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Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by fisherman983, Feb 10, 2018.
...short and sweet
Well after 3 manners and 2 mcmillans.... I wish I had 5 manners. But I think the edge goes to Mcmillan for lightweight, some of their stocks in edge fill are down right light.
I burn through a pile of stocks, 50+ a year. Quality wise Mcmillan wins easily. I also like dealing with them. As far as the end user is concerned, pick the design you like. I'll take an A3 over and Eh1 all day, but I prefer and EH3 to Mcm options in that class.
Have an A3 fiberglass and an EH1. The EH1 weighed 36oz with 1" recoil pad and the A3 weighs 42oz with 1/2" pad. I prefer the feel of the A3 over the manners, but the manners is lighter, but not really a fair comparison. As another said, I'm not going to turn you down if you wanted to give me either. My newest McM is a Sako Varmint pattern in EDGE. It is a very very nice stock and beats the other 2 for fit, finish and weight.
I honestly can’t tell the difference in quality between the two. I think manners is a tad bit better looking overall, but McMillan is extremely comfortable. I wouldn’t be upset if I was stuck with one or the other.
I don't burn through as many stocks as Alex but still get through a good number of mostly McMillian and Manners, McMillian stocks are better built with far better inletting, communication far superior, ordering experience far superior pricing is much better. I like Manners thumbhole design better but that is the only stock that I like of Manner as far as design than McMillan. The differences isn't like comparing to a Bell and Carlson, the differences are small but they all pile up to make the McMillan my stick of choice.
@bigngreen you are correct manners customer service sucks. I only called them once asking about a barrel channel in their stocks. I just got the automated run around. Press 1 for this press 2 for this...then when I got to the correct department no answer. It felt like I was calling the DMV. I couldn’t imagine being a smith or distributor trying to call them.
I can't comment on manners inlet, but I can make a positive comment on mcmillans. I have an unbedded savage in an htg edge fill and it shoots lights out. I've printed sub 1/2" groups some nearing 1/4".
I’ve never owned or even handled a Manners. However I ordered a McMillan Gamescout last July. Was told lead time was 6 months. It was ready to ship in 4 months. Quality is excellent, all the contact I had with McMillan was positive. For the record this is my first aftermarket(custom) stock I’ve owned so take it for what it’s worth.
I had a buddy order a savage stock from McMillan and the inletting was wrong they tried a few times to get it right but couldn’t. It had to go to a gunsmith to fix. Everyone stumbles now and then.
Well in mcmillans defense savage has like 20 different action sizes and configurations all with the same name.
I can definitely see how that’s frustrating though. I would be pretty annoyed.
Manner's is a rookie outfit in customer relations and communications, in comparison.
Have contacted both in the last couple weeks and McMillan you usually get a voicemail that suggests you email. They did respond promptly to the email and actually sent me a return shipping label on a stock that wasn't quite right and shipped me the correct one immediately no questions asked. It was good service. Manners I kept getting the push 1 for sales, 2 for technical and then just a beep? That wouldn't fly in my office. Finally got a live person and sounded like maybe they were a bit overwhelmed They did attempt to answer my question. I own both and honestly splitting hairs for me.