Gun Report

Thompson Center Dimension No. 8402 243 Win., $679

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This gets a high grade based primarily on accuracy and a remarkably simple procedure for caliber changes. It gets nicked for causing difficulty with smaller tasks, such as replacing the bolt and adjusting the trigger.

Thompson Center Dimension No. 8402 243 Win., $679

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Thompson Center refers to the Dimension series as a platform upon which rifles of many calibers can be built. The basic platform consists of the stock and the stock and the receiver, including the trigger. Bolts are specific to one of four groups. Barrels match up by caliber, along with their magazines. The takedown and assembly tools make transitions extremely quick.
The barrel is press-fit by hand into the receiver. With the V-Block feature of the leverage tool screwed into the receiver, the torque-tool wrench pegs into the block while the gears mesh. Pushing the handle of the torque tool loosens (or tightens) the ring-like nut that seats the barrel into the receiver. You can't overtighten because the ratchet feature produces a "click" when the necessary torque has been applied.

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