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Old 03-10-2012, 07:39 AM   #11
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Ya I know, like I said you get what you pay for, myself when and if I pick up a 700, I been wanting to replace a 22-250 I sold years ago, I'll get the high quality BDL or whatever they call the good one nowadays simply because I like the looks of a nice wood bolt action rifle, I won't worry about quality or accuracy out of any rifle or shotgun from Remington, other than the 22 autos as I have never had luck with the actions on them.
my suggestions on this is, if buying a M700 and have no other plans than putting a scope on it and want a really nice looking rifle out of the box, buy the BDL or the CDL. nice wood, nice checkering, accurate, well made and fitted nicely, drop down floorplate. if wanting one to customize, get the SPS or a decent used one at a gun store, pawn shop or a gun show. then do what ever your heart desires. there are numerous options and parts for the Remington M700 rifles, and your checkbook is the only limiting factor in doing what you might want to do. it is probably the next most modified rifle next to the Mauser rifles.
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Over the last couple of years I bought three 700s all SS Milspec 5R in .223, .308 and .300 WM. I did have them all bedded in their HS stocks and changed out the X triggers to Jewells. Accuracy is exceptional--a lot better than I am capable of giving.
Firearms are sort of like optics--you get exactly what you are willing to pay for.
I know that everyone has their own likes and dislikes ie: ford or chevy. Some are prettier than others, those Savages are just plain ugly, but they shoot good. Frankly, I would rather have a fine shooting piece that is pleasing to look at, hold and caress.

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I had a 1997 700 ADL in 30-06 that never failed to function and shot one inch groups at 100 yds. Last year I bought a Model 7 (the same design as the 700) which had head space issues and needed to go back to the factory. I also bought a 597 that had to go back to the factory twice. So, not only do I think the quality is down on 700s, I think Remington's quality overall has dropped.

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I had a 1997 700 ADL in 30-06 that never failed to function and shot one inch groups at 100 yds. Last year I bought a Model 7 (the same design as the 700) which had head space issues and needed to go back to the factory. I also bought a 597 that had to go back to the factory twice. So, not only do I think the quality is down on 700s, I think Remington's quality overall has dropped.
The Remington auto rimfires have been crap since the Viper which preceded the 597, I can't speak for the model 7 because I don't know anything about them but the 700s or the shotguns I can't fault
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The Remington auto rimfires have been crap since the Viper which preceded the 597, I can't speak for the model 7 because I don't know anything about them but the 700s or the shotguns I can't fault
Remington sucks anymore, they care more about volume and pretty signs then quality.
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we will have to agree to disagree, I have never had a Remington fault me, so I am not going to stop buying them because some people on the internet say they suck, when just as many people on the internet disagree. Most of the problems I have heard of are with the rimfires, which I will say are junk, or some cheaper model bargain gun they produce to fill a certain market, obviously in those situations corners are probably cut, you see it everywhere not just in guns. When I buy a bolt action it will be a bdl or cdl and I'm sure if for some reason there is a flaw they will stand behind it. I have an 870 express and my dad has a newer Wingmaster and they work just fine.

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I have a newer Target Tactical and it has been fine so far. Looks to be built very well. I'm enjoying it myself!

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I have a newer Target Tactical and it has been fine so far. Looks to be built very well. I'm enjoying it myself!
What caliber do you have that in?
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IME, the newer 700s are more accurate and more durable. A new 700 with synthetic stock will shoot as well as yesterday's bench rest rifles.

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IME, the newer 700s are more accurate and more durable. A new 700 with synthetic stock will shoot as well as yesterday's bench rest rifles.
Maybe 50-60 years ago bench rifles
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