Decent guns with great aftermarket support, but I'm not a fan of the cast bolt handles. I do a lot of tactical bolt knobs on 700's and in about 80% of them, turning the bolt knob down will result in hitting a void in the casting. In most cases it will never cause a problem, but I'd hate to think of really needing a quick followup shot and having my bolt knob break off in my hand.
Also, and this was a looong time ago (1975'ish), I was a wide-eyed 10 year-old going on a hunt put on by a group of guys that took kids hunting for the first time. Any kid that didn't have a hunting rifle could pick one out of the ones available from the sponsors. I picked out a nice Remington 700 in .243 because it was gorgeous and it made me feel like a big game hunting fool. We all had to sight in our guns and after I fired one round on the range, the bolt handle broke loose from the body, so I couldn't eject the fired case. There was already more kids than there was guns. so I ended up missing my first deer hunt due to a POS Remington. I know it was a fluke, and I've worked on and shot hundreds of Remingtons since then, but it left a bad taste in my mouth for years and years. I still don't own one and never have.
Edited by toolman (12/06/14 02:29 AM)
You don't get to be old by being stupid, but I made it to middle age!