EXPRESS-I don't have an HTR, but I have 3 of their stocks on Remington Actions. I always fit the HS precision stock to my Remington actions which is an easy process to do yourself. I understand that you paid for this to be done. This last time I put Shooters choice red grease on the parts of the action that would touch the Aluminum bedding Block. Torque the action screws with a torque wrench to 65 inch-pounds when you are done. This is a little tighter than you can do with a screwdriver style of tool.
You want two line contacts on the front portion (not 100 % contact) of the bedding block, one on each side of the block very near the sides of the aluminum block and sides of the stock. Usually all that you need to do to achieve this is to remove paint overspray or stock material that has seeped over the edge of the aluminum. Both materials are quite soft and easy to scrape off. At the back you want contact marks on both sides as well as the back of the tang. I had to remove some material from the bedding block sides in the thin area of the trigger to get the rear part of the receiver to seat properly. After you achieve contact here then coat the recoil lug and snug the action screws. Tap the rifle on the butt on the ground to seat the recoil lug. Scrape the Aluminum on the recoil lug seat until you get about 70% contact. I used a tiny 1/4 inch file that is ground and honed flat on the end as a scraper. This job does not take a very long time.
My .3 inch accuracy and yours attest to the fact that this stock works quite well without skim bedding.
There are some pictures of my latest long range hunting rifle with the HS precision stock in my
[ 07-21-2004: Message edited by: John Stranahan ]