rem 700 scope and mount ?'s


June 9, 2011, 08:05 PM
I am thinking of buying my first remington 700 bolt action. I have decided on the SPS tactical in .308 because I like its look, the short barrel and that it comes with a decent stock and heavy barrel. I will not be shooting targets at extreme distances with this barrel but how do these do at maybe 300-400 yds? I am somewhat new to longer range shooting and I have a good friend who will help me but before I call him up I want to have a pretty decent setup. What is a nice scope for under $200 that would be good for 100-300 yd ranges and that is of pretty good quality ... nikon prostaff? and should I go for the picatinny rail ( for the mount or normal rings?


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June 9, 2011, 08:23 PM
It may or may not be a tack driver right outta the box. You never know. Generally, it takes some ammo shopping or better yet, reloading to get the most out of a rifle....What are you gonna be shooting at at 300-400 yards? A man -sized silhouette target should be no trouble with the gun right out of the box with decent ammo. Hitting beer can sized targes might be another story.

Personally, I'm "old school"...I like a one piece base and a good set of rights that are just the right height to almost have the scopes bell touch the barrel.

June 9, 2011, 10:35 PM
silhouettes would be the farther range shots but i would be mostly having fun with the 100 yard shots, whats a good scope?

June 9, 2011, 10:45 PM
Look into tasco world class target scopes. Ill get alot of flak for putting that down but i had one on my 7mag for 3 years and never had a hitch with it.

June 9, 2011, 10:54 PM
I'm not real familiar with current scopes. I would however caution you to spend as much as you can afford on a decent scope and mounts.

Nasty has good luck with his Tasco; I've used one or two of the Chinese 'cheap' scopes with passable results. However, for my serious rifles I'll save up and spend good money on a Leupold scope and mounts. There are some other scopes of good solid quality, and no doubt someone will speak up shortly.

If you're going to be shooting at 400 yards, you'll probably want a variable type scope to be able to see smaller targets at range. I'd think nothing less than a 3x9 variable for good results. If you rethink your ranges, a lesser powered scope will do.

Good luck in any event.

June 9, 2011, 11:33 PM
I like the Mueller scopes in the $200-250 range. I'm not saying other choices aren't good. I also suggest the EGW pic rail (20 MOA) and Burris XTR rings. I think that combination is pretty good on a budget.

June 10, 2011, 01:17 AM
Vortex Diamondback in either 3-9x40 or 4-12x40. The warranty with vortex is second to none. I wouldn't get the crossfire as it is made in china, the only product of there's that is, but the diamondback, which I have in 4-12x40 works great. They start at 189.99 with the BDC at 199.99.

June 10, 2011, 01:52 AM
I've had good experiences with the BSA 4 X 24 x 50 mildot with side focus. Have one on my 10/22 (overkill), one on my Rem 22-250 and Rem .308. I have learned the scope, which has helped my shooting with either rifle. They can be had at Midway on sale for around $150 and come with pretty decent Weaver style mounts. It worked for me...

June 10, 2011, 02:43 AM
Once I get beyond 100 yds or so, I find that first focal plane becomes more important. Then there are the issues of mirage and flare control. The further out you go, the worse they become.

For inexpensive, I'd look at Vector Optics first focal plane. Or used Leupold or any other good glass that rates well in tactical situations. It won't be cheap.

If just fooling around, then there are lots of choices. We (TMan65 and I) recently tested the ~$80 CenterPoint from Wally World and it's been holding up fine. Not a great piece of work, but the 4-16 ought to show you what range and mounts work, etc. Once you have the mount and eye placement figured out for most comfortable fit, cheek weld, etc. - you can be on the look-out for a good used scope that has better optics.

June 10, 2011, 12:19 PM
Look at the Weaver Scopes you can find a good quality for about 2 hundred bucks.
I got the 2 piece Leupold steel weaver mounts on my 700.

June 10, 2011, 01:22 PM
Check out the Nitrex TR1 3-9X42 or 3-10X50 at Natchezss for $150, and the Bushnell 4200 3-9X40 for $200 at Cabela's.
That EGW base should work fine, or look at Burris XT or Weaver.
I've used Leupold, Weaver, Burris, and Millett rings with no problems.

June 10, 2011, 03:44 PM
+1 for the Vortex Diamondback. I use one on a rimfire exclusively now, but originally I had it on an old 22-250 and it seemed to handle the recoil well. If there's one thing I wouldn't skimp on it's rings/bases... You could put a $2000 scope on something with garbage rings and then find yourself re-adjusting the scope every time you go shoot ;) Happy Huntin'

June 10, 2011, 04:24 PM
Forgot the Rings I also use the Leupold PRW rings , they are a little more expensive but you pay for what you get.

June 10, 2011, 04:30 PM
Mueller scopes are really good for that price range. That being said, a pretty good rule of thumb is to spend at least as much on your scope--probably more like twice as much--as you spent on your rifle. You'll get a much better end result than doing it the other way around.

June 10, 2011, 04:45 PM
I have a .223 Rem 700. Mine has a picatinny one piece rail, with rings that fit on it. And I have a Vortex Crossfire that's pretty darn huge, honestly.

I like the combo and the look of it.

The only issue I've had with my 700 is the last two rounds seem inclined to point too high upwards and thus don't feed properly. I'm chalking it up to break in on the spring right now.

June 10, 2011, 11:18 PM
You can put a 3x9x40 Leupold on it for around $200 and it will last a life time with flawless performance. Since your going to be shooting a high powered rifle that does produce a good bit of recoil, I would not consider something with sub quality eye relief. Leupold is top quality glass, will never leak, and does have generous eye relief, and their customer service is unmatched by anyone. Put some low bases on it, as low as you can go without touching the barrel. I like Z-rings personally and have been using them on every high powered rifle since the early 1980s without failure. They don't cost an arm and a leg but they are solid and strong.

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