I have about 1000-1200$ to spend on a new hunting rifle (already have optics, Sightron SIII 6-24X50) I am thinking about getting the Remington SPS 700 Long Range Hunter in 7MM Mag. Since this rifle runs about 650$ I was going to have the funds to bed it, true the action, and have a Timney trigger installed at the gun shop. Is this a good place to start, and is this money well spent?
I don't mind the extra few pounds the gun comes with so heavy barrel is not a problem. I am also beginning to reload so i will be able to get some good loads to run through it down the road also.
Would i be better off spending the money on a new stock? The stock is supposed to be an upgrade from the varmint stock they currently use and it is already pillar bedded.
Any suggestions, ideas, or comments would be appreciated!!
FWIW--This past hunting season here in Arizona every deer I glassed up with my 15X56 binos that presented a shot were between 480-890 yds. Just the nature of the beast in the high desert; and I was not able to take a shot because I did not have the confidence in my rifle. Thus tag soup for me. Hopefully this new setup along with practice gives me new hope next season!!
That is a great starting point, but may want to look for a Sendero or one of their Stainless models. The Sendero stocks are suppose to be pretty good. If you can find a used Sendero stock that would fit the SPS, then go that route.
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Ditto. Just get a Sendero if you like the Model 700 and have it free floated and bedded and you should be off to the races.
For the price difference and quality difference in the Senderos and the SPS models you'll be way ahead in the long run.
For your application the 7mm Mag is a good choice, the 300wm would be an even better choice once you move out beyond 750. The higher BC's and energy from the heavier bullets really pays big dividends as the range increases.
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Thanks for the replies!! I am going to take a closer look at the Sendero!! Only thing is it will soak up all my spending money without the funds to bed the stock, true the action and have a new trigger installed.
Or savage 111LRH, mount up the scope and run with it, nothin to mess with out of the box. i do like Winchesters though
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.