February 1998

Ruger Model 77/22 Easily Beat Marlin, Savage .22 Magnums

The Rugerís superior construction and performance gave it the edge over the Marlin Model 882SS and the Savage Model 93FSS Magnum.

Wood is alive. Wood absorbs moisture. Wood warps. Wood breaks. Because wood is wood, itís economically impractical to manufacture wooden gun stocks in quantity that will fit a barrelled-action precisely when the two are merely screwed together. Such precision and the accuracy it achieves can only be accomplished by the hands of a skilled stockmaker that means big bucks.

Synthetics are dead, donít warp, weigh about the same as wood and are far less susceptible to outside influences. While there are many kinds of wood, each with its own characteristics, there are basically two categories of synthetic materials used to manufacture stocks: fiberglass and thermoplastic.

With fiberglass, h...

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