Melvin Forbes of New Ultra Light Arms still full-length beds. But his stocks are Kevlar-graphite, which means that they never shift, and he has them just touching the barrel, not putting any pressure on it.
Q: In terms of caliber, where do you draw the line between a varmint rifle and a deer rifle?**
--Charles R. Manley, Bacliff, Texas
A:** Twenty years ago, I'd have said that 6mm or .243 were the absolute smallest rounds you should use on big game. But bullets are so good now that I have to include the .223 and .22/250 as fine for deer provided you don't use varmint slugs. So with that important caveat, I'd say that anything smaller than .224 is strictly for rodents, and anything bigger can get you rodents or deer.