dwm, Everything you said is absolutely correct.....and I own a couple of remington switch barrel guns....and just reading the post without the context of another post by southernfried yankee would make it seem that I thought switchbarrels on a remington is a bad idea which is not the case at all.
I think without the added context that he was talking about switching a barrel from one rifle to another rifle my post could be misunderstood. Or possibly I misunderstood his question and read more into it, because of another post I attributed to him.
Originally Posted by dwm
Southernfryedyankee, Pacnor has told me that if I send them a REM700 actioned rifle and let them install a new barrel, they can then measure the distance from the bolt face to the front of the action (or something like that) and then they can make barrels for me later from these dimensions.
They can make fully chambered and headspaced REM700 barrels based on the measurements they take. You can then install them yourself and switch them at any time. No nut required.
I have considerd this as an alternative to buying a Savage and using the nut, but then you are tied to whomever you chose to chamber and headspace your barrels for you. That would not necessarily be a bad thing though.
With a Savage and the nut you can buy prechambered and headspaced barrels used and/or from several manufactures.
I have read articles about benchrest shooters who switch preheadspaced barrels at the range sometimes between matches ...
I think any reputable smith should be able to do this for you.