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  • As I said before I just bought my marlin 336 the question I have for you guys what do you think is better the laminate stock or

    As I said before I just bought my marlin 336 the question I have for you guys what do you think is better the laminate stock or the walnut, not for how they look but for durability?

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    If you want Good looks Walnut! If you want "Durability" Go with Syn-stock,I have a Syn-Stock on my Rainy Day or Days Marlin Mod 30C-30/30 When wet NO warping or swelling, As for Laminate Stocks they are Heaver then Walnut.

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    • #3
      Like Treestand said. All I would add instead of Laminate think Plywood. Stronger and more inert than Walnut.

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      • #4
        Having fallen upon (and broken) the stock of a lever action at the grip, I favor a laminate for strength and durability. Factory-supplied walnut stocks finish well, though a replacement of figured walnut seems to have drifted beyond my range of affordability. I live in a rainy climate (Pacific Northwest) and laminates serve me well.

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        • #5
          I picked walnut and S.S.for my 1895, because I liked the look of both S.S. and walnut, I really don't like synthetic, it is so durable, but there something about wood grain. As to laminate, I have no issues with it accept that I wish they gave different color options, since any color die combination is available. Wet conditions(rain) are not much of an issue where I live-snow here is dry as dust, so that is not much of an issue either. some day i will carve my own stock for this gun out of a nice piece of royal walnut, but that is down the road.

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          • #6
            Laminate stocks are usually impregnated with an epoxy resin so they are extremely low maintenance. They are, however, also extremely heavy - perhaps the heaviest option available. For durability and light weight you'd be best to go with plastic. Though for aesthetics that choice would be the bottom of the barrel.

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            • #7
              Laminated stocks are more stable than solid walnut, and in many cases are more attractive than very plain walnut.

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              • #8
                If you want to see a photo of a beautiful piece of walnut on a rifle stock, go to the Blogs section and click on "The Stuff We Carry," by Dave Petzal.
                A pity that it's black and white.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the answers.

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