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Shooting technical advice

MIKE GEORGE

It means that the wood is in contact with the metal in every place it should be, with no gaps.

This is particularly important at the head of the stock, which is where the recoil forces are transmitted from the metal of the action into the wood.

A sloppy fit in this region can over-stress the parts of the wood where the metal touches, and cracks can result.

Usually, a visual inspection is all that is required to discover whether the wood-to-metal fit is good or bad.

It is desirable to have the wood standing slightly proud of the metal. Then, if the wood gets slightly damaged, marks or very small chips can be sanded out without causing unsightly low spots.

  • Pierre

    Does the picture have anything to do with ‘bad’ wood-to-metal fit. Just yesterday I bought a Winchester Select II sporting, still have not tried it out on the range, but the finishing is impeccable even compared to guns costing Eur. 500 more such as the Beretta 686 or an entry level Browning.