This is the McRee G5 TMAG mounted on a Remington 700 in .300 Win. Mag. The scope is a Vortex Razor HD. We have mounted the optional cloth cheekpiece, and this is the folding stock version with the rigid hand hold. The magazine is a five round AI spec Badger Ordnance, the same one issued to our troops in the field with the .300 Win. Mag.
The McRee mounts on the same two action screws that you remove the plastic stock with, except that in the aluminum McRee chassis the screws are captured so they can’t be lost.
There is no topstrap on the McRee chassis so you have to use the rifle’s existing mounting holes for your scope rail. This can be standard scope mounts or one of these single rail options you see here.
Use GunTite or some other thread locking compound to make sure these screws don’t losen from recoil.
We tested Hornady, Federal Fusion, and Wal-Mart Winchester ammo in the gun and the Hornady was really the only one that performed well. Out of the box Remingtons are known to be finicky with ammo.
The Hornady ammo shot into about an inch consistently with a hot gun on a hot Florida day. The Federal and Winchester not so much.
If you click to make this bigger, you will see a closeup of the folding stock joint. You lift to fold and unfold, and it is so solid you would never think you are shooting a folding stock rifle, even with the kick of a righteous full snot .300 Win. Mag.
Hindsight being 20-20, it probably would have been better to take this folded picture from the other side.
Something nifty about this chassis, though we weren’t able to try it, is that, if you follow the directions and use a torque wrench to tighten the action screws, it will return to perfect zero when you torque it to the same 60 in/lbs. the next time.
There is a night vision adapter that you can buy that mounts over the front of the forend, and it will also take standard rail sections as well.
The magwell takes NATO standard (AI) single stack magazines. US Tactical sells the Badger Ordnance military issue ones for $89 each.
Building a high end sniper rifle requires a whole list of choices, and few of those choices are inexpensive. Off the rack, there are a good number of sub-MOA rifles out there these days, but seldom do they come with a stock that can be customized with tactical accessories. We found this “G5 TMAG” aluminum rifle chassis that is made by McRee Precision at US Tactical Supply, who you may remember was the source for the M1A chassis called the “Juggernaut Rogue.” This chassis is for bolt guns and it offers, out of the box, with no gunsmith required, an improvement in baseline accuracy as well as a customizable sniper platform for either tactical work or long range competition. The price at US Tactical is $551-$883, depending on your configuration, and it takes a NATO spec , Badger Ordnance manufactured magazine that cost an additional $89. Our test stock is for a long action Remington 700 in .300 Win. Mag. that we ordered special for this project. The McRee chassis mounted in about two minutes and delivered MOA accuracy. Our model is a folder, and it is solid as a rock, and though the McRee will be a little heavy for some tastes, it is top notch performer at this price, Made in the USA.
The McRee stock is completely modular, so though it may look like different version of the stock for sale on the website, all of the components can be interchanged and added . Our test rifle has the folding buttstock with what they call the rigid hand hold. We also added the $35 stock pack to have some cloth between the shooter and cold aluminum ( which I highly recommend). We did not get the monopod for the rear, or the night vision top rail for the forend. All of these things are options when you order your stock, or they can be added later from the accessories page. Our test rifle was a standard Remington 700 base model hunting rifle, not a heavy barrel or the special law enforcement PSS model. The stock itself can accommodate barrels as thick at the action itself, and the forend itself is modular and can be removed altogether, though most people wouldn’t. m
This is a true “free float” barrel system. There is no contact between the barreled action and the McRee chassis beyond the front mounting bolt. This results in a direct correlation between the true accuracy potential of the rifle and ability of the shooter . Floating in the middle, the stock becomes transparent, with a perfect, metal to metal fit that is torqued down to a specific tightness . The McRee is heavy, about six pounds, but in the .300 Win. Mag. the weight is welcome as it reduces the felt recoil significantly compared to the factory stock. In a .308 this amount of weight will have less dramatic an effect and it may seem a little hefty, but as any long range shooter will tell you, the heavier the rifle, the more human error it hides. I would argue that if you are going to add 3-4 pounds to your rifle, which is how much this thick aluminum chassis will weigh more than your standard polymer riflestock, you might as well get some more punch and go with a long action in either a .300 Win. Mag. or a .338 Lapua, if you can afford to shoot them. If lugging the rifle around a desert isn’t an issue, the weight will be welcome for most long distance shooters regardless.
Installing the McRee chassis is painlessly simple. You remove your rifle from the stock by taking out the two action screws, then you mount the chassis on your rifle the same way. The action screws are captured in the McRee stock so they will never be lost in the field. The instructions tell you to use a torque wrench on the action screws, set to 60 in/lbs. and , though we weren’t able to try this, it claims that if you use a torque wrench and set it to the same 60 in/lbs. every time, the rifle will return to exact zero. The only reason we weren’t able to test it was because the Remington 700 we purchased had extractor issues and had to go back. It wasn’t worth holding up the review for a minor point, especially when some of you guys and girls could do something really stupid like put a new flatscreen at the top of your list for Santa when this stock is clearly soooooo much higher a priority, or at least it should be.
As for the actual review of the chassis, for what it is, we could not find a flaw in the product. The McRee is currently deployed all over world in several branches of the US Military, and police tactical teams have used the McRee for years and they are held in extremely high regard. The accuracy in our Remington 700 was about 1″ at 100 yards for three shots and not much more if any for five on average. Our resident US Army Sniper Ben Becker did the shooting, so this rifle probably wasn’t capable of better than this, but all of these results were with a hot rifle on a hot late summer day in south Florida before the skies opened up with yet another deluge. There are a number of higher end rifles on the market that have the same hole spacing as Remington and we strongly suggest that you invest in one of those rather than try to make do with an out of the box 700. US Tactical also does have some of these stocks for some Savage models, which are also much better guns, and there are new versions for some FN rifles as well. We chose the Remington because for one, they never change their hole spacing like Savage, and it also will represent the majority of legacy rifles out there that could be improved with a rock solid chassis. There is no McRee for Winchester, Browning, Weatherby or other common bolt gun favorites. There is also no left hand option at present.
Most likely, if you are in the market for a high end sniper platform, you expect to spend some money. The worst thing when you set out on a task like this is to not buy major components right the first time. The McRee is definitely called buying it right the first time. There are much more expensive stocks out there, some even as much as you would expect to pay for a complete rifle. There are also definitely prettier stocks out there, and I’m not talking about the burled walnut variety. The McRee is somewhat blocky and erector set looking. It takes AR-15 grips, so the ergonomics are pretty flexible, and you will find the rifle heavy, but comfortable. For performance, we got the folding option and it as solid as a fixed stock, with no wiggle or flex it all, yet it folds and unfolds effortlessly. At this price we have not seen a more flawless, clean, neat and consistent chassis on the market, and I can’t imagine ever hearing “you should have bought a (Brand X) because it is this much better than the McRee.” You can spend more money (a lot more money actually), and you can probably get both a lighter and a prettier chassis, but as a pure performer the McRee is our #1 pick for most bang for the buck. And yes, you can quote GunsAmerica Magazine & Blog in your letter to the North Pole.