Well, if it wasn't for bad luck....... I took my 9 year old son to the woods for a little peace and quiet, and hopefully his first deer. I had with me my Savage 7RM with Accustock and McGowan barrel. (Had this put together by a gunsmith last year.) I had my gun on a sling and was carrying my son's Rem 700 in .243 for him to get to our hunting position. As I was getting my rifle ready I thought I noticed that the forearm of the stock seemed a little weaker. I didn't really think much about it at the time. Just thought I was over analyzing. We get to where we were going and we had sat there for a couple of hours. Just happened to grab my barrel and move the gun a little bit as I shifted my position. When I did the whole darn barrel turned!!!!!! I have no doubt that I could spin the whole barrel off of the action. When I mentioned that I moved my gun by the barrel, I'm not talking about grabbing it in a death grip with both hands and exerting any undue force. I mean I just used the barrel to cant the rifle in my lap!!!!! The only thing that kept me from letting some really choice words fly was the pair of innocent nine year old ears at my side. I spun the barrel a couple of revolutions just out of shear amazement and noticed that the stock got progressively loose. I would have thought that the barrel could have been completely unscrewed and the stock would have not loosened in this scenario. Ok. I have a couple of questions: 1) How/why did that happen? I haven't been torquing the barrel in any way. The only time I grab the rifle by the barrel is to store it in the safe and to remove it from the safe. 2) Why did the stock get "loose" from unscrewing the barrel? 3) I know that the stock will have to be removed to torque down the barrel nut. Question is, am I going to have to remove the Nightforce as well? It sounds like I am about to have to start from scratch here. I can't imagine that the headspace could possibly be set back to exactly the same, so I anticipate all of my measurements for my fired cartridges are now down the crapper. 4) When rebarreling a rifle, doesn't a gunsmith usually put some sort of thread locker on it to prevent this? Any insight whatsoever would be greatly appreciated. I guess I'm going to have to break out the old 30-06 out of the safe that I haven't even shot in nearly two years, cause it looks like my favorite rifle is out of commission for the rest of the hunting season.