Best shooting .308's

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  1. cvaught

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    Hey everyone,

    I am getting ready to build a hunting rifle and I have decided on the.308. Now I cant figure out which one to go with. I do know that I want a heavy barrel. I will be using this gun mostly for whitetail but occasionally I will go to the mountains and have to take some longer shots. Whats everyones opinions on the most accurate .308?

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  2. MudRunner2005

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    Rem 700 5R MilSpec .308 with a 24" barrel.

    Mine will stack 24 shots inside of 1.3" with handloads.


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    This measurement was before corrected grouping of 1.286" (have to subract for caliber size). And it probably would have been just under 1" if I had not shot that last flier to the right trying to knock all the orange out of the bull...Then again, at the time I wasn't realizing what I had done. It didn't hit home until after I had squeezed the trigger.

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  3. cvaught

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    What kind of scope do you have on yours? Is there a big advantage or any at all from the 24 to 26 inch barrel?
     
  4. MudRunner2005

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    I've had a 20 and a 24 on my .308's, and while the 20 was a 1K tack-driver, the 24 is also nice with the added velocity and stabilizing bigger heavier bullets.

    So, I'd have to say that from now on my .308's will be 24-26" barrels.

    The scope was a cheap-o with good mounts, but it's help zero no problems, and it's even holding a good zero on my big 7mm STW. While it's not the nicest scope in the world, and as long as you realize that going into it, you'll be ok.

    I used a Konus M-30 8.5-32x52 scope. With an EGW HD (aluminum) 0-MOA base. And TPS TSR (aluminum) 30mm Low-height rings.

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    best shooting would equal one being built by a good gun smith.
     
  7. MudRunner2005

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    That would be an excellent LR .308 gun...However, if you do go that route, you'll need to chunk that plastic SPS stock in the garbage, and get a B&C Medalist, H.S. Precision, or something of that nature with a full aluminum bedding block in it. For example, a Remington 5R, Sendero, Sendero II, VSSF or VSSF II take-off stock. You can usually pick one up for $300 buck or so, and they all have full aluminum bedding block in them.

    The 5R MilSpec (what mine is) comes from the factory sitting in a nice high-end H.S. Precision stock with a full aluminum bedding block in it. Which is mainly where you major price difference comes from, to recoop for the stock cost.
     
  8. cvaught

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    Do you know of a website or someone that has changed the stock? That way I know if it will fit right. Remington parts says it might be snug around the channel...
     
  9. Greyfox

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    +1 on the Rem700 Milspec. I have owned four, three 308, one 300WM. All shoot .25-.5MOA out of the box, or better. Quality has been superb except fr the MarkX trigger on my most recent purchase.
     
  10. MudRunner2005

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    Opening up, or inletting, a barrel channel is not a big deal at all. Just requires some sandpaper, and some guidance. It's something you will want to check any time you replace a stock to make sure your barrel is completely free-floated. If you don't feel comfortable inletting the barrel channel, your smith can do it for you and it shouldn't cost you much at all.
     
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    Yeah, I just got a lead on 2 older pre X-Mark triggers that I will be buying Friday to replace my X-Mark and X-Mark Pro triggers on 2 of my 700's. I hate those X-Mark triggers...

    To the OP, if you do end up getting a new 700, you will probably want to replace the factory X-Mark Pro trigger with either an older style pre X-Mark remington trigger, or an aftermarket like a Jewell, Timney, Shilen, or something like that.
     
  12. cvaught

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    Thanks for all the help!