Asking for opinings on a new rifle

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by mrbofus, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. mrbofus

    mrbofus Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,
    First of all I many not have many posts here but I quite often read alot and find this site very informative. So with that said, I have the "wants" for a New Stainless 30.06 and have been looking at the Remington SPS that will match my other stainless 2 remmys.
    The main questions here is Remington quality of late. Good, bad or indifferent. Many times I hear "I would never buy a new Remington" and I wonder why?
    I currently own 3 Remington 700's and all shoot well and I know that the 700 action is very popular for builds
    I am not a long range shooter, 400yds may be tops and I really want a quality shooter with a few little tweeks (ie trigger and stock work) and handloads
    So how are the New 700's these days?
    I am also looking at the Vanguard and Savage in that $600 +/- range

    Thanks for any and all input and if this is a redundant thread, please forgive me and point me in the right direction.

    MB
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Well in my experience the vanguard and the savage are both better factory rifles than the Remington. The Remington does have more aftermarket support that's true, but not by much. I myself would pick a vanguard, tikka, cz or a Winchester before a Remington, I do own one rem not and have have a few pass threw my hands. I really like the Winchester extremely weather, I just have a sort spot for that action really.
     

  3. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Go with the Remmy. You shouldn't be disappointed. I have a newer Remington (5R MilSpec .308 Win) built in the last few years and it shoots sub-¼ MOA groups with handloads. I also have a buddy who has a fairly new model SPS .300 WM, and with handloads we've gotten his down to shooting ½ MOA groups.
     
  4. mrbofus

    mrbofus Well-Known Member

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    Re: Asking for opinions on a new rifle

    I know this is a open ended topic, love /hate kind of deal. I really like my current remingtons but they are 5 to 20 years old so mainly wondering about the quality of the current 700's.
    I have never owned a weatherby but it seems the new S2 is getting great reviews.

    MB
     
  5. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    Re: Asking for opinions on a new rifle

    This may influence your decision.

    Check out this brand new Remington 700's recoil lug
     
  6. mrbofus

    mrbofus Well-Known Member

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    Re: Asking for opinions on a new rifle


    Ok point taken.
    What would you recommend then if not a Remington.
    This will be a standard hunting rifle not a Long Range Hunter.

    And my fat fingers meant to say Opinions on new rifle.....

    MB
     
  7. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

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    Get the Savage 116 and don't look back.
     
  8. farout

    farout Well-Known Member

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    A big +1 on that. You will love it.
     
  9. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Re: Asking for opinions on a new rifle

    A nice PTG recoil lug is $25.99 from Midway......And if that's the only problem you have with the Rem 700...Then I'd say that's not enough to deter me.

    I've been shooting Rem 700 rifles for a LONG time now, and have had no issues.

    So, if you're one of those people who is afraid to take a rifle to the gunsmith, then get a Browning A-Bolt II, they'll be perfect from the factory. I've owned 2 of them, and still have 1 of them. They're great rifles.

    However, doing a little smith work to a Remington SPS, truing the threads and shoulder on the factory barrel and truing the action and using a better lug, you will love the gun 10x better, and it should be a shooter for alot less money than a custom.
     
  10. mrbofus

    mrbofus Well-Known Member

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    Re: Asking for opinions on a new rifle


    Point well taken.

    On the Savage, is the Accustock worth the extra money?
     
  11. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Re: Asking for opinions on a new rifle

    I don't think so, in my opinion. Also, I've played with the Accutriggers alot too....They're as bad as the new Remington X-Mark Pro triggers, which suck.

    Honestly, the only factory trigger worth it's weight is the Browning A-Bolt II, after you buy the $18 Rifle Basix spring kit for it. Takes a whole 10 mins to install it, and breaks like glass. I couldn't have imagined for $18 my factory Browning trigger would feel that good.

    After spending countless hours playing with the Rem X-Mark Pro triggers I am convinced they are the biggest POS installed in any factory rifle there is available today.

    I replace all my x-marks with old style Remington triggers.
     
  12. mrbofus

    mrbofus Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input,
    This weekend I hope to get to the LGS and look at a few Savages and Vanguards and compare them to the 700 Rem. I may consider the "upper" lever 700's since I can not ever leave well enough alone since I am already thinking of a new stock-bed and float, trigger job/replacement, and possible a break.
    ...then comes the glass.....

    Cheers,
     
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  14. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Lots of rifles have integral recoil lugs, winchesters, howa, etc. there is a super sweet looking nosler m48 in the ee i want pretty bad!