Manners LRH Stock Review | outdoor life
The Manners LRH stock is a prime example of why precision rifle shooting is the most interesting segment of the gun world. No other facet of the outdoor industry is evolving as fast right now, and in the case of the LRH stock – short for Long Range Hunter – both precision rifle shooters and hunters are benefiting.
The stock is notable for packing so many features that competitive shooters want – and I’m talking about those who shoot practical precision rifle disciplines like the NRL, PRS and Rifleman’s Team Challenge – in a lightweight format that makes it viable for hunters who weigh the weight want to keep a weapon as low as possible.
MCS LRH bearing properties
- Weighs 2 pounds. 3.25 ounces.
- Adjustable comb height
- Carbon fiber construction
- Manner’s mini chassis
- 3.5 inch ARCA rail in front of the magazine well
- Picatinny rail on the forend
- 13.75 inch LOP
- ½ inch butt plate
Manners LRH Sweet Spot
The design of the LRH is ideally suited for the NRL-Hunter competition series. This shooting format has exploded in recent years and is based on hunting scenarios where participants find, measure and engage animal-shaped steel silhouettes on the watch, with most targets being in the 200-800 meter range. In the Open Light and Factory divisions, rifles with scopes, bipods, and all other accessories must not weigh more than 12 pounds. In addition, the cartridges used must meet a minimum power factor equivalent to approximately 6.5 Creedmoor and higher – the idea being that the rounds must be sufficient for hunting big game.
As with other sniper rifle formats, being able to use a larger scope as well as a robust bipod is a major advantage. Both items gobble up much of the 12-pound weight allowance, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for weight savings. Because of this, carbon fiber barrels, carbon fiber stocks, and lighter actions are commonplace.
To save weight, most stocks have to sacrifice at least some of the features found in full-fledged competitive stocks. But through innovative design, the Manners LRH manages to tick the most critical boxes for serious shooters.
Adjustable comb height
The hardware used to give a stock an adjustable cheek piece usually adds a significant amount of weight. Between the adjustment knobs, fasteners, metal pillars on the comb, and the metal “receiver” embedded in the shaft to which the comb attaches, that’s often 12 to 16 ounces of extra material.
The Manners LRH takes a minimalist approach by attaching the comb with two fasteners that accept a 1/8″ allen wrench. These fasteners thread into threaded metal sleeves in the shank, which also have a minimal profile. To adjust the height of the comb, the shaft comes with three polymer shims that are incredibly lightweight. One of the discs is 0.257 inches thick and the other two are 0.126 inches thick. Depending on the combination of spacers used, the user can adjust the comb to five different heights. As long as the scope isn’t mounted at an absurd height above the barrel, you’ll be able to find a setting that works for you.
The only thing you give up is the ability to quickly adjust the comb height on the fly, which is rarely needed.
Manners butt plate from LRH
The LRH comes standard with a 13.75″ pull length and is configured with a weight-saving ½” recoil pad. Thicker butt plates are nice, but they add a surprising amount of weight to a stock. However, should you require a thicker butt plate or spacer system with an adjustable draw length, you can order an appropriately equipped LRH stock through Manner’s build-your-own-stock page. (Looking at this builder will give you a taste of all the other custom features you can request as well.)
Grip geometry and ambidextrous thumb rests
As with many competition sniper rifle stocks, the LRH’s grip is nearly vertical and has palm swells on both sides, increasing the grip width to 1.95 inches. This vertical orientation and hand-fill profile allows for good control of the stock with the trigger hand. With the fingers stacked vertically, it is easier to apply even rearward pressure on the stock as it is drawn into the shooter’s shoulder. It also improves trigger control as the trigger finger is naturally oriented to sit flat over the trigger shoe and push straight back when breaking off a shot.
There are nicely serrated shelves on either side of the grip to support the thumb of the shooting hand, allowing the shooter to hold the rifle while giving the rifle a minimum of movement.
First class fit and finish
The stock I have is actually a second generation Manners LRH. One of the most important improvements is the quality of the texturing on the grip scales, which is sharp and nicely defined. I’ve had one of the first generation LRH stocks for a while and have had no complaints about its construction, but I have to admit that the improvements in fit and finish of the newer version are a major upgrade. From a purely aesthetic point of view, the LRH is a stunner. The finish of the shaft is even and smooth and there is little evidence of a seam in the carbon where the two halves of the shaft join.
The inlet is also clean. You can see that just as much pride has gone into making the LRH look good under the hood as it has done on the exterior paint job.
The stock is recessed to easily accommodate an M24 barrel profile. My build uses a Proof carbon fiber barrel with a Sendero outline very similar in dimensions to the M24. The barrel sits neatly and professionally in the channel, even though I just assembled the rifle myself.
LRH standard mini chassis
Embedded in the stock is the Manners Mini-Chassis, an aluminum frame that the mechanics sit on when the stock and mechanics are connected. This feature allows a shooter to assemble the rifle without having to bet the action. When the action screws are tightened, the mini chassis holds the action like a vise.
As I am particularly careful with my rifles, I chose to make a bit of bedding around the front and rear lugs. It gives me a bit of extra security, although it’s probably more mental than anything. However, I fired the rifle before embedding, and accuracy with the Hornady factory ammo was excellent.
ARCA and Picatinny rails
One of the coolest features of the Manners LRH stock is the 3.5″ section of ARCA rail that mounts in front of the magazine well. This allows the shooter to clip the rifle directly into a tripod with an ARCA compatible head for a phenomenally stable firing position. The rail is right at the rifle’s balance point for added stability.
Even from a standing position, the rifle, mounted in a sturdy tripod, is capable of accurate hits on vital objects the size of a stag up to a distance of 600 meters. It’s a true game changer for field marksmanship.
To keep the rail from adding unnecessary weight, Manners hollowed out the rear of the unit. The total weight of the ARCA rail, including the two fasteners that attach it to the stock, is only 1.15 ounces.
For competition, this 3.5″ length allows you to clamp the rifle in something like the RRS Anvil-30 ballhead with enough clearance between the tripod head and the magazine so you can raise the rifle for uphill shots without the magazine banging against the tripod leg beats . This can be a problem with systems that place a short length of pic rail directly in front of the magazine well, causing mid-stage complications. Ask me how I know.
You can order the Manners LRH stock with a variety of different swivel pins or pic-rail profiles on the fore-end. I chose the Atlas BT-15 Pic Rail, which is only 3.35 inches long. It has enough rail segments to mount any bipod and includes a QD shell for good measure.
Manners LRH Reinforced construction
To ensure the ARCA and Pic rails stay in place, Manners beefed up the areas of the warehouse where they are mounted. Manners adds material on where the rear screw is on the ARCA rail. They have also created a series of reinforced slots that accept the T-Nuts that secure the image rail and the front end of the ARCA rail in the shaft.
This clever design ensures that the shaft retains its structural strength and rigidity despite its light weight. The latch notch is another strength-enhancing element. It is molded into the shaft and reinforced, rather than being post-cut into the shell, which is a stronger design.
As a finishing touch to my stash, I had Manners add two QD cups to the left side of the stash. I dislike pivot bolts on my competition rifles and prefer to mount them via QD mounts. They add a bit of weight, but since the total weight of the shaft with all of these elements is only 2 pounds 3.25 ounces, I wasn’t the least bit concerned about their weight.
For a hunter or shooter who is technically savvy but wants to keep their rifle’s weight down and maximize portability, the Manners LRH stock sets a new standard. Nothing on the market right now can match this stock’s feature set for the same weight. While the stock doesn’t come cheap — builds start at $929 — it’s a cutting-edge system without question.
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The only thing that irritates me about the stock is that I can’t find anything to criticize about it. I pride myself on being able to uncover the flaws and weaknesses of top-notch gear, however minor those imperfections may be. But I don’t have anything with the Manners LRH. It’s a darn good stock for its intended audience, and that’s about it.