Originally Posted by Highpower
Ditto that your Rockness.
I wasn't aware that each model had it's own stock size now. And I agree that it is a shame that they don't offer the fancy wood anymore, but some of those things were just too pretty to take out and shoot!
And that's just wrong.....
The stock thickness is the exterior dimensions. A fatter stock allows for more rigidity. The stocks will fit any of the rifles, but the fat ones are optimized for the type of match shooting the NM and SM are intended for. A standard stock will flex when the shooter slings up which greatly affects POI.
The fatter stocks also allow the use of rear lugged and double lugged receivers. Standard stocks are too thin for lugged receivers.
Of the standard style of stocks the best one available is the McMillan M1A stock, but they are too heavy for a grab n go rifle. I have one on my Smith Enterprise SM and it is a very comforting stock.
I think Boyds still offers some fancy walnut. But walnut is soft, so a birch "Big Red" stock is the one to go with if you want wood with some serious stiffness. And a nice birch stock that has been stained and treated with boiled linseed oil (BLO) can be really pretty. It also tells serious shooters that you know what works. Kind of like a secret handshake.
My standard rifles (and Socom) all have USGI synthetic stocks on them, though. Can't beat them for a general purpose stock.