Moved from the Calibre Confidence category:
On another note, I had heard for years that every gun that left the factory in America was shot before it left the factory. Having had at least two Remington 700s that would not chamber a round out of the box, I know that is a myth. Which is also why I do not like Remington 700s, although I do have one in 7mm Magnum bought many years ago.
"Having had at least two Remington 700s that would not chamber a round out of the box, I know that is a myth. "
Wow, I have had dozens of rifles an still do. NONE of them EVER would not chamber the round it was designed for. ZERO, NADA, NEVER, even the Remingtons. I will say though the Remingtons are notoriously sensitive about their stock screws. Too tight, or too loose and you will have failure chamber FROM THE MAGAZINE. Put one in by hand though and it's ok.
frhunter13, both rifles were in 7mm Magnum. Neither would chamber a round from the magazine nor would either take a round into the chamber if you tried to push on in manually. One was a BDL that I bought around 1993 or so. The other was a high dollar stainless synthetic I bought either 1999 or 2000, somewhere in that time frame. My son has that replacement gun or I would try to date the gun by the serial number. In both instances the dealer replaced the gun. IT was sort of like trying to push a 7mm Mag. round into a 308 chamber. The first thing I do when I buy a new bolt action now is to push a round into the chamber manually to make sure it goes.
Well that is very strange! They were both factory loaded ammo, right? I have made ammo before that would not chamber, and have yet to discover why in one case. But I have always been able to chamber factory ammo into EVERY one of the DOZENS of rifles including several Remingtons. It's hard to imagine that a go/nogo was not performed on those rifles at least.
I have looked down the barrel of a number of new rifles to see evidence that they HAVE been fired, or examined the bolt face carefully. Some of them though are clean as a whistle.
Factory loads, yes. Both rifles were replaced by the retailer. In each case the first thing they did was to open a box of ammo and try to chamber a round. I wonder if the barrels were marked for the wrong caliber, i.e. a 308 marked as 7mm Mag. or something similar. No one did a chamber cast, just sent them back to Remington.
Hopefully someone got fired over that, stamping the wrong caliber on a barrel and not doing a go/nogo before final approval would certainly be cause enough.