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About to buy a Rem 700 SPS AAC SD, what should I know?

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  1. howiepa

    howiepa Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm about to take the plunge and buy my first bolt-action, a Remington 700 SPS AAC SD *** BBQ alphabet soup rifle chambered in .308.

    I know the stock is mehtastic and should be replaced with a Bell & Carlson or HS-Precision (I'm leaning towards the B&C Light Tactical for $290 @ Brownells or Midway) to improve grouping.

    Anything else I should be aware of?
     
  2. rayatphonix

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    Mine will give me 5 shot groups of about 3/4 to 1/2" with the Hogue stock, but I reload. In my case the secret was finding the proper seating depth. .025" off the lands tightened things up nicely but resulted in a longer COAL than normal.

    I like the feel of the Hogue stock and will keep it.
     
  3. howiepa

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    I reload as well, what load worked best for you?
     
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    What is your intended use? I have the B&C Light Tactical, but it's a heavy stock compared to the factory stock. Great for range shooting, not fun to lug around. (My rifle is a 700 Varmint in .308.)

    Are you suppressing it? What can?

    Aaron
     
  5. howiepa

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    @Aaron: This would be for range shooting. The eventual goal is to add a can, preferably before 2015 when the rules may change. I had been eyeing the Gemtech HVT-QM, if only because it adds to the alphabet soup. I was also looking at AAC's 7.62 muzzle brake.
     
  6. TygerAR

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    That is a good rifle! Yes, it needs a different stock. I feel that it's a good "walking around" rifle. That said, I just sold mine. The reason I sold was because, after all the needed upgrades, (stock included) price is close to a "semi-custom" rifle. There is a good Youtube video from Stiller Percision that explains this. If you plan on buying more bolt rifles, then get it. If this will be your only bolt rifle, wait and invest in a great rifle. If you can afford a can, then you can afford a great rifle. Nothing bad to say about the rifle. But that was the first bolt rifle I bought and the only rifle I've sold. Like link is posted. Sorry to link to a different form.


    http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=953360
     
  7. rayatphonix

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    Howie, I'm using 44.8 grains of IMR 4895 for 150 gn BT Noslers. Bullets are seated .025" off the lands.
     
  8. howiepa

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    @rayatphonix: With the 1:10 twist, wouldn't heavier bullets be better? Ordered some Lee dies to support the .308 that I don't even have yet :)
     
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    Howie, I've tried some 168 grain bullets also. As I recall they did well but I got a deal on a bunch of 150's so my efforts were spent working on loads for those bullets.

    I've no doubt I would have come up with a load for other weights had I tried.
     
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    You know something most of us don't?

    And if you submitted a form 1/4 today, you might get your can by the end of 2015. Wait times are obscene right now.
     
  11. howiepa

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    Depending on when the one you buy was manufactured it and how long it's been on a shelf, know that the X-Mark Pro trigger has been recalled. I'm not even bothering to send mine back since many tens of thousands of rifles are affected. I'm just going to get a Timney 510 and drop it in.
     
  13. howiepa

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    Does anyone know which Limbsaver paid I should get for the AAC SD? I got part #10101 but it doesn't want to fit properly.

    Additionally, what Limbsaver would I need for the B&C M40 stock/chassis?
     
  14. Gunbunny56

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    If the AAC-SD you are buying has the Houge overmolded stock it already has a great recoil pad on it.
     
  15. Smoothshooter83

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    The factory stock is fine until you put pressure or weight on the front of the stock, such as a bipod or sand bag. I noticed my groups improved when moving the front sand bag close to the receiver. Since, I prefer to shoot with a bipod, I purchased the M40 a few days ago from Stocky's for about $285 with shipping.
     
  16. MountainBear

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    I shot my rifle off a sandbag. It shot tight little groups with the Hogue stock. Had I kept the rifle, I may have changed it eventually. Smarter man than I am always told me to try the gun stock before I started to change parts to improve accuracy. A fool and his money are soon parted...
     
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