We have 5 PD precision rifles. All lightly modified Rem 700P's. None are younger than 15 years old. The barrels were chopped from 24 to 20", and they were dropped into a chassis that took AICS mags. 2 are on their second barrel. All have had the triggers replaced when all the trigger drama hit and the chief red something on the internet about how we were all going to die with the factory triggers in place.
County has Larue OBR's for their 3 guys - none of my business.
Well, we want to go shorter, and add cans. 16" with threaded barrels. That costs money. Since they are all so old, none with less than 8k through them (no borescope) and are not the greatest shooting lot (they're about 1MOA with our duty load - 168gr ELD-M), I was thinking about new barrels. The stocks, McRees early chassis, are big, fat and heavy. There are a lot simpler, lighter more user-friendly chassis out there.
BUT - I got a Tikka T3X CTR a few months back after reading and watching favorable stuff on it. I'm duly impressed. The LE price on them is decent, and the Tac A1 comes in a really nice chassis, 16" threaded barrel, and everyone raves about it's accuracy and durability. Parts are common - you can buy lots of Tikka crap off brownells for reasonable cost.
For the cost of an upgraded barrel and chassis (and everyone is all horny about Timney triggers and are trying to talk me into those), it's cheaper to buy a whole new Tikka.
Right now, my CTR in a KRG Bravo chassis is the most accurate rifle I own, including my custom 700 that I've had for years.
Am I missing something? Decent price, accurate, easy parts availability, anyone who can work on a Rem can work on this thing (meaning re-barreling in the future). Safety is basically in the same position, so no major retraining on that. Shorter bolt throw, better trigger from the box - on it's face it's awesome.
We would use the current optics if we swapped, and we would not be able to use the AICS mags (each rifle comes with 2 10-rounders, though - which are shorter than the AICS).
The guys who have their own rifles would be mad or jealous - but I'm used to hate. 2 of them have RPR's anyway.
Opinions on if this is a bad route that I can't see.