I think Marlin, and by that I mean Remington, needs to stop making the X7 centerfire bolt action rifles. Marlin is a Lever Action Company… they need to stick to that. They do fine Rimfires… which is fine. Remington has nothing in that market. But Remington making a Marlin branded Savage Knockoff? Feh… Why? To get that 300 dollar rifle Market? I thought they already had that with their 770. Which is total crap, but hey. It’s at least a Remington.
Now, there is really nothing wrong with the X7 rifles. It is quite good for a cheap knock-around gun for those that have a hate for Savage and refuse to buy one… so now they can buy the Marlin option, which is a Savage knockoff crossed with a Vanguard if it got drunk with ambition and delusions. Reportedly the X7’s shoot pretty good. Especially their heavy barreled .308. But why would Remington want make that, when they would rather be selling their own 700 SPS Tactical? I don’t get why they feel the need to make a product that competes with their own product. Remington needs to squelch that.
I still assert that Mossberg needs to GTFO of the Lever Action market too.
I’ve taken a closer look at the Remington R1 1911 pistol. Six of them, actually. When they first came out, my impression was favorable. I liked them. And I wanted to still like them. For 699 they seemed to be a great deal. And for some, meaning Remington Fanboys, they still are.
Closer examination of the R1 reveals a shortcoming I didn’t expect from Remington. When I stripped them down and looked closely at the internals, I didn’t like what I saw. The internal machining was sub-par. A 450 dollar ATI has better machining. A Taurus has better machining inside. Though for 699, you do get to beat your chest about “American Made”… right alongside Charter Arms, Auto Ordinance, and Hi-Point. Great.
The good news is that Para USA is now making guns in the USA. So if you want a Remington R1… Buy a Para USA Wild Bunch.
You guys know I’ve been itching for a .25-06. Well we got in an older style Sendero on trade. If I was in a better situation financially, I’d snag this thing. As it is, it’s tempting for me to put it on layaway. The older style has the narrower, slimmer stock. The new ones have that huge retarded palm swell that I don’t really care for. This one is just how I like them. If I got it, I’d want to put a Rapid Z 800 on it.
Sometimes I really hate working in a gun store. Being an addict makes the job hard.
Take a good hard and close look at the 2011 Remington Catalog. On page 66 there is a blurb for the 450 Bushmaster Premier Accutip load. This blurb makes the claim that the Accutip provides “supreme accuracy” while delivering “A big dose of aerodynamics“. They go on to claim that Accutip “delivers delivers exceptional flight characteristics for ultimate downrange precision and sustained energy.”
Oh really? Hmmm… That’s interesting. Let’s take a look at the ballistic tables on page 107. Continue reading Calling Shennanigans on Remington→
Something bad is happening… you have to go. Now. You grab one weapon… only one. What do you grab? I have a modest collection of arms, but I couldn’t grab all of them. I’d have to pick one. I suspect most of my readers are in the same boat. I’ll give you guys about 1 second to guess what my choice would be.
When friends come out from Hill AFB and say they want to do some shooting – we go shooting. So Mike and Tony came out yesterday, and Tony picked up a nice Savage 10 FCP topped it with a 6.5-20×44 Vortex Viper. Mike brought out the finished Crusader Broadsword. Both guns needed to be zeroed, so today, we went to the range, including WTA’s Khorne.
One of the best tactical shotguns out there is also the most over looked. The tactical shotgun market has become very crowded as of late. Everyone that does shotguns is now doing Tactical versions… and this is a beautiful thing.
The downside to the crowded market is that most attention is only paid to the newest, latest and greatest. Which is fine… save for the old standby workhorses that get ignored too often.