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Accuracy International Chassis System
(Mounted on Remington 700 Long Action Rifle)
Parts that will be needed:
Thoughts and Impressions about the A.I.C.S
This product is looks wonderful and works as a fine piece of equipment should. We experience a couple small issues, but anytime you are making such a significant change to a rifle you should be prepared to adapt and overcome. Read on ahead to see the transformation take place.
|There are quite a few reasons that
many sharp shooters and snipers alike use the Remington 700 as their
weapon of choice. All of these are based upon it being a solid
shooting foundation and most notably the Rem. 700 being considered one
of the most accurate production rifles in the world. While usually
the foundation cannot be improved upon, Accuracy International has taken
their knowledge and applied it to this already spectacular rifle for
what we anticipate to be noted improvement. People who may want to
consider the AICS are those who:
|Pictured here are all the components for our component swap. Note, you may not want or need the Bi-Pod and Spigot shown. We also had used/picture "Snap Caps" to function check the weapon when completed.|
|Step 1 as always.
Ensure the firearm is unloaded.
Our previous application had a "Versa-Pod" spigot adapter. This simply mounted on an existing sling swivel.
If your application does not have this component, disregard removing the sling. (Front)
|Remove the rear sling
If your application does not have this component, disregard removing the sling. (Rear)
|Pictured are the two set screws that hold the stock to the rifle. From this vantage point you can see the catch to release the feed mechanism for the cartridges. We recommend opening this mechanism to release the tension on the rifle.|
|From this angle, you see the released mechanism.|
|We have used a screw driver (Not previously pictured) and removed the two set screws that the original equipment required. Save these components. You may require them in the future.|
|Our OEM configuration
included a small washer on the front mounting screw. We see
the trigger guard, screws, stock and rifle completely separate from each
Now is a good time to catch up any cleaning of your trigger assembly and components usually contained within the stock assembly.
|Since we wish to retain the original hardware, you can use small pieces of paper towel to wrap the screws. This gives the screws something to "bite into" when inserted back into the non-threaded stock.|
|Screws "wrapped". Note the front screw (bottom) has the washer included.|
|Both screws have been fed into the stock, through the trigger guard. This ensures none of the components will be lost.|
|The instructions state that you must ensure that neither of the trigger assembly pins protrude beyond their proper locations. Check this now.|
|Good view of one side (Checking for flush fit of pins)|
|The Bolt Action side. Both of our pins are in their proper location.|
|We now remove the magazine from the A.I.C.S.|
|We simply set the rifle assembly into the new A.I.C.S stock.|
|Start with the front retaining bolt, using an alternating pattern, tighten until just snug. (Front and then the rear)|
|Once you have both of them tightened slightly, torque to the required specifications. (Recommended torque specification as per the instruction is: 6nm)|
|At this point the
majority of the assembly is complete (As per the instructions). We
will function check the rifle. We want to ensure the magazine
feeds properly with out any mis-feed issues, jamming and the bolt
continues to cycle properly.
The only issue we noted is an occasional "bumping" of the bolt into the magazine when empty.
We intend to look into the issue further in the future. Our thought is we may find where the bolt strikes the magazine, using a high-speed rotary tool, grind an angle in the follower to give the bolt a "ramp".
|Versa-pod has already done 99% of the leg work if you opt to install a Bi-pod on your rifle. We took this option because it saved us approximately 75% over the cost of the Accuracy International flavored Bi-pod.|
|The only down fall to
this Bi-pod vs. the A.I. version is the center section (Grey). The
A.I. version does not require this.
While both work just fine, I'm sure this is more of a "Patent/Legal" issue.
|When assembling our
adapter, we noted that one of the components didn't fit as we had hoped.
There are two solutions to this.
#1: You can use your high speed rotary tool and make a small adjustment (ie: removal of some material) on the spigot. We recommend the spigot because $15 is easier to deal with grinding on vs. a $1000 stock.
#2: Use a small hammer and "tap" the spigot into place. This will ensure you won't be able to remove the spigot in the future. Keep that in mind.
|Once you have chosen your method (if required) your spigot has a catch on the A.I.C.S and due to the design, your spigot will not "cant" or move.|
|Install the Bi-pod on
the end of the spigot. Ensure the mechanism is locked into place.
Make any adjustments (tighten) and check for full range of motion.
|Due to the design of
the Bi-pod we choose, there are three positions you can have your
"Versa-pod" in. Folded back (Above), folded forward (pictured
left) and in its operational position.
Note. All three positions can be considered "Operational". The first two pictures you can use the Bi-pod legs as a rest to avoid damaging your A.I.C.S if you are firing from over a wall or other barricade.
|The finished product (Magazine removed)|
|Finished product with the magazine installed.|
|New vs. Old.
While many people appreciate the wood stock and look, I enjoy the
function ability and form of the Tactical version.
One thing to note. The A.I.C.S adds a substantial amount of weight to the (now) T.W.S. (Tactical Weapon System)
|With our A.I.C.S we
went with the Stage 2. This offers us the ability to fold the
stock and has an adjustable cheek rest.
|Opposite side (from above)|
|Bolt side (from above)|
Conclusion and finishing thoughts about the A.I.C.S
As expected, this rifle stock is a well thought out piece of equipment. There are a few things that could be improved upon when the finished product is looked at as a whole.
Do we regret this purchase? Not at all. Do we think the price could be improved upon as well as components of the A.I.C.S? Absolutely.
|There are quite a few reasons that
many sharp shooters and snipers alike use the Remington 700 as a solid
foundation. While usually the foundation cannot be improved upon,
Accuracy International has taken their knowledge and applied it to this
already spectacular rifle for what we anticipate to be noted
improvement. People who may want to consider the AICS are those
While we were assembling this system we did
note a few issues. These have been pretty well discussed up to
this point. One thing we didn't account for when assembling this
was the cheek pad rising our line of sight too much to properly use the
scope. To rectify this problem we installed taller Leupold scope
rings (not pictured). With a better optic we probably would not
have had this problem. In the future when we swap this rifle out
for a new rifle we hope to get a more powerful scope as well. More
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