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Finally a true factory LH mountain rifle! #13438847 01/10/19
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I'm pretty sure I'll be getting one of these on order ASAP. Just have to figure out which cartridge. Leaning towards 7mm-08 or 6.5 PRC. I just got an X3 .300 WSM and Mesa 6.5 CM.

http://montanarifleco.com/rifles/xar/

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Well, they got rid of the crazy long barrel shank, anyhow. Being a new model with the new ownership, I wonder if it will have the kinks worked out that plagued the previous models. Hopefully.


Pretty lousy cartridge selection though. Hopefully that will expand.

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They do state you can get non standard chamberings. I'm not worried about any problems. Based on my experience I doubt their rate of issues was significantly different than most others. They were, however, doing a terrible jobcorrecting them when the arose. New leadership already seems to be improving this.

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The thing is- "Non standard" chamberings are an upgrade. So, from the X3, you already have to pay $100 more to upgrade to a lighter gun. Then if you don't want one of the few chamberings, you have to pay a upgrade fee, because it is "non standard". Why don't they just offer the same list of cartridges, on a build to order basis, like the X3? Or is this going to be an on the shelf rifle at dealers, more so than the X3?

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You're probably right, but you're making some assumptions. I have no clue if there is an up charge (probably is) for a non standard clamberings or if it just means a longer lead time. Also, at this point I doubt anyone knows what the real world price on these is. That said, most companies offer a pretty limited selection of chamberings and that's what you're stuck with. At least with this you have options. I'm ok with paying to get what I want.

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First Montana Rifle Co. offering that has peaked my interest in a long time. I wonder what street price will be.


Originally Posted by Llama_Bob
I've seen more well-shot game lost with TSXs than any other premium bullet.

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The Cooper backcountry is now in LH. A 280 AI is currently on Gunbroker.

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Cheaper and lighter than a LH Ridgeline... Limited standard cartridge selection, tho they offer the two I would be interested in (270, 6.5CM). One custom project to wrap up. Then, we'll see what the early adopters have to say after the SHOT Show... smile

EDIT: Noticed that the new MRC website also lists what appear to be fairly realistic weights for the entire product line...

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When do they expect to hit the street with this?

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I called my dealer today. He said that he'll try to get in touch with them, but he thinks that there's basically nobody there right now with all the shows going on. I asked him to get me a price on 6.5 PRC and 7mm-08.

Bravo

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I noticed that if you click on "view spec sheet" you can get a PDF of the rifle specs. It says MSRP is $1975 there vs. $1699 on the site.

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Originally Posted by Wrongside
First Montana Rifle Co. offering that has peaked my interest in a long time. I wonder what street price will be.

Agreed. Good looking rifle. Chamberings seem okay for 5lb.+ lightweight offerings... the 6.5 barrel length could be 22" rather than 24"..so could the other SAs....

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Originally Posted by broomd
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First Montana Rifle Co. offering that has peaked my interest in a long time. I wonder what street price will be.

Agreed. Good looking rifle. Chamberings seem okay for 5lb.+ lightweight offerings... the 6.5 barrel length could be 22" rather than 24"..so could the other SAs....


Yessir. That was the biggest negative I noticed. 22" would've been better. It looks like the flutes run too far for a guy to cut and crown.
Originally Posted by ammoman16
I noticed that if you click on "view spec sheet" you can get a PDF of the rifle specs. It says MSRP is $1975 there vs. $1699 on the site.

Saw that. Hopefully the higher price is a mistake. Even at $1699.00 they're fighting a uphill battle, IMO. Lots of other well established, lighter rifles to choose from... If a guy's not a leftie.


Originally Posted by Llama_Bob
I've seen more well-shot game lost with TSXs than any other premium bullet.

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Two thoughts on the 24" barrels. First, not everyone who buys rifles is 24HCF edumacated about short barrels. Second, there are still some old pharts around that are O.K. with a 24" tube to give a rifle a little more weight forward balance. The 24" barrel on the 6.5 CM was actually one of the attractions for me.


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I don't understand how the pricing doesn't align. You'd think they'd have a process in place to verify that, especially on a new flagship rifle.

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Plenty of errors on the site. On the one page, they list the weight of the X3 the same as the XAR. I'd bet the $1995 is reality.

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Originally Posted by KenMi
Plenty of errors on the site. On the one page, they list the weight of the X3 the same as the XAR. I'd bet the $1995 is reality.


I noticed that too, but when you click on the X3 they have accurate weights. Someone needs to have a talk with their web designer.

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Originally Posted by Wrongside
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First Montana Rifle Co. offering that has peaked my interest in a long time. I wonder what street price will be.

Agreed. Good looking rifle. Chamberings seem okay for 5lb.+ lightweight offerings... the 6.5 barrel length could be 22" rather than 24"..so could the other SAs....


Yessir. That was the biggest negative I noticed. 22" would've been better. It looks like the flutes run too far for a guy to cut and crown.


Yep... was thinking the same thing about the fluting. A guy might be able to cut one inch off and recrown, but probably not enough to make much of a weight difference anyway.

The Kimber Adirondacks are getting away with 18" barrels, compare that to a 24" tube, probably knocking off 3-4 oz of steel weight.

A sorted 'superlight' needs those tweeks.

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Originally Posted by Orion2000
.... O.K. with a 24" tube to give a rifle a little more weight forward balance. The 24" barrel on the 6.5 CM was actually one of the attractions for me.

Balance? We don't need no stinkin' balance! laugh

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Originally Posted by Orion2000
Two thoughts on the 24" barrels. First, not everyone who buys rifles is 24HCF edumacated about short barrels. Second, there are still some old pharts around that are O.K. with a 24" tube to give a rifle a little more weight forward balance. The 24" barrel on the 6.5 CM was actually one of the attractions for me.

Yah, they are obviously never going to please everyone. I'd be fine with a 24", it definitely wouldn't be a deal breaker, if I liked everything else on the spec sheet.

But I prefer 22" these days. Even if all they did was end the flutes a bit further back, a cut and crown isn't a big deal.


Originally Posted by Llama_Bob
I've seen more well-shot game lost with TSXs than any other premium bullet.

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I have a MRC Extreme X2, and very happy with the build quality and accuracy.

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I think I have had five MRC actions or rifles pass through my hands. Despite their virtues, I would never put "MRC" and "true mountain rifle" together in the same sentence.

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Originally Posted by Wrongside
First Montana Rifle Co. offering that has peaked my interest in a long time. I wonder what street price will be.


They also have my attention.

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Originally Posted by utah708
I think I have had five MRC actions or rifles pass through my hands. Despite their virtues, I would never put "MRC" and "true mountain rifle" together in the same sentence.


So you've handled the new one then?

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Nope, but the amount of weight in the action puts them behind the curve for a true mountain rifle from the outset. The MRC bolt I just weighed is 14.5 oz, and a NULA 9.5. The MRC is derived from blending the M70 and M98 action--neither of which are light weight. Just pull a MRC from a stock and look at the amount of metal below the waterline and you will see what I mean.

There is also the chance that advertised and actual weight for the rifle will differ. The Extreme X2 was advertised at 6# 14oz, but as the thread below indicates, some were substantially heavier than that:

"Overweight" X2 Extreme

I have the exact gun discussed in the thread above--one of the special order of 1-8 twist .243 Win, and its bare weight on a accurate digital scale is 7# 10 oz . That is 3/4# more than the advertised weight.

I have no bone to pick with MRC. I bought two or three of their $350 charter sale actions just when they were starting out, and as someone who grew up in Montana, I thought a Montana action would be a cool thing. They can be the basis for fine rifles; just know that it is not a light design.

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Kilmanjaro and some of the previous MRC Smiths would put the Kurtz Mt. Rifle style lightening channel on the MRC and then they shaved some weight off the magazine by Swiss cheesing it. I think some even bored out the bolt and put in an aluminum liner. But the Kilmanjaro mountain and ladies rifle were pretty trim.


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From my notes when I tinkered with action weights in the past:

MRC SA CM action with Factory BM = 45.9 oz
MRC SA CM action with LW BM = 41.7 oz
Win SA CM action with factory BM = 41.3 oz
Rem SA SS action with HS Gen1 DBM + Mag = 40.6 oz - (HS DBM + Mag ~5 oz heavier than factory BDL BM)
Rem SA SS action ADL Config = ~33 oz
Custom Titanium Receiver ADL config = ~22 oz.

I agree with utah708, the MRC action is not the place to start for a true fly weight rifle. However, if they can meet the advertised rifle weight for the MRC Ascent, I am still interested.

EDIT: First 5 data points above are sample size of one. Titanium weight based off manufacturer website with titanium bolt option. Cannot recall which brand.

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Originally Posted by Orion2000
From my notes when I tinkered with action weights in the past:

MRC SA CM action with Factory BM = 45.9 oz
MRC SA CM action with LW BM = 41.7 oz
Win SA CM action with factory BM = 41.3 oz
Rem SA SS action with HS Gen1 DBM + Mag = 40.6 oz - (HS DBM + Mag ~5 oz heavier than factory BDL BM)
Rem SA SS action ADL Config = ~33 oz
Custom Titanium Receiver ADL config = ~22 oz.

I agree with utah708, the MRC action is not the place to start for a true fly weight rifle. However, if they can meet the advertised rifle weight for the MRC Ascent, I am still interested.

EDIT: First 5 data points above are sample size of one. Titanium weight based off manufacturer website with titanium bolt option. Cannot recall which brand.

That's a fantastic posting for those of us who value an ultralight rifle build. Thanks for taking the time.

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Lots of good information there.


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The surprise for me was that the Win SA set up with PTG light weight BM was actually only slightly heavier than the Rem SA factory set up. I had a scheme in mind to convert a LH Win SA WSM action over to LH Win SA Standard action. However, got distracted and sold the project before I started commissioning metal work.


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Bought a LH Forbes in 7-08 very nice LW rifle that balances like a heavier rifle. Accurate could not build one for what I paid for it. Very impressed with my Tikka LH 6.5 Creedmoor also. Not so with MRC rifles.


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Originally Posted by utah708
Nope, but the amount of weight in the action puts them behind the curve for a true mountain rifle from the outset. The MRC bolt I just weighed is 14.5 oz, and a NULA 9.5. The MRC is derived from blending the M70 and M98 action--neither of which are light weight. Just pull a MRC from a stock and look at the amount of metal below the waterline and you will see what I mean.

There is also the chance that advertised and actual weight for the rifle will differ. The Extreme X2 was advertised at 6# 14oz, but as the thread below indicates, some were substantially heavier than that:

"Overweight" X2 Extreme

I have the exact gun discussed in the thread above--one of the special order of 1-8 twist .243 Win, and its bare weight on a accurate digital scale is 7# 10 oz . That is 3/4# more than the advertised weight.

I have no bone to pick with MRC. I bought two or three of their $350 charter sale actions just when they were starting out, and as someone who grew up in Montana, I thought a Montana action would be a cool thing. They can be the basis for fine rifles; just know that it is not a light design.


A couple points. First, I understand the size and weight of the action, as I have owned/handled quite a few. That doesn't necessarily make it impossible to make a sub 6lb gun. The biggest challenge they are likely to have is getting it to balance well. Second, the advertised weight vs tje actual weight of your X2 is in no way relevant as that was a marketing practice of prior leadership. The X3 I have is within about an ounce of it's advertised weight.

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Handled a righty Saturday at DSC. Finish was good. Balanced okay to me. Thanked them for offering these in left hand. Contact Robert Perry MRC marketing. Told him about this forum. He said call him direct. Phone 406-756-4867 extension 207.

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Scott270, Glad to hear that the balance felt O.K. Also, that the marketing rep is putting his contact info "out there".

Ammoman, Glad to hear that the new X3 is close to it's advertised weight. That is a start. However, trust is earned, not given. The new crew at MRC will have their work cut out to rebuild the trust and reputation that the previous regime trashed. Not picking a fight. Just stating the obvious that they are in a steep rebuild mode at the moment. I sincerely wish them well...


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Originally Posted by scottf270
Handled a righty Saturday at DSC. Finish was good. Balanced okay to me. Thanked them for offering these in left hand. Contact Robert Perry MRC marketing. Told him about this forum. He said call him direct. Phone 406-756-4867 extension 207.

Thanks for taking the time and effort with this.

If the weights are realistically in the upper 5lb range, I may consider one of these rifles. I don't live too far from Kalispell, I'd likely drive up there and look them over.

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Yes, thank you very much for your feedback, scott270.

Hope you take that drive, broomd... wink

I really hope these XARs work out. Both for MRCs sake, and ours.


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I've seen more well-shot game lost with TSXs than any other premium bullet.

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I handled a X3 (of course, RH) last week. Of course, the bolt seems to add to the weight, but it balanced well. I am seriously considering placing an order for a 7mm-08. Some of the negative customer service feedback concerns me.

Does anyone own one and have any comments?

Thanks. DJB

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Finally got pricing from my dealer. $1500. The 6.5 PRC is a no go however. Looks like I'm getting it in 7mm-08.

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Originally Posted by ammoman16
Finally got pricing from my dealer. $1500. The 6.5 PRC is a no go however. Looks like I'm getting it in 7mm-08.

Did you ever receive an ETA ? ... Just curious.


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6-8 months. I talked to the dealer to actually place the order the other day and he forgot that it was supposed to be LH. He's supposed to get back in touch with me Wed. I'll post any updates I get.

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Appreciate the update. Just curious what the "real" all up weight turns out to be...


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When the weather breaks I'm going to get out the sport touring bike, grab the wife and head to Kalispell for an overnight trip.
Hopefully I'll be able to look around the company, handle a XAR rifle or two.

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Talked to the dealer today and ordered one in 7mm-08. $1500 and 6-8 month lead time. Dealer said they plan on expanding the chamberings down the road.

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A lot of us will be curious as to how it all works out for you. If the do it right they might end up selling a bunch of them, if they do a 6.5 PRC in the future I'll be very interested.......


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Originally Posted by gerry35
A lot of us will be curious as to how it all works out for you. If the do it right they might end up selling a bunch of them, if they do a 6.5 PRC in the future I'll be very interested.......

X2

I look forward to both of your thoughts and comments, broomd and ammo. And especially a range report from ammo!

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I've seen more well-shot game lost with TSXs than any other premium bullet.

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I spoke to someone at MRC yesterday and was informed that they are opting to no longer offer this rifle for some reason. They are honoring all orders that where placed prior to that decision, however. I'm glad I got my order in when I did.

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Appreciate the update. That confirms the observation that they removed the XAR from their website some time over the past couple months. Still look forward to your thoughts and comments after you receive yours !


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It's pretty disappointing to see them discontinue this before they even shipped the first rifle. He did say they have some new stuff coming out for 2020 but wouldn't/couldn't elaborate.

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I just picked up my MRC XAR and I have to say I am extremely disappointed in it. I'll start with the good. The fit and finish seem to be pretty good and the bolt cycles pretty smoothly. Now for the problem. This gun that was advertised as 5 lbs 10 oz comes in at 6 lbs 11 oz on my scale. This thing looks identical to my X3 other than the barrel being fluted and stock color. If I had known the weight before I left the dealer I'd have told him to keep it. I have called and left a message at MRC and can't wait to hear what they have to say about this. it.

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Sorry to hear that they missed the advertised weight by more than a pound. Bummer.

One question, if you take the rifle apart, would be curious regarding the weight of the barreled action and separately, the stock. Before MRC took down the XAR web page, they had a particular wording for the "special lightweight carbon fiber" stock. I would be curious to know what the stock actually weighs? The X2 stocks that I had were 32 oz for the Short Action, and 31 oz for the Long Action.

Curious if MRC actually shaved any weight off of the XAR stock? Or, just marketing?


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I'll get a weight on it at some point. IIRC my X3 .300 came in at about a half ounce less than this before I scoped it. It's complete garbage that this thing weighs more than a gun that it was supposed to weigh a pound less than. Especially when they charged significantly more than the X3 for it and I had to settle for a different caliber than I would have gotten had I bought the X3.

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Sounds like they sent you a X3. Something is wrong, I would send it back.

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Originally Posted by ejo
Sounds like they sent you a X3. Something is wrong, I would send it back.


I agree. However, the box and gun itself are marked as the XAR. We'll see what they have to say whenever they call back.

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Good luck, I hope it works out for you.

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Hope they do right by you!! I had that happen recently-- bought one of the Remington 700 Police 300wm with 24", threaded, 5R barrel- advertised at 8lbs... well upon arrival it weighed 9lbs, 2oz bare naked!

Shoots great but the 'extra' heft is more than the scope I put on top of it... Not a huge deal for a stand/sendero gun... but I would be UNHAPPY in your shoes if my mountain gun came in at nearly 7lbs bare.

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WTH? Wow, sorry to read this. I too, had hoped that you were in for a special rifle.

Should have known, It seems like these rifle companies don't think anything of false advertising re. weights of their guns.
Melvin's nula guns and the Forbes offerings are the only LH ones that I've ever seen live up to the 'true lightweight' hype.

Damn shame that Weatherby won't market a LH super lightweight in non-magnum like their righties.

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I spoke to MRC today and it sounds like they're willing to work on a solution. The problem is that I don't know if their really is a solution that will be acceptable as anything short of what I thought I was ordering really isn't something I need or want. From what I was told they were having issues with the #1 co tour barrel that the gun was supposed to come with so they decided to just start making them with a heavier contour. I speculate this is why they stopped offering the rifle as it is now just an X3 with flutes for $300 more.

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Only solution I'd want from them at this point would be a full refund-- gun, shipping, ffl transfer, all of it--

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Originally Posted by ammoman16
.... From what I was told they were having issues with the #1 co tour barrel that the gun was supposed to come with so they decided to just start making them with a heavier contour. I speculate this is why they stopped offering the rifle as it is now just an X3 with flutes for $300 more.

Unbelievable that a company would fail to contact a buyer about that change in design.

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Originally Posted by ammoman16
I spoke to MRC today and it sounds like they're willing to work on a solution. The problem is that I don't know if their really is a solution that will be acceptable as anything short of what I thought I was ordering really isn't something I need or want. From what I was told they were having issues with the #1 co tour barrel that the gun was supposed to come with so they decided to just start making them with a heavier contour. I speculate this is why they stopped offering the rifle as it is now just an X3 with flutes for $300 more.

The picture that MRC showed in the (no-longer available) XAR web page was a Winchester Featherweight pattern barrel contour. The two MRC XAR's listed on Gun Broker both have Feather Weight contour barrels as well.

Both Douglas and Lilja have no issue turning Featherweight barrels up to .30 caliber. If the folks at MRC are genuinely interested in "making it right", they should be willing to source a true feather weight contour barrel (as shown on their website) from a reputable barrel maker and fit it to their action.

Hate to hear the head ache you are going thru with this rifle. Hope you are able to work out a mutually agreeable deal with MRC...


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When I spoke to MRC last Thursday I was told I'd hear back from them the same day. At this point I still haven't heard from them. It's not really instilling much confidence that we're going to come to a resolution on this. I left a message today to try to help keep things moving though.

Orion,

I saw the Gunbroker listings. It's funny that they are available with what looks to be the correct contour and they can't just make this situation right. If they can't get ne one of those all I really want is my money back. I'll just put the money towards something else.

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Still no response from MRC. It's highly unlikely that I'll ever buy another one of their guns at this point. It's time to work through my dealer and see if they can push things along. They do a ton of volume and should hopefully have some leverage.

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I was hoping they had turned things around.

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Why go through all the hassel with them. Just go buy a Christensen LH like I did and be very happy with it.

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I have a couple Chirstensens. They are not even close to mountain rifles however.

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I’ve followed this thread, meanwhile getting a left hand Forbes, and a couple of Rugers and Tikkas. To me, the best way to a true mountain left hand rifle, without going full custom and spending at least $2k probably $3k, is just getting a decent factory left hand rifle and dropping it into your preferred stock. Yep, it’s that simple wink

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Originally Posted by akmtnrunner
I’ve followed this thread, meanwhile getting a left hand Forbes, and a couple of Rugers and Tikkas. To me, the best way to a true mountain left hand rifle, without going full custom and spending at least $2k probably $3k, is just getting a decent factory left hand rifle and dropping it into your preferred stock. Yep, it’s that simple wink

I would be willing to pay $2K for a Left Hand Kimber Ascent. Yeah, I know one of the guys at Kimber said "No way in He!!" they would ever build another Left Hand rifle. But, one can hope.

Short of that, a LH Forbes rifle in a Kimber Ascent stock would be a workable Frankenrifle for me. Not crazy about the Forbes stock ergos.


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Originally Posted by Orion2000

I would be willing to pay $2K for a Left Hand Kimber Ascent. ...

I would too. The fit and finish of the Kimber is excellent, and if any LH ascent was as accurate as my wife's 4lb 13oz (naked) Montana, I'd be quite happy.

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I'd be happy with ANY Kimber in left hand!


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I'm with you guys. If I could get a Kimber Ascent or Montana LH I'd order 3 or 4 immediately.

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Originally Posted by Orion2000
. . . a LH Forbes rifle in a Kimber Ascent stock would be a workable Frankenrifle for me. Not crazy about the Forbes stock ergos.


I am just the opposite, I love the ergos of my Forbes but I have issues with it's action. I just don't like the style of the magazine and feed system. For me, I am liking my T3x put in a Mesa Precision Altitude stock. It is a bit heavier, 6.2 lbs naked, but rebored to 338 WM so I wouldn't want it any lighter or with any less of a stock.

With that said, if someone is looking for a left handed Forbes in 30-06 with threaded muzzle, I would be willing to sell.

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Originally Posted by akmtnrunner
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. . . a LH Forbes rifle in a Kimber Ascent stock would be a workable Frankenrifle for me. Not crazy about the Forbes stock ergos.


I am just the opposite, I love the ergos of my Forbes but I have issues with it's action. I just don't like the style of the magazine and feed system. For me, I am liking my T3x put in a Mesa Precision Altitude stock. It is a bit heavier, 6.2 lbs naked, but rebored to 338 WM so I wouldn't want it any lighter or with any less of a stock.

With that said, if someone is looking for a left handed Forbes in 30-06 with threaded muzzle, I would be willing to sell.

Got a spare Kimber stock to go with it ???? ... wink


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Originally Posted by Orion2000

Got a spare Kimber stock to go with it ???? ... wink


Anything for the right price wink

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HA ! No doubt...


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It looks like I'm just going to get my money back and go another route. I'm leaning towards a Cooper Backcountry at this point.

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That's the way I'm leaning. I just started looking at Cooper and really like what I see and hear. The Backcountry and Timberline have caught my eye.

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Sounds like a group buy for a Cooper Back Country!


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I'd be in for sure.

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Originally Posted by ammoman16
I'd be in for sure.

Might want to check on that Cooper advertised weight...curious if that 5.75# is legit.

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I'd be in for sure.

Might want to check on that Cooper advertised weight...curious if that 5.75# is legit.


I've handled them quite a bit and they definitely feel like they're in that range.

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An update to the story. Back in the beginning of November MRC agreed to return the gun and refund my money. They said they just need led to work with the dealer to figure out the logistics of it. After about a dozen calls since then, they are now only willing to give me credit towards something else. My dealer has agreed to take the credit and issue me a full refund, but needless to say I will never buy another fun from them. Keep in mind this was after they fired the guy who failed to call everyone with an XAR on order to see if they still wanted it after changing the specs as he was directed. I honestly hope that company goes out of business as an example of how not to treat your customers.

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Originally Posted by ammoman16
An update to the story. Back in the beginning of November MRC agreed to return the gun and refund my money. They said they just need led to work with the dealer to figure out the logistics of it. After about a dozen calls since then, they are now only willing to give me credit towards something else. My dealer has agreed to take the credit and issue me a full refund, but needless to say I will never buy another fun from them. Keep in mind this was after they fired the guy who failed to call everyone with an XAR on order to see if they still wanted it after changing the specs as he was directed. I honestly hope that company goes out of business as an example of how not to treat your customers.

Unbelievable...


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Tells you a lot about MRC. Cooper or custom via Shooter71 would both work I suppose.

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Thanks for the update. I purchased 3 or 4 MRC rifles in the past. I'll never buy another.


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So, they tie up a customer's time and money for a year then even back out on a resolution to a problem. A merchandise credit would have to be at least double to make it even somewhat reasonable.
What a failure in so many ways.
Tells you all the customer service improvement promises were just lies. Maybe the company name is just jinxed.

Either way, they will lose plenty of potential business from this and past screw ups.

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MRC has always had issues no one believes it till it happens to them! Rather buy a Ruger if its not right Ruger will correct the issue.


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I blasted them on facebook this afternoon and laid out the whole story in a review. It wasn't maybe 30 minutes to an hour until they responded and asked me to contact them via email to work out a resolution. I basically told them I'm not wasting my time since my dealer agreed to fix the situation.

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I would have told them I'd take down the bad review if the gun was free. Other than that, it stays.
It would sell just fine on Gunbroker.

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I would have told them I'd take down the bad review if the gun was free. Other than that, it stays.
It would sell just fine on Gunbroker.


That's about the only way of want anything else from them at this point.

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Pretty piss poor showing by MRC CS. Yet again...

I love that style of action, and the LH options they offer, but they'll never see a dime from me. I'm not a gambling man. wink


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I think it's fair to say there has been no change in customer service with the change in ownership. BTW, I posted the whole story in the hunting firearms section just to make sure us lefties aren't the only ones in the know.

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I commented on your thread at Facebook. Disgusting what you had to endure.

The "Robert' idiot there has to be a plant. No one could be that stupid.

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An update to the story. Back in the beginning of November MRC agreed to return the gun and refund my money. They said they just need led to work with the dealer to figure out the logistics of it. After about a dozen calls since then, they are now only willing to give me credit towards something else. My dealer has agreed to take the credit and issue me a full refund, but needless to say I will never buy another fun from them. Keep in mind this was after they fired the guy who failed to call everyone with an XAR on order to see if they still wanted it after changing the specs as he was directed. I honestly hope that company goes out of business as an example of how not to treat your customers.

Unbelievable...


Mind boggling.

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Post a link to respond please? Tried to go on Facebook to find the post but MRC seems to hide negative posts.


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Try this.

https://www.facebook.com/658360588/posts/10157400749290589/?sfnsn=mo
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I commented on your thread at Facebook. Disgusting what you had to endure.

The "Robert' idiot there has to be a plant. No one could be that stupid.

Originally Posted by Orion2000
Originally Posted by ammoman16
An update to the story. Back in the beginning of November MRC agreed to return the gun and refund my money. They said they just need led to work with the dealer to figure out the logistics of it. After about a dozen calls since then, they are now only willing to give me credit towards something else. My dealer has agreed to take the credit and issue me a full refund, but needless to say I will never buy another fun from them. Keep in mind this was after they fired the guy who failed to call everyone with an XAR on order to see if they still wanted it after changing the specs as he was directed. I honestly hope that company goes out of business as an example of how not to treat your customers.

Unbelievable...


Mind boggling.


You'd sure like to think there's no way somebody can be that dumb.

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I now can't post on FB for 24 hours because he keeps reporting all my posts. He's literally reporting me for using the words idiot, moron and snowflake.

Re: Finally a true factory LH mountain rifle! [Re: ammoman16] #14476772 01/17/20
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Yeah he's a real piece of work, It wasn't easy to not call him an a$$hole.

Re: Finally a true factory LH mountain rifle! [Re: ammoman16] #14476787 01/17/20
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I didn't even say anything bad. I've never heard of anyone being reported for calling someone an idiot. He was on there bragging about how he got me put on Facebook jail. I didn't know it, but apparently when it's your review being responded to you have the ability to delete comments. Every single one of his is now gone. I'm sure he'll have a temper tantrum over that too.

Re: Finally a true factory LH mountain rifle! [Re: ammoman16] #14476814 01/17/20
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Yeah, I gave up with him, waste of time. He says we're both whiners now. laugh Hopefully folks will get the point though with MRC and what happened. Surely there were others that got duped with the ascent rifle scam --RH and LH.....

Re: Finally a true factory LH mountain rifle! [Re: ammoman16] #14477528 01/17/20
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Last I knew, there was a very gently used, Cooper .308 Win at Big Buck Sport Shop (Wexford, PA).
I don't know which model. Very nice wood on it.

Re: Finally a true factory LH mountain rifle! [Re: Davelefty] #14481226 01/18/20
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Originally Posted by Davelefty
Last I knew, there was a very gently used, Cooper .308 Win at Big Buck Sport Shop (Wexford, PA).
I don't know which model. Very nice wood on it.


I'm probably going to get a Cooper to replace this, but it'll be the Backcountry. I've handled them a bit but haven't shot one. Does anybody have any feedback on them. How about other suggestions for a LH mountain rifle. If it isn't under 6 lbs I have no interest. I've got a safe full of 6 1/2 lb and up rifles.

Re: Finally a true factory LH mountain rifle! [Re: ammoman16] #14481285 01/18/20
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I've got a ULA 7-08 you might talk me out of.

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Utah PM sent.

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