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Old December 23rd, 2016, 07:36 AM   #1
 
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Boyds Stock, American Predator, Completely Confused

Hi there. New here and was hoping you fine folks might be able to clear up something I find very confusing.

I have a new Ruger American Predator in .223. I love the thing, but the stock stinks. This gun is going to be used for Coyote and Hogs from a stationary position. So I was wanting to go with a varmint/target style stock.

I visited the Boyds site, and they don't list Varmint Pro stocks for the Predator, but they do have them for the standard American rifles. This is where things get confusing. The barrel cut out dimensions for the standard American rifles is 1 5/32 at Point A in front of the barrel nut, and 23/32 at Point B near the end of the stock.The dimensions for any of Boyd's Predator stocks are listed on Boyds site as 1 1/64 at Point A, and 3/4 at Point B... smaller than the Standard American models stocks dimensions.

How is this possible? I thought the barrels on the Predator models were thicker, similar to a medium contour? I figured I would have to do a lot of sanding on the Varmint Pro stock to make the Predator barrel fit. If the dimensions listed on the Boyds site are correct, the Predator barrel should have plenty of room.

Am I missing something?



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Old December 23rd, 2016, 07:59 AM   #2
 
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Call them and ask. I too would be interested
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I got a Boyds stock for my regular American before they offered a stock for the Predator. I then got an American Predator, and guess what, that same stock fits on it. There is zero physical difference aside from the color between the factory American stock and the factory American Predator stock. So I too was confused when Boyd's began offering different stocks for each model. They are interchangeable though, I can assure you.

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You can always open the barrel channel on the ruger stock, epoxy or rockite the forend & hollow butt stock, polish the metal V blocks & contact points on the receiver with a dremel tool, torque action screws to 60-65 in lbs (locktite 242).
Problem fixed, don't need to purchase a new stock. If you want you can stipple it with a soldering iron or wood burner and spray it down with brownells Alina Hyde II in any color you want.

Cheaper than a 129 dollar new stock, just my 2 cents
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Sorry, auto correct on my phone; Brownells Aluma Hyde II
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UPDATE:

Received an email from Boyds on this matter a bit ago. Their reply was... "as long as the action screw holes match up any barrel Ruger makes on that action should fit with minimal to no fitting required."

Really glad to hear that cuz I do like that Pro Varmint stock. Will still have to bed the action, but that's no biggie.
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I am new to forum. On a count to having some confusion with the same info. I have ordered the pro varmint and will check back when stock arrives
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Boyds Stock, American Predator, Completely Confused

I just finished installing the pro varmint on my RAP. I had to sand one little spot that honestly took 2 minutes. Bedded the v blocks with acraglass gel. Can slide five bills all the way to under the barrel nut.


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