Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What materials is a stock made of?
  2. Are your stocks hollow?
  3. What colors are available?
  4. Will the paint chip off?
  5. Do you make Kevlar stocks?
  6. Do you use graphite?
  7. Why are your stocks more expensive than most?
  8. What method do you use to make your stocks?
  9. Why is this the best way?
  10. Do your stocks have a foam core?
  11. What colors are available in the marble finish?
  12. What is a molded in finish?
  13. Can I get a stock molded in the color I want it painted in so scratches won't show?
  14. Do you recommend barrel bedding or pressure points?
  15. Do I need to bed the receiver?
  16. Can I order from McMillan directly?
  17. What stocks will my action fit into?
  18. What does a stock cost?
  19. How long will it take to get my stock?
  20. Why does it take so long to get a stock?
  21. Can I change my order once I have placed it?
  22. Do you need my barreled action?
  23. Does the stock need to be bedded?
  24. How much does it cost to bed a stock?
  25. Can I change the stock by removing material from the shell or shortening the forend?
  26. What is a barrel contour?
  27. What information do you need for the barrel contour?
  28. Can you make stocks lighter?
  29. What types of fill are available?
  30. What is the difference between a Presentation pad and a Decelerator pad?
  31. How much does each stock weigh?

1. What materials is a stock made of?

Each stock is made of multi-layers of eight-ounce woven fiberglass cloth, laminated under pressure with epoxy resinThe stock is filled with solid fiberglass in the receiver area and epoxy and glass beads in the forend. 


2. Are your stocks hollow?

The only part of the stock that is hollow is the butt stock from the rear of the pistol grip to two inches from the endThis area is filled with urethane foam to deaden the sound and absorb vibration. 


3. What colors are available?

We offer 4 painted solid colors, black, brown, gray and olive. We offer 6 molded in camo finishes and a countless number of marble finishes.  


4. Will the paint chip off?

YThough we use a catalyzed urethane enamel paint, which is the most durable and wear resistant paint on the market, it is still a paint. As such, it is subject to dings and scratches due to rough conditions and handling. We do guarantee our finishes against adhesion problems but not against normal wear and tear. We do however repaint stocks at a reduced price for our customers.  


5. Do you make Kevlar Stocks?

From the testing we have done and the results of some independent testing we have determined that Kevlar does not improve the quality or strength of our stocks. 


6. Do you use graphite?

Yes where added stiffness is desired we do use graphiteHowever it would be nearly impossible to subject a hunting rifle to a test which would warrant using graphite. 


7. Why are your stocks more expensive than most?

We are dedicated to making the best stocks money can buyThe material, time, labor, and quality control required to do so is reflected in the price of the stock. 


8. What method do you use to make your stocks?

We use the method commonly referred to as hand-laminating. 


9. Why is this the best way?

Because it allows us to use the latest in technology accompanied by the hand-crafted techniques necessary to insure the highest quality. 


10. Do your stocks have a foam core?

No ours are completely solid and then machine inletted rather than having the receiver area molded. 


11. What colors are available in the marble finish?

A marble finish is a combination of two or three colors swirled together to form a marble type pattern in the surface of the stock. It is possible to use any color combination you can imagine. We stock a large variety of standard colors. We do suggest you look through the catalog or web site to choose a combination that appeals to you.  


12. What is a molded in finish?

McMillan produces some stock finishes such as our camouflages and marbles that are actually molded right into the exterior of the stock. These finishes tend to be more durable and wear resistant but are not as high quality as our painted finishes. We call them "utility grade" finishes since the mold lines, small imperfections and some sanding marks may be visible. We WILL NOT offer solid molded colors because it is so hard to make them look acceptable.  


13. Can I get a stock molded in the color I want it painted in so scratches won't show?

Due to the process used to paint the stock, and the nature of the materials used in making them, molding the stock in the color you wanted it painted in offers no advantage, cost more to manufacture, and adds weight to the stock. If you ding or scratch the surface deep enough to expose the stock surface it will appear as a light gray  


14. Do you recommend barrel bedding or pressure points?

No, after installing thousands of stocks we have observed that 98% of the rifles are most accurate when free floated. 


15. Do I need to bed the receiver?

We have found that in most cases our drop-in and custom fitted stocks provide better than adequate accuracy unbeddedHowever the final determination is left up the individual shooter. 


16. Can I order from McMillan directly?

Yes we encourage you to use your local dealer but in the event you can't find a dealer you can order direct. 


17. What stocks will my action fit into?

Because we fill each stock solid and then inlet them with CNC milling machine, we have some flexibility. If two actions are similar dimensionally (i.e. Remington and Savage) the same stock can be used for either make. For the most part each of our stocks is designed and made for specific actions and are available for those actions only. The only way to know for sure is to ask one of our customer service reps. 


18. What does a stock cost?

Our price list sometimes gets complicated because we offer so many options with each individual stock, there is no one price. For hunting and sporting stocks there is a standard price for a completely finished "Drop-in Stock" which includes a Pachmayr Presentation Recoil pad, Uncle Mikes sling swivel studs, and the finish of your choice. For competition and tactical stocks we start with a base price which is a basic stock inletted for your barreled action. To that you add all of the different accessories you would like to complete your stock. Each accessory and the finish are priced separately. Add all the prices together to get your total price. 


19. How long will it take to get my stock?

We keep an assortment of hunting and sporting stocks on the shelf for those customers that want a standard stock without having to wait to have it made. They are all drop-in stocks, painted black with Pachmayr Presentation pads at 13.5" LOP and Uncle Mike sling swivel studs. For custom, made to order stocks, delivery time varies depending on the number of orders we are working on at the time. Our customer service reps will give an honest "estimate" of how long your order will take to complete. 


20. Why does it take so long to get a stock?

We offer each customer the ability to custom order their stock. Finishes, recoil pads, adjustable cheek pieces, adjustable butt plates, custom barrel channels, etc. Each stock is ordered, produced, inletted, finished and delivered according to a specific order from an individual customer. It takes time to produce a custom product to the standards our customers and we have established 


21. Can I change my order once I have placed it?

As a general rule we will allow customers to change their orders only if the stock has not yet passed the part of the process which would prevent it. For example, since the molded finishes are the first thing that goes into the mold, once the shell is made it is not possible to change colors. If we have already inletted the stock it would be too late to change the barrel contour.  


22. Do you need my barreled action?

For most of the stocks we make we have in-house barreled actions to use for fitting. If we do not have one we will ask the customer to send in his barreled action so that we can insure proper fit and function. Because feeding is so critical with clip-fed rifles we highly recommend that you send in these rifles. We will fit the stock to your rifle at no additional charge.  


23. Does the stock need to be bedded?

In most cases, no. With the exception of our M-series we make all of our stocks as "drop-ins" meaning they are specifically inletted so that you don't need to glass bed them. But, regardless of whether the stock is wood, plastic or fiberglass, a rifle will only perform at it's best when glass bedded. We have found that in most cases we get "acceptable accuracy" from all of our drop-in stocks. The rifle should shoot as well and in most cases, better than it did with the factory stock.  


24. How much does it cost to bed a stock?

When doing a "Complete Installation" we glass bed the receiver using aluminum pillars, free-float the barrel and do all the customizing and fitting to insure that the stock fits and functions perfectly. This service costs an additional 226.00. You'll find that others will "bed" your stock for less money, but they don't have the ability to take all the steps necessary to insure a "complete" job that we as manufacturers offer.  


25. Can I change the stock by removing material from the shell or shortening the forend?

Every stock is engineered and constructed for maximum strength with minimum weight. Altering the external dimensions with the exception of shortening the buttstock will compromise the integrity of the stock and thus void the warranty.  


26. What is a barrel contour?

This is the information necessary for us to provide a stock that is inletted for the barrel and action you wish to stock. All of our stocks allow the barrel to float free of any contact with the stock. Usually the clearance between barrel and stock is .030 for hunting stocks, and .050 for tactical 


27. What information do you need for the barrel contour?

If it is the barrel that came on the rifle from the factory, we need to know the caliber of the rifle. If it is a custom barrel we need to know the barrel maker, the contour number and the length of the chamber cylinder. This is measured from the edge of the receiver to the first contour change.


28. Can you make stocks lighter?

All of the stocks we make are as light as we feel comfortable making them in order to life up to the McMillan reputation. Our new EDGE benchrest stock is a unique design using high tech materials to achieve very specific results that are unique to benchrest competition.  


29. What types of fill are available?

We have developed several different combinations of materials to achieve different results. Each has specific properties that allow it to achieve the results desired. To insure that you get the combination of materials that will give you the desired results, it is easiest if you tell us how much you would like the stock to weigh.  


30. What is the difference between a Presentation pad and a Decelerator pad?

They are both high quality 1" recoil pads made by Pachmayr. The Presentation pad has a basket weave finish, no vents and is a fine pad. The Decelerator pad has a leather texture finish and is made of a high tech material specifically designed to reduce felt recoil. We feel it is the best pad on the market and well worth the additional cost for heavy recoiling rifles  


31. How much do the stocks weigh?

As a general rule our hunting and sporting stocks all weigh right at 2 pounds. We do have the ability to achieve a specific weight if additional weight is required. Our tactical and high power competition stocks are designed to be heavier. Since there are several factors that influence the final weight such as the accessories you choose, each stock in weight. In general they weigh between 2.75 and 4.5 pounds.