Checked in at the post office today, guess what I found!? (Please excuse the crappy iPhone pics)
Initial impressions out of the box were good, the stock felt light in my hands but still very sti... rigid at the same time. (I know where that was about to end up!) It has no checkering, however the stock's texture should still provide a firm grip in all weather conditions. The B&C does not have the same 'give' in it compared to the Weatherby factory stock, and feels firmer. There is absolutely no bend or flex allowed in the forearm.
The spiderwebbing is tastefully applied over the top of the synthetic finish and although you can feel some of the larger globules, I think it just adds to the texture.
One thing that surprised me was the finish inside the stock where the bedding block was. From the factory the cutout is obviously sanded away, and the inside of the stock looks almost hollow, exactly the same as an 'Aero' chocolate bar.
The bedding block looks as if it should fit perfectly, although I'll have to wait until I'm home next to check the fit, hopefully it'll be within a couple of weeks
Uncle Mikes sling swivels are installed, as is a Decelerator recoil pad (not that the .223 kicks much anyway!) The stock shoulders nicely, and the extra give in the pad allows for a very steady hold.
Initial impressions have me very happy with my purchase, it should hopefully tighten up the groups on what is to be honest a pretty accurate little rifle already, and dress it up a bit at the same time.