Yesterday, I purchased with some amount of hesitation a new Remington 783. I decided to 'go for it' because we are talking about a $425 (or less) price tag and I could probably only be surprised in a good way. (http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/i-placed-bet-remington-95710/
So today, despite what for Minnesota is very hot and humid as well as gusty day, I had to go to the range and see what this rifle is all about. It is chambered in .270 Winchester, which along with 30-06 Springfield, will kill anything I'm going to hunt from a long ways out. My main deer gun is a Remington 700 in 30-06, and with it's aftermarket trigger, kind of my standard to what a good hunting shooter is. (Note I say 'hunting shooter'. I know there are plenty of smaller calibers out there, 22-250 comes to mind, that don't come near the ballistics of the larger calibers but will shoot little daisy patterns all day long at the range. Leave them at home when it is time to hunt large critters)
It took me 4 shots to get zeroed in at 25 yards. 2 of those were because I wasn't using my math skills well (1 inch at 25 yards = 16 clicks for an inch at 100. Duh!). I didn't go buy an expensive scope for this, I slapped on my Bushnell Banner 3-9x40 ($90?) and just a little secret, I can't tell the difference between that and my Nikon Buckmaster, except the Bushnell is better in low morning light (go figure)
From there I went to the 200 meter range (our 100 is currently closed for improvements), and set up a ground target at 100 yards. Results were so-so. I was shooting at a weird angle down from the bench and basically getting 1-1/2 " groups. This gun does not hurt when it kicks so once I stopped tensing up it really turned into a shooter. (this is my worst habit when shooting - flinching from anticipated recoil)
Next was 200 meters. Much more comfortable shooting position, albeit I was sweating like a firefighter and my glasses were fogging. Hardly deer weather where I live lol. But you know how it is with a new gun - just like the preacher on 'Caddyshack
', who wanted to golf so bad, he did not care if there was a thunderstorm - gotta shoot the dang thing
The 5-shot grouping at 200 m (218 yards) is pictured. I shot off of sand bangs (front) and shouldered the rifle like when hunting, did not use a lead sled. Used the cheapo Corlockt, 130 grain ammo this first time (wouldn't it be great if it preferred the cheap stuff?). I will of course try other brands. Of course I am not happy with the flyer to the left but that clearly is operator error that still results in a stuffed meat freezer. I think if you tested this out of a lead sled with expensive ammo it shoots under 1" all day long.I have never hunted with a lead sled though.......
Likes: the trigger is adjustable to 2.5 lbs - and is better than my Timney on my 700. The bolt cycling is a little stiff but I suspect that it will wear in very nice. Like the 700 it is a push-feeder. The stock feels very solid and it is for sure a no-bs, all weather hunting gun. I also like the metal magazine that attached flush into the stock. The barrel is completely floated and the action screws are pillar bedded. Stuff you see in the higher-end rifles out there. The scope is mounted much closer to the barrel than you will see with a 700 due to the need to load the 700 from the top. That also takes a little getting used to in terms of my cheek position. The rifle feels very good in my hands and I like the balance point
Dislikes - none yet. IF this rifle performs during it's lifetime as it did today, then it is the best $425 I have ever spent on a rifle.
So, this is supposed to be my cheapy back-up rifle, the rifle my guests can use on a hunt, etc. Well, maybe.........