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Remington 700 quality

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Unread 07-08-2012, 12:02 PM
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Re: Remington 700 quality

Originally Posted by Homer Oz View Post
G'Day Fella's,

My last two Rem 700 purchases were a Stainless SPS in .223 and a Blued MLR in .338Lapua.

After a little bit of work that I completed myself, the .223 shot an 8 shot 0.400"/10mm group with 55grn B/tips @ 100meters ! I'm Very happy!!!

I'm still in the process of completing a similar amount of preparation work on the .338 at present (and getting my R/dies, components etc together) but I'm hopeful!

A local gunsmith/mate that has re-barreled a few current manufactured Rem 700's and he has told me of some pretty horrendous factory threading of barrels and receivers!!!

every company will ship a bad product from time to time. If they didn't, then they are not doing anything. Yet when it becomes a common thought, you have a problem. If I buy a new 700, and have to rebed it, then there's something wrong. (samething with the other brands as well). You buy a new rifle, and mounting rings and bases with a trigger adjustment (not replacement) are kinda normal things. I also think that most anyone buying a new rifle sorta plans for this.

You get a bad rifle and send it back. It comes back just as bad or with a note saying that this rifle is "OK." I know one guy that bought a rifle chambered in 416 Remington. Sent it back for some stock issues that are important to a dangerous game rifle. It came back just as bad, and really looked like it had not been removed from the box. He sends it back a second time, but rigged it to tell if it had been removed. They didn't even take it out of the box! He traded it for a MK.V. in 416 WBY mag, and promptly got ready to goto Africa. This particular guy and his son bought four new Remingtons every year for a month long trip to Africa (must ne nice to have that kinda money). He ain't buying anymore because of the way he was treated. Can you blame him?

Just for compairison, I had a Colt 22 Match Target. I couldn't hit the side of a barn with it at fifty feet!! I discover the barrel is loose in the reciever. Called my local gunsmith about the issue, and he said don't shoot it anymore. Colt has him send it back to them. I get a letter apologizing about the issue from Colt, and assuring me it would be fixed asap. Two weeks later I get a phone call from Colt telling me that they have a problem, and it's gonna take awhile longer. They no longer have any N.M. barrels in stock, and are going to have one made for the pistol by one of the custom makers (I don't remember right off hand who cut it). He said he was going to hunt up a couple extra magazines and send the reciever group thru their custom shop. About three months later I get a box with two extra mags in it and it's a serious tack driver. That's the way it's supposed to be (Remington, Savage, Browning and ETC). I had a similar deal with Smith & Wesson a few years back with a 629 that was stolen from me. I got the gun back and it it had some light scratches in the frame plus I had a feeling that it'd been dropped. I wouldn't shoot it without it being checked out, and had my gunshop contact S&W about looking it over plus refinishing it. The revolver had been dropped! They repaired it (replacing several parts). Installed a new set of sights, and charged me $80 to refinish it and relaser etch all the logos and stuff. They were a little slow, but I wasn't in a big hurry anyway. (took about six months). I tried to send the sights back to them, as I had removed them to mount a scope base. But they simply to keep them as spares! I like those guys!

This is the way it's supposed to be done. No arguments, and make the issue a rare thing.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 09:46 AM
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Re: Remington 700 quality

I own a lot of Remington's and all have always performed well. I own the other brands and most have shot good to but I prefer the Remington. Of course I always get the sendero Remington so that might help them shoot. As far as their trigger goes, they could be better but then again I don't think you can get a factory rifle with a good trigger. I personally don't like the accutrigger. Sure it can be made a little lighter from the factory but I hate the feel of having to compress something to pull the trigger. And no trigger can be worse than a ruger trigger. I just plan on a new trigger every time I buy a new rifle. They aren't that much more and will be miles better than any factory trigger
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Unread 08-06-2012, 08:28 PM
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Re: Remington 700 quality

I like mine but than again only ever owned this one.
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Unread 08-12-2012, 10:39 PM
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Re: Remington 700 quality

I have a 7mm RUM Sendero SF II and a 257 WBY CDL SF. I really like them now, but at first they were a pain. I couldn't get either to shoot very well. It took a lot of time on the reloading bench, and a bunch of different components. With the CDL I took it to a gunsmith to get some forend work done, and free floated the barrel, and glassed the action. I was pretty disappointed at first with it, but now it is a very good shooter. The Sendero was just very finicky, that might have had something to do with the round it was designed to shoot.

I will vote yes, because I learned quite a bit with these two rifles, and looking back I am glad that I did.
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Unread 08-13-2012, 06:53 AM
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Re: Remington 700 quality

Ive got two 700 hand me downs from the early 80's and one that I bought new in 07' and they have all been excellent guns. The newer one even seems to be the better of the 3. Remingtons budget models seem to fill the shelves but they still make some nice classy rifles and I think they all are good.
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Unread 08-29-2012, 06:42 PM
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Re: Remington 700 quality

I think that the older ones are great. Also, if you are looking for a donor for a custom action I would still buy one because of the plethora of aftermarket parts for them, althought this gap is closing quickly.

I would personally go with a Savage if I wanted a "factory" gun that I wansn't going to do much with, beside shoot. I have had a .243 Win. and a 7 RM that both shot well under MOA, consistently, with just a bedding job! And they look great. The 7 was a 114 that even came with a DBM set up.

The last two rems. I've bought / shot. Were an SPS that is a donor and the smith said that it actually wasn't too bad when he trued it up. The other a CDL that my brother just bought, I am not impressed with. First, only one recoil lug makes contact at all! Second the bore is so tight that you literally can not get a .243 brush or jag into it! The stock and finishes were nice, but the barrell is not floated even though it has a medium weight barrel on it!

With this said, it does shoot pretty well with some hand loads we developed, you just can't get anywhere near a max load with it. Haven't put it through the chrono yet, but I'm sure it will be less than impressive.
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Unread 08-31-2012, 12:00 AM
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Re: Remington 700 quality

CNBC Remington under fire,

No I wouldn't buy one
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.

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