June 15th, 2012

Modular Low-Profile Competition Stocks from Wayne Young

Texas stock-maker Wayne Young has created an innovative modular stock. The fore-end side-plates bolt on to an aluminum sub-chassis so you can alter the width, or run an offset on either side of center. You can transform the stock from 3″ wide to 5″ wide in a couple minutes. Or, if you want to experiment with offset (i.e. having more fore-end width on one side of the barrel than the other side), you can simply remove a few bolts, and stack up the sideplates on one side.

Wayne's Gun Stocks

Wayne's Gun Stocks

The ability to quickly (and inexpensively) transform a stock from 3″ wide to 5″ wide is a definite plus for shooters who want to use the same rig in both F-Class and benchrest. You can run your rifle at max-legal 3″ width for F-Class, then bolt on additional fore-end “wings” to run at 5″ for bench competition. The 5″-wide stocks are now legal for 600-yard and 1000-yard benchrest, at both IBS and NBRSA registered matches. Those folks who have tried out 5″-wide stocks on Light Guns have been impressed with the results. The extra width stabilizes the rifle on the bags, reducing perceived twist (torquing) and hop. There is less “Rocking and Rolling”. With the gun torquing less, the tracking during recoil normally shows an improvement as well. (But we should say that, even with the standard 3″ width, these stocks track great.)

Wayne's Gun Stocks

Video Demonstrates Superior Tracking
How does a Wayne Young stock track? Straight and true — with virtually no hop. You can see for yourself. In the video below, Wayne shoots a test rifle chambered in .284 Winchester, a popular F-Class cartridge. The load is a 175gr Berger XLD bullet pushed at 3010 fps by Reloder 17 powder. That’s a stout, fast load — the recoil force easily meets or exceeds a typical F-Open match load. To better demonstrate the gun’s handling characteristics, Wayne deliberately shoots the gun free-recoil style — without gripping hard or shouldering the stock*. As you can see, the gun recoils straight back. The forearm and buttstock also slide perfectly in the bags, without “grabbing”. (Note: In the video, the rifle’s front bag-rider section is aluminum without polymer “wings”. This particular gun was built with a wider aluminum channel to fit a large-diameter, straight-contour barrel).

Stock Specifications and Design Features
Finished stocks weigh approximately 7 pounds, 4 ounces. If needed, stocks can be lightened to just under 7 pounds. Overall length is 36″. Length of pull is adjustable from 13 to 13.75 inches with standard two-way adjustable butt pad. The main chassis is machined from billet 6061-T6 (Tee Six) aluminum, while the fore-end chassis section is 6063-T5 (Tee Five). The black side sections, fore-end plates, and buttstock lowers are CNC-machined from high-grade HDPE, a rugged, chemically-resistant polymer.

The chassis for round actions features a “V-Block” seating area. There is a flat configuration for Panda and Stiller flat-bottom actions. With either the round- or flat-bottom configuration, actions can be mounted directly on the 1.25″-square aluminum chassis, using supplied action bolts. (Skim bedding is optional.) No inletting, pillar-installation, or stock finishing (painting) is required. Just bolt your barreled action into the chassis and head to the range.

Wayne’s stocks come with two-way adjustable butt-plate, adjustable cheekpiece, trigger guard, and all fasteners. If you consider all that standard equipment and the fact that Wayne’s gunstocks require no inletting and no finishing, these stocks are attractively priced. Wayne’s F-Open/Benchrest Stock, with 3″ fore-end, costs $499.00 plus $25.00 S/H. There is also a $499.00 F-TR version with a fore-end set up for bipod attachment. (Wayne produces an integral, adjustable and removable F-TR bipod for $75.00.) Add $100.00 extra if you want the aluminum components hard-anodized. With long actions or Savage actions, there is an extra charge to configure the central chassis to fit. For more information visit WaynesGunstocks.com or call (210) 288-3063 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

* If Wayne was shooting a .284 Win in an F-Class match, he would grip the gun and put some shoulder into it. But for demonstration purposes in the video, Wayne free-recoiled the rig so you can see how well it tracks with no holding or steering by the shooter.
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June 15th, 2012

Willing Chosen As Director of NRA Competitive Shooting Division

Dennis Denny WillingReplacing the retiring Mike Krei, Dennis L. Willing has been named the new Director of the NRA Competitive Shooting division. Willing is a serious shooter, with decades of experience both as a competitor and shooting sports referee. Willing is a Quadruple Distinguished Shooter in High Power Rifle, Conventional Pistol, Police Combat Revolver, and Police Combat Pistol. Since 1980, Willing has been a Camp Perry regular, either as competitor or referee. He has competed in the Pistol and High Power Championships, sometimes shooting both Championships in the same year. Willing has served as the Chairman of the NRA High Power Committee. Willing is also an expert on Competition Rules, having been a member of the NRA Rules Committee.

Willing Plans to Meet With Competitors at Major Matches
Willing plans to be a “hands on” Director, who will spend much of his time out in the field: “I will attend as many tournaments as I can where I will talk with as many competitors as I can. I want to hear what they have to say then take that information back to the NRA competitive shooting committees and the NRA staff to see where improvements can be made.” In his new position, Willing will lead a 23-person staff, managing over 11,000 NRA-sanctioned tournaments and 40+ national shooting championships. AccurateShooter.com wishes Willing success in his new role as Competitive Shooting Director (which Willing called his “dream job”). It’s great to see that the new Director is an avid shooter with impressive credentials. Here is a “short list” of Willing’s qualifications:

  • Quadruple distinguished shooter in High Power Rifle, Conventional Pistol, Police Combat Revolver, and Police Combat Pistol
  • Holder of Numerous NRA national records
  • NRA referee at Camp Perry and NRA National Police Shooting Championship
  • Former NRA Board member, served on five NRA Competition Committees
  • Chairman of High Power Rifle Committee
  • Three-time Michigan State Pistol Champion
  • Two-time Conventional Pistol, Police Champion
  • Lifelong hunter and Second Amendment activist
  • United States Marine Corps Vietnam veteran

CLICK HERE for more information on the various shooting programs managed by the NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division. You’ll find a list of the Division’s personnel on the Competitive Shooting Programs Directory Page.

This report is based on feature story by Lars Dalseide in the NRA Blog.
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