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Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

 
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:31 PM
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Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

I am new to this fourm and have checket it out multiple times before and decided to join.

But to my question what do you guys think of a Remington 700 SPS Varmint in either 223 Rem. or 22-250 Rem.

I am left-handed so I usually have to special order so i would like to get some professional advice from you guys who have been around guns alot longer than me.

As for the scope I have been looking at the Millett line of scopes preferably the LRS, does anybody have any experience with this scope or any other of Millett's scopes.

All other advice is welcome. This rifle is going to be used for Varmint hunting/long range shooting/punching paper. I would like to keep this rifle on a budget. Around $800 for the rifle and scope.

All help is appreciated and welcomed, first hand experience is what i am looking for, and please post pictures of your varmint hunting set up or your long range hunting set up.

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Old 10-21-2010, 09:02 PM
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Re: Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

I have the Remington SPS Varmit chambered in 204 ruger. It is the first Remington I have ever owned. I am a Winchester Model 70 guy and spend a lot of time bedding stocks and achieving accuracy that I am very proud of. My remington is bone stock and the plastic stock is less than impressive with respect to looks. I will say that the rifle shoots really accurate bone stock but I am still interested in trying to improve with a different stock and bedding. If I have any complaint other than looks I will say the the factory or my reloads chamber really tough. Maybe I need to lap the bolt lugs or wait for it to break in, I'm really not sure. Any other thoughts from the 700 guys would be appreciated.
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:08 PM
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Re: Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

Benson - the high-power 22s are nice, but not very good for long-range work (beyond 400).

The Rem700 SPS Varmint is a great starting platform. Get one in 308. With the 308 you can get heavier/higher BC bullets. If you're not reloading yet, you can also get inexpensive factory ammo.

Here's the link to my 308 it began life as a Rem700SPS Varmint

Be sure to read it all the way to the end and you will see it go from a modest priced rig (~$800) to upgraded optics, to full-blown custom rig in 260....

My 308 1k Rifle - The Evolution Continues!
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:34 AM
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Re: Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

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Benson - the high-power 22s are nice, but not very good for long-range work (beyond 400).

The Rem700 SPS Varmint is a great starting platform. Get one in 308. With the 308 you can get heavier/higher BC bullets. If you're not reloading yet, you can also get inexpensive factory ammo.

Here's the link to my 308 it began life as a Rem700SPS Varmint

Be sure to read it all the way to the end and you will see it go from a modest priced rig (~$800) to upgraded optics, to full-blown custom rig in 260....

My 308 1k Rifle - The Evolution Continues!

This rifle i am planning on getting is going to be a beginner long range rifle and more than likely not shoot past 500 yards if that. I alrady have a 270 win. so i would not like to get a 308. I also saw the other day a Savage Model 12 i think it was lefty with big stainless bull barrell with flutes and a nice action, i kind of like it better than the sps varmint any opinions on the Model 12 with bull barrell.

My plan for this rifle is get it and a scope to start off with then later on when funds permit replace the stock to something more solid. rifle will shoot varmints/ coyotes, and any other little critters. I more more than likely won't shoot past 500 yards.

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Old 10-22-2010, 02:36 PM
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Re: Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

Even if you wont shoot past 500, the 22s suffer terribly in any amount of wind even at shorter ranges. I would encourage you to step up in caliber. In the alternative to the 308, how about 243?

Remington or Savage...both are great platforms to begin with. I personally lean towards the Remington because aftermarket parts are more readily available. But if you go with the Savage, I think you would be happy too.

Either way, both are nice platforms and you're starting where most of us started...with a 'beginner' rig and build it up.
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:13 PM
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Re: Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

My choice would be the .243 for LR work.
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:58 PM
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Re: Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

you don't say if you reload. i have killed most of my coyotes with a .243 with a 2.5-8 bausch and lomb; later i changed to a 3.5-10 leup. . i feel the 22-250 is easier to learn with. i have killed quite a few with it. and a bunch with the .223. i would suggest the 22-250. savage makes a 22-250 with a fast twist that you could use heavier higher bc bullets than the remington. coyotes are tough and a challenging target.
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