Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Magpul AK47 Furniture Review

Magpul AK47 Furniture Review

If you are an AK-47 or AK-74 fan, one of the coolest AK related products for 2015 will surely be the new line of Magpul AK accessories. Last year, Magpul dipped its toes in the water with the release of rather awesome pistol grip and 30-round AK-47 7.62x39 Mags which you might have seen featured in a number of my previous AK-47 reviews. This year at the 2015 SHOT show, they introduced a completed picture of accessories which include both their MOE and premium ZHUKOV brand forends and stocks. Although AK-47 specs vary greatly, Magpul has really made an effort to offer a set of products which deliver the most fitment flexibility with the least amount of "hand fitting" on most milled and stamped AK-47/AK-74 format rifles. As can be expected with any AK-47 part, some AK's may require fitting.

I hate to overuse the word transformative, however in this case Magpul has not done a hell of a lot to improve the ergonomics of the AK-47 and AK74 platforms with more comfortable buttstock options and handguards all while not going too far and turning the AK into an AR. Its a delicate balance. Magpul has their "standard" MOE line and the premium ZHUKOV models which are appropriately named after General Georgy Zhukov who was the most successful and celebrated Russian General of WWII. You might remember that Russia was on our side at that point.

MAGPUL AK STOCKS
Magpul has made an effort to not make the AK into and AR as we see from most manufacturers. Instead they have attempted to stay true to the AK minimalist style. Whether shooters choose the AK MOE or ZHUKOV-S stock, the mounting is similar. The MOE trunnion and stock are all polymer, however the ZHUKOV stock uses a melonited steel trunnion. Both stocks use a tightening wedge system to make the stock receiver unition rock solid even on looser spec AKs.

The installation process is simple. Remove the existing stock and tap in the Magpul version. I will say that mounting the ZHUKOV-S stock required a few taps with the rubber hammer to get it seated into position on my Century International Arms C39V2 Billet Receiver AK-47. Since the Century Arms C39V2 is designed to be backward compatible with stamped receiver AK furniture, the process is the same should you have a stamped AK firearm. Secure the stock with the included hardware and you are off to the range.

Magpul's MOE AK Stock (MAG6161) is a simple and inexpensive upgrade for $59 which delivers lighter weight, open skeleton design, integrated QD mounts, and improved ergonomics. The MOE version is compatible with optional .25", .50", and .75" cheek risers to improve fit with optics. I was impressed with what I handled at the Magpul booth.

For shooters wanting more features, they can opt for the top end $99 ZHUKOV-S (MAG585) folding and adjustable length stock I tested here. I will note this stock is rather beautifully executed. The ZHUKOV-S stock delivers side folding stock, QD-mounts, and multi-position length adjustment in an extraordinarily minimalist design with minimal bulk. 

The single side folding function latch button is located on the left hand side and is easily reached. Press the button and the stock folds and then is held in place with a simple detent. Unfolding the stock is as simple and fast as just opening the stock to the locking position where it clicks in place securely.  The right side fold helps during storage considerably, provides a shorter more maneuverable CQB weapon option, and also does not interfere with left side mounted optics. With the stock folded, the shooter can still operate the bolt, however access to the safety is a bit obscured.

Length of pull adjustment is also familiar similar to AR15 stocks. With a simple lift of the latch, length can be adjusted.  For a 10-minutes upgrade part the ZHUKOV AK stock delivered a really nice tight fit and wonderful ergonomics. The AK format and furniture are typically pretty utilitarian which does not equate to comfortable, however with the Magpul offer AK shooters a really great option to customize fit with the same optional .25", .50", and .75" cheek risers cross compatible with the MOE AK stock.

MAGPUL AK HAND GUARDS
Magpul basically delivered the same level of design form and function up front at the handguard with three different hand guard options for standard gas tube length rifles. Magpul offers the drop in AK MOE Hand Guards in a standard handguard AK version and marginally shorter AKM versions. These MOE AK Hand Guards are designed to just more or less drop as replacements for stock furniture without any modification to the AK. On one of my rather trashy looking stamped Chinese AKs, the stock dropped right in. On my Century Arms C39 billet receiver it took a few sharp raps from the rubber mallet to seat the lower portion of the Magpul MOE Hand Guard into the billet receiver, but it worked and was crazy solid once attached.  The top gas tube handguard simply turns into place and felt solid enough I am a bit shocked that Magpul is not offering a top picatinny rail version for a red dot sight. Both of the MOE versions have internal heat shield which also serve as sprung tensioned handguard retainers which significantly increase the rigidity of the hand guard.

For most people, the MOE versions will be the most popular of the AK hand guards simply because it requires no fitting other than the a few taps from a rubber hammer to seat in place even on milled receivers like this Century International Arms C39V2. The Magpul AK furniture provides a drop in simple replacement. It can also be modified to fit other fitment needs. A bit of Dremeling allowed me to also mount the marginally shorter Magpul AKM Hand Guard on my Centurion 39 billet receiver pistol. Although not a job for the ameuter gunsmith, I was able to fit the AKM handguard into the C39 receiver which had a handguard slot about 1/3 smaller than the standard handguard hole in the receiver. All of the Magpul MOE and ZHUKOV Handguards are fully M-LOK accessory compatible at 3', 6', and 9' o'clock positions.

The higher end $99 ZHUKOV version is a barrel clamped extended hand guard length which I really like, however the hand guard system does require some compromises during installation. You better really want the Magpul ZHUKOV because you are going to be stuck with it. I don't see this as a problem with its features, however you should be aware that the gas block sling mount loop and factory handguard retainer cover must be ground off your AK. Yep, this means you are not going backward from an upgrade perspective at any point in the future. 


The Magpul ZHUKOV hand guard covers the sling mount point, so even if you do a fairly ugly job, no one will see it. This also means that the ZHUKOV is not a "drop in upgrade", but something easy if you know how to run a hacksaw and file or Dremel well. Once the sling loop and handguard retainer are removed the structural aluminum chassis inset can be removed and securely clamped to the barrel. After the aluminum chassis is in place, the handguard can be slid into place. The main advantage of this barrel clamped configuration is that the handguard is never shifting or moving. The ZHUKOV handguard is UltiMAK optic rail compatible, however Magpul provides a gas tube cover if you are not using a UltiMAK optic rail.

One of the reasons some will opt for the ZHUKOV hand guard over the MOE version is that this version is designed to be "more" compatible with various milled receivers since the hand guard is not reliant on a slot in the receiver and handguard retain for stability and is instead just clamped to the barrel.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Like all Magpul products they are well designed and thought out. I was a little confused that Magpul did not provide an optic mount as an option, however they did specifically recommend and build in compatibility for the UltiMAK optic mounts. All these upgrades were very tight fitting components on my volunteered Century milled AKs. These are definitely not the loose fitting handguards that fall off after you pull the gas block cover off, nor are they items you will likely be pulling on and off during routine cleaning. I love what Magpul has done to overhaul the AK47/AK74 rifles from top to bottom to keep the AK current even after all these years.

SOURCES
Magpul - http://www.Magpul.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Magnum Research MLR22BW Barracuda American Black Walnut .22LR Rifle Review

Magnum Research MLR22BW Barracuda American Black Walnut .22LR Rifle Review

As noted in my Ultimate 10/22 Shootout, “..and then the Magnum Research rifle shows up at about half the price of any of the rifles here. Kinda like the guy in the tweaked Nissan 300Z who can keep up and occasionally beat the guys in $1 Million sports cars.”  The Magnum Research lineup of 10/22 compatible rifles is like that.

Well now Magnum research has done it again with a new upgraded version of the graphite barreled MLR model which features the Barracuda American Black Walnut stock. For the price the Magnum Research is one hell of a head turner and now it turns heads with looks as well.  

ABOUT MAGNUM RESEARCH
If you have watched ANY action movie in the last decade you know Magnum Research.  Their giant semi-auto Desert Eagle pistol in powerful .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .50 calibers are often nickel or gold plated and are the kick butt feature firearm of more than a few action heroine and villain.  What you may not know about Magnum Research is that they have a unnoted goal of producing unbelievably accurate firearms.  This accuracy goal is nothing new, I owned a .22LR Mountain Eagle pistol and it was amazingly accurate... kinda sick about selling it.  Today, Magnum Research’s proprietary graphite barrels have become known as tack drivers from this 10/22 line to their new Blueprinted 700 bolt action rifles.

Magnum Research is also famous for their strategic industry relationships focused on making good production products better than ever.  Recently, a relationship with Walther to produce their MR9 pistol has made a Walther influenced design even better than the original design.Their Remington 700 blueprinted action centerfire rifles have transformed a standard 700 into an ultralight stunningly accurate big game rifle.  In a similar strategy, Magnum Research has transformed the stock Ruger 10/22 a price leading custom rifle for just $625 MSRP which should scare the heck out of competitors. This limited edition upgraded MLR22BW model jumps to $824 with the Barracuda American Black Walnut stock.

THE MAGNUM RESEARCH MLR22BW BUILD SPECS
My build included a stock Magnum Research MLR22BW which comes with CNC billet upper receiver, billet machined match bolt, custom charging handle, walnut stock, and proprietary graphite match barrel with Benz target chamber. I added Bushnell Banner 3.5-10x36MM Rimfire Scope to complete the build; the total build as equipped was only $923 with the optic.  I did add a $200 Timney match trigger as well.


FIT, FINISH, FEEL, & FEATURES
I reviewed the MLR22AT long ago and was pretty blown away at the capabilities of the rifle considering its price and weight.  The graphite barrel itself is stupid crazy lightweight and is pretty amazing. It runs super cool and maintains accuracy even after lots of sustained fire. This is one barrel and bolt combo I would use again and again on any build.  It is also by far the lightest of any 10/22 rifles made at an insanely light 4.5lbs and the Banner scope I used only adds another 15 oz.    

The old MLR22AT with polymer stock was not showy, however the MLR22BW is thanks to the stunningly gorgeous Barracuda American Black Walnut stock. It always amazes me how just a stock change can transform a firearm. This is one of the prettiest 10/22 stocks I have seen based on the a design similar to the MLR polymer stock. The difference on this stock is that it is not ambidextrous and is designed for the right handed shooter. Like the polymer Glacier Ridge stock on the original model, the stock design is lends itself more for offhand unsupported shooting rather than benchrest shooting. For offhand unsupported shots, the stock design delivers the shooter a solid feeling stock, however on the bench the design feels a bit top heavy and wobbly.


The billet machined receiver is every bit as nice as any of the other custom receivers I have tested and contributes overall to a very well made rifle, however the other components do not have the same custom finish and touches of the other custom rifles and components I have tested.

The trigger is a stock Ruger 10/22 unit which means it is far from a premium match trigger, however the “new version” Ruger 10/22 stock trigger is not bad. The fact that the stock MLR22BW could be even better by dropping in a match trigger got me so excited that I installed a Timney trigger before I could even get my photos done. Just note that all the images reflect a Timney Match trigger instead of a stock Ruger trigger unit. Even with a stock trigger, this rig can still get you into the .1xx’s at the 50-yard line.  The stock trigger assembly comes with an extended magazine release.  Much the same as to original MLR22AT, Magnum Research left off sling studs on the stock. These are easy enough to drill for and attach yourself.  The bolt is not showy but is an in house precision billet machined part which has all the extra tuning features such as pinned firing pin and correctly dimensioned face. In reality the only potential show stopper is that that the barrel is still not threaded and suppressor ready.  

The Banner 3.5-10x36mm scope is really a perfect magnification range scope for this .22.  Of course it does not have the optic clarity the high end optic however it gets the job done all for under $100.  The scope has features such as an adjustable objective and bullet drop compensating scope turret with various turrets for different rounds to put shots on target all the way out to 150 yards. Once you find the ammo that shoots well, find it on the turret chart and drop in the corresponding turret for fast and easy shots at extended ranges.

The charging handle is big, however perfect for a working man's rifle.  You can even work the bolt with big heavy mittens in the bitter cold. From a features perspective the Magnum Research MLR22BW backs a lot of great custom 10/22 components into a beautiful ready-to-go rifle.

ACCURACY
From an accuracy perspective, this rifle shoots exceptionally well with standard ammo like T-22, Mini-Mags, and CCI Standard Velocity.  In fact the widely available CCI Standard Velocity rounds are my favorite round as they consistently deliver 10-20 shot groups of only .5” at 50-yards.

My other MLR did not particularly like “match” ammo, however I have found that this MLR does and delivered some particularly excellent .154” 50-yard groups with Lapua Center-X. I also saw a number of other Lapua rounds deliver sub-.2” groups at 50-yards as well. This gun is an outstanding shooting rifle. This MLR also continued to deliver the un-finicky reliability that I have come to expect from their rifles. I have yet to have a non-ammo related malfunction with this rifle.  

FINAL THOUGHTS
Top to bottom this is an awesome super accurate and reliable setup and with the top end Barracuda American Black Walnut stock upgrade it also looks the part of a premium custom 10/22 as well. It is clear to me that Magnum Research wanted to produce a competition killer at a very competitive price.  

This model deserves a match trigger and I added one right away as shown, however even with just the “newer” Ruger trigger the rifle is still capable of sub-.5” 50-yards groups. Add in a Timney trigger and the groups get smaller very fast.  With this model, Magnum Research is going for the throat of the custom Volquartsens, Kidds, Tactical Solutions, and Force 10/22 rifles. This rifle has proven its accuracy potential can hang with the big names of 10/22 precision all in a package.

SPECS
My build included a stock Magnum Research MLR22BW which comes with CNC billet upper receiver, billet machined match bolt, custom charging handle, walnut stock, and proprietary graphite match barrel with Benz target chamber. I added Bushnell Banner 3.5-10x36MM Rimfire Scope to complete the build; the total build as equipped was only $923 with the optic.

SOURCES
Magnum Research
http://www.magnumresearch.com

Monday, May 25, 2015

Century Arms C39V2 AK-47 Rifle Review and it's 100% American Made

Century Arms C39V2 AK-47 Rifle Review and it's 100% American Made

I reviewed the first Century International Arms American made C39 Centurion rifle when it was first introduced and I loved it. That same C39 has been the base for many upgrades and reviews and along the way has been a perfectly reliable AK47. 

That first C39 was well made, however it still did not "look" like a pretty high-end AK47. Century International Arms now is delivering their latest C39V2 model which offer a 100% US made AK47 with all the nice little touches you would expect from a gentleman's AK47.

Most people think of the AK47 as a thug and warlord gun, however with the C39V2, I think Century has added a little class back into the AK. If you think of the regular C39 as field grade then the C39v2 would be a Grade 1 gun with dressed up finish and furniture and features.

At the heart of the C39V2, Century has carried over the 4140 ordnance grade steel receiver used on the C39 models but styled it subtly different with more rounded edges. Of note, the C39V2 also does not feature the second lower stock tang. Century included the extra lower tang and short reinforced stock hole on the C39 originally to add overall strength to the design, however in doing so they also made it almost impossible to change stocks. The C39V2 now features the same tang and stock specs of a stamped receiver so pretty much any stamped receiver stock will fit on the C39V2. A big thank you to Century for this.

The C39V2 not only has a chrome lined barrel, but has been nitride treated as well for significantly improved corrosion resistance. The nitriding also delivers the look of a higher end barrel finish. Other new features are the T-paddle extended magazine release, two included Magpul AK Mags, bolt hold open safety, enhanced dust cover, and lightened bolt carrier assembly for improved performance. Century is also now including their new "enhanced trigger" which is the closest thing to a match trigger for AK47 on the market. 

The trigger is worlds better than the triggers typically found on AK's. On the C39V2, Century delivered very nice high end wood furniture. If I had a Russian grandpa Valdemar, he would be very proud of "dis vonderful and beautiful AK-47". The gun is so pretty and with such a nice finish that I can't help but want to send it off to WMD and have it NiBx coated to really bling it out completely.


The remaining internals and sights on the rifle remain unchanged. The removable Century chevron compensator remains as do the standard adjustable AK front sight pin and rear sight are fully windage and elevation adjustable up to 800 yards. I was a little disappointed that Century dropped the US flag on the side of the receiver. Instead a classy little C39V2 logo is in its place.

ACCURACY
When it comes to high end ammo, Hornady has a pretty nice selection. Like the C39, my best groups were from the Hornady Zombie Max ammo which is very close to Hornady’s top grade 7.62x39 steel cased ammo.  

With the regular $6 a box Herters/Tula/Wolf ammo I saw around 4” groups at 100 yards off the rest with iron sights. However with the Hornady rounds my best group was in the 2” range at 100 yards. Add in a magnified 1-4x 3Gun scope and 100-yard groups should easily swing down to the 1.5" range. I think cobbling on an optic mount would take away from the beautiful look of this rifle. From my perspective its just fine with iron sights.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Just as Century International Arms did with the C39, they delivered an extremely well make 100% US AK-47 with the introduction of this C39V2 model. I never thought I would say it but I finally found a sharp looking AK47. 

Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever said an AK was nice looking, however the little touches on this AK actually make you think more in terms of grandpa's AK versus tactical thug. It isn't a Browning Citori from beauty perspective, however its lustrous barrel finish and high grade wood furniture give off the appearance of a hunting rifle. Consider that the 7.62x39 has just a bit more umph than the time proven 30-30 whitetail and hog round and you can easily consider slipping in a 5-round magazine for hunting.

This new model offers AK-47 aficionados a very well appointed and nice looking firearm option with some well thought out refinements and performance upgrades which also add to the cosmetic quality feel of the rifle.

The previous C39 model received a lot of kudos at the range for its looks and quality. That noted the C39V2 grabs even more attention. Everyone has an AK-47, however not everyone has one that looks this nice all while being American made. Century Arms definitely has another winner which may become another great american hunting rifle.

SPECS
Century Arms International C39v2 RI2245-N
Semi Automatic Rifle
7.62x39mm
16.25" Barrel
1:10 Twist
Chrome Moly Nitride Treated Barrel
14x1 Metric Left Hand Threaded Muzzle
Milled Receiver 4140 Steel
Magpul Magazine - 30 Round
Premium Wood Furniture - AKM Furniture Compatible
Plastic Pistol Grip
Black Finish
35.25" Overall Length
8.2 Pounds
100% American Made
Street Price:  $739
SOURCES
Century Arms - www.centuryarms.com

XLR Industries Standard Element Remington 700 Chassis Review

XLR Industries Standard Element Remington 700 Chassis Review

Everything seems to snowball for me and this is what happened when I started looking at Remington 700 Short Action Chassis Systems, so you can now expect a string of reviews featuring and reviewing all the various Remington 700 aftermarket chassis I have amassed for testing. Including this awesome XLR Industries billet Standard Element chassis, I have two additional XLR chassis and stocks from other companies as well to review. My hope is to work through all the reviews and then deliver a final buyers guide with all my condensed finding and perspective on pros and cons of each chassis.

THIS BUILD
For this build I ended up using a Remington 700 SPS AAC Tactical barreled action and doing some optic swapping. The first version was with Brownells Steel Remington 700 SPS scope base,  American Precision Arms Rings and a Lucid 4-16x44 Crossover Optic. Later I swapped back over to Extreme Hardcore Gear Ranger Rings and Leveling base with a PWS Brake and KRG Bolt Lift bolt handle. This was just to mess around and try out different configurations.

The main question everyone will ask is why go to the trouble and expense to move from a factory stock to a billet chassis system like this XLR Industries Standard Element stock or a premium target stock? The answer is usually consistency and improved accuracy due to a platform which is not affected by weather and humidity, and provides the same positive and precision grip/bedding on the action from shot to shot. These higher end chassis also free-float the barrel for the best possible accuracy from your Remington 700 barreled action and in most cases feature positive mechanical bedding which further increases accuracy and negate the need for the mess of resin or epoxy bedding the action. All XLR chassis feature precision bedding-less mounting system does not require gunsmithing and allows the receiver to sit in the chassis stress free for utmost accuracy without the need for a V-block.

Like many of the other top tier Rem 700 chassis, the XLR stock also deliver integrated AICS compatible box magazine well which saves you around $200 for a “bottom metal” AICS compatible magazine adapter for your factory stock. Adding a magazine fed feature delivers the ability to quickly reload or conveniently unload the rifle without "dumping" your rounds on the ground. AICS obviously makes various capacity magazines however ALPHA, Magpul, and MDT all also offer great options as well.

Yet another benefit of these chassis are that they are typically ergonomically and stability optimized for prone or benchrest shooting positions which deliver more long term shooting comfort behind the gun over long periods of lying or sitting down.

Most people find there is a world of difference in comfort and fit when they get behind one of these chassis systems. If you want the best accuracy possible from your Remington 700 Action and additional features, then it makes sense to look at one of these chassis systems. Of course the obvious point I should make is that with a few exceptions these target and sniper chassis are usually a bit heavier and are not really for field rifles that you are going to lug around for miles or use for a brush/walking stalk hunt. The purpose built chassis are designed for the most part to be supported with a bipod or sandbags and deliver the stability to increase long-range precision.

Shooters get a drop in stock replacement which delivers everything the professional and amateur shooter could ever want in a precision stock with literally every aspect of the stock being adjustable all while remaining completely backward compatible with off the shelf Remington upgrade components.  

When I brought up the buyers guide concept I was working on to XLR, they along with many other companies immediately wanted to send a test chassis to show me first hand why their chassis are extremely popular with the precision shooters, military and LEO sniper teams. XLR actually supplied three including their Tactical Evolution, Element, and Carbon versions all with similar but unique design features. XLR are the newer kids on the block when it comes to billet Remington 700 chassis however people are going a bit nuts over them due to the impressive comfort, adjustability and the huge breadth of chassis offered for various guns as well as customization options. In fact CLR chassis are now appearing quite a bit in long range competitions.

Among the many different bolt actions XLR offers billet chassis for, the Remington 700 short and long action are of course by far the most popular, however XLR Evolution series stocks are also available is the widest number of inlet models for other rifles, more than any other chassis in the world.

FIT, FINISH, FEEL, FEATURES, & FUNCTIONS
As with all the XLR industries chassis, the Element series is available with any of XLR’s own billet buttstocks. In this case I choose their Standard stock, so this chassis I am testing is called the Standard Element. If I had selected the Tac Lite buttstock, this model would have been the Tac Lite Element. Hopefully you get the idea of their naming convention of the models. XLR’s folding $115 stock adapter can also be added to any of the stocks initially or later on. Personally I recommend every longer Rem 700 rifle has a buttstock folding adapter to simplify transport.  I didn't add that option on the XLR Standard Element chassis, however I likely will.

The "Standard" buttstock is fully adjustable for cant, cheek rest position, cheek rest height, length of pull, and buttpad height. You can get insanely comfy behind this rifle. About the only thing it is missing from a comfort perspective is a memory foam pillow. The base of the buttstock stock is angled to work with sandbags for elevation adjustments when prone or on the bench.

XLR stocks all accept AR15 grips, however it comes with the best one I could ever come up with to put on a rifle like this. For buttstocks, XLR’s chassis accept “some” AR15 buttstocks, however why would you go there when XLR’s are better, more adjustable, higher quality, in some cases lighter, and less expensive. I even used one of their Tactical buttstocks on an AR15 build.  You could use an AR15 buttstock, but what’s the point. XLR’s least expensive fully adjustable stock optimized for their chassis starts at only $180.

Like a custom one off chassis, the design, quality, and precision is totally insane. Even just their own stock folding adapter is superior in quality to any other AR15 style adapter on the market and fits any of their chassis. Really... their stocks are artful they are so well made.

The most important aspect of the buttstocks and the chassis are they are stiff, rigid and tough.  They also have less of that, hey I am a tuff guy with a beard look and more like I am a tough guy in a suit look. I would fully expect one of their chassis to appear in a Bond film at some point due to amazing looks. Admittedly XLR’s Carbon is the most eye catching, however their tubed forend Evolution is the best seller and their Element delivers everything the other stocks do in a simpler and lower cost chassis design that is easier for shooters to set up.

The XLR Industries Standard Element chassis I tested is one of XLR’s most popular chassis offering both lightweight and durability and a very reasonable price. It is not a lightweight stock per-say at just over 4lbs and nearly twice as heavy as my stock factory Hogue stock, however it is lightweight compared to most billet chassis systems. It is a chassis which can be heavily knocked around and will take the abuse. Where the rest of the XLR chassis feature tubed forends the Standard Element features an more traditional free-floated open top forend design. The XLR Element chassis provides mount rails positions at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions for accessories.

One of the really great things about the XLR Element design over XLR's tubed forend Carbon and Evolution chassis is that any existing Remington 700 rifle with base and scope already mounted can literally be lifted from the stock chassis and dropped into the Element chassis win 2 minutes without removing the scope or base. This may seem obvious, however on the chassis with tubed handguard/forends, some extended bases and shorter rings either interfere with or do not provide enough clearance height for the scope and base to clear the forend receiver trunnion. If you have a set up Remington action that you already have everything you need to just drop it in the Element without swapping a thing.

Installation was as simple as removing the two stock action screws, pulling off the factory stock from my Remington 700 SPS AAC .308, and dropping it into this action and using the supplied action screws to tighten everything down. The entire procedure took under 2 minutes.

As with the other chassis, there was an accuracy improvement the same as any of the other chassis I am currently testing which equated to about a 15% improvement in my accuracy over the factory Hogue stock. This basically pushed my best .65”ish groups to just over .5” and my more typical .8”-.9” groups down to the .7”-.75” mark. Not transformational, however it is an improvement. I can only speculate based on my experience, but this stock in combination with a match trigger upgrade could increase accuracy by as much as 30% depending on your trigger. There may be a difference in accuracy between each different XLR stock, however my abilities doe not allow me to fairly measure a difference that small.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Considering the stunning beauty of this chassis and craftsmanship, it's surprising that XLR is selling this at only $595 considering many other billet chassis are much more. It is a deal, wrapped up in a attractive design that actually, you know… performs as good as it looks.  The most significant advantage to the XLR chassis are that you can make them comfortable to lay behind for hours without overly fatiguing the shooter. This is a great sniper chassis for those that just want a true drop in option without worrying about having to change out bases and rings for scope & forend clearance.

SPECS
XLR Industries Standard Element Remington 700 Chassis
6061 T-6 billet action block
Type 2 Class 2 anodized finish
12 inch or 14 inch hand guard
Ergo overmold tactical AR grip
Right or left hand configurations
Fully adjustable stock
Sling ready
Single shot or DBM setup
No gunsmithing required
Made in U.S.A
MSRP $595 + $115 Stock Folder Adapter

SOURCES

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