Sidepanels - Flat protrusions along the side of a rifle stock, to reinforce the stock in the area weakened by wood having been removed to receive the action.
Or, A flat area on the side of the head of a stock. This sidepanel allows more wood in the area in contact with the receiver, allowing a stouter wood-to-metal connection, without resulting in an ungainly bulky line to the wrist.
Sidepanels, sometimes, are checkered.
On single shot rifles, Sidepanels are sometimes incorporated into both the forend and the buttstock.
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