McMillan Edge Clear Coat Finish

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Timber338, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. Timber338

    Timber338 Well-Known Member

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    I'm wondering if anybody has a McMillan Edge fill stock with only a clear-coat finish (no paint). McMillan sent me a couple of pictures of what the finish looks like, showing the carbon fiber, but I have a couple of concerns.

    1. the clear coat finish has a bit more shine than the dull/matte paint finish. (McMillan confirmed this over the phone).
    2. I'm worried the finish might be less grippy than the paint, especially when it's wet. McMillan did say that they still include the texture on the grip and the forearm, so their perspective is that grip will not be an issue ....

    I think the shine will be similar to the molded in paint colors, so that's not my main concern. Is there anybody out there that could post a picture of the entire stock and rifle if you have one of these finishes? And pass along any experience of what the finish feels like? too smooth? other advice to pass along?

    Here's the pics from McMillan:
     

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  2. jcoop

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    I saw them at the shot show and thought they were no more shiny than the molded in finish. But found they are a little more glossy than the Manners with the same clear option.
     

  3. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Are you going to paint over it?
     
  4. Timber338

    Timber338 Well-Known Member

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    No. If I go with the clear finish the goal is to see the carbon fiber. The stock is going to be a game scout for full custom 338 RUM hunting rifle. Have not made a decision yet, I figured I would try and get some input from guys here first.

    If I get paint it would be either all black or maybe black with gray and/or olive speckles. Kind of seems like paint might be a better choice for a hunting rifle.
     
  5. etisll40

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    The light weight is attractive, I still like a painted stock I guess. The carbon fiber looks good, but tactical I guess. The finish doesn't prevent from painting over it does it?
     
  6. Timber338

    Timber338 Well-Known Member

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    McMillan said they would paint over it if I didn't like it. So that is definitely an option. I agree that paint is cleaner looking. Just might be cool to have something a little different I guess. But from a functional standpoint it seems like the clear finish would be more slippery.... I've got an A3 edge on a 300 win mag in flat black already though. So need something at least a little different.
     
  7. Erik Kiser

    Erik Kiser Well-Known Member

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    I have a clear finish carbon Manners on order. Curious what it's gonna look like
     
  8. jcoop

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    I ordered a clear manners eh1 also after seing them at the shot show. The finish is what they call field grade meaning it is not a perfect smooth finish. I think that term field grade is the perfect description for what it looked like. Perfect for what I want.
     
  9. Timber338

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    I talked some more with McMillan over the phone and they did say that compared to their speckled paint finish, the clear coat will be smoother and the non-textured surfaces would be less grippy when wet. So although I like the look of the carbon fiber, I want as much grip as possible in all hunting conditions.

    So ordered Olive w/ black and gray speckle in a game scout edge. Now I have 6 months to sit on my thumbs waiting for the stock, and 7 months waiting for the rifle being built to fit in it!