McMillan & KKC stocks
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 19/12/2016
Though Jackson Rifles is perhaps best known for their range of moderators they have more than one string to their bow. Amongst these are rifle stocks with probably one of the most respected names in the business - McMillan. The other is KKC - perhaps less well known - and comes from Norway but is none the less an exceptional design and offers a laminate build.
Though not for every use I’m a fan of thumbhole (TH) furniture and McMillan’s TH, which uses a fibre glass build, does not disappoint. It’s what I would term as the classic, Fajen or Lazzeroni-style with a straight line comb and roll over cheekpiece. The pistol grip flares at the base and offers a solid hand stop position, with large panels of chequering as well as on the forend. The thumb/hand cut out is generous and serves to position your hand and arm easily. It comes with a 1” Decelerator recoil pad and offers a length of pull (LOP) of 14”. The forend is what I would term as a medium build with enough depth and girth to get a good grip, without being overly large.
McMillan offers a number of finishes from solid colours to camos; the TH wears a moulded-in pattern called Woodland Spectre, which consists of a green base with multiple flecks of grey and ochre. Being moulded in the finish is a lot tougher than a coat of paint too. Finished off with QD sling studs it’s available in long and short action options for a wide choice of actions from basic to a fully inletted drop-in.
The KKC offers just one model, which seems to cover all the bases and is made of Stratoboard birch laminate and feels like a TH without the connecting strap. The butt shows a large cut-out underneath, which reduces weight and bulk and offers a grasping hook if you are shooting supported. The top is in two parts - a low, integral T-section spine that accepts a soft polymer, heightadjustable cheekpiece/comb. The butt plate shows a deep rubber recoil backed with three, removable spacers to adjust LOP and pad height, which measured 14”. Extra spacers are available!
The grip is reminiscent of the GRS-style though KKC pre-dates that company by a few years; it feels like a thumbhole and has a thumb-up slot to the left, which proved very comfortable. The forend is wide and parallel sided, almost with a beavertail feel but tappers on the underside to a rounded tip. This does feel good in the supporting hand; textured panels along the sides and the pistol grip provide a secure surface. A QD sling stud is fitted at the front with a rotary QD swivel at the back in the butt cut out. Being laminate you have a generous choice of colours; this example showed a black, grey and tan pattern. In a wide range of inlets you will not be disappointed should you want something both practical and a bit different.
PRICES: McMillan TH – £494, KKC - £435
CONTACT: Jackson Rifles, 01644 470223, www.jacksonrifles.com
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