Does your rifle’s synthetic stock hurt its accuracy? Does it make a lot of noise, making it cumbersome and less than ideal in the deer woods? In the upcoming March 2014 issue of Rifle Firepower, author Bryce M. Towsley offers a step-by-step tutorial to fix these common synthetic stock problems and more.

Towsley writes, “Rather than spring for an expensive new stock, I thought it was a good candidate to see if I could fix this stock. The first step was to pillar and glass bed the stock. Even after that, the rifle wasn’t as accurate as I felt it should have been. I was pretty sure the problem was with the forend’s flexibility, and I decided to float the barrel and remove any hard contact near the forend tip. But it still wasn’t all that accurate. The stock was so flexible that it was flexing and hitting the barrel as I fired the gun. The stock must be a lot more rigid if good accuracy was going to be achieved.

“The first step was prepping the barrel channel the same way as the action area for pillar bedding. Nothing much sticks to the material used for these stocks, so any bedding material must be mechanically anchored.”

To learn more, check out the March 2014 issue of Rifle Firepower, available on newsstands and digitally December 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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