You did the right thing to get rid of that Russian junk. Just look at the workmanship on the pictures above. Remington should be ashamed to sell it to the American shooters.
BTW scope rings and mounts do not move back by recoil, but rather foreward. So butting them against the breech is not doing squat.
On the contary butting them against the actions rib means that they are always in the same place should and when I take them off then replace them
As for Remington well they set the standards they are willing to pay for then they mark it up to sell to you Americans
and Remington should be ashamed at the way they have wrecked a once fine company by producing such shoddy work such as some of the rifles that roll off the Line and Rems own plant in the US. In fact my local dealer has not stopped taking new Remingtons due to the poor quality of the last ones he recieved and had to take back after selling them. One a synthetic stocked heavy barreled rifle in .223 could not shoot any factory ammo they tried through it into a group of less that 3" at 60 yards.
When returned to the importers the shop was told that it was all within Remingtons acceptance standards
after the third one he packed all the rest up and shipped them back all but one a rubbishy 710 or 770 that got missed and sits in the conrner of a rack gathering dust where it will probably stay until they get fed up counting it at stocktaking time and ship it off to auction to get shot of it. In the US a buddy of mine brought two new Rems a couple of years ago and has neither now. In fact both were returned to Remington under warrenty and both times Remington said they met with their acceptance standards. The Model 7 have a stock that you could of surfed on the ripples in the wood and it fit where it touched. An awful inletting job and shot awfully, the other a 700 of some decription shot patterns not groups so both went down the road and he has vowed no more Remingtons. A vow he broke as he picked up one in auction cheap then turned it over to "Butch" who stripped it and blueprinted it and then sleeved it fitted a Broughton barrel and chambered it in 6.5 x 284 all set up in a hand layed up stock. There ain't much of the Remington left and what is has had to be totally re-machined and the rifle now shoots very well
as it should after the wizard has worked on it and fitted a superior barrel. He would have just brought an action but buying the rifle and scrapping most of it worked out cheaper.
Now I do wish the importers of the Baikals would specify much better wood and why they cannot come with good triggers is beyond me as the single barreled shotguns from the same plant do have good triggers
so I am assuming it's the importers cutting costs. The Russians will deliver just what is ordered at the price agreed. None of the three sinlge barrel shotguns I have have poor trigers and my Baikal O/U model 27E (circa 1988) has a sweet single selective trigger mind you all are at least 15 years old so perhaps things quality wise have dropped?
One thing I just discovered is that although we have known my MH18 is unusual being chambered in .222 Remington it seems it might not be an official import
as I can find no British proofs on it which means the dealer who sold it to me committed an offence and could be fined £2000 for selling a gun with no valid proof marks. All my other russian made guns have British proofs on them. I will have to make enquiries to check if this requirement has changed or not.