-Accuracy (Rem M700 SA .308win)
- does it need customising
-feeding problems with the magizine
- cost comparison with McMillan and HsPrecision - is it worth the asking price
The shooting comfort is a personal thing, but I love the ergonomy of the AI stocks. If you can find someone who has an AI rifle, try asking if you can try it just to get a feel for the ergonomy.
Accuracy depends on the barrel also, but as long as the barrel is good, 0.5 is a definite, with the posibility to go below that easily.
No, it doesn't need customizing other than adapting it for personal ergonomy. But customizing is always fun, isn't it?
Durability is extreme. The stock is essentially the same as in the Arctic Warfare series, and can handle quite harsh environments. It's likely that your Remington action and your barrel will need replacing long before the AI chassi, barring extreme accidents. As I mentioned in the thread about AI stocks in the Requests forum, Swedish Army PSG90's have survived 10m drops onto hard surfaces in really cold environments. The durability is one of the reasons why they've had such a success in military circles.
Feeding problems is nothing I've encountered, and I haven't heard anything about it, but I don't doubt that someone's encountered it. There are always monday morning products :wink:
Worth the asking price? That depends entirely on what you're going to use it for, what environment, and if you think it's worth it. Personally, I prefer the AI stock, and using a McMillan or HSPrecision would only be a cheap solution until I could afford an AI system 8) . I don't know how it is for civilians, but the service from AI when it came to the Swedish PSG90's has been superb.
I really like my AI stock on my remington 700 and I noticed a decent drop in accuracy over the HS stock that came standard. (bout .5 to about .3moa) This may be due to the fact that I feel more comfortable on pistol shaped grips and the AI stock just feels more natural to me. Keep in mind the stock has many adavantages over the standard sniper style stocks in my eyes anyway.
#1. It feels comfortable in a variety of shooting positions (not just prone)
#2. 10 round mags....this can be very handy in case you use different ammo (shooting though glass, long distances, fragable, ect). Can be much faster then unloading and loading a standard stock.
#3. The stage 2 version has a folding stock. This cuts down your case size and make the rifle less prone to hitting a wall or doorway when slung.
I guess it just depends on what you need one for....not to mention the thing is weather bulletproof.
I forgot to mention that you can raise the cheekpeice and the shoulder butt has extentions that you can take in or out to adjust to fit you.
Also if you use a Accuracy Internation (parker hale) bi pob it pops right in and pops right back out with the push of a button. I prefer that bi-pod over a harris any day of the week. Not only can you adjust the lenght per leg inch by inch but because of how it swivels makes it easy on uneven ground or to follow your target without dragging the legs across the ground.
There are no modifications needed with the remington 700 it just bolts right in and you can get the short of long action model depending on what remington you have.
As far as it being worth the money....just depends on you.....it is pricey and only comes with a 5 round mag.....extry 10 round mags are about $80.00. It is definatly a big investment....maybe go to some ranges and see if someone has one that you can try.
Yeah, detachable magazines are great, especially if you're frozen and/or tired. Far easier to switch mags than to load an internal magazine round by round with numb fingers.
And yes, the Parker-Hale bipod is nice too. At least one or two military snipers must have been involved in the design process, it's that well adapted to military use. However, if one doesn't want to spring for that bipod, since it's fairly expensive, the Versa-pods are kind of Poor Man's Parker-Hale bipods. Cheaper, and don't feel as solid, but have a lot of the functionality of the PH bipods.