I've been browsing my Midway Shooter's Supply catalog, looking at the options for re-stocking several rifles with a better stock than the flimsy and flexible "tupperware" stocks they came with. I don't need the very best, as the rifles themselves are not top-of-the-line customs, but I don't want to waste money on something that doesn't really increase performance and durability. Looks are second in priority to performance and durability.
I'm looking for a synthetic stock that is will improve accuracy, is durable, and is a good value. Light weight and looks would be bonuses, but not main factors. Basically I want to put a stock on will give the greatest increase in accuracy, durability, and reliablity for the best price.
The cheapest option is a Bell and Carlson Duramaxx, for right close to $100. Good value, or not really an upgrade at all?
Next up is Bell and Carlson Carbelite, for closer to $150-$200.
The Hogue Overmolded stocks run about $110 for pillar bedded and $200 for full bedded versions. Are they better than the Bell and Carlson stocks?
Then there are the McMillans and HS Precision stocks. These are closer to $400-450, and in many cases would be worth more than the rifle. Unless there aren't any decent cheaper options (are there?), I guess I'd pass.
Any other ideas or options that I'm overlooking?
I realize that not all stocks are available for all rifles, but if you have experience with any of these I'd appreciate your input.