Remington 700BDL 30-06


New Member
Mar 8, 2015
Hello, I came upon this site and it looks promising in terms of knowledge, expertise, user friendliness, and variety of topics. Glad to be here. I have recently resurrected a Remington 700BDL 30-06 I have owned since the Vietnam era (late 60's). I have a Weaver K-4 with a tipoff mount on it. It was the greatest thing since sliced bread when I purchased it in '67 at age 15 prior to joining USMC. Since then the science of ballistics (including optics) has improved considerably, to say the least. I am going to get back into shooting (target) with a good friend of mine and had a couple of questions for starters if anyone here would care to provide answer(s). They are as follows:

  1. What would be a reasonable distance to strive for with this rifle? For example, would it be practical or possible to shoot at distances in excess of 800 yds with certain bullet/scope configurations?
  2. What type of scope would be recommended, ie: med-high grade, cost, etc.
  3. What bullet/powder/primer configuration would be best for the longest distances?
  4. What processes, ie: bedding, would be recommended to add stability?
  5. Any additional items, ie: bipod, sandbags, spotter scope model, would be advantageous?
Sorry if I seem like such a neophyte. It has been awhile but I am excited (and a quick learner) plus it will all come back to me shortly and with everyone's help. Thanx in advance to anyone who contributes. I am looking forward to hearing from anyone who has input. REED