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Thread: Rifle Stock Comb Height

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    Rifle Stock Comb Height

    Does anyone else struggle with the standard factory stocks having a super low comb? Am I right in thinking they’re still based on the open sight days? I’m pretty much looking down the bore on a Tikka or Remington if I have a decent cheek weld. I, like many people pack up the stock with foam etc but I wonder how much shooting would improve in general with better fitting stocks. Or is it only really important on higher recoiling rifles over bigger distances?

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    Yes, once I go to a scope with a 50 mm or greater objective.


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    Probably the greatest improvement in shooting my hunting rifles has come from adjusting the comb height for best fit to the scope line-of-sight and is a very worthwhile modification. Top of the comb in line with the bore is a good starting point, so if this is a permanent or semi-permanent modification be sure to allow enough space in front for fitting and removing the bolt.
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    Scope mount height is a big contributor to the issue on many rifles I see .
    I've spent hours and money getting my scopes as low as possible and it is one of the best performance improvements I've done .

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    Have a go with a 98/30 mosin sniper varient, chin weld but they can shoot

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    I'm sure you are right that stock shapes still hang back with open sight tradition. If you're using a 1" tube and x32mm objective it's often OK too. For 30 /34mm and x50 obj a higher comb does enable better shooting.

    Advantages of high comb:
    Quicker alignment for snap shooting
    More consistent total body position for all shooting.
    Less tendency to parallax error due to head alignment and "crescenting" - this is more critical in long range shooting (>300m because fixed parallax scopes are often set around 100m) but can be mitigated by adjusting the parallax setting for each shot.

    Disadvantages of high comb:
    Heavier stock weight
    Difficulty getting cleaning rod and bolt in/out.
    Other people with different shaped faces may not be able to use your rifle. I've had this.

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    As a basic fix I have tried some foam and duck tape. Then I moved on to a Twin-Needle Stock Pack for myself and a cheap clone for my son to get an extra 10-20mm of height.

 

 

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