Originally Posted by EvilVaquero
I'm not too sure their quality is all that bad. I purchased a Remington 700 SPS Varmint (with floorplate) in .223 and I can shoot sub 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards all day long. Recently, I went to Dicks and purchased a Remington 700 ADL Varmint in .243. (Purchased about 3 weeks ago) Using handloads, again, 1/2 inch group at 100 yards. I'm not that picky, but 1/2 inch groups are pretty good for me...what more could ya want?
The only thing I'd even consider buying from Academy or Dicks would be the $379 ADL specials, just to snatch everything off down to the bare action, and use that for a custom build, just because you can get the action for so cheap. Just my $0.02.
When you jump up to an SPS, they should be the same quality level regardless of where you buy them from.
My buddy has an SPS .300 WinMag with a factory 26" sporter barrel and a pillar-bedded SPS stock. With several of my different handloads we got it to shoot 1/2 MOA or better @ 100 yards. I was thoroughly impressed.
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Originally Posted by WildRose
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