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Thought's and help on a Rem 700 .243

 
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:22 PM
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Thought's and help on a Rem 700 .243

Just put a Rem SPS 700 .243 on layaway at my local pawn shop. She looks brand new and very well taken care of.
Rifle had been at the pawn shop for 3 weeks at $389 and I went in on Friday and they had dropped the price to $319.
That's $20 more than what I payed for my Rem 770 .270 that I bought because I was going on a hunt in 2 weeks and just needed something.
Anyway I put it on layaway because I'm waiting on a buddy to buy my .270

I have a leupold rifleman scope 3x9x40 that I will be selling to fund either a vxIII or zeiss conquest 4.5x14x50.

Other than the scope what would be the first thing you guys would do to this rifle to improve its accuracy??
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:42 PM
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Re: Thought's and help on a Rem 700 .243

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Just put a Rem SPS 700 .243 on layaway at my local pawn shop. She looks brand new and very well taken care of.
Rifle had been at the pawn shop for 3 weeks at $389 and I went in on Friday and they had dropped the price to $319.
That's $20 more than what I payed for my Rem 770 .270 that I bought because I was going on a hunt in 2 weeks and just needed something.
Anyway I put it on layaway because I'm waiting on a buddy to buy my .270

I have a leupold rifleman scope 3x9x40 that I will be selling to fund either a vxIII or zeiss conquest 4.5x14x50.

Other than the scope what would be the first thing you guys would do to this rifle to improve its accuracy??
The first thing I would address is the tupperware stock. I personally like the B&C Carbelite thumbhole sporter stock but that would require bedding it. Otherwise something similar. Then Trigger if necessary. For the money, Shilen Triggers are hard to beat.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:59 PM
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Re: Thought's and help on a Rem 700 .243

Thanks for the reply but I don't want to end up only using the bolt out of this gun. I want to get this gun shooting its best with what it comes with. Weather it be floating the barrel or bedding the stock it comes with.
I will eventually build a one off custom but I want to start small and learn as much as I can before that.

My goals for this gun is to be a tack driver at 100 yds and to find out just how far I can hit a target.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:29 AM
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Re: Thought's and help on a Rem 700 .243

Free float the barrel, Bed the action although you may have to stiffen the fore end of the stock to actually keep it free floated, then focus on the trigger. Hopefully it is good enough or adjustable. Then start searching for the perfect reload recipe.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:53 AM
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Re: Thought's and help on a Rem 700 .243

load 37.5 grains of either varget or I4064 behind an 85 grain sierra hpbt. lapua brass and either a 210m or br-2 primer.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:39 AM
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Re: Thought's and help on a Rem 700 .243

Thanks for the help guys

My buddy has all the reloading equipment already and just needs the dies.
I'm hoping to have the rifle out by Friday and at the range on Saturday.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:03 AM
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Re: Thought's and help on a Rem 700 .243

i bought the same gun. thought it would be a good practice gun/coyote rig. I did just as Aldon said previously. Free-float, stifen the fore-end and bed the action. It really turned out alot better than I hoped.

When you remove the material around the barrel channel, take out ALOT! I removed a solid 3/32 of material before it was free-floated and then I removed another 1/8-3/16. It sounds like alot and is. It doesnt look as good as a tight fit, but garanteed that if you dont have a ton of room in there that when the temperature hit extremes the stock will move and have contact with the barrel. If done other work on stocks and made them fit tight (injection molded cheapies) and sure enough after paint, they move and I gotta remove more.

With the above mentioned .243 win, I have shot 1MOA 5 shot groups to 780yards. Not the norm, but at best. For a $$500 gun, thats pretty good, and Im sure that with better hand loads (mine are 250fps slower than max) Itll be better. One thing I can say, after shooting a .243 at 800 yards, shooting the big stuff is alot easier.
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