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I finally completed the finish on my Contender Carbine stock set that I got from Bullberry/Woodsmith. It's the first time I've finished a gunstock in about 18 years, so I think it turned out OK. This is their utility grade wood, the cheapest, how does this compare to the standard contender stocks you've seen? These where $100 and the elbow grease to finish them. This stock set actually fits an adult shooter and enable the use of a scope with your cheek on the stock.
 

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Mike,

I used Tru-Oil and the Stock Sheen that comes with the finishing kit from Birchwood Casey. I didn't use the stain, as I felt the contrast looked nice, especially with the SS receiver. I used that kit on the advice of Fred from Bullberry. My wife likes it so much she thinks this is "her" rifle now.
 

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I just followed the instructions that came with the kit. It took a bit of time, as I made some mistakes (drips in the finish). There was little more involved than some reading and the work itself. Patience is required.

I was looking at Bullberry's site last night and realized the pricing was a little more than what I paid when I got these. The difference between this and the TC stocks, which do not work well with a scope, amounted to about $20. They make the length of pull to your spec, or to what they estimate to be best for your height, and it is FAR superior to the TC products in that sense.

I hope the Bullberry barrel will still shoot in .5's with my new stocks, I don't doubt it will. I'll put that to rest this weekend. It will be very nice to shoot with stocks that don't come to your chin, instead of cheek, when shooting with a scope.

Steven
 

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I really liked the way this barrel shot when I had it in some synthetic TC stocks originally. Now, I really like to shoot the rifle. All the accuracy is still there, same barrel and floating forend setup, but it is much easier to utilize with the new stock. In addition to function, I really like the looks of it. Shooting ballons, about 8" in diameter at 200 yds, offhand, I was amazed at how user friendly it is. I'm not a great offhand shot, but this rifle makes it seem easier than ever before. I still use the Contender for pistol length barrels the most, but I might have to grab another frame for that, as I like this one alot. I traded my used blued Contender frame and $25 for a new Encore stainless frame that I've yet to put a barrel on. I think I may get a Contender frame while the getting is good, as I prefer the looks of the non-G2 style.
 

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That's a 20" heavy barrel in 6.5 Bullberry (30-30 with 6.5 neck). It has superb balance and I can shoot it offhand better than any other rifle I own, with the possible exception of my Hi-Power rifle.
 
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