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.308 700 ADL/Choate Ultimate Sniper stock-magwell issue

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by rhinoh, Dec 8, 2012.

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  1. rhinoh

    rhinoh Member

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    Been trying to figure out why my Dick's version .308 700 ADL Varmint shoots so poorly. 3-4" groups at 100 yards with any ammo I've tried. My Ruger American in .308 will shoot groups with the holes touching.

    A buddy loaned me a Choate Ultimate Sniper stock to try. Went out to shoot yesterday and could not get the receiver to drop down in the stock. Found the mag box was wider in the rear than the space allowed in the stock floor.

    Whats the deal here?

    Took the mag box off, single small screw retains it, figuring I'd just single shot it for a test. Nope, rear securing screw too long and keeps the bolt from going forward. Being in the field I didn't have any washers to space under the screw head for a temporary fix. So no progress made.
     
  2. rhinoh

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    Alrighty- no replies....
    Called Choate yesterday, they called back and left me a message stating their gunsmith had not seen that where the mag box on a 700 was too wide to fit down in the allocated width in the stock bottom. Said to dremel it out but it would void the warranty:eek:
    That isn't gonna happen with a borrowed stock...sort of complicates my decision on whether to buy one. :scrutiny:
     
  3. Abel

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    Call McMillan and have a set of digital calipers ready.
     
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    Does your friend have the bolts that go with the stock? If not, call Choate and ask for their bolt specs and pick some up locally. If it shoots in the Choate stock (w/o mag), then I would look for another stock, but I would go a different route than the Choate.
     
  5. Kachok

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    If the rifle won't shoot any tighter then 3-4" groups @100 I highly doubt a fancy stock will fix it. Stocks and modifacations there of are usualy a fine tuning item, with accuracy that bad I would suspect the barrel. I have a rifle that won't shoot any kind of factory fodder and the only fix I have found is handloading my own. You are not the first to have problems with an ADL I owned one too :(
     
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    You need to call Rem and find out what the torque at!! I had to call Savage to get the torque on my guns. Different guns has different torque by the same make and model so have the Serial number ready.
     
  7. rhinoh

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    Well...I ground off the 4 nubs supporting the barrel in the factory stock and got about a 1.5" group...however the stock is too flimsy to run it that way reliably.
    I think I'll try the Choate again with a spacer under the rear screw so the bolt will close and just single shot it.
    I'd really like to find another aluminum bedded free barrel float stock anyway..the Choate looks nice but I can't use it with my Blackhawk Sportster Titan rifle rest. Of course with a bipod I wouldn't need the rest for it.
    I'm still perturbed the 700 groups so poorly, the same day I bought it I also bought a .308 Ruger American that will do 3 holes touching no problem:cool:
     
  8. Kachok

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    Ruger and Savage make better stuff then Remington right now for less $$$ I own several Savages and love them all, my 30-06 is fantastic even with it's less then superb, flimsy, pre-accustock piece of tupperwear. I am thinking about one of those new Rugers but need to lean how to rustproof it seeing as it's factory finish is not that tough and I live in a very humid climate that plays havioc on bare steal.
     
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