winchester model 70 for remington 700?

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  1. killerspoons

    killerspoons Well-Known Member

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    I have a model 70 sporter with boss in 7 rem mag and I was thinking about selling it and buying a remington 700 sps varmint in 308. the model 70 has the choate sniper stock. I am only looking to sell he rifle because of the cost of ammo. I do not reload and I dont know when I will start.
    I was wondering if you think this is a good idea or if I should just keep the rifle I have?
    Thanks
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    You've caught me at a 3-way intersection to give an opinion... With my opinion on this one, it will not be anywhere near as cut & dried as it would be under different circumstances. First off, I am a huge Remington 700 fan. I have quite a few of them. They are my favorite bolt-action rifles hands-down.

    However, you have got me at an intersection because I am a big 700 fan, a big .308 Win fan, and a HUGE 7mm RemMag fan.

    So, logically, I would have to say, that you should buy a Rem 700 in 7mm RemMag, and some reloading equipment. Then you will be happy all the way around. Then later on, buy a .308 Win for target shooting. :D That to me, seems the only way to fix your problems. :cool:
     

  3. Tnwhip

    Tnwhip Well-Known Member

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    I have sold very few guns over the years and everyone that I have sold, I wish I had back. So keep your Mod 70 and just buy a sps in 308. I have an sps in 308 that I put in a H-S Precision stock and it is a shooter. I have a mod. 70 Coyote in 25wssm and it is a nice rifle also.
     
  4. D1mens1onsh00ter16

    D1mens1onsh00ter16 Active Member

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    I agree with keeping the model 70 and just buying the rem 700. If you find yourself really liking the rem 700 then you can always sell the model 70. But that model 70 sure does have a glass smooth action.
     
  5. phpd1295

    phpd1295 Well-Known Member

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    I have a 700 in 308 that I would be interested in possibly trading. PM me or shoot me an email.
    Bill
    wryan1295@gmail.com
     
  6. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    selling the m70 7mag is a terrible idea. slap yourself and promise not to think it again.
     
  7. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    your post says you are considering selling due to the cost of factory ammo. do you shoot a lot of game ? or one or two shots a year?? are you going in to target shooting where you shoot a 66 rounds in a match??
     
  8. hawk45

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    I would ask what is the intended purpose of the gun? Do you just plink at 100-300yds?
    Do you hunt? If so, what and from how far away? I'm guessing if your 7mm is in a Choate you aren't packing that sucker into the hills very far. Get the gun based on the cartridge that meets your needs. If you don't need a magnum, why have it? If you do, the 7mm is a great one to have.

    Not sure what is keeping you from getting into reloading, but not only does it save you money over time (and with rifle much faster) but it also teaches you so much more about your gun and takes it to the next level. The knowledge you will gain from getting into reloading and learning about ballistics and how to optimize your loads will be a great experience. So no matter what you do, I recommend you start, even if it is with a base kit loading 5 rounds a night for a few weeks.
     
  9. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Hawk is right, when I started reloading my range & trigger time increased exponentially thanks to the decreased cost in ammo for my large magnums. Also, it made shooting fun again. I've literally been shooting guns my whole life. And for years it got stale unless I was shooting a deer or blowing up varmints.

    Now it gives me a reason to shoot more because it drives me to want to find that perfect sweetspot load that will stack them in 1 hole.

    I'm serious, my ammo cost was cut down to 1/5 of the cost of factory loads, once you factor in the brass after the first time, or if you have alot of it saved up from your factory loads.
     
  10. Dick Tinsley

    Dick Tinsley Well-Known Member

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    Ditto!!! Couldn't have said it better. I just don't own a 308. But I do own a big 30 caliber!

    DT
     
  11. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Tell me about it....I already reload for over 13 different calibers between mine and my father's rifles & revolvers (I load for his guns, too), and I'm fixing to be reloading for 3 MORE new calibers...

    When you have over 15 different calibers to load for, it's easiest and ALOT cheaper just to reload for it instead of buying factory ammo for each. LOL
     
  12. nateisw

    nateisw Well-Known Member

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    Well... I don't reload and I shoot a 7mm rem mag. Ammo costs a bit more, but my local sporting goods store ALWAYS has 7mm RM ammo and is usually out of .308. If you're thinking of switching due to ammo prices, also think about availability. I would either keep the 7mm and start reloading if you shoot that many rounds, or I would get a 30-06 instead of the .308 since the price of ammo is similar, but 30-06 is a lot more abundant on the shelves of stores in my town.
    But that's just what I would do.
     
  13. Dick Tinsley

    Dick Tinsley Well-Known Member

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    MudRunner2005, you an I are on the same page on everything that has been said so far on this tread! I don't load for as many as you do, but it's still more costly to go an buy ammo at the store, than it is to load for whatever caliber one shoots. That being said, nateisw brought out a very good point also, avalibility!!! In this day an time, that plays a large part in the reloading world! Whatever caliber one wants to shoot is his or her perferance. In response to the topic at hand, my vote goes to the remington model700, 7mm mag!!! Put good optics on it(that could open up another can of worms) lol..!!! Anyway put good optics on it an let it fly!!! I'm just one person, adding my 2cts! Also! Reloading is good for the mind also!(what little I have left,! Lol) keeps me out of trouble too in case the better half starts specking her mind!!!( I go in the reloading room an shut the door!) we all know how to do that!! Anyway, good shooting to everyone!!!!

    DT
     
  14. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Dick, you know what's funny? My Rem 700 5R .308 never saw a factory load until I hit over 200 rounds. LOL Only reason I did then, is because I had a box of some Hornady Match 168 HPBT's that were Moly coated, and I haven't shot those, for almost 10 years. I found them in the back of the safe, and I use the Hornady Match brass to develop loads for my rifle, then use Lapua for my good stuff, once I have a load developed.

    Some folks say that developing a load with 1 brand of brass, then shooting a different will make a difference, but I have had 0 issues when it comes to my .308.

    Here's my current list of calibers I currently load for:

    5.56x45
    .257 Wby
    .270 Win
    7mm-08
    7mm Rem Mag
    7mm STW
    .308 Win
    .300 WinMag
    .300 Wby
    .357 Mag
    .44 Mag
    .444 Marlin
    .45-70 Gov't


    My next 3 calibers will be:

    .25-06 Ackley Improved
    .280 Ackley Improved
    7mm Wby Mag