Originally Posted by EddieHarren
Goodgrouper, I don't know how many Rem 700 actions that you have worked on recently. I have been in the business of building rifles on mostly Rem actions for nearly 20 years. I used 722, 721, 600, XP-100, 7 and 700 actions for builds ranging from BR Hunter class rifles to LE tactical sniper and counter sniper rifles, as well as many hunting rifles both big game and varmint. Sometime in the last 3 or 4 years the quality and tolerences on Rem actions has gotten noticably better. I have been told that they went to newer CNC machinery. I don't have any proof that they went to new machinery but I know that the latest actions are closer to square and concentric than ever before.
Most of the problems I have seen have been in the barrels. However, there have been a frequent amount that have not been drilled and tapped straight, and I have worked on several lately that even after installing 20 minutes into the rings, the bullets were still landing low at 100 yards--sometimes going below the target board. This problem has several causes but the barrel not being threaded into the receiver straight is usually the main reason.
Then there are less than 10%(guessing) that make contact on both locking lugs and if they do, it is just partially.
Then there's the new trigger. POS. They have already heard of many stories of triggers going off prematurely when it is cold outside. I have seen two of these personally so far.
Then there is the dropping of their LSS (they still offer it but only in 257 Wby) model with the laminated stock. So now we have to buy either a Sendero with the HS stock or a Tupperware XCR, SPS, SPS stainless, or a wood stocked CDL sf. So basically, we have the choice of the HS or nothing.
Then there is the heavy bead blasting on the SPS which looks like dung from a yak which simply is easier to use because it covers blemishes easier.
So we have a low priced, Tupperware stocked, non straight threaded, non contact making, bad trigger, bad barreled, gun we have to use windage screw bases and Burris inserts just to get it dialed in at 100 yards! Then we rip off all that bad crap, install better components and wind up with a gun that actually costs MORE than a custom rifle when we're finished. Of course, not all Remmy's are as bad as I explained. But how do you know which ones aren't? You just have to cross your fingers and hope you get a good one. Back in the day, your odds were better of getting a good one. That is all I'm saying.