Remington 300, where to go

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by matt_3479, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

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    So i have been waiting to get a build going for some time now because what i have just isn't enough. My college bills are through the roof right now and just cant get it done till some are paid off which the way its looking might be a little time. I picked up a nightforce last year for this build. Im currently working at a gun shop and had an employee just trade in there Remington XCR tactical 300. mag with a 40X trigger and put into a HS precision stock with an aluminum bedding block. Hes put on a real nice muzzle break and bolt Knob with a 1:10 twist Barrel. I have shot with him and with that rifle while it was sitting in a AI stock and it was incredible shooter. I can pick this gun up for 800 dollars in mint condition but put back into the HS precision stock. Now the thing im trying to debate between is purchasing this to hold me over for now, as he will through in a nightforce 20 moa rail and a bunch of unshot brass, and i already have H1000 and 210 Bergers at home so this would fit perfectly for me and my bills. If not i would be building a 300 win mag anyways but the build will take 1-1.5 years and cost me a heck of a lot more.

    Now i have seen this thing shoot and it does it very very well :p but i always see people steering away from this and going sendero instead which im not sure why as the 40X trigger is very nice i thought especially for now. should i just keep the money and keep saving for that custom or pick this up and use it to practice with until some bills are paid off and put a little work in it till i can get my build rolling?
     
  2. Korhil78

    Korhil78 Well-Known Member

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    You are in college so I am assuming that you are young? The most important thing is to not get yourself into debt at the beginning of your life especially if you are paying off college loans. If you get yourself into debt, then you will spend a lot of your life paying that off when you could have been saving for your house, car, retirement etc. Paying off your debt should be the most important thing to you right now and most of your money should be going to that.

    Now if you are not in debt then I would say go ahead and get the rifel if you can afford it. Practice with it, hunt with it. Then when you are financially stable enough to do your build, you will already have the action. This is if you dont have any other guns to hunt and shoot with. If you do have other guns already, then I would just use those and save up for the full custom with a custom action. I just got my first full custom gun built this year and it is awesome. The Stiller action that I got was smooth as hot butter.

    If you are a young person, dont let yourself get confused between the things that you NEED and the things that you WANT. If you have debt, just buy the things that you NEED to survive and pay off our debt. Then when you graduate, get a job and are or will be debt free, you can enjoy some of the things that you WANT.
     
  3. cohunter14

    cohunter14 Well-Known Member

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    I completely agree with everything Korhil said regarding debt, etc. Having said all of that, if this gun is a shooter and you know it, why save up for a custom? The idea behind a custom is to get a solid shooting gun, but if this one is as accurate as a custom would be, why spend the extra money? Again, don't go out spending $800 on this if you are in debt.
     
  4. antitactical

    antitactical Well-Known Member

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    A good shooting .300 win mag Remington 700 in an hs stock with muzzlebrake , a very nice trigger and with a good rail. For 800.00 isn't bad. You can always shoot it and resell the gun and build your custom when your funds are more friendly. I'm not real familiar with the xcr tactical model (im guessing it has a varmint/sendero taper) but I think as long as its not a gimmick (triangle barrel) model someone will buy it when you want to sell it. I've seen some factory Remingtons shoot with full custom jobs. You buy the custom so you don't have to roll the dice about getting a good rifle but if you've seen this one in action then go for it. As far as a budget, I would go on a ramen and bologna diet for a couple months
     
  5. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

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    See I left one part out before. My little brother (15) would like to purchase my current hunting rifle off me before we head up to this years moose hunt. We have worked out a price more then reasonable and told him to let me figure out if the gun I'm talking about is worth it for me to pick up. I normally don't like selling one rifle to fund another but when I can pick up a rifle that will get me out in the field/in the long range game with practise for only 150 (after trade) I figured it won't through more in debt. If my brother doesn't end up taking it then it's a no go for me either cause I know there's no point in going more into debt
     
  6. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    I would say pretty much the same. If you can afford it buy it, sounds like a real bargain for a great shooting rifle especially if the customer can help you get set up to load for it.
     
  7. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    all debt is bad debt, but at least in Canada, you will NEVER get a cheaper loan in your life.
    If you can work things out with your brother I would definitely go for it.