First upgrade??

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by J3FF FITZGERALD, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. J3FF FITZGERALD

    J3FF FITZGERALD Member

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    Howdy y'all i have a rem 700 .270 ADL .....which is not a high end rifle obviously ....im wanting to start upgrading it a piece at the time as money allows and im wondering in what order should i start upgrading the parts on it??thanks in advance

    Jeff
     
  2. emn83

    emn83 Well-Known Member

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    my rifle is a Savage, but I was doing the same kind of thing. My first upgrade was a better trigger
     

  3. Nimrod1203

    Nimrod1203 Well-Known Member

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    The remmy trigger doesn't need replaced, so I'd go with a decent stock, or barrel....those will give you the best bang. Depending on how much you wanna spend, I'd do a barrel job first. The stock you could do for cheap is a boyd's prairie hunter. laminates can shoot with the best of them. thats really the only two upgrades you'll need to shoot really good groups. hope this helps.
    Nimrod
     
  4. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    I would first develop loads that shoot to the max potential of the shooter and rifle, then look to "upgrade". Most factory rifles will perform very well "as issued" until the shooter's skill set advances, the shooter can then make a decision as to what needs "upgrading" and in what order. A new stock/trigger/bbl, etc. is not going to help as much as trigger time.
     
  5. dieselboy427

    dieselboy427 Well-Known Member

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    First off I would talk to Greg Tannel of gre-tan rifles abduct send him the bolt to get busted and firing pin turned. That is a cheap upgrade and will make a HUGE difference. I've had it done on 4 rifles so far and will on every future rifle before firing. Its worthwhile.
     
  6. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Replace the stock first and Foremost. Then trigger
     
  7. WildRose

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    Start simple and work up.

    Free float the bbl.

    Install steel or aluminum pillars and have a good bedding job done.

    Buy the best glass you can afford.

    Have someone do you a good trigger job or replace it. The new factory remington triggers suck.

    That right there will get you off to a pretty good start unless you bought a dud.

    Welcome to the addiction.
     
  8. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    A good bedded stock that fits you would be my first, then trigger work followed by glass. By the time you do all that you will know weather your barrel is up to the challenge.
     
  9. J3FF FITZGERALD

    J3FF FITZGERALD Member

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    Thanks guys!
     
  10. 1SevenZero

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    I would recommend start reloading and develop some loads for the rifle. This made a huge difference for my rifles. You can get into reloading for cheap, and if all you do is follow the book recipes you will still see improvement. It's easy and cheaper in the long run. Which equals more trigger time, and more money for the upgrades.

    After that I would follow WildRose's recommendations.

     
  11. HellsCanyon

    HellsCanyon Well-Known Member

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    I'm right there with WildRose on the upgrades. Your 700 ADL is a great platform to build off of!

    If you plan on reloading and don't yet have equipment, save up and buy it now. You can shoot factory ammo with solid results, but its expensive and being able to shoot better ammo for cheaper will lead you to more practice.

    Follow that up with a good pillar-bedding job or upgraded stock and a trigger job should have your rifle shooting as good as its going to with the current barrel/action setup.

    Definitely get glass that has a good reputation for tracking (best you can afford). Nothing worse than not being sure of your actual click value or unsure of your rifles ability to return to zero. You'll start second guessing your dope when you miss instead of focusing on you and your shooting techniques. The thing I strive for in any rifle combo is to give the shooter nothing to blame but themselves for a miss! Best of luck to you!

    Mike
     
  12. JonM

    JonM Well-Known Member

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    I am in the same boat. I started with a 700 ADL in 308. I started with reloading. That made a big difference, both in group size and cost. With Federal Gold Metal Match my best group was 5/8" with my average being 7/8" at $23 a box. With hand loads I haven't shot as much yet, but it is looking very promising. So far I am averaging better than 1/2" @ 100 at $10 a box. After decent glass on top I felt that the plastic stock was the weakest link in my set-up. My Bell & Carlson A2 Tactical Medalist should be here tommorow. Hopefully that is money well spent.:D

    Have you made any changes yet? What kind of results are you getting?