I have the Manners TF-4 Folding stock with mini-chassis on my 284-Shehane.
The folding option and mini-chassis add a little weight.
The lock-up is rock solid as is the mechanism that locks it in the folded position.
Hinge is on the left side so if you are a leftie that may be a source of irritation. I am a rightie but really don't think it would bother me if I were not, because of how I grip the stock (thumb on top/side, finger tips on grip and palm only lightly touching).
I also have a McRee with the folding mechanism as well for reference (another fine option).
- The traditional materials are less snag prone when using a Eberlestock pack
- The feel of a non-chassis stock
- Weight is very reasonable
- The added weight for my options shifts the weight a little further back.
- Molded in color.
- Ease of transporting. I can use the same soft case that I use to transport my AR-15 to transport my 28" long barreled, long action rifle (that is a huge positive in my book). It was a drag transporting other non-folding rifles around before.
- Cannot really use a stock pack because it interferes with the locking mechanism that locks the stock in the folded position.
- Cost, by the time I add all the options I want it get's pricey.
So where does that leave me? For my ELR build that is in process: I have ordered the TF1, with mini chassis to feed the CIP length Lapua Mag Magazines.
I know that the CIP length magazine is not ideal for what I am doing, but the lack of availability of the Seekins vs. the abundance of CIP magazines drove my decision.
Plus for ELR plinking I will be single feeding anyways and for hunting I will be using the Barnes TTSX & TSX which have a shorter Ogive and like to be jumped so should work fine in the CIP length magazine for the intended use.
In summary I will not own another non-folding stock again. Being in the city, it means my shooting involves transporting my rifle every time I want to go shooting, so it is a feature that adds allot to the enjoyment of my hobby.