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Old 07-30-2008, 07:07 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by bgeddes View Post

Talked to the Father-in-law tonight about the M1. He said, "Don't bother, I have three if you want to shoot one, I'll get you one of mine, and in time, one will be yours. Save your money for other guns."

He was however keen on the AR idea. We didn't go into many specifics, as he is not that familiar with the piece.

We talked about using the M1 as a shooter, a paper buster. His advice was to buy a ragged out Rem 700, add one of his pulled barrels (pulled to build competition guns), and put together an inexpensive very accurate piece. My only thing was that I want a common, cheap as possible round, say .223, .308, and I might even go for a '06. I need practice to be a good shot, and I'm not loaded, so the price-per-squeeze is an issue.

So, is a 'junkyard 700' a good option based on my position?
A 700 isn't an AR, but both 5.56x45 and 7.62x51 are both still inexpensive and plentiful.
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:26 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by bgeddes View Post

So, is a 'junkyard 700' a good option based on my position?
If it's well put together, and you can get something like a .223/.308, you should be fine for practice shooting til the cows come home. Both are plentiful, and I would imagine your Father In Law has plenty of old factory barrels, so he should be able to find you one that was nearly new.

There is nothing wrong with having a good bolt gun in the safe. While I have my differences with the 700 design, parts are plentiful, as are the actions themselves, and there is no reason your Father in Law shouldn't be able to piece meal one together for you that would be fun and enjoyable to practice with.

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Old 08-01-2008, 01:29 AM   #13
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Default No Such thing as a JUNK YARD REM 700

Remington 700 actions and bolts are always sought after items.A Remington 700 short action seems to bring the most money. Good luck on finding anything for less than $350.You can buy a Brand new Remington 700 PSS for $700 to $800 and they are generally tack drivers right out of the box.Good luck though. Sounds like you are looking in the right direction at least.
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