I needed an accurate mini 14 for my wife to use on varmints so I turned to Accuracy Rifle Systems in Odessa TX to do the work. This co. advertises in Precision Shooting, varmint hunter & several other magazines, as well as an article in Performance Shooter. In the article the owner states that he took a new mini 14 and shot 3 to 4 in. groups. He rebarrelled it with a Walther barrel & got 1 1/2 in. groups. He then "piller bedded" it and got groups measuring .40. I thought, "This is the place for me." The following is my experience. I called ARS to find out what to do & was told not to send it, they were swamped, wait a few months & call back. I did, the price had gone up $100. I sent it anyway, got it back after not too long a wait. The work seemed to be good except for a slight ridge on the shoulder of the case. Since it didn't hurt anything, I let it go. The barrel itself was NICE...smoothest bore I've ever seen. I glass bedded it like A.M.U. used to bed M1&M14 rifles. With this setup I got 1 to 1 1/4 in groups. I should have been happy but I remembered those .40 groups in the article. Since I was going to TX any way & had to go through Odessa I decided to take it with me & show my bedding to him and see if he thought his "piller" bedding would make it shoot any better. He was out of town, so I left it & a case with his wife (nice lady) with instructions & a credit card # so as not to have to pay COD. Got it back after another wait, no case, the first thing I noticed was a ding in the stock that had not been there. I got to looking & found that it was not my stock, there was no sign of Bisonite bedding on this stock. Looking further I found the serial no. on the stock was different. Also with the gun were three targets...the best group was 1 3/4 in, worse than before. There was also an invoice copy showing I had been charged $25 for test firing. Oh, did I tell you he sent it back COD? Another $7.50! I called about the case. He said his wife had already chewed him out about it & it was on the way. As for the groups, he said the range was full of deer hunters & none of them had a spotting scope & they kept interrupting him & he could not spend all day on the range. On the bottom of the invoice was a note saying the bases didn't align with the bore & I would have to use windage adjustable rings. I mounted a 3 to 9 scope & zeroed without any trouble. Went to shoot, best groups 2in. I tried a new 6 to 24 scope, also no problem on zero. Groups no better with 10 different loads. I called TX. He said he could not understand how the stocks got switched & that all he could do was rebed in a brand new stock. He also asked about the scope ring problem. I told him I had not had a problem with either scope. I sent it back to be redone. I enclosed a letter to remind him of our phone conversation & told him again that there was no problem with the rings. I had sent my rings with the rifle at his request; I thought he just wanted to use them because they worked. Got it back with a COD bill for $94! Invoice showed $40 for " milling .030 off the front base to bring the scope back into its range of travel." Also a $35 charge for test firing the rest for shipping & handling & COD. There also were three targets. The best was 3/4 in. My first thought was to fuss about the bill but since it would now shoot under an inch I thought, "What the Hell, it shoots, I'll let it go." I start to mount scope & find that the .030 had been removed from the top of the base. To cure a windage problem you lower the base? I THINK NOT. Also what did the problem he claimed existed have to do with group size? I had to shim the scope in the ring to keep it from hitting the top of the handguard. He had included the load info. on the targets. I loaded 25 rounds plus foulers & went to shoot. Guess what? 2 to 21/2 in groups. Do you think maybe the 3/4 group was shot with something else? Anyone interested in a semi-accurized mini 14, I'll throw in the TX phone no. Sorry to be so long winded but I thought others ought to know how this outfit operates. LET THE BUYER BEWARE!