I checked an early specimen at a LGS (no, he was not happy with the results of my inspection, I have since advised him of RIA's policy) and found the twist was slightly less than 1 : 20 and, with my borescope, the bottom of the grooves looked like they were cut with a broad axe. Not what a buyers expects for the MSRP price point.
What twist rate is being used in the "NEW barrels? Is the bore .223" or.224"
All I know for sure is that my custom barrel, (1 : 10-.223) in my AXIS, shows signs of wanting to be a tack driver, (4 in .378"@50 Yds.) with later manufacture, made in AZ., factory ammo. (hand loads and a pillar bedded stock will, I think, do much better)
Has anyone tried to custom re barrel a "first-run" yet? or inspected a "replacement" barrel for twist rate and actual bore size? Is the Mothership re barreling the original receiver or just sending out a different barreled action?
Please understand, I'm NOT beating up on RIA. I lived thru the 22 TCM/9mm combo set growing pains and now have 2, fine shooting, examples of what has become the "standard" quality level, as well as several other single and double stack examples. I'm sure the rifle will take the same road. (Brother Marty told me so)
For now though, I'm havin' way too much fun playing with my "Franken gun" AXIS.
Just thinkin' out loud...