Originally Posted by Strong Bowman
I have been doing some calling and pricing guns. One of the local gun shops has the Rem 700 SPS SS in Win Mag for a little over $500 new and a used 300 WSM
in a Savage weather warrior with the accu-trigger, stock, etc. in the middle $400. Both basically the same, just different makes. Both have clip magazines, i prefer the hinged floor plate, but i guess beggars can't be choosers. Only thing if a person looses a clip they are sol when in the field a thousand miles from home. I have a HV savage and the thing will drive tacks at any distance. Has anyone had any experience with the new REM model and their new trigger. Any advice on this one.
One of my hunting aprtners has a 300win mag 700 sps ss, he bought it last fall. I bedded the rifle in the factory tupperware, and adjusted the x-mark trigger down to 3.5 pounds for him. The rifle groups 165gr accubond handloads into just inch at 100 yards (5 shots), and holds its accuracy well out to 300. It also groups 180gr sst into just a hair over an inch.
The rifle came with the trigger set very heavy. You could almost lift the rifle up by the trigger and not set it off. I would guess it to be around 6.5-7 pounds pull. It was very difficult to shoot with such a heavy trigger. I tried and had to hold the rifle down on the bags like I was holding down a wild animal, crushing the rifle down to fire it without moving as the trigger was pulled. Off hand it was a waste of ammo to try and hit anything smaller than a basket ball at 100 yards. A quick trigger adjustment and its like a new rifle.
It's hard to say which way to lean, the wsm and the win mag are so close. Like I said earlier they are so close in performance it is really down to the rifle you like and the price available.