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Stock shape for Creedmoor Roller

PostedCOLON Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:08 am
by Keith
Looking at this photo of an original Creedmoor target rifle one can see the line of the comb of the butt stock is below the line of the lower edge of the fore end.
This would allow the tang sight to lie flat without damage to the stock and also allow wiping with a stiff rod.
Today the trend seems to be higher combs and flexible rods.
If the D.O.G. ,s got a cheek weld with a stock that shape why do we have to go for higher stocks.
Did they use cheek pads or what?
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Keith

Re: Stock shape for Creedmoor Roller

PostedCOLON Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:35 am
by gunlaker
Maybe at long range the shooter used that sight base on the butt stock and shot it in the back position. Stock fit is a personal thing, but I think there are advantages to getting the comb high, especially when shooting prone. In other positions it matters less for me.

Chris.

Re: Stock shape for Creedmoor Roller

PostedCOLON Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:38 am
by Brent
I suspect that stock had everything to do with using the back position. Possibly with one hand over the comb. It is a heck of a nice rifle, but those guys were a lot tougher than us and they weren't allowed to use artificial support like we do. So their positions were quite different and their trade offs (e.g., weight, barrel length) were a lot different.

Re: Stock shape for Creedmoor Roller

PostedCOLON Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:26 pm
by Vbull
My first dedicated black powder long range rifle was a re-barreled Remington roller. The drop in the stock forced me to learn how to shoot it without a cheek weld. I've shot it that way using cross sticks, a wrist rest and a wrist rest single point sling combo. I found the sling/wrist rest the most stable.

I now have several long range rifles (an 1885, a Borchardt and several muzzleloaders) and find it is not necessary to have a tight cheek weld on them either.

I only tried the back position once and did not trust myself enough to use it without the strong possibility of loosing some of my body parts below the knees. FM