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Unread 08-29-2011, 02:16 PM
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New Guy Introduction

Hey everyone,
I just wanted to introduce myself before making any posts to the forum. I currently have only been serious about shooting for about the 8 months. Before that I have always had guns and hunted, but never really got serious about shooting. Specifically getting out a lot and getting better at it. I have been hunting for about 8 years and with that have taken some coyotes and bears, but never have had to good of success with deer. I also worked for a taxidermy for sometimes and do tanning at home as another hobby.

About 8 months ago I purchased the new Remington 700 ADL Varmint in .308. This seemed like a good starter target rifle. I got it at the local Dick's for $500 and it also had a $50 mail in rebate for a grand total of $450. Hard to beat that for a heavy barrel Remington 700. I sold the scope it came with for about $50 on ebay, so now I was down to paying only $400 for a new rifle. I decided to go with Nikon as a scope, since from everything I had read it seemed to be good quality and in my price range. I couldn't afford anything much over $400, and I wanted to purchase something new and not used. I got the 5-20x44 monarch for $420 on Ebay, brand new. I also added a Blackhawk cheek rest for $20 and pro mag steel rings and bases for $50. Now I have a nice shooting gun for under $900. I have had good groups out to 300yds now and continue progressing.

My next upgrade will be the trigger, since the mark x seems to suck, break is horrible and must be around 5-6lbs. When I get a stray bullet it always seems to be from the trigger. When I'm pulling it, just before it breaks sometimes a pull the gun to the right slightly. It would be nice to have one that breaks around 3lbs or so. Any other advice you guys can give about triggers, or other upgrades would be great. Thanks!
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Unread 08-29-2011, 02:34 PM
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Re: New Guy Introduction

I like Jewell triggers but warn you they become addictive to other rifles.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 11:10 PM
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Re: New Guy Introduction

Welcome remmy, and good looking rifle.
You might want to see what a gunsmith can do with that trigger before you drop $$ on an after market one. I've seen some pretty nice Rem triggers come out of the gunsmith shops around here and probably every one knows how to do a Rem 700.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 11:57 PM
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Re: New Guy Introduction

Welcome. There are several good aftermarket options for triggers, but for 50.00 or less a good gunsmith can tune the one you have already so that should be considered.

Timiney and Jewell are great triggers, but they'll cost you a heck of a lot more than having this one reworked.

As for the rest of the rig yep, sounds like you are off to a good start.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 03:59 AM
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I agree that a factory trigger can be tuned but if you want custom trigger performance you should replace it. You obviously have a budget (trust me I know the feeling), so you can look at this from more then one angle. Will a tuned factory trigger save some money? Sure it will. But if you aren't satisfied and replace it anyways you spent more money. The whole buy/cry once mentality.
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Unread 09-01-2011, 12:26 AM
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Re: New Guy Introduction

Originally Posted by WyoElk2Hunt View Post
I like Jewell triggers but warn you they become addictive to other rifles.

+1 and amen you'll never go back
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Unread 09-01-2011, 12:41 PM
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Re: New Guy Introduction

After you get the trigger taken care of, you will want to start saving for an after market stock. It will be stiffer than the tupperware you have now, and that will make you shoot more consistently. Is the barrel free floated? I know some Remingtons don't that way. Check it, and if not I would sand it with a wood dowel wrapped in sand paper.
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