I wonder if Remington knew at the Model 700’s introduction that it would become the preeminent open platform in the bolt-action world. Yes, many will argue that it has it weaknesses (especially from the factory), but the base pattern has exploded in popularity with a huge and growing aftermarket for everything, including triggers, actions, barrels, and stocks.
Adding to the available options is Hogue Incorporated, which has formally introduced their new OverMolded rubber stock that accomodates Accuracy International (AICS) magazines. The new stock is manufactered with a “Badger inlet” that “readily accepts M5 pattern metal for a detachable box magazine. The “stock” stock has a provision for the metal plate and integrated magazine, but does not easily accomodate detachable box magazines.
The stock includes full-length aluminum bedding inside the frame of the stock. The bedding is manufactured from 7075 aluminum and completely surrounds the action and, unusual for a traditional-layout stock, extends all the way through the forearm. Hogue Inc. touts that it has been “independently tested and was the only stock that retailed zero movement after a 30 ft drop”.
Aluminum bedding, when done correctly, can largely negate the need for glass bedding. The stock is offered for “standard” (hunting and light profiles) and heavy (bull) barrels. Retail for both is set at $259.95 and is currently only available in black.