I have a Win EW in 338 Win Mag.
- Outside will very nicely finished.
- 26" barrel.
- Action is smooth.
- Lightweight and good recoil pad.
- Fluting is nice.
- Stock is nice and rigid.
- Trigger is great for factory
Additional $ spent to fix:
- Not very accurate. Generally 2+ inches w/factory & reloads. Two shots touching and the next thrown very wide. Load and rifle tuning no help. All screws torqued to spec. and rechecked. Scope confirmed good.
- Spend case does not eject well (dribbles out) and sometimes stays in the loading port.
- Magazine box is way to short in this caliber. Virtually no bullet seating adjustment without altering the mag box. Other calibers may not have this problem.
- Barrel seems skinny for this caliber (.590 at the muzzle).
- Inside of barrel has a big pit near the end.
- Extended Magazine Box installed. Gunsmith said he wouldn't do another Winchester again. Apparently Remingtons are easier to modify stock for Extended Mag Boxes.
- Ejection port on action milled to fix pathetic ejection.
- New barrel ordered (pending installation) to address poor accuracy.
Notes: Rifle should have been sent back to factory for the big pit inside of barrel & ejection problems but they'll charge you if they don't find anything wrong. Since I called the factory prior to purchase to try to get mag box and throat specs (unavailable) and received assurances of MOA accuracy (no guarantees), I didn't want to pay shipping, insurance and get charged an "inspection fee" by them to tell me there's nothing wrong with it. The mag box is unacceptably short. Accuracy is about 2+ inches at 100 yards and off the target at 300. Other Winchester EW's owners love them and they perform much better but this is my experience. I expected much better for the money.
Remington... I don't know. Just do some research on what they've done to their newly owned/manufactured Marlins. I had some serious problems with mine.