Which is more desirable in a durability/function way? Aesthetics are secondary to most everything I do, though, when they can be enhanced without functional sacrifice...
"Big Red" is a nickname given by Fred to the USGI stocks made to the 11010263 drawings, they are beefier where it counts: around the receiver (more wood to support glass bedding) and foreend (stiffer to resist POI changes from sling tension, and better barrel support for better accuracy.) They were made both as replacements for broken early "skinny" stocks and for use on military NM rifles.What is Big Red Birch? I found some on Army surplus store, reasonable prices. Any advantages to owning them?
Durability yes, but I just can't get that warm and fuzzy feeling that I have when I have wood on the sexy gal. Lordy, a synthetic stock almost makes me feel like my rifle is just a tool. Wood makes me want to hold her and pet her and tell her how "purdy" she is.USGI synthetic for durability hands down!
Ive heard Fred can be kinda lacking in the promptness of his shipping which I can probably tolerate to a degree but how about his merchandise when finally delivered?As advertised? Excellent means excellent when it says metal included in the same condition is this a true satement etc?The big red is thicker in the pistol grip and forend were the stock contacts the front barrel band. The rear of thr stock is more like the a standard USGI stock. Beware Fred can be hit or miss on customer service.