Originally Posted by ChicagoJoe
Well, I have good news and bad news. First the good news: Big Green solved my head space issue and if you let the barrel cool between shots my Model 7 shoots one inch groups. Of course, with the thin barrel, if you shoot it hot the rounds are all over the place. The bad news is that the rifle has trouble feeding from the blind magazine. Maybe it was the fact that I could only load one round at a time on my range, but every second cycle the bolt failed to pick up a round from the magazine.
More Remington bad news... I bought a Remington 597 which threw off a part from the bolt on the third round ever fired through it and the rifle no longer functions. Of course, I cannot return it to the retailer, so I have to send another firearm to Remington.
I'm now officially done with Remington products. In fact, I am considering trading in my Model 7 toward a TC Venture or Tikka T3 Light. Any thoughts about the relative merits of the Venture vs the T3?
The model 7 is a very light that is not meant to be much more than a very convenient rifle to carry a lot and shoot a little. On ultra lights with pencil thin barrels I don't even bother shooting 3 shot groups (don't know about you but I've never gotten to do three consecutive shots at any game animal nor needed too). I only shoot two shot groups from a cold barrel. If the are sub MOA I call it good. The third shot (if I even take it) I send out just out of sheer curiosity but if it opens the group I donlt really sweat it too much on these guns.
The 597 has a crappy reputation out there. I guess it deserves it. Sorry you are not having a good time with your Remingtons. BTW I have Tikka T3 Lite and it is a heck of a gun.