Originally Posted by LouBoyd
What dies milspec mean? It means that it conforms to a set of military specifications whch pertain to that particular device. To me milspec means acceptably rugged and acceptably accurate consistent with securing low bid contracts.
Many barrel manufactures do not follow military specifications choosing to rely on their reputations among competitive shooters instead. I don't know where Remington gets it's R5 barrels. If I was buying one I'd want to know if it's cut, buttoned, or hammer forged and what barrel maker produced it.
Does anyone here know what reputation Remington's M40 rifles have for accuracy? I'd expect it to be "acceptable".
I cannot see any commercially produced bolt gun being a "mil-spec" gun. One of the main ideas of being mil-spec is the idea of all parts interchanging with each other. The bolt alone would kill that idea.
Yesterday I got a good look at an M40 snipers rifle and a Rock River AR in the back of a buddie's cop car. He said he was shooting groups in the half inch area with Federal factory loads (I don't know what load in .308 he was using). He did say that it was getting hard to get those half inch groups these days as the barrel was starting to open up. Honestly the barrel looked very similar to a regular .308 varmit from Remington. The scope was a 3.5x-10x in MK. IV mounts, and had the big tactical turrets on it.