Mossberg 7mm Rem Mag, complete mess
In January of this year i sent my Mossberg 4x4 7mm Rem Mag into Mossberg as i have been dealing with misfires over the past 3 Pennsylvania deer season. If the gun sat for any period of time the firing pin would not strike the primer hard enough, turns out the firing pin was dragging on the edge of the opening it comes out of on the head of the bolt. Mossberg kindly replaced the entire bolt at their expense and sent my gun back to me in early February with a note, "bolt upgrade! Test fired 5 7mm rounds, in working order." Until last Saturday, i had not had an opportunity to shoot the rifle to get it sighted it. Once at the range, i attempted to chamber a round only to find that the bolt could not be pushed forward far enough to close it. Upon further investigation, the base of my 7mm rem mag casing is larger than the inlet on the head of the bolt Mossberg sent back with my gun, making it impossible for a 7mm rem mag round to be fired out of this gun!
I phoned Mossberg today and explained the situation and THE MASSIVE SCREW UP ON THEIR END. They would not comment until i send the gun back in for them to review, they emailed me a prepaid shipping label.
My question is, what would you do????? With a Montana elk/mule deer hunt in November, My outlook is this: ive alrady lost confidence in this gun because of the misfiring over the past few seasons, now i run into this problem. 1.) i was either lied to by Mossberg and the gun was never test fired before it was sent back to me and their QC is garbage, or 2.) the gun was test fired using the wrong caliber ammunition and the Lord only knows what could now be screwed up in the chamber or barrel.
I suspect Mossberg will receive my gun, install the correct bolt, test fire it and tell me that test firing was successful and the gun(chamber and barrel) is free from defect.
I have to provide a written description of the problem and include it with shipment of the firearm, i am tempted to explain the problem, explain my complete lack of confidence in the firearm and Mossbergs repair dept. and request that the firearm be completely replaced.
What would you do?
Forest Management Graduate
Penn State University