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Old 04-01-2011, 01:32 PM
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Custom long range, light weight Build - Which stock

I am planning a long range hunting rifle on a custom long action (rem clone or not hasn't been decided yet) and I am trying to keep the weight down while still having a significant barrel.

At the moment I am trying to pick a top quality stock that is both light enough and strong enough to suit my purposes.

Top contenders so far are the McMillan A4, Manners T4, and possibly HS Pro Varmint/Tactical. All are "tactical" vertical grips which is what I want for this rifle, and all weigh in around 2.5-3lbs WITHOUT the optional cheek rests and length of pull adjustments (which increase the weight 1.5 to 2 lbs)


Are there any other stocks out there that I should be considering? Anything more economical? or lighter?



ALSO - a big Thanks to everyone who has been responding to my questions, I know there have been a lot of them . . . . this is my first custom rifle, and I really want to make it a dream to shoot.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:03 PM
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Re: Custom long range, light weight Build - Which stock

What chambering and what's your intended purpose?

If it were me, I'd skip all the adjustable stuff right off the bat. You mentioned the A4 and T4, have you used those stocks before? I only ask because I have used them and the A4 doesn't work for me, and I don't like it. Stocks are a personal preference though, and what works for me might not work for you. I'd run an A5 with no adjustable anything. I'd also run a dupe of about a Rem Varmint/Sendero contour. I've had the M40/#7 and other heavy barrel tapers and compared to quality barrel makers Varmint contours I've no seen any benefits, unless you just want the weight.

You can get 30mm tubed, 50mm obj scopes monuted low enough with badger/seekins rails and low rings to clear the barrel and no cheekpiece is needed.

I just prefer as little fluff and extras on my killing rifles and I follow that even with bottom metal. I run ADL bottom metal and it doesn't get any more simple than that.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:30 PM
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Re: Custom long range, light weight Build - Which stock

Id go with a Mcmillian ADJ HTG or in you case since you dont want adjustable the regular HTG and probably even better for you since you want vertical grip would be the A3 which is the best stock out there I have used I like it way better than the A4 because its less weight and the foreend is not bulky.
The A4 is good if you plan on shooting of a rest more than out of position.
Manners makes some that are similar to the Mcmillians and a couple new thumbhole stocks that look like they would be a pleasure to shoot I have never used a manners but they get good reviews and are made pretty much out of the same stuff as Mcmillians.
go to Results for MANNERS STOCKS
They might have one in stock for your action so no long wait time.

I personally always get adjustable stocks I almost need to because my ideal LOP is longer than what most normal stocks are stock my neck is pretty long to so its rare that I find a non adjustable comb that can fit me good.
to me that feature is worth the little bit of extra weight.
you can keep down the weight by going with a lighter barrel for hunting you do not need it to be able to retain ultra tight groups during rapid sustained fire since you probably wont be doing that.

If you know who is going to build this rifle for you I suggest two things first make sure he is a good LR rifle builder the best you can find look to see who is making the rifles that are winning or consistently placing good at long range Comps in your state.
Second see what he has in his shop you might be able to try out several different stocks and find out what is ideal for your physical build and talk to him about the best barrel profile for intended use and Caliber.
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Manners MCST or McMilan classic I have both and I love them
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:27 PM
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Re: Custom long range, light weight Build - Which stock

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What chambering and what's your intended purpose?


The cartridge will be a 300 norma mag (improved), I will be using the rifle as a long range hunter and occasionally to attend a few 1000 yard f-class shoots. I know its going to be a thumper to shoot in f-class with the rifle weighing as little as I plan, but I won't be doing it too often and I will have a good shoulder pad, if I need it.


You mentioned the A4 and T4, ... I only ask because I have used them and the A4 doesn't work for me, and I don't like it. .... I'd run an A5 with no adjustable anything.

I live in a generally shooting deprived area, I don't have the chace to try any stocks before purchasing them and having them mailed here. I have used a factory rem sendaro before and I found its verticle grip much more natural than the typical sporters stocks. I had selected the A4 & T4 because the fore and aft sections of stock run parallel to the bore, as opposed to the tapered forend of the A5. . . . I thought that might be helpful for target shooting, but I see that the A5 does have a wider lower forend...so...its a toss up.

Since you have used both, could you verify one thing for me. McMillan lists the A5's drop at comb as only 1/4" while it lists the A4's as 1.4" > They look identical in the pictures on thier site; so is there actually that much difference or is that a typo?
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:16 PM
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Re: Custom long range, light weight Build - Which stock

I'd say its a typo. I don't have an A4 in house anymore. I remember the grips to be about the same and the combs felt the around the same height too. The clubbish forend of the A4 is what doesn't work for me. I guess that's why we have so many to choose from, it's not a one size fits all.

If you post up where you are located you might find someone close by to let you try their stocks out in person. Most guys are very helpful in that regard.
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Old 04-02-2011, 03:32 PM
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Re: Custom long range, light weight Build - Which stock

Why not go to the place you plan on shooting F class and talk to those guys about who is building their guns and see if any one has the stocks you are looking at.
I highly recommend you try some stocks out before you commit to the buy
the amount of money they cost you do not want to end up with something that you might regret.
BTW what kind of actions are you looking at?
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