Re: gun and scope combo for beginner long range
Predator, The sps may be the way to go, I'll hit one negative then some positives.
Some Rem barrels are turds from the start. non concentric throats, and tooling/drag marks in bore.
On the Plus side if the bore scopes well, you can turn them into a pretty decent rifle. I would buy the rifle from a shop that is owned by a smith with a bore scope that knows what he is looking at. If it has a poor barrel see if the wholesaler will exchange it out with a replacement rifle. You might have to pay return shipping for that, but I scope all factory rifles that come in my shop, and if they are ugly there exchanged.
I did one for a customer in 308sps, B&C medalist stock epoxy bedded with free float, trigger adj., and recrown. Before he picked it up, I shot 3 5 shot groups with my 168smk handload, all 3 went under 5/8" at 100 yards.
Very respectable for a factory tube, and will definatly get yout to 800 yards.