Rifle Stock Ammo Holder
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Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Rifle Stock Ammo Holder on 04/14/2014 15:08:31 MDT Print View

I got this idea from Dave C who got it from Evan Hill. I changed both of their ideas a bit to suit my needs as I wanted the padding to wrap part way around the stock to raise my cheek up a bit and had slightly different ideas on the use of binding tape around the edges.

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Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Other mod on 04/14/2014 17:30:23 MDT Print View

I thought to replace the sling swivel with cord. Lighter and quieter, why didn't I think of that? The ammo holder is nice by the way.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Other mod on 04/14/2014 17:45:47 MDT Print View

Warning: Theoretical rabbit hole ahead!

Heavier guns (other things being equal) have less recoil, right?

And there's some stuff you need to carry along with your gun, right?

So if extra ammo, a liter of water or your skinning knife was securely fixed within or upon the stock, wouldn't the gun recoil less while your total skin-out weight would be unchanged?

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Theoretical Rabbit Hole on 04/14/2014 18:15:16 MDT Print View

Sounds interesting to me David...

I'd guess a skinning knife, bone saw, whetstone and ammo could add up to a pound or so. If that was all packed tightly into a hollowed out buttstock or attached to the outside I think that would be enough weight to make a difference. I'm not so sure about attaching water bottles.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Rifle Stock Ammo Holder on 04/14/2014 18:36:24 MDT Print View

Yes, but that weight would also affect your ability to hold the gun comfortably and stable in a shooting position.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
WaterStock! on 04/14/2014 23:27:14 MDT Print View

I like the water idea. A skeletonized stock with a Platypus affixed in it. Maybe make for a comfy cheek rest at the same time. If you ever put in a powdered drink mix, you could dissolve it instantaneously with a shot.

Glenn S
(Glenn64) - M

Locale: Snowhere, MN
Re: Theoretical Rabbit Hole on 04/15/2014 00:04:20 MDT Print View

My father just got a freebie stock pouch from Ruger when he bought his 30-06. It has cartridge straps, like in the OP, along with a little zippered storage compartment and some soft cheek facing. I wasn't overly interested when he was showing me, but seems like what's being talked about here, sans water bottle of course. Lots of variations on this theme out there, but MYOG keeps the weight down, at least that's what I'm getting from it. Not sure how good your aim would be with a bottle of water sloshing around anywhere on a rifle though.

David Olsen
(bivysack.com) - F

Locale: Channeled Scablands
Re: Rifle Stock Ammo Holder on 04/15/2014 05:38:57 MDT Print View

I tried mountain biking (with the rifle slung) with something like that and lost cartridges. I have thought a zippered pouch covering the cartridges, with the top being able to fold under the case head when quick access is needed might be nice. The pouch could also hold an item or two (license). I like a light weight in my hand, especially bush wacking. I don't feel the recoil if I see something exciting anyway.

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Re: Rifle Stock Ammo Holder on 04/15/2014 07:27:33 MDT Print View

"Yes, but that weight would also affect your ability to hold the gun comfortably and stable in a shooting position."

Yes, but most likely for the better if anything. Target rifles are heavy for a reason. Granted the weight wouldn't be where it is in a target rifle, but I suspect that if anything there would be an improvement in how steady you could hold the weapon.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Rifle Stock Ammo Holder on 04/15/2014 08:28:14 MDT Print View

David, I rode my bike home with the rifle slung around my neck last evening and I was wondering if that would be an issue.

Pete, to be honest with you have no idea if I was correct about my assumptions of weight placement and how it affects shotting as I'm a novice shooter. Thanks for putting it into a bit better perspective.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Rifle Stock Ammo Holder on 04/15/2014 10:21:59 MDT Print View

Looks good Sam. I use one on my single shot to keep rounds close, but leave it off the bolt guns to keep them slick.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Rifle Stock Ammo Holder on 04/15/2014 10:27:17 MDT Print View

My Tikka allows for three in the magazine and one in the chamber so I'd need to be doing some downright terrible shooting to need that many rounds at any given time. I was mostly just itching for a sewing project last Friday and this just happened to be the current idea that won out to get built.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: Rifle Stock Ammo Holder on 04/15/2014 10:36:52 MDT Print View

>"Target rifles are heavy for a reason. "

And therein lies the difference - what kind of shots do you usually take? For black and caribou my companions are usually taking 200-300 yard shots so they are prone or using a rest and more weight would help. The rifle is slung over one's shoulder or strapped to the pack.

Moose, on the other hand, are where the willows are and you're often bushwhacking. Or if you're set up overlooking a pile of stale donuts (I don't, but some people do), there are no long shots but possibly swinging the rifle quickly.

HYOH(unt)

David Olsen
(bivysack.com) - F

Locale: Channeled Scablands
Re: Re: Rifle Stock Ammo Holder on 04/15/2014 12:23:37 MDT Print View

""Yes, but that weight would also affect your ability to hold the gun comfortably and stable in a shooting position."

Yes, but most likely for the better if anything. Target rifles are heavy for a reason. Granted the weight wouldn't be where it is in a target rifle, but I suspect that if anything there would be an improvement in how steady you could hold the weapon."

At most I notice 1/4" difference at 100 yards from my Grandad's 15 lb varmint rifle and a 5 lb scout rifle on bench or prone. Standing or kneeling the heavy rifle is harder to keep on target.

Edited by bivysack.com on 04/15/2014 12:49:55 MDT.