a great time, even though I was sans rifle.
Sadly, it was the day before the opening of the season. We hunt in a remote area (two days horse ride from a motorized vehicle) and obtaining a replacement rifle was out of the question. Needless to say, I did not fill my tag in 2010. I still had a great time, even though I was sans rifle.
I ordered a replacement stock today (2011-06-17) from Stocky Stocks. I ordered a Bell and Carlson Medalist model 2131, pretty much the only replacement stock available for a long action Browning rifle. I begin this article now because stocks for a long action Browning rifle are hard to come by. Lead time is about two months, although I hope it will come sooner. I need the rifle by this October for this years Elk hunting season. I will follow up when the stock arrives and present my review here.
Update: 2011-08-06 - Still waiting for the stock to arrive. Stocky Stocks warned of long lead times, but I grow less patient.
Update: 2011-08-20 - Still waiting...
Update: 2011-08-27 - Still waiting...
Update: 2011-08-29 - Well, I spoke with a Stocky Stocks representative today and there was a mix-up with the factory about the order. Stocky Stocks has promised to credit my credit card with the amount I paid for the stock. I had to do this due to time constraints. Hunting season will be here soon and I do not have the time to wait for Bell and Carlson to manufacture the stock I ordered. I will update here after I find an alternative stock and when I receive the refund.
Update: 2011-08-30 - Stocky Stocks did indeed, credit my credit card with the purchase amount. Now to find a different vendor.
Update: 2011-08-31 - I found a great outfit, Red Hawk Rifles, that has the stock for my long action Browning A-Bolt in stock. It will ship today. Additionally, they seem like great folks. I spoke with Dave for a good bit about hunting and rifles. So far, they seem like great folks to do business with. Heck, I wouldn't mind hunting with them. It sounds like they build some fine rifles too.
Update: 2011-09-01 - Less than 30 hours later, I have my stock. Now that is fast. I will update later with pictures.
Update: 2012-02-26 - Hunting season came and went four months ago and now I am finally getting around to updating this page. The update follows.
Here are a couple more pictures of the broken rifle stock.
The following five pictures show the new Bell and Carlson model 2131 Browning long action rifle stock. The color is tan with black web. It really makes for a nice looking rifle.
The following picture shows the factory fit. Obviously this will require quite a bit of inletting. I was a bit concerned by this at first but it was very easy to inlet the stock. I simply used a dowel and sandpaper to sand the stock. The material is very workable and easily removed and shaped.
The next two pictures show the inletted stock installed on the rifle. The barrel is filly floated and does not contact the stock at all.
Here is the completed rifle. Once the stock was completed, I went to the range to site it in. Amazingly enough, I didn't even need to adjust my scope. In spite of being broken in half, it was still dead on. The rifle shoots like a dream with this stock. The Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad really makes it easy to shoot. I also have a Remington BDL 30-06 which is a nice shooting rifle. The 300 Winchester Magnum with Bell and Carlson model 2131 synthetic stock shoots much nicer than the BDL, and that's saying something.
I am actually glad my wood stock got broken. At first I did not like the idea of a synthetic stock, but it's beautiful and shoots like a dream. Plus, we hunt in remote areas on horseback. This is rough duty for a wood stock. The synthetic stock will probably last much longer. This season I probably rode 60 miles or so on horseback with the rifle in the scabbard and the paint on the stock did not wear at all.
The remaining pictures are from the 2011 elk hunting season. If you are wondering, I did not fill my tag. On our arrival to our camp, one week before the season opened, we got two feet of snow. The elk moved on. I did have a great time though.
The rifle in the background of the first picture is a Winchester 30-06.
Here is a picture of my Browning A-Bolt 300 Winchester Magnum with a Bell and Carlson 2131 synthetic stock.
The author of this article, Jerry Jones, on a very cold opening morning in October of 2011. The image is canvassed for artistic effect, plus, I don't particularly want my face plastered across the Internet.