This is a really good summary, Im a wood machinist by trade and agree laminated stocks ( done well ) are far better than any single piece stock blank can be. If you want a walnut stock its not all bad news , they have been used for hungreds of years and can work very well. The big thing with a Walnut stock is that the inletting and barrell chanell should be generous . The stock must be completely sealed against moisturePegasus said:You should all Boyds and ask them your questions directly. It is my understanding that a laminate is stronger and more impervious to the elements (less or no warping) compared to a regular walnut stock. Essentially a laminate is made from thin slices of wood impregnated with glue and pressed together to create a pice of wood that is then shaped into a stock. Because of the resins used to glue the layers together, there is virtually no danger to the stock warping due to rain or humidity or lack thereof. I think the laminate is heavier for the same reason that make it stronger and more durable but Boyds is really good at removing excess weight by trimming and faceting the stock.
I've had a Boyds laminate on my FTR match rilfe for several years now and I love it. I have ordered another Boyds laminate for my Marlin XS-7 and it should be here this coming week. I love walnut for the subdued classic look it gives a firearm; I love laminate for the stability of the wood, and the durability, the look grows on you after a while and they are always different stock to stock.