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Remington 700 barrel change cost?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by b7tac, Oct 9, 2011.

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  1. b7tac

    b7tac Member

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    I got a brand new 700p take off barrel from someone who just needed the action for a build. I got the barrel at a decent price.

    How much will it cost me (on average) to have a smith take off my old barrel and put the new one on? I know all smiths charge different rates - just give me a ballpark figure.

    Thanks

    -b7
     
  2. LoonWulf

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    50 on the low side 150 on the high. If your really lucky the barrel will screw in and head space ok. If your really unlucky the barrel will be bent :p
    Some where in the middle you've got taking off a bit of the chamber end, turning it in, and reaming the chamber to length. Not that hard an operation, my local smith charged me 75 for my 1903. When i bought the barrel for my 700adl E.R Shaw installed it for 100.
     
  3. b7tac

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    I would like to do it myself, but by the time I buy the necessary tools (barrel wrench/ action vice / no-go gauge), I would spend close to what I would to have a smith install it. If I could get it done for $50-100, I would be happy with that.

    -B7
     
  4. TonyAngel

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    b7, do you NEED to change barrels or do you just want to? Which barrel do you have now?
     
  5. b7tac

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    Hey Tony,

    I don't need a new barrel. I just wanted to put a heavier barrel on my rifle. Right now, I have a standard hunting barrel. I have a brand new 700p take off barrel. So not a custom barrel, but better than the standard tube.

    B7
     
  6. USSR

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    b7tac,

    Do yourself a favor, and have your gunsmith true your action at the same time as he does the barrel install. IMHO, not doing so is being penny wise and pound foolish.

    Don
     
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    +1. For another +/- $50 you could get it trued and that could make a big difference. Keep in mind the stock will likely need to be modified or replaced when installing the new barrel.
     
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    I will definitely get the action trued at the same. I am buying a new stock for the rifle as well. I have been wanting to get rid of the plastic stock for a while.
     
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    You may want to see if you can find a deal on a HSP takeoff. I've seen guys replace them when re-building a 700P; maybe the guy you bought the barrel would sell his. IMHO, they're very good stocks.

    Also, check out Stockade Gun Stocks. I haven't seen his work, but he has a rifle of mine that he's working on; seems like he knows his stuff.
     
  10. TonyAngel

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    b7, I don't blame you for wanting to upgrade. The heavier barrels do tend to allow you to shoot more accurately over a greater number of rounds. I suppose that you are also looking for some sort of an increase in accuracy, which you will probably get.

    The downside to what you are doing is that the 700p barrel is still a stock factory Remington barrel. Bore quality aside, Remington barrels are notorious for having loose chambers and long throats. The long throat will have you loading your rounds really long to get close to the lands. The loose chamber may affect accuracy and will reduce the life of your brass. The combination of the long throat and loose chamber will also cause you to loose a good bit of velocity. From what I've seen, Remington barrels are also prone to copper fouling at the throat.

    If you go over to site like Snipers hide, you'll see a lot of those guys loading their rounds out to overall lengths in excess of 2.81" just to get close to the lands and using rediculous powder charges to get the velocity that they want/need.

    To gain the most benefit from what you are doing, my advise would be to first find a smith that really knows what he's doing. Not just a guy that can screw a barrel in. Have him take the barrel and knock a bit off of it at the breech end, then recut the chamber with a reamer appropriate for your preferred ammunition. This will get rid of the excessively long throat and with proper break in, do away with copper fouling issues at the throat. He can then headspace it to your action. Also be sure to have your lugs trued up.

    Of course, the downside to this is cost and the reason that I don't mess with pull off barrels. After all is said and done, a couple hundred more could have gotten you a Rock, Bartlein or Krieger barrel. I am basing this on the assumption that you paid over $100 for the 700p pull off.

    As far as the stock goes, shop around for a pull off stock, as has been mentioned. The HS Precision pull off are nice. If you shop around, you can find one for around $200, although I wouldn't pay more than that for a pull off. New ones run about $350. You could always check out the Bell and Carlson stocks. Their version of the M40 is pretty nice at around $200.

    Good luck.
     
  11. DIM

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    there is easy way to install barrel on Rem-700 action with the help of Age Barrel Nut. quoting Jim Brigs from Northlander Shooting Supplies : " Northland Shooters Supply has introduced their full line of Rem/Age Barrels. The Rem/Age Barrel Package is a Match Grade Barrel that is completely finished and fully chambered using our new NSS Rem/Age Barrel Nut. As the name Rem/Age implies these barrels are a hybrid combination of the Remington Model 700 Rifles and a Savage style Barrel Nut mounted barrel. Just to clarify, using the Rem/Age system, swapping your Remington 700 Barrels will no longer require a Gunsmith any more than a Savage rifle does."
     
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    I've delt with him; really good guy. He's not one of those folks that just want to sell something and get off the phone; he'll take the time to talk to you about what you're doing and offer advise.
     
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