The Steve Corcoran-made custom HW 30 stock.
This report covers:
- The hold
- The grip
- Grip cap
- Left grip panel
- Palm swell
- Brass stock screw bushing
Today we take a detailed look at the Steve Corcoran custom stock for my HW 30S. I was impressed by the number of comments that asked for more detail, and here it is.
The wood is walnut. I asked Steve for an unfigured piece with a relatively straight grain and that’s what he gave me. I wanted strength, and straight-grained walnut has that with lighter weight than other hardwoods like beech.
Reader Siraniko asked me to describe how I held the rifle when I switched over and shot the tiny group on target two. A picture is the best way to describe it.
This is what I mean by a 10-meter target rifle hold. The forearm is resting on my thumb and index finger. The elbow of that arm is pressed against my left side. That may look difficult but this is a lightweight rifle and walnut is a lightweight hardwood. This is the hold that produced that tiny group.
Here is that hold in detail. My thumb is in the hollow for the forward trigger guard bolt.
Steve spent a lot of time on the grip of this stock. After consideration I have decided that this is the reason why I felt the rifle needed to be held like a 10-meter target rifle. My right hand grabs this grip and wants to continue holding it. Reader Hoppalong Doc asked if the stock was grippy. This grip makes it so.
My right hand wraps around the grip and my thumb goes up the groove.
This view shows the grip stippling better.
Steve puts a trademark grip cap on the stocks he makes. You can see the edge of that cap in the two photos above. Reader Derrick asked to see details of the cap, so let’s see that now.
The grip cap has Steve Corcoran’s trademark.
Left grip panel
The panel of stippling on the left side is smaller because it’s just there for the fingertips.
The left grip panel.
I asked Steve for a slight palm swell on the right side and he gave it to me. This is another reason this grip feels like a 10-meter target rifle grip and another reason the grip feels “grippy.”
This view looks almost straight down on the grip and the slight palm swell on the right side can be seen.
Brass stock screw bushing
Another custom feature Steve added was a brass stock screw bushing in the forearm. He fitted it flush with the wood, which makes it stand out.
The forearm screw bushing is fitted flush with the wood.
There. Now you see the details of this stock. The only detail I can’t show is the barreled action’s tight fit. You just have to take my word for that.
This is what you get with a custom stock from Steve Corcoran. Of course there are many features he offers I didn’t show because I asked for a rather plain sporting stock. To see what he offers you need to check out his website.