I read somewhere that the stock on Remington's Sendero was made by HS Precision. (Is that so?)
Does anyone know who makes the aramid-reinforced stocks that Remington uses on their Custom Shop AWR and Mountain Rifles? And if they are any good?
This isn't really LR related, but you guys really seem to know what you are talking about, so I ask it here [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
The stock that Remington uses for the 40XB-KS rifles is made by McMillan. The 'aramid fiber' is another name for what most of us know by the brand name Kevlar. I had been investigating having a 40X stock modified to fit me, and after finding this out and talking to some 'smiths that had dealt w/ it, decided it wasn't worth the effort, as they had indicated it was extremely hard on most common cutting tools used in stock work. A call to McMillan indicated that they only make that stock for Remington, as it is not the easiest thing in the world to make, even for them. I would imagine the Mountain Rifle stock is of similar construction.
As far as the stock on the Varmint Specials and Senderos, yes, they were made by H-S Precision for a long time. The word is (as in unsubstantiated rumor) that they shifted to Bell & Carlson about a year ago or so to cut costs. Not for you or me, but to improve their profit margin. In any event, I have a VS stock (same thing as the Sendero, but short action, basically) circa 1998, that works well, but has a bit rougher, texturized, almost splatter finish to it, and a new 2002 production VS that has a much smoother, slightly darker toned stock. Both work equally well, and both had to be skim bedded as the aluminum bedding block didn't contact the receiver 100%.
Well I know I'm not a regular poster I mostly just look and learn.. but this I can answer. The stock on the Sendero models is a HS Precision is what I was told when I called remington.. . The stocks on the REM AWR and mtn rifle are McMillans.. But you never know I guess..Hope this helps!
VS stocks were H-S for some time, then a switch to Bell and Carlson, now back to H-S. Subtle differences in the shape of the stock at the tang area, paint is different also, B&C swivel stud is right up at the front of the stock. Understand Weatherby also switched from H-S to B&C for some models. Why? $...
Mine is a "factory mistake". A guy had ordered a Custom KS Model 7 in 350 Rem Mag. They sent him a Custom KS Mountain Rifle in 350 RM (which is uncataloged). He didn't want it, Remington cut the gun shop a deal and so on and so on. I ended up with $775 into the rifle.
Contrary to the Remington Custom Shop bashers, the rifle is properly bedded, the action is VERY smooth. I took apart the trigger and the sear was polished, unlike factory guns.
I really like Jewell triggers, so I put one on it. The accuracy is exceptional for a 350 RM. It has a 24" barrel, standard length action. I'm not sure if they use different barrels or not, but there are no "remington" markings, just the caliber.
If you can find a deal on one like I did, I would recommend it. If you are paying full bull and waiting the 8-12 months...probably not. I would go for a semi-custom instead.
Let me know if you have more questions.
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