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Old 03-15-2014, 08:40 PM   #1
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Last fall I bought a Remington M700 SPS. Varmint .308. I was aware that the SPS didn't have the greatest stock, but was happy to get a heavy barrel .308 in a left hand action. I've been wanting to get a better stock and replace the factory trigger with a Timney, as the stock trigger will only go down to a tad under 5 lbs. I had been shopping for scopes over the winter, and was planning to spend up to $1000 if need be. I ended up getting a Nikon M-308 4-16x 42mm. It has lockable target turrets, side focus and a BDC reticle, and comes with flip up caps and a Tenebraex ARD. It also comes with a Nikon one piece Picatinny mount, with a 20 MOA slope to it. The mount by itself would cost $100, the whole set up was a little over $500. We finally got a break from the cold temps and I got out to shoot last week. After zeroing the BDC at 100 yards, I shot groups at 200 and 300, then at 400. You can see my 200 and 400 yard targets in the second picture. Load used was what I loaded after getting the rifle and just before winter hit, so I haven't really had a chance to try other loads. I loaded a Hornady 168 gr. Match bullet with 43.0 grs of IMR-4895 in Nosler brass. I fired 3 rounds at 400, they were hitting high and a little to the left but were within 1 1/2" of each other, so I fired 7 more rounds using the same holdover circle. The 400 yard 10 shot group went just over 4". With a 2 lb. trigger, a better bedded and stiffer stock, some more load development, and a less shaky shooting table, this M700 has some potential. The mud had just about dried out here, but the short snowstorm passing through today will make things messy again for a while. Will report back when I get the new stock and trigger on.

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Old 03-16-2014, 02:20 PM   #2
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Looks like it has good potential! As you stated a little high due to hold and I am sure at 400 the wind might have had an effect on them hitting left of center if you were zeroed at 100 yards. Keep us informed. And certainly not at all bad, at right around 1.5 MOA at 400.

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Hey, that's a fancy rifle. And did you get the new trigger for it.

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Bedding your action will help to tighten your groups up.

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No use bedding the cheapo factory stock as I'll be replacing it with a nice one in a few weeks. Then buying a new trigger and a detachable mag kit.

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Congrats on the Rem HB 700,looks like you have an excellent shooter!!
I've always had good results with the Remington 700s,we use to shoot a lot between the 300 and 600 yard range with a 7mm mag.

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you are right on. get a new stock, that factory one is garbage for sure. bell and carlson make some good alternatives. glass bed the recoil lug and you'll tighten up everything.
get a one piece base for the scope as well and it will also tighten things up.

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Thanks. Found some DNZ bases here locally but they were all right hand so I'llhave to order one. Bell & Carlson would be good, but not much in left hand, so I'm looking at a H-S Precision Pro 2000 Sendero.

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I have had good luck with the cheap stocks, used epoxy to stiffen the forend (filled hollows, sometimes bedded recoil lug too).
Two sporters in tupperware shooting around .50" at 100 yds.
Do like the HS stock (had one on my 700 VS blued fluted and my Model 7 stainless).
But for $15 in epoxy it might be worth trying out.

BTW, I always ran 2 pc weaver bases and Burris Zee rings.
Trigger jobs............I got 6 different .243s under .75"..........all sporters, and 3 under .50".
My .300 mag was a 1" rig and my 7mag was 1.20".

I found them acceptable (all shot with handloads, and the .243's all the same load, just neck sized per rifle- all 70 gr Noslers on max charges of 4350).

I'd try to improve what I have stock wise, at least see what tinkering does.............you might not need to dump $300+ for a new stock.

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Wanted the new stock, the factory SPS stock is kinda ugly. I looked at the H-S on a Remington .338 Lapua at a gun shop and liked the feel of it, the palm swell on the pistol grip is nice. My H-S, in olive green with black spiderweb. will be here middle of next week, along with a new trigger, Timney with left hand safety. I still need to get The one piece scope mount, and the H-S bottom metal so I don't have to load from the top anymore. Still no powder at the stores here, but I have 4 powders on my bench I can try. Stock is like this but green instead of this tan one:

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