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ourvainexistence 01-29-2012 12:03 AM

Remington 700 223?
So... I recently bought a Remington 700 308 from a friend who only fired it a few times. He had another stock put on the rifle but still gave me the originaly he took off it. I was about to throw the stock in the closet and forget about it but then I thought twice.

I'm not a big hunter (I don't collect deer heads or hunt to eat, so unless someone wants me to go and take whatever kill I've got... I don't go.) However... I am a deputy and thus, love shooting.

I was wondering if I could (or if it's possible to) use that original stock from my 308 and build a bolt action .223 out of it for some fun. There's no point in wasting a good stock for nothing. My knowledge on bolt actions is about none (this 308 was my first bolt action to accompany my collection of AR's, shotguns, and handguns) so I really am at a complete loss and don't know what I'm doing here, haha. On this subject, I'm the new guy going "wait, what?"

I'm willing to listen and learn however and came across this website in my research.

Any have any ideas? Or anything else they think would be a good idea?

Like I said... this is purely for fun/entertainment. I'd like to keep the cost down as low as I can. I'd also like to find basic parts that I can put together to stay away from a gunsmith as much as possible. Nothing against them... just hard to find a good one in the greater Orlando area.

opaww 01-29-2012 12:07 AM

You should be able to use the stock and build a .223, The .308 and .223 are both short actions so everything should fit up nicely

ourvainexistence 01-29-2012 12:18 AM

opaww- Awesome! Thanks man.

Now... Anyone got some ideas or suggestions on the parts??

ourvainexistence 01-29-2012 12:24 AM

Also... What's like a basic component list? I'm not too familiar with these rifles so bare with me. ??stock, barrel, action, trigger assembly, optics?? or?

opaww 01-29-2012 12:49 AM

A fair place to start looking is MidwayUSA, though I would just use them to see what parts they got then hunt for the lowest price

Muliemaster 01-29-2012 04:46 AM


Originally Posted by ourvainexistence
Also... What's like a basic component list? I'm not too familiar with these rifles so bare with me. ??stock, barrel, action, trigger assembly, optics?? or?

Get a good fully bedded stock like the medalist stock, timney trigger, an as high end optics as u can afford, the factory barrel an action should serve u very well

ourvainexistence 01-29-2012 11:40 AM

Sounds good. Thanks mulie. Any other input or suggestions from anyone else?

Axxe55 01-29-2012 12:07 PM

please correct me if i am reading this incorrectly, but all you have is the stock and nothing else? if so then you will need the action, barrel, trigger group, trigger guard and floorplate and hardware. now you could peice it together with new components, for about $700-900. or you could buy another short action caliber with a bad stock and transfer it to the good stock and use as is, or rebarrel it in 223. if you rebarrel, or assemble components bought, then you will need the services of a gunsmith to rebarrel as the headspace will have to be set for the rifle to function safely and properly. then you need bases, rings and a scope if you have gotten this far.

ourvainexistence 01-30-2012 01:08 AM

Axxe- Awesome, thanks for the info. Do you really think it would cost that much for the rifle? (optics aside of course) I've seen quite a few 223's from remington and such for around 500 to 600.

Txhillbilly 01-30-2012 02:54 AM

Considering that a factory stock is the cheapest part of most firearms,you'd be better off putting it up,or sell it,and just buy another 223 rifle.
You can buy a complete used rifle cheaper than a good action would cost in most cases.

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