You have a much better chance of having a shooter if you go with a Shilen, Brux, Lilja or other match barrel. Factory barrels leave a lot to be desired.
Does anyone want to assert that the whole accurizing industry is a scam ? If you watch the youtube videos of some of the people who know what they are doing, and see how tapered and out of square the threads, bolt lugs and bolt face is, then I think we know what we are getting in a Rem factory action.
I have tired of crappy factory rifles, so all I do now is buy donors and build them with Shilen barrels. I seldom have more than $1000 into them, laminate stock and all. You would have to be very lucky indeed to come close with anyones factory rifle.
Originally Posted by codybrown
Let me throw another wrench in the mix. If I went out and bought a new Remington 700 CDL in 257 weatherby it would run about $950. If I bought a remage CBI barrel with the lug and nut, I would be into it for about $400 roughly, plus the value of my current 7mm mag, which I figure would put me at roughly $950. Which way is the better choice with this option?