Experience with folding stocks? The good, bad and ugly?

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  • breakingcontact

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    I'm looking to get a 308, not sure if bolt or semi-auto, but I'll want a folding stock on it. Yes I know regular stocks are better but they aren't better at being shorter.

    What out there is good, bad, ugly?
     

    A.Texas.Yankee

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    I'm looking to get a 308, not sure if bolt or semi-auto, but I'll want a folding stock on it. Yes I know regular stocks are better but they aren't better at being shorter.

    What out there is good, bad, ugly?

    Folders are more compact obviously, but you lose stability (meaning good luck with precision) and comfort. There's a reason why your spray and pray type rifles are really the only ones you see folders on, unless you spend money.

    Also limits your platform you can choose... Meaning no AR style rifles because of the design (buffer tube if you need further explanation).

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    breakingcontact

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    Familiar w the AR design and operation. Dont plan on getting one but for anyone who does like that sort of thing and wants a folder i think RRA makes some sort of actual piston AR with no buffer tube.

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    Pretty much all the folder Chassis' for a precision rifle are extremely tight and squared away, I can also say that the Scar 17's Ive handled have been pretty tight as-well. As for the Ruger Scout rifle, you might be able to get a manners or mcmillan inletted for one...
     

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    It depends a LOT on the design of the stock. Some folders really suck (AK underfolder comes to mind), some are flimsy and break easily (I'm looking at you, FN SCAR) and some can be pretty damn nice.
     

    benenglish

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    My only high-round-count experience is with an H&K UMP side-folder. I couldn't ask for anything better for the purpose. However, if it had been on a hard-kicking gun, I'm sure I'd feel differently.
     
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