Pleasant surprise with Remington 700-M40 Sniper Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Greyfox, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    Several years ago I had the opportunity to buy a NIB Commemorative Remington M40 Sniper rifle. It was a limited edition run of the Viet Nam era 700 that recognized the Marine Scout Snipers. It's a parkerized 700 varmint barrel with a plain oiled wood ADL stock, clip cuts on the top of the receiver, and a serial number that is continuation of the originals. It also has Wichita swivels, original style sling, papers, and box with a dedicated painting on it. When I got it I mounted Redfield flat finish scope mounts I had from my youth, and a 60's vintage 3x9 Redfield scope which was the typical model used with the rifle. It had sat in my gun case along side a few vintage rifles I had collected over the years, with no intention of shooting it. I finally broke down and decided see how it shot. After a quick sight in with some 308 168 SMK, 43 gr IMR 4895 hand loads shot a 200 yard, three shot group that measured 3/8"!!! I cleaned it, put it back in the case, but sure I'm sure tempted to do some serious shooting with it.
     
  2. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

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    Tools are no good just sitting in the box. Take it out and let it work. :D
     

  3. cfvickers

    cfvickers Well-Known Member

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    That gun was not built to sit in a safe waiting on someone to allow it to rot away. Think of this. If you keep it forever, are your grandkids really going to know it's significance, if they do are they going to look at it or will they either shoot it or sell it. It is a .308, LOTS of barrel life there. You can enjoy it and they can as well. Or if they sell it will they really get what it is worth? You hope so of course, but you never know. Shoot it and have fun with it so it won't get its feelings hurt.
     
  4. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I have pretty much always had the same mindset as you guys. Very few guns that I own have collected dust. Since it is a "collectable" and I have other 308's of which two are Milspecs, its not really neccessary for me to shoot it. I quess I shot it out of sheer curiosity and that has,at least for the moment, been satisfied. I do think I will give it a run if one of the neigboring clubs repeats a vintage Sniper Shoot again this year. That would for sure be too hard to resist.
     
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    cfvickers Well-Known Member

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    You better bring the box and papers!!! They will call you a cheater! LOL
     
  6. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

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    Can you post a photo of her?
     
  7. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    It will take me a few days since I need to use my work computer to post, but here is a link of photos of the same rifle.

    remington commemorative m40 - Google Search