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Anyone else own the Christensen Arms Ridgeline model?

I own two of the Ridgelines, the 6.5 PRC which I purchased in 2019 and the .28 Nosler which I purchased in 2020

The groups on both of these open up quite a bit after only a few shots and I am now being told that there is an issue with the carbon wrap on these guns.

The customer service at CA is horrible at best, they almost never respond to calls/emails and I am not sure if these can be fixed or the barrels need to be rplaced??

I have been told by some that the "Tightness" of the carbon wrap on the CA guns is too tight and does not allow the barrel heat to breath/escape efficiently.

Would like to hear from others who have owned or currently own this model and if you have had similar issues???
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I don't own a Ridgeline, but I own a Mesa in 6.5 CM and Ranger 22lr and it has a CF barrel. Both are very accurate and the fit and finish are top notch. My one experience with CA's CS was very positive.
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I don't own a Ridgeline, but I own a Mesa in 6.5 CM and Ranger 22lr and it has a CF barrel. Both are very accurate and the fit and finish are top notch. My one experience with CA's CS was very positive.
I am hearing that the earlier Ridgeline's are the guns in question....maybe your gun has a revised carbon wrap?

BTW: I also own the little Ranger .22LR.....one of the first sold and als had an issue with that....the stock/action fit was sloppy/loose.....I ended up fixing it myself. Also have a horrible time getting rounds to feed from the mag into the chamber without extreme effort.....that problem still exists along with trouble with the early mag release. All of this is known by CA and has been corrected on later models....but was not impressed with CA's quality control.

The other issue is that you can only send back guns to CA using an FFL to send and then also to recieve the gun after the repair. And it can only go by UPS.

This means that you have to have the FFL put the gun in their books and then put it back in your name when it comes back from repair.....Not cool!
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I just bought a Scout in .308. Iíve got 150 rounds through it and had no issues. 100 of the rounds have been on paper from the bench, the other 25 on the 300 yard gong. Itís shooting well under an inch with every reload Iíve used.

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I just bought a Scout in .308. Iíve got 150 rounds through it and had no issues. 125 of the rounds have been on paper from the bench, the other 25 on the 300 yard gong. Itís shooting well under an inch with every reload Iíve used.
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Carbon Fiber...
On the one hand, after all these decades it seems it still finds a way to disappoint, regardless of application.

On the other hand, maybe it's just a question of it being an extremely demanding material that requires utmost care and attention to detail to yield reliable results?
Thermodynamic issues, for example, continue to be a problem, although some makers have addressed this better than others. The fixes, however, seem to always involve greater and greater levels of complexity, such as adding intermediate layers of yet more/different materials between the steel and carbon fiber.

When used in many applications, carbon fiber can do amazing things. But, when it fails, it fails spectacularly, often with zero warning!
Example: You couldn't pay me to ride a carbon fiber bike! And, don't forget those hapless souls onboard the Oceangate submersible who never returned from their voyage to the Titanic!

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Carbon Fiber...
On the one hand, after all these decades it seems it still finds a way to disappoint, regardless of application.

On the other hand, maybe it's just a question of it being an extremely demanding material that requires utmost care and attention to detail to yield reliable results?
Thermodynamic issues, for example, continue to be a problem, although some makers have addressed this better than others. The fixes, however, seem to always involve greater and greater levels of complexity, such as adding intermediate layers of yet more/different materials between the steel and carbon fiber.

When used in many applications, carbon fiber can do amazing things. But, when it fails, it fails spectacularly, often with zero warning!
Example: You couldn't pay me to ride a carbon fiber bike! And, don't forget those hapless souls onboard the Oceangate submersible who never returned from their voyage to the Titanic!
Good points.....

Interesting that you mention riding a carbon fiber bike....I have own and ridden a Specialized full carbon fiber frame for many years and have rod thousands of road miles on it with absolutely NO issues.

It also has carbon fiber cranks and handle bars.

I guess the Specialized company figure it out.

But that said, a rifle barrel is quite a different piece of technology....I am hoping this can get figured out with CA, but my guess is I will be stuck with $4000 worth of paper weights!!!

On another note, my local CA dealer has pretty much stopped carrying their guns in stock....they have one left and the sales have dropped drastically over the past year. Not a good sign!
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