I'm planning to do a "big" barrel upgrade on my R700 (7RUM), with length to be 32" and diameter to be 1" at the muz. I have yet do decide on exactly which of the barrel manufacturers that I will end up going with. But the finished length that I want WILL put most of them out of the running. At this point, the choice looks like it will be between Shilen and McGowen. The cost will be roughly 480 vs 340, for a barrel of the drop-in ready, SS variety. I'm currently leaning towards the McGowen, because it seems to be such a good value, for a "large profile" barrel. But now a question has been raised, that I had not considered before. One of McGowen's options (similar to Krieger/Krytearion, & maybe others?) now is to "remage" the barrel. What that means is that instead of finishing the chamber end in the typical manor to fit a rem 700 action, where the shoulder requires precise cutting in order to properly HS it, they will finish it in a manor which allows a barrel nut to be used, allowing the barrel to be HS'd exactly the same way that the Savage setup works (using the exact same barrel nut wrench). The barrel price is the same for either standard or remage, but they will charge an extra 40 for the nut itself, if the remage procedure is chosen. I really do like the concept of remage, but I need the answers to basically 2 questions, in order to help me make my decision. I know (and like) that the barrel nut setup would turn what otherwise would be a smith-only operation into a "I can do it myself anytime I feel it needs it" operation. But my (1st) question is: Is the barrel nut setup as "robust" [if that is the correct term] as Rem's standard cut-the-shoulder setup, in terms of MAINTAINING an HS setting, over time, with several hundred hot shots through it? I don't plan on changing out the new barrel until it's useful life is over (shot out) - so it's not like I will be changing barrels very often. But if it is a situation where the HS WILL CREEP OUT a couple of mils or whatever, after a couple hundred shots, BARREL NUT OR NOT, I would like to be able to re-set it myself, instead of having to go to a smith to have the shoulder cut again. If the situation is that the cut shoulder barrel WILL HOLD it's HS tight for the life of the barrel, while the nutted barrel will not, that would lend 'weight" to sticking with the "standard" remington setup. Typically, my logic dicates sticking with the standards, when it comes to firearms - UNLESS there is a reasonable possibility that the standard in question could or will change. Now this DOES hinge on whether or not the "nutted" bbl can in fact maintain it's HS as well as the "shouldered" bbl can. Now if the answer to that IS yes, I think that there is a reasonable possibility that Rem might switch over to a nutted setup, as I'm sure that any Sav patents on it are long expired. It THAT were to be the case, it would lend what in my opinion would be an "overwhelming" amount of weight to the decision on whether or not to "remage" the new bbl that I will be purchasing. Any opinions on whether or not Rem might decide to make such a "bold" move?