The Annoyed Man wrote:I hadn’t seen those yet. The only Mossberg lever actions I’ve seen so far are the tactical ones, which fell out of the top of the ugly tree, and hit every branch on the way down. But that one there looks OK.
Regarding laminated stocks, I don’t have a problem with them if they are well done. The one on my 336BL is ok, but it isn’t ‘nice”. OTH, the laminated stock on my Gunsite Scout is a very attractive stock, VERY well done. So laminates are OK with me. It’s just that some are sort of utilitarian, and some were meant to be attractive. Although I don’t recommend banging up a wooden stock, the laminated one on my Marlin makes it instantly eligible for “truck gun” status, because it isn’t going to break my heart if it gets dinged up along the way. But it would really suck if the laminated stock on my RGS got beat up, but that is a really nice stock. I’d like to keep it looking that way as long as possible.
I was impressed by the reviews of the Mossberg 464 and the Davidson version looks nice. I am not familiar with marine coat, I know Mossberg makes a Shockwave using it.
As for laminated stocks I was really speaking to aesthetics when mentioned them. If I could only have one long gun my heart would rule for Walnut and Blued Steel. Back in the day there were laminate stocks made of contrasting wood, mainly for looks. I wasn't a fan.
Laminated and composite stocks meet a purpose; they are strong and resist movement in humid scenarios and I certainly can't argue with form following function. I have a couple of rifles with laminate stocks - both are .22 Marlins. By contrast I've seen AR's with wood stocks, which is just weird looking to me.
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