Getting a rem 700


February 25, 2010, 04:01 PM
In 308 the guy says it is a medium heavy barrel and a plastic stock, can any one tell me more about them?

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February 25, 2010, 04:06 PM
They are one of the most popular rifles in the country, and are also highly customizable with a very large market. They are supposed to shoot pretty well too.

February 25, 2010, 04:12 PM
Yep he pretty much summed it up. If it's an older one it should be great and I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up. If it's a newer one I would check it out well first and make sure everything is fine on it. I'd be a lot more hesitant to pick a new one up as you can get older ones for similar prices. There are lots of guys that get new ones that are great too. It just seems like a lot more get ones with have problems than they do with the old ones. I personally would pick an older one up if this isn't an older one.

Do you know which year this one was made or which 700 it was? Like ADL, BDL, or CDL?

February 25, 2010, 06:16 PM
are you buying a rifle for strictly hunting or target shooting? there is usually a big difference in weight. you need to tell us the "model" of the 700 as previously mentioned. barrel length would also help. "medium heavy" barrel can mean several different things, especially if it is coming from the seller. most (not all) hunters want a "sporter" or lighter barrel while most (not all) target shooters want a heavier barrel. if you can find out more about the rifle, you'll get a more educated opinion.

February 25, 2010, 06:30 PM
Make sure the rifle is unloaded...

Cock the rifle, put the safety on, wiggle the bolt handle and release the safety and see if the firing pin falls. Can't be too safe...

February 25, 2010, 07:53 PM
sounds like it's the SPS Varmint .308. i have one that i restocked, scoped and use for long distance shooting. it's a great shooter. mine favors 155 grain bullets. i'm very pleased with it. i think you'll really like it once you give it a whirl. the plastic stock hinders accuracy a bit. you may want to look into an aftermarket one.


February 25, 2010, 08:41 PM
He said he bedded the stock on this. I would really like a wood stock, would that be a wast to switch to a wood stock, since he bedded the stock.

February 25, 2010, 09:26 PM
what price is he asking? when was the rifle manufactured? what is the current condition (85%, 95%, etc.), how many rounds down the tube? you might want to ask a few questions.

February 25, 2010, 10:33 PM
He initially was asking 250 for it, but he and his wife really want a pup out of my female lab so I told him I would trade him a pup for the gun. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do to bring her in to heat, so I just have to wait. I just talked to him and he said I could take it out to try it and see how I like it.

February 25, 2010, 11:56 PM
if he attempted to bed the SPS Varmint stock, it won't help. the stock itself is too flimsy and can't support a free floated barrel. you can literally grab the ends of it and twist it or bend it. it's junk. it will work as a stock of course, but it hinders accuracy. if you want to get the most accuracy out of it, spend $180-$250 on a Choate or Bell and Carlson stock that will not need to be bedded and will free float the barrel.

here's a review of the rifle.

after restocking mine, i got it down to 1/2 moa or less. you can't go wrong with a remmy 700. the SPS-V uses the same barreled action as the 700P so it's a great, accurate shooter.

$250 is a great deal. i bought mine new for $580.


February 26, 2010, 12:40 AM
Just bought one in 30-06...can't wait to shoot it:D

February 26, 2010, 12:51 AM
Yup Bob I think that would be the critter.

February 26, 2010, 02:23 AM
it's a killer deal, i wouldn't pass it up. i gussied mine up like this:

and it shoots like this:

300 yards, 7 rounds, 1 3/16"

February 26, 2010, 02:48 AM
If it's a new one I'm not so sure $250 is an amazing deal. Our Walmart had one in .270 on clearance last year for $300. That's only $50 more and it was brand new.

Now it all depends on what kind of shape this is in and which one it is. If it's in like new shape $250 probably is a pretty good deal. If it's beat to hell $250 may not be a good deal. That's if it's the same one like Wally World sold. If it's a nicer one then it's probably worth quite a bit more. Just all really depends on what exactly it is.

February 26, 2010, 08:54 AM
on it say that the stock is cheap,and does hinder the accuracy.
Get the " Hogues Rubber Aluminum Bedded Stock ".It is an aftermarket item that will increase the rifle's accuracy by at least 1/2 an inch,maybe more.... :cool:

February 26, 2010, 03:05 PM
I think I am going to do it just so I have a target rifle and a hunting rifle. It will seem odd to have a hunting rifle but I guess if I miss my chance in archery season then I could always get some meat with the rifle or the smoke pole. I all ready ordered the Marlin XS7 in 308 so it will be a second rifle and something I can play with.

Mr. T
February 26, 2010, 03:28 PM
I can tell you without equivocation that the new 700's don't hold a candle to the older ones. The quality just isn't there. Can you hunt with them...yes and they'll do fine for you, but Remington has cheapened them up so much, that I didn't even recognize them when I went in to purchase one for my son for deer hunting. Bottom line I decided to wait around for an older one to hit the market, rather than waste good money on marginal equipment. You could buy a Savage or a Stevens for that matter for a lot less money and get nearly the same damn thing. Cerberus needs to fire whoever's in charge of design and Q.C. over at Remington, because they just neutered one of their gold medal standards in the industry IMHO.

t george
February 26, 2010, 03:34 PM
you can never have too many hunting rifles... variety is the spice of life!

February 26, 2010, 11:46 PM
Yep he pretty much summed it up. If it's an older one it should be great and I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up. If it's a newer one I would check it out well first and make sure everything is fine on it.


I went with a Marlin XS after looking over new 700s and Savages (the Savage was a very close second, though.) But as said, with any synthetic sporter stock you'll have to stiffen the forearm or change the stock out completely to really make it sing.

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