Remington 700 SPS or Savage 10FP (.308)?


November 5, 2008, 12:50 AM
I am looking for a hunting rifle and I pretty much narrowed it down to a Remington 700 and a Savage 10FP in .308.

I can get the Remington for $475 out the door. I can get the Savage for around $600 before taxes.

The way I see it is the Savage has a better barrel (heavy barrel) and the accutrigger is supposed to be pretty sweet. It is more what I am looking for but is it worth the extra $?

Just wanted to see what some of you guys thought.

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November 5, 2008, 01:39 AM
Both are great rifles. Flip a coin.

November 5, 2008, 02:39 AM
whoa, just today went to get some quotes on a 700sps/cz527/and a howa 1500 all in .223 cant make up my mind. but my dealer opened his safe and showed me a savage .308 that thing is sweeeet thumbhole/flutted barrel, he kept talking highly of the savage brand.

November 5, 2008, 11:21 AM
If you walk a lot when you hunt, you won't want that heavy barrel. You should really compare apples to apples between the two. The heavy barrels cost a lot more.

November 5, 2008, 02:33 PM
should I go with the 20" barrel or the 24"? What are the benefits of having a shorter barrel?

November 5, 2008, 02:50 PM
24" barrel is standard.

November 5, 2008, 02:57 PM
20" is easier to move around with. It is what the tactical types go for since the extra velocity isn't that much and is only really noticeable at long range. I think the difference comes to play around 1000-1200 yards depending on the bullet and powder. People who want to paper punch way out there get the longer barrel. For those who like the tactical stuff they get the shorter and easier to transport in the field 20". I would go 24" but I don't move much so thats me.

November 5, 2008, 03:48 PM
Go with the 700 SPS and use the extra savings on a decent scope :)

November 5, 2008, 06:27 PM
i just received my sps tactical yesterday and as far as the fit/finish goes it looks really good but i was a little dissapointed to find a plastic trigger guard and magazine base.

November 5, 2008, 06:33 PM
I am a Savage fan for accuracy shooting, I do think about a Remmy because the one with the triangular shaped barrel just looks cool. But a Savage Accutrigger gun is hard to beat out of the box. The Remmy SPS is a 700 built down to a price, the Savage is an inexpensive rifle.

If it's a gun you;ll walk with a lot get the 20", if it;s mostly range or stand hunting then go with the 24. I shoot a 12 FV with a 28" barrel in .243 and love it, but I'd sure hate to carry it very far.

November 5, 2008, 06:48 PM
the trigger on my sps is pretty sweet straight out of the box and it can be adjusted down too.

November 5, 2008, 07:18 PM
heres mine done on the cheap, i sold off an ar upper for $525 that i'd paid $350 for 4-5 years ago and financed the rifle with it. then i went and bought a bushnell 10x40 off ebay throught for $125, threw a $14 weaver tactical base and $12 weaver 4X4 rings and viola - a $208 out of pocket expense.

November 5, 2008, 08:07 PM
I have owned Rem,Win,WB,Tikka and Savages in .308 and .223.
For the money , you can not go wrong with the Savages --- as a matter of fact , now the only bolt action rifles I own are Savages.

Uncle Mike
November 5, 2008, 10:05 PM
You'll be better off with the Savage! IMHO. Big green isn't building the same gun they did just a few years ago, where-as Cohburns Savage company has spun up to produce a superb quality tackdriver right out of the box. They aint pretty but they sure do shoot!

November 6, 2008, 12:15 AM
They aint pretty but they sure do shoot!
If that doesn't describe Savage I don't know what does. They don't get the ooos and ahhs at the range when you pull them out but they do when you bring the targets in.

November 6, 2008, 12:24 AM
i wanted the SPS tactical sooooo bad last year, but i shopped for one at a time when they were pretty much extinct on dealers shelves and the distributers couldnt give a set date when more would roll in. so with that i ended up getting a 10FP and holy god i love it to death. from what i have heard from the remington side, a SPS will do you well, so youre pretty much safe with either, go for the best price deal IMHO and no matter which you end up with you will be pleased.

November 6, 2008, 12:29 AM
Both are really good rifles, but i think you get more bang for your buck with the Savage. (i say that because i see them cheaper than Rems around here) I know that my next bolt action will be a Savage. As for you, man, i dont know...
that Rem sounds like a good deal. I would still go with the Savage, they are supposed to be really accurate guns. I really like the accutrigger. Go with your gut. You wont hate either. Do you already have a scope for it? if not, you might want to put that into your budget too.

November 6, 2008, 01:47 AM
Remmy 700 ( The SPS line replaced the ADL line to compete with Savage rifles. The barreled action is the same, so I'm told, as the 700P. In the event that they both cost the same and both shoot the same, it comes down to warranty and personal preference. I can't speak to the warranty for either, but my personal preference is the 700.

Also remember, there are two types of Savage triggers, the match trigger and the standard trigger. The match can be set to break at 8 oz or whatever it is, but the trigger on my 12 LRPV really doesn't like to set when it's all the way down.

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