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Building a custom Remmy bolt action rifle without a gunsmith

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by armed85, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. armed85

    armed85 Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    I've been tossing the idea back in forth in my head on buying a Remington 700 SPS Stainless and swapping out the stock and trigger.

    If I decided to go the factory route, I would buy a Remmy 700 LVSF (Light Varmint Synthetic Fluted).

    700 LV SF $772.
    Jewell Adjustable Trigger $210.
    Total: $982

    700 SPS Stainless $540.
    Jewell Adjustable Trigger $210.
    Bell and Carlson Medalist Stock $240.
    H-S Precision Pro-Series Stock $275.
    Total: $990 to $1,025

    The SPS Stainless has a matte bead blasted finish rather than the satin finish on the LVSF. The LVSF has a jeweled bolt and barrel flutes and I'm not sure whether or not I care to loose those features. The SPS Stainless has a 24" barrel and the LVSF has a 22" barrel. Both models have barrels with a 12" rate of twist.

    The price is similar and I'm looking to buy an accurate lightweight varmint rifle chambered in .223 Remington.

    In addition to Remington Varmint Rifles, I checked out the CZ 527. It's a good rifle from what I've seen, but I didn't care for the set trigger nor the feel of the standard trigger. Some people love the CZ 527 and it's set trigger all I can say to that is more power to you!

    I welcome comments and suggestions as I continue my research.
  2. dakotasin

    dakotasin Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    swapping out a stock and trigger is not hard. i'm not sure that you'd see much benefit from swapping in a jewel on a lightweight walking varminter, but it is the cream of the crop trigger.

    for stocks, i would forego the b&c and the hs and go mcmillan.

    the lvsf has a fairly wide, flat forend, but the stock is light and pretty good (stiff). i use my lvsf's for anything, really. a leupold wrapped in talleys makes for an accurate, lightweight rig. my 7-08 has taken prairie dogs in excess of 500 yards and then went out the next week and whacked a deer. my 22-250 makes for a good coyote gun.

    the sps is a solid, utilitarian rifle. it benefits from an upgraded stock more than the lvsf does - depending on how you feel about the lvsf forearm.

    don't worry about barrel length. it is not that big of a deal - make your decision based on other factors. if you swap out triggers, do it w/ a jewel - a lot of other replacement triggers are no better than a tuned factory trigger. also, how much customization will you do? i had an lvsf bolt fluted and then ceramic coated, which completely negated the jewelled bolt body finish.

    in a 223, i have taken prairie dogs in excess of 600 yards w/ a 52 grain pill, and have shot plenty of paper at 750 yards w/ a 52 grain bullet. this is why i think you needn't lose sleep over twist rate and barrel length on rifles that similiar.

    a rem 700 lvsf in 223 w/ talley lightweights and a leupold 6x36 makes for a great recipe for a walking varminter w/ a minimum of fuss on your end.

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