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Unread 01-01-2014, 01:31 AM
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rem 700

I have a rem 700 in 30-06 that was given to me by my father in-law. The gun is in good shape but currently has a tasco scope and a 5 lb trigger pull and the stock (wood) feels like it needs bedded and the floated.
I don't really know what the accuracy potential is in the factory barrel because i can't shoot a rifle well with out a good scope and a lighter trigger. My question is what should I do with it. I would like to keep it in 30-06 as a backup gun. (though I could be talked into a 280 rem). My typical hunting range is 300 yrds though I am confident to about 500.
My current big game gun is a cooper jackson hunter in 6.5-284 that shoots better than me.

should i adjust the factory trigger and try it as is

should I replace the factory trigger with a timmney

should I replace the stock with a composite one
should I replace the barrel
Save the money for something else
Decent optics are a given

Thanks for the Ideas
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    Unread 01-01-2014, 10:09 AM
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    Re: rem 700

    You can adjust the trigger yourself. There are lots of "how to" instructions on the net. If you do adjust it yourself make sure you shock test it. Put the UNLOADED gun on safe and rap the butt stock on the floor. If the trigger goes off you have it adjusted too light.

    It will definately benefit from having the barrel floated and action bedded, no reason to buy a new stock if yours is in good shape unless you just want to change it.

    Might get the best improvements by handloading your own ammo and tweaking loads to the gun.
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    Unread 01-01-2014, 10:40 AM
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    Re: rem 700

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    You can adjust the trigger yourself. There are lots of "how to" instructions on the net. If you do adjust it yourself make sure you shock test it. Put the UNLOADED gun on safe and rap the butt stock on the floor. If the trigger goes off you have it adjusted too light.

    It will definately benefit from having the barrel floated and action bedded, no reason to buy a new stock if yours is in good shape unless you just want to change it.

    Might get the best improvements by handloading your own ammo and tweaking loads to the gun.
    and that covers it very well. do the above and just shoot it.
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    Unread 01-01-2014, 04:03 PM
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    Re: rem 700

    Yep, I agree. I have done the same with a .25-06. bought spring kit from midway or somewhere and was able to get the trigger to 2.5# for $15 with freight. that. I have a Bushnell 3200 3.5-10X50 on my 300WM that I have killed deer with at 500ish yards. that scope is less than $200 FROM Natchez right now.

    Depending on your dispensable income, if its a back-up I would say $300 would get you in good shape to 500 yards with hand loads. of course, if you are going to bed it, you might want to spend $500 on a scope so it isn't the weak link. so I suppose it depends on how much you want to spend. I would suppose that others might agree (or not), first is trigger upgrade, second is scope, third is bedding or heaver stock, muzzle break might be forth or just a whole new barrel, but of course, now you are talking the money... maybe start out with a budget and work it from there? my $0.02
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    Unread 01-01-2014, 04:27 PM
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    Re: rem 700

    If you can afford a cooper hunting rifle, you can afford to give the remmy the makeover it deserves to include barrel, stock, and jewel trigger!!!!
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    Unread 01-01-2014, 04:31 PM
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    Re: rem 700

    I can expect for I spend all the money on a cooper. :-)

    just wondering how to get the most for my money as well as what it really needs.
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    Unread 01-01-2014, 06:00 PM
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    Re: rem 700

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    I can expect for I spend all the money on a cooper. :-)

    just wondering how to get the most for my money as well as what it really needs.
    Flashhole summed it up pretty good! I'd try all that first, and if it still won't shoot sub-MOA, rebarrel and have the action trued. A .280 Ackley Improved would be a good alternative to the '06, as it can push 7mm bullets to within 150 fps of a 7mm RemMag.
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