A while back I began posting on this site in search of advice and info on a rifle for LR hunting and shooting.
I had and still have the opportinity to purchase a second hand SSG at a very good price, although that limits me in any aftermarket parts that I may want to add.
This for me is quite in imoprtant factor, as I wanted to use a McMillan stock, Jewl trigger, any other scope mounts other than the Styer type...
So I am now considering a Remington 700 Police, a model I have not been able to find on the Remington arms site, but which is availiable here. It is a heavy barreled tactical/sniper rifle.
Can anyone here tell me much about these rifles?
For me the fact that I can chop and change means that I will end up with THE rifle I desire as opposed to the SSG which would just be a rifle I know is more than capable of doing the job, but not exactly how I would like it.
I have shot PSS's a bit and can tell you some base info. The rifle is quite similar to their VS or varmint synthetic, except a slightly different HS Precision stock is used, a different finish and they have a second sling swivel stud on the forearm. It is a big rifle, not light and usually very accurate.
The stock is good as is, it has a slight palm swell, believe it is pretty similar to one used by U.S. military so it is proven tough. You get a very good stock with the PSS, all you would need to do is apply a bit of bedding (skim bedding) over the aluminum bedding block to ensure a perfect fit of the action to the block.
We found that the finish (sort of soft, Parkerized I believe it is called) marks easily, but that is not a big deal if you intend to learn about LR on the rifle and then have it rebuilt when it is shot out.
Some people argue that the VS is just as good for quite a lot less money. Slightly different stock, no palm swells but still stout, one less swivel stud, brighter finish, not sure about barrel contour but probably similar dimensions. Have shot some VS rifles that are excellent right out of the box, but same goes for accuracy of the PSS in most cases. After a break-in session which probably does more for the owner's confidence than for the rifle, I have seen several VS's shoot sub 1/2" for five shots at 100, these were all in .308 Win. caliber.
The used Styer may be a very good rifle, but even used it will be pricey. In most cases a person does not really know how it was maintained, how many rounds are actually through it, or how hot the barrel was allowed to get - that can be a bugger on barrel life.
Have you considered the Win. Stealth, like the VS/PSS it is also a great LR rifle. The WIn. loading area is bigger than that of a Rem. (more open) so easier to get rounds in and out. Also makes the basis for an excellent custom rifle, particularly the pushfeeds which many guys don't think are as good as they really are. I have shot many M-70 pushfeeds that will shoot as well as any M-700.
The main attraction the 700 offers me is that McMillan makes stocks for them, (though I'd assume they cut for model 70's as well)and the fact that they are used by the US military.
They are a very popular rifle at my range, although I can't say how they shoot never having seen one do it's best.
The stock has a thick palm swell to it, though I find the grip too short for my hand.
I had never considered the Stealth, see I am a little bit of a biased rifle biggot ;-)
I have a Sako varminter in 6PPC that shoots .3' and I have come up with groups in the high teens with 3 shoots.
The thought of buying a rifle that is going to be less accurate for shooting longer rages for me is terrifying.
Only problem is that you con't do much with a Sako in the way of aftermarket parts, not that you need to...
For this rifle, intened for hunting out to 500m, maybe 600m I want a tactical/varmint setup. Just buying another Sako varminter in .308 would be a bit of a defeat for me (and boring)
What can I do? and what kind of accuracy should I demand for these ranges? Which is considered to be the most accurate of the 700 series or model 70's?
Thanks again for the advice, I have no hurry to get the rifle completed, and I have already let several months pass due to health problems with my father, so I am happly to talk about this project a lot before doing much about it.
The two most accurate out of the box tactical rifles chambered for the 308 I have seen shoot were FN/ SPR's. Basically controlled round feed M70 actions one of them was in an H.S.Percision stock the other one was in a McMillan stock. Barrel lenght was 26". Both were consistent .5 to .6 MOA out of the box. And with loads tailored to the rifles both would shoot .3's or less. Cost somewhere around $ 1500 U.S. If I was going to buy an out the box rifle, I would get the FN/SPR followed by a Win.Stealth, then the PSS. JMHO based on observation of all the above.