Originally Posted by 6.5Express
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!
Every Remington 700 I've ever owned would shoot lights-out from the factory. I guess I've just gotten lucky. I would be willing to bet that more shoot sub-MOA than those that don't....You just only hear people complaining about the bad ones. And just like anything man-made there can and WILL be lemons. Anything man-made can and will fail at some point or another, too.
I personally have only shot 1 Remington that wouldn't group worth a damn, and it was a model 710 or 770 (can't remember). You know, the cheap Wally World combo with a cheap Bushy scope on it... A buddy has one, and he was having some issues sighting it in at 100 yards. So I lent my assistance, and I got it where he could kill something at 100 yards, but that thing is lucky to shoot 3" groups @ 100 yards...
I'm so glad I have been blessed with the means and knowledge to not buy cheaply made guns. I would rather buy 1 very high-quality gun per year, than 3 cheap ones. But that is just me.
As to your question....A 7mm RemMag is an excellent caliber in a 700 for those distances. A 300 WinMag will also do it for you. Personally, I am not a fan of the 300 WinMag (not really sure why, just never had a desire to own one). I reload ALOT of 300 WinMag for my buddy who has one, and I have gotten quite good at it, but I still just don't want one.
I have been considering a 7/300 WinMag, but I already have a 7mm RemMag and a 7mmSTW. I think my next long-range whitetail build will be a 700 chambered in .280 Ackley Improved 40* Shoulder.