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Old 10-23-2013, 01:47 AM   #1
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Default New rifle, Remington 700 SPS Varmint .308

Yesterday I picked up a new rifle, a Remington M700 SPS "Varmint" in .308. I was happy that either of the big stores here even had a left hand bolt action. The barrel is a 26" heavy weight, a bit much, but eventually I might shorten it to 20" like the 700 tactical. The bolt was bone dry, so I lubed it and worked it a few hundred times while watching T.V., it feels better already. The trigger has been changed from the old style trigger that had several adjustments if you removed the stock, to the present " X-Mark Pro " trigger that you adjust without taking off the stock, but only adjustment is weight of pull. I guess all the manufacturers Savage, Remington, etc. figure shooters now a days are too stupid or lazy to take the stock off to adjust the trigger, so we are reduced to having less adjustment. The tag on the trigger for the X-Mark Pro says "3 1/2 lbs, out of the box" and 2 lbs. adjustment. Mine seemed much heavier, and when I put my trigger gauge on it, it said 6 lbs. Backing the screw out all the way got it down to 4 1/2 Lbs. Better, but I'd like it to be 2 1/2- or 3 lbs. Guess I'll have to put a Timney or the like on it. I bought some Hornady 168 gr. Match for general shooting, and some Barnes Tipped TSX 168 gr. for hunting, hope to load some up and shoot it this weekend.



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My SPS is in .22-250. After a trigger replacement (shilen) and some work on the stock to stiffen it up, it'll flat out shoot.
Brother in law has the camo stocked SPS in .308, it shoots good too. Its all stock and does 1/2" with good ammo, just under inch with Rem factory 150g loads.
They're not as fancy as my .308 VLS, but they work very well.
Congrats on the rifle. Treat it right, and it'll treat you right.

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Took the .308 out to the range yesterday and fired it for the first time. This was my best group with the Hornady 168 gr. Match BTHP. 5 shots from the bench at 100 yards. Load was 43.0 grs. of IMR-4895, WLR primer in Nosler brass. The flyer opened it up to a little over an inch. Velocity deviation with this charge was only 22 fps. I will get some improvement when I replace the cheap fiberglass stock with an H-S Precision stock, swap out the factory trigger for a Timney and get my pull down to 2 or 2 1/2 lbs., and get a good scope and mounts to replace the temporary cheap 3-9x glass. My brass is now fire formed to my chamber, so from now on with it I can neck size only. I will try to seat out the bullets a little further than 2.800" if they will still fit in the magazine. And I will probably order a competition seating die like I have for the .223. My friend was shooting his M700 Titanium in 7mm-08 with Remington 140 gr. Corelokt factory loads. He had shot a couple of boxes at a 300 yard gong when he said that something had happened on the last shot, he had powder particles hit his face. He opened the bolt, with some difficulty, and the primer had blown out on that round. Now at least he has enough brass emptied that I can load for him.



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