Old Rem. 700

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by dyllan78, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. dyllan78

    dyllan78 Well-Known Member

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    I got an old rem 700, is it worth customizing it for long range or am i better of building from scratch. I was going to leave original stock and bed it, new barrel, new trigger, and new long range scope. Would i be able to get this gun to shoot 1/4 at 700 yrds with the right ammo? The action is a little old, does that matter?
     
  2. RockyMtnMT

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    1/4 moa at 700 yrds is a tall order out of any gun regardless of how custom it is. I don't know that there are many that are even capable of this kind of accuracy even with a full on bench gun.

    Is worth doing, in my opinion, yes. A fraction of the price of a full custom, but it will not be a full custom. You can build a Corvette out of that rifle, but not a Ferrari. If you want the experience of running the Ferrari, spend $4000 on a custom. There is nothing quite like shooting a full on custom rifle. But don't expect that you will shoot 1/4 moa out of anything.

    Steve
     

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    dyllan78 Well-Known Member

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    So what your saying is, I can shoot as good as a full custom it just wont look as good or cost as much??
     
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    if you put a krieger barrel on it and a solid stock it ; adjust the trigger or replace it ; it will shoot so close to a custom that you won't know the difference.
     
  5. BillR

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    No reason you couldn't make a really good accurate rifle from your old Rem 700 and as far as looks those can be upgraded also. Its all in how much you wish to spend and what you want it to look like when its finished. All dressed up and blue printed there is no difference between an old action and a new one.
     
  6. dyllan78

    dyllan78 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you thats what i wanted to know, im only concerned in getting accuracy for my first semi custom. If things go well i will build full custom later. Didnt want to spend the money if this gun is just going to shoot like any standard out of the box hunting rifle.
     
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    airstream Well-Known Member

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    careful with the older model m-700 . Google remington model seven hundred lawsuits. I had two different actions malfunction, luckly i had the gun pointed in the write direction, dozens of people not so lucky.
     
  9. LewisH

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    Old Remmy 700? Those are the ones you want. That is, if the bolt face is not too chewed up by gas leaks, or the action is otherwise worn. A good riflesmith can advise you on that.

    Trued up a little, it's no doubt better than the newer 700s Remington has turned out. The unexpected discharges are another matter.
     
  10. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    I use BERGARA drop in bbls, have built several and all are outstanding shooters. 26" s.s. varmint contour, and extremely easy to do yourself. The lugs and recoil lug came be lapped while bbl is removed. I have a .300 win mag bbl here that I am not going to use if your interested.
     
  11. rscott5028

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    Don't forget to also google "Remington's Response to CNBC Under Fire" and watch the video.
     
  12. elkaholic

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    I've built several customs on "old" Remington actions including two on 721's. If you have a good smith do the things you are talking about, they will shoot with anything out there. Sometimes the older 700's are better than the newer ones. The important thing is to be sure of your smith. If you want accuracy, just screwing a custom barrel on doesn't cut it. Make sure everything is squared up and done correctly....Good luck.....Rich
    p.s. As far as unexpected discharges go, those are caused by people messing with the trigger when they aren't qualified. I was guilty of this myself several years back, so I'm not pointing fingers. I've found some 700 triggers that could safely be adjusted down to 1 lb., but that is the exception. Another problem is trying to get too cute with the sear engagement. DON'T DO IT!
     
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