MACHINE & TOOL'S ULTIMATE SNIPER STOCK
August of last year, we received a stock from Choate
Machine and Tool that was co- designed by the people
at Choate and Major John Plaster (ret.). Most of you
have probably heard of Choate Machine and Tool, and
many are familiar with Major Plaster from his Ultimate
Sniper book and Videos. Together, they have designed
the finest tactical stock I have seen for the price.
I will touch on a lot of the finer features of the
stock, but if I tried to cover them all, with all
the reasons behind each, I'd be here till tomorrow.
Now, I'm not a sniper and some of the specs I'll mention
here meant nothing to me before doing some research,
so I'll be quoting Choate for a lot of the specs.
The stock is made of DuPont Rynite SST-35. It is said
to be one of most suitable polymers for gun stocks
as well as one of the most expensive. They mold the
stock in dark O.D. green color, but black and camo
are available. Rynite takes paint very well so you
can paint your stock with almost any automotive spray
When first looking at the stock, it does not look
like the conventional sniper/target stock you are
familiar with. If you are familiar with Com-Bloc weapons,
it looks like it could have come off a Dragunov. The
skeletonized design accomplishes a few things besides
just looking sexy, like weight reduction and providing
an off hand notch. The advantage of this feature in
a sniper stock is that you can now hold your butt
stock on your shoulder with your off hand. This allows
the trigger hand to relax and concentrate only on
the trigger pull. There is a fine adjusting screw
for elevation below the off hand notch that will raise
or lower the stock only .00017 of an inch per turn.
This screw has about 2" of engagement and can be removed
with ease when not needed. It is very easy to adjust
with the thumb and index finger on either side of
the stock. This allows coarse adjustments to be made
with the bi pod legs and the 'spot-on' adjustment
done with the screw.
The rubber recoil pad has five height settings with
the center setting lining up with the stock and there
are two 1/4" positions up and two down to allow a
more custom fit.
Length of pull adjustments can be made using provided
spacers and two cheek pieces are provided to accommodate
both low mounts and high mounts. The cheek piece can
also be adjusted forward or backward and can be reversed
for left-hand shooters.
The forend of the stock is equipped with a "T" rail,
which allows many accessories to be placed on your
rifle. They furnish a solid steel 'T' bar with a detachable
sling swivel stud installed. This is for the mounting
of a Harris bi pod. Many other accessories may be
mounted on this bar. The 'T' bar has a quick detach
thumbscrew. Some shooters may want two bi pods mounted,
short for prone and tall for sitting position. Additional
'T' bars are available. Also any accessory that fits
an Anschutz rifle will also fit this 'T' rail. The
forend is 2 3/8" wide to also assist in holding the
rifle in a stable shooting position. There are also
four slots on the forend for the attaching of camo
material to the stock, not the barrel. This keeps
the camo material from adversely effecting accuracy.
There are no accommodations on most stocks for camo
are also side mounted sling swivel studs that go through
a cored hole in the stock. This prevents the studs
from getting in the way when shooting 'from a rest'.
Major Plaster explained to Choate, during the design
phase of this stock, that a sniper crawling on his
belly carries his rifle on top of his upper arm and/or
across his back while holding the sling in his hand.
A side-mounted sling is perfect for this application.
The stippling in the grip areas is very rough to the
touch. This feature is great if you ever shoot while
wearing gloves. The front grip area is narrowed to
accommodate a one-hand carry of the rifle at its balance
Here are some points of interest not mentioned above:
LIFE TIME WARRANTY
STOCK CAN BE PAINTED WITH AUTOMOTIVE SPRAY PAINT
ALLOWS FOR FREE FLOATING THE BARREL
ALUMINUM BEDDING BLOCKS AS A STANDARD
PRICED LOW ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE
This high quality stock will fit the following weapons:
o Remington 700 Long Action
o Remington 700 Short Action ( ADL or BDL models)
o Savage 110
o Winchester model 70 current Production (not Pre-64
One more thing, I mounted this stock on my Savage
110FP in .308, (no way a shoulder breaker) this stock
reduced felt recoil by about half. Don't ask me to
explain this outside of it being in the design.
For more information on this stock, Visit Choate Machine
and Tool's Web site at
By: Fletch Ruckman