My first gun was a Remington 700. The scope was atrocious. It had little eye relief, and the reticle turned when I adjusted the magnification. After the infamous trigger recall, I sent my Remington in for recall work. The trigger came back as heavy as a bulldozer, so I replaced it with a Timney. Because the new trigger's bolt release got stuck, causing the bolt to come out of the rifle when it wasn't supposed to, I had to take the whole thing apart and oil the bolt release. When I rescrewed it, the trigger guard cracked, so I had to order a new one. After installing the new trigger guard, I could barely open the bolt. The action screws were pressing against the bolt lugs and left a deep, tell-tale scratch. At this point, I gave up on Remington. I sold the rifle to a pawn shop and bought a foreign-made rifle. Old timers used to say that Remington 700s from decades ago were among the best guns in the world. What happened?
I thought remington became part of a new corporate group a couple years back? That's when they went to shit.
My father's rem 700 is by far one of the most wonderful rifles I've ever used.
Zastava QC has dropped insane amounts since Yugoslavia broke up. Have some m70s back home and compared to what is available in the USA its a joke, the zastava stuff here is like a toy
Yeah, that USED to be true, but there's a reason for it. Cerberus Capital Management, the 'distressed investing' cunts, bought them out in early 2006. They also bought Bushmaster in 2006, Cobb Manufacturers in 2007, DPMS (Panther Arms) late 2007, Marlin in 2008, and ended their buying spree with Advanced Armament Corporation, one of the few suppressor authorized companies in 2009. Every company they buy, they kick all their current QC'ers out and tell them to get fucked.
Cerberus was either started or currently owned by Dan Quayle, but it's filled to the brim with libscum and detached QC'ers from Colt 2006 when SHTF for them. You can see precisely why this is such an issue.
And yeah, I bought a Rem700 in .308 somewhere around 2010, had to fucking junk it less than a month later, can't even remember how many problems it had.
It's always been an economy design that was built using fewer/simpler machining procedures. It gave up certain things in the process but it was overall robust, accurate and well finished.
The gun has had to become even cheaper in the face of new designs that take better advantage if modern manufacturing techniques and practices. This has been disastrous for it's reputation.
At this point if you want a custom tack driver for playing at the range, you should build on a stripped Remington action instead of buying a complete gun. Economy of scale makes it a great base for a custom target gun. If you want a mid tier hunting gun, look at a winchester 70, tikka or howa.
Its not as simple as Remington's quality going down.
They've just made cheaper versions of their same guns which cut corners.
If you buy their higher end guns, they're just as good as the same guns they made years ago.
Very much this, if you buy a $350 ADL Sporter you run the risks of bad finish, a barrel cut on worn out tooling, and chatter marks from running the mill too fast.
If you dish $1000 for a 5R Milspec, they are held to much tighter quality and material standards.
Explain how they fucked a gun so bad they pulled them off the shelves, recalled everything, and never re-released it.
I bought a Remington 700 SPS left hand in 7mm Rem Mag and I love it. Shoots about 1 MOA with PPU ammo when I do my part. No misfires, no ejector problems, no nothin. It's a fine rifle. Sure it has some loose plastic along the seams of the stock, but that's nothing that can't be fixed with a razor and some sandpaper.
Tikka is both better and cheaper than Remington. Savage is OK, but the action is not first-rate. I can't tell you about Weatherby. I haven't seen enough to develop an opinion about them.