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Old August 22, 2011, 08:36 AM   #1
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S&W i-Bolt Replacement Stock

Here's the deal, I have a new in the box S&W i-Bolt rifle in 30-06.
I happen to greatly dislike synthetic stocks, which is the only way they were shipped AFAIK. I was hoping to find a laminate wood stock for the rifle at a reasonable price.
I contacted Boyd's, but they have no plans to produce one since there isn't much demand.
I have found a couple of other stock makers via Google and none list a stock for the i-Bolt. I have also found some custom builders but the $$ are too steep for my back pocket.
Anyone know of an after market laminate stock for this rifle that will fit a Boyd's price budget?
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Old August 23, 2011, 08:44 AM   #2
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Wow. I never would have thunk it....
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Old August 23, 2011, 01:01 PM   #3
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Richards MicroFit makes semi-finished laminate stocks for just about anything, priced from about $70 to severall hundred $$. Like most stockmakers (as well as S&W), they do not list the i-Bolt for inletting, but you might try calling them.
http://www.rifle-stocks.com/economy_line_styles.htm
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Old August 23, 2011, 03:27 PM   #4
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Thanks Scorch, They are on the list for further contact.
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Old August 24, 2011, 12:11 PM   #5
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So the effort in futility goes onward and no where.
None of the aftermarket stock manufacturers I have contacted, Boyd's/Richard's/Stocky's/Wenig have anything for the i-Bolt action and didn't want to discuss it either.
So, how about this: Is there someone in the North Central Texas area that can take a blank and make a stock at a reasonable price? Material would be a Birch laminate and I'd prefer either a copy of the factory or a Monte Carlo style.
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Old August 30, 2011, 06:04 AM   #6
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OK, a small update from internet research. It seems that the i-Bolt may "share" the same receiver dimensions as the Remington 700. To prove or disprove this, my LGS is going to test fit the S&W action in a Remington take-off stock today. We shall see what happens and I'll pass the results along.
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Old August 30, 2011, 12:21 PM   #7
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UPDATED INFORMATION!

Just got back from the LGS. The S&W i-Bolt fits with no issues into a Remington 700 BDL Long Action factory wood stock.
The Smithy removed the action, magazine insert and trigger guard from my S&W synthetic stock and everything dropped right into place.

So the solution to anyone wanting to replace the ugly S&W stock on a 30-06 i-Bolt is to get a Remington 700 BDL LA stock and proceed from there. Bedding, free floating, etc..
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Old October 3, 2011, 09:22 PM   #8
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'nuther update

Rifle looks good, Cowtowner. Guess I should have taken a picture yesterday.
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Old October 5, 2011, 07:02 AM   #9
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TXGunNut, Let's see if I can add one or link to it. Sorry about the mess on the bench folks.
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Old October 5, 2011, 10:49 AM   #10
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That looks pretty nice, CowTowner. How about a range report?
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Old October 5, 2011, 11:32 AM   #11
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The last cold bore shot at 100 yards, done Saturday morning @ 7:30 AM CDT using Hornady 165 grain SPBT factory ammo, hit 1/4" high and 1/4" right of center. It is in the safe and ready for hunting season.
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Old October 9, 2011, 11:18 AM   #12
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Messy bench? Mine doesn't usually look anywhere near that neat. I pulled the sock off Boomer for the pic to make it a little purtier.
Guess he's not going to the range after all today. Loving this rain, tho!
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Old November 30, 2012, 08:11 AM   #13
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S&W I bolt stock

I was wondering, if it fits the 700 bdl la wood stock do you think will for their synthetic stocks.
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Old November 30, 2012, 01:01 PM   #14
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I see no reason for it not to fit a Remington synthetic stock. As long as the stock is from/for a 700 BDL LA.
The point of my project and search was to get rid of the synthetic stock. I simply don't like them.
But if you want a factory replacement, PM me. I still have my S&W factory take off.
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