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Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

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Unread 10-28-2010, 12:42 AM
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Re: Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

From first-hand experience I can assure you the .22-250 SPS Varmint will serve your needs well. I have one, although mine is a Cabela's special "SPSS" - with a stainless action and barrel (highly recommended), and they often have them marked down; mine was no more $ than a blue one most places. Not sure, however if any of the SPS's are available in left-handed, will check. Mine shoots easily under 3/4" inch with the first factory ammmo I tried (Fed. Premium Nosler BT 55gr., although you'd probably want something like a soft point for coyotes.) Bolt cycling and chambering is smooth as butter on mine. Like you, I intend to add a better stock, trigger, etc. later; the huge selection of aftermarket options for the 700 make it more desirable than the Savages (also good) IMO. With a 20X Super Sniper scope, mine comes in at a tad over your $800 price point.
Note: Cabela's is showing that stainless SPS V with a 40 buck rebate until 12/31, making it under $600. Still not sure about LH; maybe special order(?)

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Unread 10-29-2010, 10:41 PM
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Re: Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

i am quite partial to 22-250's, not to mention the 700 style action. i'd go with one if you can. this one i built in january already has a 600 round count and i just shot 1/2 moa 5 shot groups at 100 yards. i also put together a 4.75 inch 3 shot group at 800.
i shoot 33.3 grain rl15 with 70 grn berger vld's. i can shoot up to 75grn but the 70's do just fine.
at 585 yards i can hit a 8x8 inch plate all day.

i have a few lame vids on youtube of me shooting it. i just need to know how to edit video, or have someone go with me, so i'm not so winded trying to set up so quickly and take shots while winded, to keep the vids from being too long.

btw the light is 650 lumens and its bright. i can easily id at 200 yards with no moonlight. the mount i just whipped up out of aluminum and covered it with shrink tube.

edit: specs

model 7 action
shilen barrel 1-9 twist 26 inches
rifle basix trigger
pillar and action bedding
lead filled butt
reienforced forearm
6-18 leupold with mildot and m1 turrets
700 sa base milled down for a 7 action and drilled for 4 hole mounting

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Unread 11-02-2010, 12:09 PM
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Re: Remington SPS Varmint for Hunting/Longrange shooting?

I think you would be happy with what you are looking at. For the money, the SPS varmint is a decent gun and the heavy 26: barrel is a plus. It would be nice if they had faster twist, but you can get pretty good out to 500 with 55gr from a 22-250 if you get one that is a shooter. The 223 would be fine as well and theres a good chance you could find a cheap ammo that it likes.

The stock would be my first place to upgrade, then the trigger. The 700 is a great platform for expanding on. If its in the budget, the stainless Cabelas version as mentioned above would be worth the upgrade.
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