Grayboe Renegade stock review
The Grayboe Renegade (above, bottom) is a molded composite stock that is a licensed copy of the McMillan A (above, top) for about half the cost with the Renegade just weighs a few ounces more. Unlike a traditional fiberglass stock with a fiberglass shell, the Grayboe is made from the same material throughout the stock.
Like the McMillan A5, the Renegade offers a vertical pistol grip, butt stock hook, and a total of three sling studs, two in the fore end and one in the rear. The stock shown in this post is inletted for Remington 700 short action receiver with a standard Remington Varmint contour barrel and Badger M5 style bottom metal. Different inlets and camouflage finishes are available depending on your needs.
Unlike the a traditional fiberglass stock with a shell, the molded Grayboe lends itself to customization without the fear of cutting into a shell and weakening the stock. For instance, cutting an adjustable cheekpiece out of the stock and installing KMW hardware into one is simply a matter of cutting the stock and inletting the hardware.
GrayBoe was founded by former Navy SEAL Ryan McMillan. Ryan isn’t a stranger to the stock market, McMillan’s family is known for making some of the finest fiberglas stocks on the market. Ryan sought to lower the price of quality rifle stocks and spent two years developing the proprietary construction process they currently use. According to Ryan, “during that time, we had searched in every place we could find for some company, in any industry, that would give us some insight on how develop this process. We found no company that had anything close, so we did it with nearly no guidance. To this day, the process is so proprietary, we tell the world very little about how we are able to make stocks the way we do.”
You’ll notice the external appearance of the Renegade matches that of the McMillan A5. Even thought McMillan and Grayboe are different companies, they do share a lot of common history together.
- Remington 700 SPS
- PTG M5 style DBM
- Grayboe Renegade
- Timney Calvin Elite
- MDT AICS style magazine
- Badger 20 MOA Maximized Scope Base
- Nightforce 4-14x50MM F1 SHV scope
- Nightforce rings
- Harris bipod
For more about how this rifle was built, please see Remington 700 SPS 243 Win to 6 Creedmoor conversion: Budget precision rifle
- Value. The Grayboe Renegade offers shooters the look, feel and functionality of a high end fiberglass stock at about half of the cost.
- Accurate. The rifle I built on the Renegade shot well.
- Accessibility. A quick look at Brownells’ website shows Renegades are in stock and ready to ship. This is a far cry from the half year wait most of us have become accustomed too waiting for a custom fiberglass stock.
- Customizable. The solid cast construction allows greater freedom with end user modifications. If you want to add a cheekpiece with KMW hardware, simply cut the stock and inlet the hardware. You don’t have to worry about weakening it by cutting into a shell.