Manners EH-1 and 7mm Rogue Update

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by TMR, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. TMR

    TMR Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to give a heads up to anyone out there looking for a quality stock. I had been asking Tom Manners for years to build a stock like this and was pleased when he called me last February and asked me what I would look for in a hunting stock for his new lineup. Finally at SHOT, I got to put one of the new Elite Hunter EH-1 stocks in my hands! All my rifles are stocked with T2’s from my hunting rifles to my Comp guns. The stock just fits me well. I have tried all the others and they just are not as comfortable. When I built the first 7mm Rogue last year I dropped it into an McMillan A3 I had sitting there. Although the differences are subtle, it makes a huge difference on how they feel. I never did feel quite comfortable behind it. I am a firm believer in having my equipment setup the same so no matter what rifle I get behind, the only thing that really changes is recoil. This allows a guy to practice form and the fundamentals without burning up our high performance hunting rifles.
    Now, onto the stock. This particular stock is setup for our Rogue action, LWLR barrel contour, BDL and a 13.75” LOP w/1” pad. It came in at a whopping 27 ounces! The stock are still extremely stiff with the new carbon fiber shell Manners is using, but does require some work in order to run the saddle cheek piece. Since a family friend decided he needed my 7 Rogue after hunting season last year, I had barreled up another one and set it aside until the stock showed up. A couple weeks ago it arrived and I was very pleased. The rifle as pictured weighs in at 10.2lbs without the bipod. This makes for a hell of a portable long range hunting package! I have Trueblue’s 7mm Rogue in the shop now to drop in the second EH-1 that Tom sent out to us. His rifle has a slightly smaller barrel contour and I am guessing it will come in around 9.5lbs with his NF on it. If anyone is one the fence about these new stocks, get one, you won’t be disappointed. This design will be the standard on our LWLR rifle packages.
    Now for an update on the 7mm Rogue. I have been shooting the test rifle on and off for the last few months and she is still hammering away. After seeing how my rifle performed a family friend had to have it. I told him I would need it for hunting season last year and then he could take it. I barreled up another Rogue action with all the same specs and set it aside until the stock showed up. Currently we have several in production for customers. The new dies are delayed a little due to the current political times, but should be here by the end of June. For what I designed it for, she is still performing well. Here are velocities for those interested out of the 27” barrel, these are mid range loads:
    180 VLD: 3130fps
    180 Hybrid: 3147fps
    162 Amax: 3278fps
    There will be one heading to Texas soon that has a 28” barrel, so I would expect him to run a little faster! I had 180’s right at 3200 with almost max loads, so I will play around with that again and see where max is. H1000 is still the powder of choice although I might revisit Retumbo when the powder crisis is over.
    Here are the new rifle specs:
    Rogue Action
    Broughton LWLR Contour, Fluted, 27" finish, 1-9 Twist
    Manners EH-1
    BDL Bottom Metal
    20 MOA Rail
    DE Brake
    DE Cheekpiece
    NF 5.5-22x50 NP-R1 w/Ultralight rings
    R Bros Woodland Camo stock
    Matte Black Metal
    Chambered in 7mm Rogue
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  2. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    What is a Broughton LWLR contour?
     

  3. TMR

    TMR Well-Known Member

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    Its a contour that I spec'd out for our Lightweight Long Range builds. Kinda a modified Sendero contour.
     
  4. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    Holy SH#t that looks nice.
    After seeing this pic, I am afraid you are going to have to do my stock that way as well, if you have the time.
    For anyone not familiar with this caliber or rifle setup, it is a real hammer in a 10# package using a NXS scope. Was shooting mine out to 1300 yards this winter.
    In my opinion this is one of the best longrangehunting setups in a rifle that is packable.
     
  5. jcvibby

    jcvibby Non-Profit Sponsor

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    Awesome Rifle Travis, I also have an EH-1 from manners and I would agree it is a perfect design for a long range hunting stock. And since I am a lefty and it came from manners in lefty configuration, I am more than pleased!!!

    The overall look and all the components you put together there is darn sexy!!!!
     
  6. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Travis......That is one fine looking long range setup. I just picked up a take off MCS-T3, What is the difference in the two stocks?.........Rich
     
  7. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

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    Super nice looking rifle!
     
  8. TMR

    TMR Well-Known Member

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    Rich
    The T3 has a wide forend and a more convetional buttstock with a monte carlo comb. It does not have the vertical grip on it. The EH-1 is basically a T2 butt with the width of the stock in the action area carried all the way forward through the forend. This along with the new style carbon shell and fill, makes it quite a bit lighter.
     
  9. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    Very nice! What was needed to fit the DE Cheek Rest to that stock?