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Value and 308 Remington 700s

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by johnmcl, Dec 3, 2007.

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  1. johnmcl

    johnmcl Member

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    Hi all,

    I've got a speshil birthday coming up, and a Remington 700 in 308 will do just fine from the birthday fairy or BRAVO FOXTROT. However, understanding my intent for medium range target work, including those all-too-fun metallic targets, plus occasional field work I am confused by the relative advantages of the upper models in the Remington 700 line.

    At the top of the pile I see a 700 designated with an R5 barrel. This is rumored to be a civilian-ized version of the M24. The reputation is for outstanding accuracy. Then I see Police Specials in various barrel lengths approximately $100 less than the R5. Then come the standard 700s $200 less than the Police model, and then the SPS $100 cheaper yet.

    As I continue to research, I'm interested in opinions, specifically practical experience with the R5. In short, if you had to do it all over again, would you put down the $1K for the R5? I'm thinking also that the 26 in Police barrel length would be sub-optimal for field work.

    Oh ya, let's skip the THR Thread Inevitabilties (TTI). Please don't tell me to buy a Glock, a 1911, an AR, an 870 (Dave) or to vote for Ron Paul.... :)

    Thanks,
     
  2. Jim Watson

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    Do you mean real regulation metallic silhouettes shot standing on your hind legs like a man? If so, you need a comfortable offhand stock more than anything.

    What do you mean by "field work"? I know I would not want to walk far with either of the rifles that I actually shoot the most. You may be asking too much out of one rifle to deliver accurate target shooting and be portable enough to wander the woods with.

    I have no experience with the 5-R barrel. But in taking recommendations, you should be sure of the difference between a Remington made mass produced barrel with 5-R rifling form and a real Mike Rock cut rifled barrel. I don't know if the rifling plan is worth an extra $100 when it comes off the same hammer forge machines. But you should find out.
     
  3. 308win

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    I have the 700 with factory 5R barrel. I bought mine about 3 years ago and it was $795 plus tax. It is accurate; has the standard BDL trigger that will need adjustment. Mine is picky about how tight the action bolts are torqued and they have to be the same to get the accuracy it is capable of. I intend to bed the action this winter hoping that will help.
     
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    +1. Or an Obermeyer.

    Don
     
  5. johnmcl

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    Well that is something learned already. I do not know what a Mike Rock cut barrel is. The research light just went on. thanks...
     
  6. Franco2shoot

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    If your trekking through weeds/woods/uphill I can speak from experience and say that the Model Seven Remington (nearly identical to 700) is sweeet... It is lighter, and shorther and makes for easy movement in rough terrain. I can maintain a fairly nice group (within Deer MOA) at 100 yards and I'm no practiced marksman.

    KKKKFL
     
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