Re: Remington 700 w/ 5R barrel??????
Here's the skinny on the 5R barrels the best I can recall.
It was orginally designed by Boots Obermeyer who barrowed the design from the Russians.
The US Army evaluated it when it was looking for a new sniper weapon system. The 5R barrels out performed all of the barrels they evaluated.
The US Army chose the 5R barrel, but Boots could not handle the production for the Army contract. Remington was awarded the contract, came to an license agreement with Boots and produced the 5R barrels for the US Army M24 SWS.
Orginally Remington made the 5R barrels for the PSS but after a while they were only available from the custom shop.
Remington still provides the 5R barrels for any new M24's the Army purchases, but Mike Rock has the contract for rebarrel jobs. The Army has not been happy with the quality of the factory 5R barrels coming out of Remington and for this reason, Mike has been doing the rebarrel jobs on the M24's.
Mike's barrels are fantastic and I haven't found a bullet that my .308 didn't like. We even loaded up 5 rounds of 170 gr 30-30 round nose bullets this summer to see how they'd shoot. The 5 round group at 100 yards was in the mid .3's
Distance is not an issue, but the wind will make it interesting!