Help me build my Remington 700


March 25, 2005, 08:19 AM
I have a Remington 700 BDL DM .308 rifle. It has been a good rifle but it is showing some wear and it isn't the rifle that I grab when I'm going into the woods and there is a chance the rifle could be subjected to the elements. The rifle I have has the glossy stock and blued finish.

Lately, I've been in the customizing kick and have had a lot of work done on various guns. Now the Remington 700 bug has hit me.

Here is what I want to build and what I have in mind.

.308 fluted barrel 24" not a bull barrel and no sights
Synthetic stock
Trigger Job
Matte finish
Leupold rings
Leupold Base
50mm objective scope (probably a 3x9 since here in CT long range shots aren't usually made)

I'm not one to skimp on the quality parts so I'm looking into the HS precision stocks and will have all the work done by my gunsmith. I want a nice lightweight weather resistant rifle built on this platform. Any advice??

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March 25, 2005, 09:15 AM
Sell it and get a 5R milspec and paint it.

It is not fluted, but it is not that heavy.

Or if you want:

But no 308

Or non-stainless:

March 25, 2005, 11:38 AM
get ahold of jeff hicks at hd rifles in texas and see if he'll build you a gun from your action. he is beyond reproach, and actually isn't too expensive (and he will hit your weight requirements, and guarantees .5 @ 100 accuracy).

if you want to piece the gun together yourself, get the barrel from lilja (hd rifles uses lw), stock from mcmillan (2nd choice, if money is an issue, is a rem ti takeoff), scope by leupold, ring/base from talley (talley lightweights).

i would forego the 50mm objective, but that's just me. if i was to spend lots of money on a stock, i would forego hs and get the best...

March 25, 2005, 11:41 AM
btw... forgot to mention... for weather resistance, go w/ the stainless barrel, and whether or not you have hd build your gun, send it off to him to be ceramic coated. all the rust protection you could ever want. in fact, i just got a bolt back yesterday that i sent down there to be fluted and coated, and am getting ready to send my sig 229 down for the same treatment.
March 25, 2005, 11:51 AM
I like what you have planned, it sounds like you've got it all figured out.

March 25, 2005, 12:51 PM
another thought is a model 70 style three position safety from New Engleand Custom Guns or David Gentry. NECG also has many sights if back-up irons are wanted. (i went with Warne rings and mounts with a NECG peep that fits on the weaver style rear mount, and a banded front sight). the bolt handle mod from HD rifles is also a thought.


March 25, 2005, 12:57 PM
HS Precision PST59 stock
Leupold VX-III 3.5-10x40mm scope with Duple reticle and flip-open lens covers. Harris bipod
Michaels 1" swivels

At least that's how I had mine built and it's a MEAN thing.

March 25, 2005, 01:04 PM
A friend of mine is doing the same thing right now.

1. Send barrelled action to Pac-nor for stainless match barrel install. They even true the action as part of the job.

2. Find a Rem Ti take-off(mentioned above)

3. Rifle basix trigger.

4. Install Leupold Dual Dovetail Rings and bases.(I prefer the Talley one piece ring/base)

5. Matte Black ceramic coating by Fit-4-duty(shameless plug)

6. Have your smith bed the barreled action and mount the scope.(I too would pass on the 50mm Obj.)

7. Properly break-in the barrel.

Whaa Laaa....nothing to it, just a stroke of the pen($$$$) :) and you have a very solid critter slayer.

Watch out...custom rifles can become addicting. One turns into two...ect. :D

Good luck


March 25, 2005, 02:31 PM
Sell it and get a 5R milspec and paint it.

It is not fluted, but it is not that heavy.

The Remington 700 with 5R factory barrel isn't worth getting. If you already have a 700, you can rebuild with a true 5R Mike Rock barrel from Rock Creek Barrels.

I suggest you consult GA Precision ( They carry in house, Mike Rock, Obermeyer, and Schneider barrels. They provide all rifle services including barrel chambering and installation and rifle refinishing.

If you want a light rifle, I'd opt for a Mike Rock 5R with a 22" length. The ballistics out of a Rock 22" is supposed to be really good. GA Precision built a rifle based on a 22" Rock 5R barrel and you can read the review on Sniper Country ( As far as stock, depending on your use, I'd either go with the McMillan A-1/M40A1 stock or a McMillan A-5 with a light fill. The A-1 is probably the lightest of the A-series stocks and very versatile, but the A-5 is probably the most robust of all the A-series stocks.

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