Background on the rifle: Rem 700 AAC-SD .308, Timney trigger, Badger M5 bottom metal, Badger Bolt knob...everything else is factory. Mcmillan Adj. A-5 is pillar bedded and ordered direct from McM custom made for this gun.
I just got a new McMillan adjustable A-5...first off, the fit and feel of it is fantastic and exactly what I was looking for. This was my first McMillan so forgive me for my question...
The cheap hogue stock that came with the rifle shot great - sub-moa and, in most cases, even better with my handloads.
Once I dropped the action into the A-5 I noticed it looked like it didn't want to line up dead-center...mainly because the Badger bottom metal screw holes wouldn't allow it. The barrel was close to one side of the forearm inlet than the other...but I centered it the best I could by holding the barrel to one side and torquing the screws...I stood the stock up on it's butt, let the recoil lug go all the way back and tightened the front screw up first.
I torqued the bottom metal to Badger's specs (65 in/lbs) and shot a 3-inch, 5-shot group (horrible)....long story short, 45 in/lbs was the magic number on the bottom metal to get the groups to start touching again.
Finally my main question:
McMillan suggests that you shouldn't need to bed their stocks...I'm thinking that the way my action fits that I'm not doing something right or this thing needs some serious bedding. I've spent hours and lots of ammo just to get it to shoot (almost) as good as the hogue stock would. I thought that the A-5 would be custom to a remington action and it should litterly fit without having to fiddle with it?
If I just lay the barreled-action in the stock with the Badger bottom metal screw holes lined up and torque....I may or may not be able to the broad-side of a barn.
Question two....On the adjustable cheek piece there is an inlet cut to help you remove the bolt....Is it supposed to be off-center and kind-of crooked? See photo below...
Question three...It's a marble color, and I realize it's "field-grade", but I'm starting to see little patches of missing fiberglass...like it's been scrached and dented from lots of hard field use. Is this normal? The stock is not more than a week old and hasn't left the range bench.