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JohnnyT3

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Hey guys, So the guy who owed me money and gave me those 5 boxes of Black Talon 338 WM also gave me a Remington 700 300 RUM. It has scrolling engraved on it with a big horn engraved on the base plate. Can anyone tell me anything about this gun? I was thinking about starting LRS with my 338 WM but now that I have this 300 RUM, I may change it up a bit. I was told that this is a really nice flat shooting gun so I took it.

Also, what would be some good upgrades to do to it to make it a nice LR shooter?
 

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Muzzle brake and a recoil pad will make it a pleasure to shoot.

+1 and if the trigger pull is heavy you could either have a gunsmith do a trigger job or just install a new aftermarket trigger. If you take it to a gunsmith you could also have him bed the action into the stock.
 

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+1 and if the trigger pull is heavy you could either have a gunsmith do a trigger job or just install a new aftermarket trigger. If you take it to a gunsmith you could also have him bed the action into the stock.
The factory wood stock will be good enough?
 

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I think it comes down to how much money you really want to spend. I personally am not a fan of wood stocks because I hunt in such varying temperatures and weather conditions. I'm really not sure what your plans are for shooting long range, will you hunt with the rifle? Target shoot only? I'm sure others will be very opinionated but I think a wood stock would be fine if all of your shooting is done in nice weather.
 

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I think it comes down to how much money you really want to spend. I personally am not a fan of wood stocks because I hunt in such varying temperatures and weather conditions. I'm really not sure what your plans are for shooting long range, will you hunt with the rifle? Target shoot only? I'm sure others will be very opinionated but I think a wood stock would be fine if all of your shooting is done in nice weather.
I'm getting ready to move to Gillette, WY. so I will be doing a fair share of shooting in a lot of different weather. I will be doing a bunch of shots on targets but I'm really hoping to get a few nice Antelope hunts in as well. I'm guessing that a nice synthetic stock should be in my future. So this makes me wonder if I should just build an all around rifle?
 

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Well the 300 RUM is certainly an excellent cartridge for an all around target and hunting rifle. I would come up with a budget to see how much you're willing to spend and then try and figure out upgrades based on your budget.
 

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Well the 300 RUM is certainly an excellent cartridge for an all around target and hunting rifle. I would come up with a budget to see how much you're willing to spend and then try and figure out upgrades based on your budget.
I will look into seeing what a reasonable budget would be. I have no clue what to set as of now. What is your opinion on a general "on average" budget for a build? I tend to overbuy because I'd always rather have too much, than not enough.
 

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There are some guys on here that really know how to build a great rifle on a tight budget. Maybe they can chime in give some advice.

Is the action/barrel on your 300 RUM blued or stainless? I'm not a fan of blued rifles for the same reasons I don't like wood stocks. If it's blued, which I'm guessing it is, I would sell the rifle and use the money to fund a nice long range setup. I personally would buy a custom action and send it off to have a good 28" barrel plus brake installed. I would bed the action into a nice synthetic stock and put on a good aftermarket trigger. That's obviously going to be the more expensive side of things.

I've got a coupe ofcustom rifles and I will likely never bother with factory actions again. I would rather spend the money up front and save more time starting out with a rifle that shoots great right out of the gate.
 

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It is blued.... I will definitely do a lot of research on what I'm wanting. I will also wait until I move out to WY to make any decisions so I can see actual LRR in person and that should help me decide. I definitely appreciate all of your input. Hopefully some other guys will give there .02¢
 

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Some sort of recoil management, if you need it, and a decent optic. Take the rifle out and shoot it. You will figure out what you want to add or change on the rifle as you go. There is nothing like driving a full custom rifle. With that said it is not what you have to have to shoot accurately out to a 1000 yards. Hopefully you hand load. That will help get the accuracy out of your rifle.

Don't let guys tell you that it is too big or not good enough or any of that other stuff. Lots of guys here that are shooting factory rifles in moa of deer out to very long range. Good clear optics are more important than high power.

Have fun with it.

Steve
 

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Yes, get it threaded. The brake, recoil pad, and good optic (NXS if you can) will get you to the range. Buy several boxes of different brand ammo in different bullet weights and go have some fun. If it shoots any of these one inch or better you probably have a winner. The brass is like gold, hang on to it. Just in case you want to start reloading. This is one of the calibers where ammo and components for reloading are hard to find. Make sure you are up for that challenge before you buy or sink any money in the RUM. The trigger, bedding, new stock can be done later if wanted and needed when funds become available.
 

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Well the 300 RUM is certainly an excellent cartridge for an all around target and hunting rifle. I would come up with a budget to see how much you're willing to spend and then try and figure out upgrades based on your budget.

I will look into seeing what a reasonable budget would be. I have no clue what to set as of now. What is your opinion on a general "on average" budget for a build? I tend to overbuy because I'd always rather have too much, than not enough.

Before you go too far, you also need to consider the current shortage of RUM brass.

Good luck!
 
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