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Old 08-04-2012, 08:54 PM
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New to long range

I recently purchased a Remington 700 sps .300 win mag. I would like to know if this is a decent platform to start with for long range accurate shooting. I would also like to know where you would recommend starting upgrades. Currently it is a stock rifle with a Leupold vxiii 4.5-14x50 with CDS and Talley one piece rings. I am looking at shooting Barnes 180gr TTSX. Any recommendations greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:50 PM
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Re: New to long range

Surely someone has an opinion.....
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:20 PM
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Re: New to long range

How does it shoot now?

I would probably start with the stock. Either bedding it or replaceing it if you got the money to.

If the barrel shoots good sub 1/2MOA then you may be fine with that (how far you shooting?)

Are you hunting or shooting paper?

JPB
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:25 PM
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Re: New to long range

Gerald,
I'm pretty new at the long range game myself but it sounds to me like you are off to a good start, if your rifle is shooting well as is then I would just use the extra money for more loading components. My first upgrade to a rifle usually involves the trigger, either to adjust or replace it. Next is normally the stock, then the barrel. I don't make any modification unless there is a problem with the rifle to begin with.

Bob
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:10 PM
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Re: New to long range

Thanks JPB and Bob
I mainly plan on hunting but would like to play a little at the range as well. The rifle shoots over 1 MOA as it is. I don't mind spending a little money on it to be confident in its ability. I will just have to work on my ability. I would like to replace the trigger and stock. I would really like to find a good gunsmith here in Texas to do an accuracy package on it. Looks like Timney triggers and McMillan stocks are very popular.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:34 PM
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Re: New to long range

For the little extra money, I think I would go with a Jewel trigger over a Timney. I have had great results with Timney triggers and I do like them for some applications but on a 700 I just can't help myself, especially since it's your money McMillan makes great stocks IMHO. There are some great gunsmiths on the forum, I don't recall which one but I think at least one of them has a factory tune up package.

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:53 PM
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Re: New to long range

A Rem700 SPS in 300winmag is a great platform to start with. Load it with 208grain Amax or 210grain VLDs and you have an awesome longrange rig.

Annual Hunting Retreat and Amax Review

As for upgrades on your rifle, here are my recommendations:

Stock - replace the factory stock as it is a piece of tupperware. McMillan is a great stock. Also look at Manners. Personally, I have two McMillan A3s and a buddy of mine has two Manners T2s. His T2s have the suspension system in them and that is a nice rig. (suspension system is nice if you plan to use detachable mags). If you get a stock that does not have a suspension system in it, be sure to skim coat bed it and also consider pillars.

Barrel - have it recrowned. It is common for factory barrels to have a less than perfect crown on them.

Trigger - tune the trigger you have or go with a Jewel. Jewels are on my two longrange rigs and I just love them.

My 260 by MCR

My 300RUM by MCR

Your thought on having an 'accuracy package' done is a good one. My nephew's rifle had that done....

Nephew's Transformed Rifle!

Kevin Cram at Montour County Rifles (Montour County Rifles) did all the work on these three rifles. I would highly recommend him to you.

Good enough response? any other questions? glad to help with whatever I can.
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