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Wondering about M-78s and the furniture that came on them. On all of the ones I've seen they have had the wooden club-foot stocks but either wooden or synthetic forearms. The vast majority of wood forearm 78s are in .308 while the majority of 5.56 and 7.62x39 (on the rare occasion I see them) have synthetic forearms. Is there any reason for this? There is a transferable 5.56 M-78 for sale with a wood forearm and a wood pistol grip which I've never seen before- just looking for clarification. Any info is appreciated.
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The 78 in 5.56 is most likely the rarest of them. They were just not very popular. I am not sure having never owned one if it is possible to swap the wood forearm from other caliber models but I would guess that it would work. That said I am going to say the wood probably was swapped on to it. The grip almost certainly.