Re: Brownells + Surgeon Action = Rusty parts
Here's my take on this subject. I work for a company who produces exhaust parts for the heavy truck, construction, and ag industries (completely unrelated, so bare with me). A lot of the parts we make are mild steel parts, that without a good oil coating, WILL rust within a few hours (less than an hour during the summer). We deal with rusty parts daily. If the parts are to be blasted or polished (mechanically or chemically), the parts ship. A very small amount of the surface will be removed anyway, so it doesn't matter. Surface rust is simply that, surface rust. If you are receiving parts that are rusty, sure, you have every right to be disgusted. I would be too. But for the hassle involved in returning and exchanging the parts, I would probably just submerse the parts in oil (WD40 or something similar) over night. Take some fine steel wool and lightly polish the effected surfaces. You would be surprised at how easily it comes off. If the parts are to be blasted, I wouldn't worry about it.
If it were me, I would be pissed too. The product should leave their doors with a rust preventative and sealed in a plastic bag. You spend a lot of money for those parts and you expect a certain degree of quality. I'm not excusing the rust, but it is an easy fix. You need to weigh how badly you want the part right now, and how much hassle it will be to exchange the parts. In the end, it is your decision. Good luck with what ever you choose.
Post some picks of your build! I am thinking about using a Surgeon for a .338 LM AI someday.