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.