Re: how far would you trust this rifle
Against what - Elk or Prairie Dogs.
Prairie Dogs... about 300 yds!
Elk - 700 or 800, for a predictable hit.
Don't take this the wrong way, but while you were throwing all that money at it, you should have gotten a new tube.
All that lug lappin', Shilen triggers, and pillar bedding on a factory barrel (they cost Rem about $30-$50 each), is like dressing up a toad for the prom.
Sometimes a Remington barrel can be terrific, but 3 "inches" at 300yds ain't so good.
You got to have a better barrel if you want to reach out and touch something at really long range.
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