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Old 02-06-2014, 12:14 AM   #1
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I am wrapping up 3 ar builds and am looking into bolt actions. Does anyone have any knowledge about the tactical packages in the howa or Remington brands. I was thinking about building from a rem 700 but I came across these tactical packages.entry level starts out around 1200.00 with a 500.00 add for a 5r barrel. They both come with a 24" barrels. I plan on using for long range targets. I was planning on going with the .308 as I will be reloading for my .308ar already but the 300 win mag in the rem. 700 is appealing also. Any input regarding manufacturers and or remarks regarding the caliber would be helpful.
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I have a Remington 700 tactical with a 20" barrel, I didn't realize that they were available in anything else.

Anyway, it's a solid rifle but the overmolded stock isn't very good, if I were looking to do a long range target rifle, I'd get an SPS varmint with a 26" barrel and use the money you save to put it in a better stock.

Edit: forgot caliber opinions.

I am a big fan of the 308 cartridge, it's probably one of the most versatile rounds out there, being that you reload, that's the route that I would go.

300 Win-mag is cool, but a bit unnecessary if you are going to be target shooting
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I am wrapping up 3 ar builds and am looking into bolt actions. Does anyone have any knowledge about the tactical packages in the howa or Remington brands. I was thinking about building from a rem 700 but I came across these tactical packages.entry level starts out around 1200.00 with a 500.00 add for a 5r barrel. They both come with a 24" barrels. I plan on using for long range targets. I was planning on going with the .308 as I will be reloading for my .308ar already but the 300 win mag in the rem. 700 is appealing also. Any input regarding manufacturers and or remarks regarding the caliber would be helpful.
If you want a tactical bolt action I would just buy an action from howa. Then you can wrap it up with all the tacti-cool stuff you desire. You can even buy a tactical bolt if that is what you want.
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I would stick with the remington 700 in 308 the 700 is alot more common and aftermarket accessories are everywhere 308 ammo can be shared with your ar

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I am wrapping up 3 ar builds and am looking into bolt actions. Does anyone have any knowledge about the tactical packages in the howa or Remington brands. I was thinking about building from a rem 700 but I came across these tactical packages.entry level starts out around 1200.00 with a 500.00 add for a 5r barrel. They both come with a 24" barrels. I plan on using for long range targets. I was planning on going with the .308 as I will be reloading for my .308ar already but the 300 win mag in the rem. 700 is appealing also. Any input regarding manufacturers and or remarks regarding the caliber would be helpful.
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I have a Remington 700 tactical with a 20" barrel, I didn't realize that they were available in anything else.

Anyway, it's a solid rifle but the overmolded stock isn't very good, if I were looking to do a long range target rifle, I'd get an SPS varmint with a 26" barrel and use the money you save to put it in a better stock.

Edit: forgot caliber opinions.

I am a big fan of the 308 cartridge, it's probably one of the most versatile rounds out there, being that you reload, that's the route that I would go.

300 Win-mag is cool, but a bit unnecessary if you are going to be target shooting
the Howa is a dang good rifle. solid action and damn good accuarcy. the Remington m700 is a good option as well. as Sputnick said, skip the overmolded stock and get the SPS and replace the stock with a much better aftermarket one. you'll be money ahead. i have only shot the Howa rifles and have owned many M700's over the years, i wouldn't hesitate one bit in recommending the Howa as a choice to buy.

not sure of what the aftermarket support is for the Howa 1500, but the Remington M700's have excellent support in parts and accessories.

as far as calibers, depends on what distances you want to shoot at that you consider long distance. IMO, if around 700-800 i would stick with the 308 myself, but if want to stretch out to 900 and up, the 300 WM would be better suited due to be able to use heavier bullets and increased case size for more powder to push the bullets faster than the 308 is capable of. the 308 can go to 1000 yards, but the 300 WM can do it much easier an with the 308 as far as ballistics, it's right about at it's limit.

in all honesty, sit back and list exactly what you want to acheive and see which will fit your goals the best with the least money spent.
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The Remington tactical package has 18.20.22.24.26" heavy barrels. The Howa has 18, 20, 22, 24" also heavy barrels. The Remington has eight available calibers and the Howa has four available calibers. Thanks for the reply
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that makes sense but sometimes I get this fever and lose direction. My collection of ar lowers are proof of that
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The Remington tactical package has 18.20.22.24.26" heavy barrels. The Howa has 18, 20, 22, 24" also heavy barrels. The Remington has eight available calibers and the Howa has four available calibers. Thanks for the reply
i doubt you would be unhappy which ever choice you make. both are very capable and accurate rifles with solid reputations.

might come down to what caliber you want and which one you can get the best deal on.
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i doubt you would be unhappy which ever choice you make. both are very capable and accurate rifles with solid reputations.

might come down to what caliber you want and which one you can get the best deal on.
The deal is the same price across the board. The package price is around 1200.00 comes rifle complete, harris bipod and inexpensive scope I think it was a bushnell non variable( which I would change out). Also add on of 500.00 for a 5r barrel. I have not priced things out completely but I think by the time you buy the action, add a bolt barrel and stock it can get pricey.Then there is also the scope.( I have a 6x18x40 Leopold on my 308AR, may have to up grade on the bolt action) Unless someone makes an argument for something else I believe at this time I have narrowed it down to the 308 or the 300 win mag The only competition will be myself. Thanks for your reply
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the Howa is a dang good rifle. solid action and damn good accuarcy. the Remington m700 is a good option as well. as Sputnick said, skip the overmolded stock and get the SPS and replace the stock with a much better aftermarket one. you'll be money ahead. i have only shot the Howa rifles and have owned many M700's over the years, i wouldn't hesitate one bit in recommending the Howa as a choice to buy.

not sure of what the aftermarket support is for the Howa 1500, but the Remington M700's have excellent support in parts and accessories.

as far as calibers, depends on what distances you want to shoot at that you consider long distance. IMO, if around 700-800 i would stick with the 308 myself, but if want to stretch out to 900 and up, the 300 WM would be better suited due to be able to use heavier bullets and increased case size for more powder to push the bullets faster than the 308 is capable of. the 308 can go to 1000 yards, but the 300 WM can do it much easier an with the 308 as far as ballistics, it's right about at it's limit.

in all honesty, sit back and list exactly what you want to acheive and see which will fit your goals the best with the least money spent.
My goal is long distance: I really like my 308ar but was thinking perhaps the 300WM might be a good way to go for two reasons: first it would have better ballistics and second it has a long action so down the road I could change to a longer caliber if need be. This Remintion 700 tactical package seems like a good entry level,confused:confused and I could upgrade later as my skills (hopefully) improve and do not forget the bank account. So what is up with the overmolded stock? Is it something that would work for now? Regarding the 300WM barrel, I have read that they burn out quicker. Is that because of the hotter load, or is that because of the shooter getting the barrel to hot?
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