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Old 01-13-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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I just purchased a Remington 700 xcr tactical rifle, when I removed the four receiver plug screws to mount a scope. I noticed the front hole was not as deep as the other three. Is this normal or was the rifle tapped incorrectly? I am new to firearms so any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-13-2014, 06:48 PM   #2
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When you go to screw in the scope mount, pay attention to the screw in the shallow hole. Start all the screws, leaving the mount some wiggle room. Tighten the shallow hole screw first, then make sure tightens the mount securely.

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so it is normal to have one shallow hole ?

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I wouldn't say it's normal but honestly I've never paid it much attention. It shouldn't be an issue at all so long as the screw for the base screws all the way down. Good luck and congrats on the new rifle!

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After you've assured yourself the base screws tighten normally, don't forget to use a drop of blue loctite. (dont use red or you'll never get the screws out) so they dont loosen over time.

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if I wanted to know that for sure, I'd call Remington customer service 1 (800) 243-9700

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Not on my 700, but I've seen such small inconsistencies on other firearms. If you can secure the scope base, more than likely the rifle is gtg.

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I have a newer (maybe 3 years old) 700 CDL with the same shallow hole. I purchased Leupold bases for it that came with an extra mounting screw that was shorter than the rest. Guess where I put that sucker? I just assumed that was normal...

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I have a newer (maybe 3 years old) 700 CDL with the same shallow hole. I purchased Leupold bases for it that came with an extra mounting screw that was shorter than the rest. Guess where I put that sucker? I just assumed that was normal...
An educated guess: its a result of a hurried CNC program.

Edit: being the front hole is shallow, it might be intentional to keep more metal on the receiver = more strength where it counts.
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Congrats Max for your new rifle. And it is perfectly normal to have that shallow hole. It should not be a matter to worry about.
All the best for the use of the rifle!

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