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Considering a Remington 700 SPS Long Range Any information would be helpful.

 
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:27 PM
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Considering a Remington 700 SPS Long Range Any information would be helpful.

I started shooting long range last year with a DPMS panther LR .308. I am getting good groupings at less than 1 MOA out to about 700 yards, but I am uncomfortable with the energy and velocity at that range for long range deer and elk hunting so I am looking for a good long range deer and elk rifle around $800 (gun only, I already have a scope).

Right now I am leaning towards a 300 win mag for a few reasons. ballistics tables suggest that a 190-210 grain bullet will still be going faster than 1800 FPS at 700-800 yards, providing sufficient velocity for the bullet to expand and enough energy for a clean kill with a well placed shot. I also like the availability of the Federal GMM 190 grain at 2900 FPS while I am working up a good long range hunting load. I also think shooting a 300 win mag is more affordable than a 300 RUM with less recoil. Any thoughts?

The Remington 700 SPS Long Range looks like a great option. I think it is brand new this year. Does anyone have any experience with this gun? It seems to be much like the SPS varmint in magnum calibers. What would I have to do with this rifle to get it to shoot well? What other recommendations do you recommend in this price range?
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:07 AM
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Re: Considering a Remington 700 SPS Long Range Any information would be helpful.

I can't speak to the new LR line; however, I would suggest that whatever you end up with to spend some time shooting the rifle prior to dumping $$ into it for accuracy. There have been a lot of people that speak to the poor quality of recently built Remington rifles - but they still kick some out that shoot. My dad bought a stainless sps last summer in 7mm Rem Mag and it flat shoots totally stock. This doesn't happen often but is possible.

The last rifle I bought, I bought knowing that it would be a good platform to build on IF it didn't perform to my specifications. It didn't and now it's a custom that does shoot.

As for the caliber choice, there is nothing wrong with a 300 winmag. If it were me looking for 1 do all deer/elk long range rig, I might choose a 7mm Rem Mag - it will hold it's velocity further out due to higher B.C.

Either way, let us know what you decide on!
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Re: Considering a Remington 700 SPS Long Range Any information would be helpful.

If not a remington, then what brand would you recommend? I am totally open to suggestions. If I did get the Rem 700 and it didnt shoot well what would I have to do to it and how much would that cost?

I also have a 300 Weatherby Mark V with a standard stainless 26 inch barrel. It only shoots about 1.5-2 MOA, but I haven't done anything to it. I have heard that weatherby guns can be difficult to dial in due to the large minimum gap between the bullet and the lands. Would I need a new barrel and stock in order to get this gun to shoot well?

Thanks for the tips, I am new to this forum and I haven't done any custom work to any of my guns. Any suggestions are very helpful.

Does anyone recommend a gunsmith in the Salt Lake City area?
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:34 AM
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Re: Considering a Remington 700 SPS Long Range Any information would be helpful.

your Weatherby will deffinatly do the trick if you can get it to shoot. The actions are much better than the remingtons. I have had one weatherby (mark V) and have developed loads for others and I have been able to get them all to shoot very well. I would start by free floating your barrel and getting it glass bedded (I bed myself). Then start handloading.

If your weatherby is and older hand-me-down it may have the barrel shot shot out, if its new your barrel is most likely capable of good to great accuracy.

The Mark V is my favorite factory action by a large margin.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:51 AM
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Re: Considering a Remington 700 SPS Long Range Any information would be helpful.

The stock is synthetic. Should I try to do it myself or have a gunsmith do it for me? about how much would it cost? is there a link to a website that gives explicit instructions? Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Considering a Remington 700 SPS Long Range Any information would be helpful.

You could look into a Savage 111 LRH or if you don't want the MB and cheekpiece the 116. Savage builds some pretty awesome guns. I have also heard the Tikka is a pretty good shooter.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:50 PM
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Re: Considering a Remington 700 SPS Long Range Any information would be helpful.

I was also thinking of buying a 700 sps lr in 300 win mag I was told that I could get one in left hand. The only thing I'm not to sure about is its only offered in 9.125 twist in 300 win. Is that to fast for a 180 grn boat tail?
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