Originally Posted by Homer Oz
My last two Rem 700 purchases were a Stainless SPS in .223 and a Blued MLR in .338Lapua.
After a little bit of work that I completed myself, the .223 shot an 8 shot 0.400"/10mm group with 55grn B/tips @ 100meters ! I'm Very happy!!!
I'm still in the process of completing a similar amount of preparation work on the .338 at present (and getting my R/dies, components etc together) but I'm hopeful!
A local gunsmith/mate that has re-barreled a few current manufactured Rem 700's and he has told me of some pretty horrendous factory threading of barrels and receivers!!!
every company will ship a bad product from time to time. If they didn't, then they are not doing anything. Yet when it becomes a common thought, you have a problem. If I buy a new 700, and have to rebed it, then there's something wrong. (samething with the other brands as well). You buy a new rifle, and mounting rings and bases with a trigger adjustment (not replacement) are kinda normal things. I also think that most anyone buying a new rifle sorta plans for this.
You get a bad rifle and send it back. It comes back just as bad or with a note saying that this rifle is "OK." I know one guy that bought a rifle chambered in 416 Remington. Sent it back for some stock issues that are important to a dangerous game rifle. It came back just as bad, and really looked like it had not been removed from the box. He sends it back a second time, but rigged it to tell if it had been removed. They didn't even take it out of the box! He traded it for a MK.V. in 416 WBY mag, and promptly got ready to goto Africa. This particular guy and his son bought four new Remingtons every year for a month long trip to Africa (must ne nice to have that kinda money). He ain't buying anymore because of the way he was treated. Can you blame him?
Just for compairison, I had a Colt 22 Match Target. I couldn't hit the side of a barn with it at fifty feet!! I discover the barrel is loose in the reciever. Called my local gunsmith about the issue, and he said don't shoot it anymore. Colt has him send it back to them. I get a letter apologizing about the issue from Colt, and assuring me it would be fixed asap. Two weeks later I get a phone call from Colt telling me that they have a problem, and it's gonna take awhile longer. They no longer have any N.M. barrels in stock, and are going to have one made for the pistol by one of the custom makers (I don't remember right off hand who cut it). He said he was going to hunt up a couple extra magazines and send the reciever group thru their custom shop. About three months later I get a box with two extra mags in it and it's a serious tack driver. That's the way it's supposed to be (Remington, Savage, Browning and ETC). I had a similar deal with Smith & Wesson a few years back with a 629 that was stolen from me. I got the gun back and it it had some light scratches in the frame plus I had a feeling that it'd been dropped. I wouldn't shoot it without it being checked out, and had my gunshop contact S&W about looking it over plus refinishing it. The revolver had been dropped! They repaired it (replacing several parts). Installed a new set of sights, and charged me $80 to refinish it and relaser etch all the logos and stuff. They were a little slow, but I wasn't in a big hurry anyway. (took about six months). I tried to send the sights back to them, as I had removed them to mount a scope base. But they simply to keep them as spares! I like those guys!
This is the way it's supposed to be done. No arguments, and make the issue a rare thing.