Manners Composite Stocks is proud to introduce our new line of hunting stocks called the Elite Hunter Series. A lot of work went into the development for this line of stocks. The ultimate goal was to be as light as possible but still maintain the ruggedness, stability, accuracy and ergonomics of the rest of our lineup. To accomplish this we went back to the drawing board.
The composite industry in the past has always been driven by aerospace technology, but for the past few years there has been a lot of advancements in the wind energy market. They are now making off shore carbon fiber wind turbine blades that are over a 110 meters in length. What we did was take some of these advancements in materials and ideas and developed a new process for this series from lay-up to fill. To start, all the stocks in this series had to have a 100% carbon fiber shell. The second part was to develop a super light fill that would still hold up to any magnum caliber that you could throw at it. To accomplish this we still had to use our full size 9/16 pillars.
Lightweight fill in non-critical areas and heavy fill where needed. The heavy fill is what adds weight quickly, so we developed a process that can precisely control the amount of this material and only place it where it is most needed, example recoil lug/front pillar area and web area in-front of the trigger. We started this series with a total of 5 new stocks; 4 remington/winchester based and 1 Tikka lite based stock.
All will come standard with a full inlet, decel pad (thicker pad by special order) and a solid painted finish of your choice, the exception to this will be the tikka t3 based stock, instead of pillars it will come with a hardened stainless steel recoil lug made by KRG. Based on the design and inlet, this line up weighs in anywhere from 22.5 to approximately 26.5 ounces. There will be more to come over then next few months, which will include a youth stock, a safari stock and other versions for various action inlets.
This stock was designed to be more of a mountain rifle stock for guys wanting to use larger objective optics. Depending on the inlet, the standard weight with a decel pad is 25 to 26 ounces. The forend is 1.5" wide at the tip and rounded on the bottom which is wide enough to accept a #4 to #5 barrel. This stock has a high cheek piece to get your head up a nice palm swell. It is designed for Rem 700 style actions, but can be had for Winchester, Savage, Howa and other actions.
Stocky's take: This stock is outstanding for 50mm and bigger scope objective bells! Upon handling for the very first time, I noticed that it weighs almost nothing. 1.6 pounds on my scale, complete with the factory installed 9/16" pillars and ready to be bolted up. There is no discernable flex in the forend. The cheekrest has no raised "shadowline" and is the same on both sides, tapering down from the back like it should so the rifle recoils away from your face. It has Manners signature cartridge bolt (cocking indicator) recess at the front of the cheekpiece too, so there would be no issues with bolt removal. Cannot wait to shoot it!
Now available in all painted finishes and the new carbon-fiber camos!
|Brand||Manners Composite Stocks|
|Length of Pull||13.25|
|Max Barrel Contour||#4|
- Excellent stockReview by James
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