I beg forgiveness in advance for this long winded rant.
So, My wife told me on Christmas morning that she'd ordered me some new glass for my Mauser 98, .243win. She ordered the Millet LRS1. A tad over kill for a 60 year old rifle. Not to mention that it would cost me about the price of the scope to get the right mounting rail installed. I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I took this an OK to put a new rifle under the new scope.
It took the scope several weeks to arrive and when it did it was broken. The focus control did nothing. Off to Bushnell(on their dime) for warranty.
In the mean time I had decided to pick up a Savage Long Range Hunter in .308win. (after drooling over ATCTimmy's 300wm) I found what appeared to be a great deal on an unfired pre owned Remy 700 SPS AAC SD while pricing the Savage. Not exactly what I wanted but close at a great price. I wish I had done a little research before snagging it. In my "What a deal!" enduced mental fog I missed one major flaw. The action has a good rep and the trigger feels like butter to me after shooting that Mauser for my entire life. The Hogue stock however is a major malfunction! Very flexible and unstable. I am more than a bit surprised that Hogue makes this thing and even more aghast that Remington would put it on a rifle. What ever, my fault for not doing my due diligence.
After perusing the long range forums for a while I decided that Bell & Carlson's Medalist, style 2 stock was a good replacement in my price range. Certainly not the creme de la creme but good enough for my skill level(or lack there of). I found it on sale at stockysstock.com but it was listed as "Out of stock, back order OK". I placed my order and called to ask if they had any idea of when they would be in stock. I was told that 4-6 weeks was their best guess. The next morning I received a shipping notice email from them and my new stock arrived via USPS Priority may 3 days later. That was today.
The stock is now repackaged and will be sent back to Bell & Carlson for evaluation tomorrow.
The installation instructions said that the bedding block in this stock would be good enough for most shooters without glass bedding and that there should be a minimum of fitting needed. The warranty also stated that only an unmodified stock would warrantied.
The bottom metal was noticeably offset from the bedding block "pillars" and the action rocked fore and aft in the bedding block on a high center. When the mounting screws were torqued it pulled the action off center to the right and the barrel made contact down the entire right side of the stock. I could probably get things right with a few hours Dremel work and some Devcon but that would definitely fall into the realm of "modification" So I called B&C for an RMA and asked if they would eat the return shipping. No dice, I had to pay to ship it back for eval.
BTW, my Millet scope is still at Bushnell.
Someone doesn't want me shooting this stick!
OK, I'm done whining!