Remington 700 Help Question

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by max344, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. max344

    max344 New Member

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    Hi Everyone

    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.

    Thanks again. :)
     
  2. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     

  3. max344

    max344 New Member

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    so it is normal to have one shallow hole ?
     
  4. TLuker

    TLuker Active Member

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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! :)
     
  5. spottedpony

    spottedpony New Member

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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.
     
  6. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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

    Mercator Active Member

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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.
     
  8. ColdIron44

    ColdIron44 New Member

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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...
     
  9. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2014
  10. toddchaney

    toddchaney New Member

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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!
     
  11. Hookeye

    Hookeye Active Member

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    My guess is the most forward hole has barrel threads at the bottom ;)
     
  12. max344

    max344 New Member

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    Just checked, you are right...... Thank you :)
     
  13. hkhunter

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    The front screws are usually short due to the thickness so the action and the longer screws normally will touch the bolt or extend too far in the action. You can feel the screw extends inside the action.