My wife purchased me a Brownig Abolt Stainless stalker last year frome SW in Anchorage as a welcome home/ welcome back to AK since we had been gone for 8 years in the USAF and she had moved us back up here alone while I was in Iraq. I love the rifle but barely got to take it out last year since I didn't get home till Sept 10th. In the shooting I did I was not thrilled with the leupod rifleman that I purchased with it and had S/W install and bore sight. I finally pulled the rifleman off and slapped it on top of a new Tikka 270 which is a much better fit. The A-bolt sat topless for the last several months waiting on the perfect scope. Well today was the day I went and purchased a Zeiss conquest 3-9x40 for its clarity and 4" of eye relief.
I got it home and started to set about installing it. I got Leupold rings with the rifleman scope and was planning on using them for the Zeiss. I noticed that the rear mount was not tight. i grabbed the torx and found that the front screw was very loose. I turned it and it didn't get any tighter. I changed directions and the same thing the screw just turned and did not back out! I finally dropped the floorplate and pulled the bolt to look from that side I could see the bottom of the screw turning freely. I finally held some strong upward preasure and was able to get it to back out.
So here I am with a brand new scope and a stripped reciever 1 week before the season!!!!! I am so #$%)*&$ ANGRY right now!!! Those idiots in the back shop at SW screwed up my brand new $850 rifle and then hid it and let me walk away knowing that it lwould ikely be years before I found the problem!! I don't believe that I will be able to get it made right by S/W before the season starts so here is my plea, is there any smiths in the palmer/wasilla area that could fix this on short notice?
Let this be a warning to you all don't let just any one work on your rifle even if they are the ones selling you the rifle and it a SIMPLE TASK!!! The ultimat Irony is that the rifle was way off the paper despite being bore sighted which is the only reason that I let them install the scope in the first place.