May 18, 2011
Review: McMillan Custom Collection Rifles
By David E. Petzal
On my legendary, almost mythical, nilgai hunt, I had the near-orgasmic pleasure of hunting with a McMillan Custom Collection rifle. McMillan is best known for making synthetic stocks that are the gold standard for that art form, but the McMillan family has, since the 60s, produced top-grade competition, tactical, and hunting rifles as well.
The Custom Collection consists of eight big-game rifles in varying configurations that use McMillan’s G30 bolt action (made in both controlled-round and push-feed versions), Lilja or Schneider barrels, Jewell triggers, and of course their own stocks. I had the chance to shoot four of the Custom Collection models ranging from .270 WSM to .338 Lapua, and can tell you that they are as fine and as accurate as anything you can get.
McMillan hunting rifles are a grim and purposeful flat black except for the bolt, which is coated with a mixture of electroless nickel and Teflon called NP3. It’s very tough and very slippery, and looks like pewter. McMillan makes a particularly effective muzzle brake, which reduced the recoil of even the bone-marrow-liquefying .338 Lapua to about that of an 8-pound .30/06.
Of all the rifles I say, my favorite was a Prestige model (pictured above) in .404 Jeffrey. This is McMillan’s dedicated dangerous game rifle, and even though it was right-handed, it was such a terrific gun that I considered having my left eye removed so I’d have an excuse to own it. I asked Kelly McMillan if I could have it, since I am entitled to expensive firearms. Kelly said he would be glad to give it to me if I gave him a check for a lot of money, and looked at me quite oddly for the rest of the hunt.
Go to mcmillanusa.com and you will see rifle after rifle that will cause you to say “To hell with the kids’ education. I want that!”