Originally Posted by 25-5
If you have a Match grade it's in tight. Turn it over, and holding the receiver and barrel tap the end of the stock at the butt plate on a solid but padded surface.
I have a match grade M1A and this is exactly the method I use. It works very well for safely removing the stock from the metal. I fold up a towel and place it on a counter. While holding the rifle upside down and holding the action, I tap the stock on the towel. It works every time.