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Old March 2nd, 2017, 03:28 AM   #16
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I like my American in 308, but my cousin has a 700 in 308 and he makes one jagged hole at 100 yds with 168 gr hand loads.
We are going to try to dial in a load for my 308 to see if it will perform the same.

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Old March 2nd, 2017, 08:32 AM   #17
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Thanks msp3903 I much appreciate your knowledge. I had 2-3 Remington Model 700's years ago. I have heard that Remington has gone through problems especially with trigger recall's. I have never had any issues with any triggers with my older Remington 700's I had a ADL & a BDL Model. Actually had the ADL longer and killed alot of deer with that rifle. My problem is I do not like plastic's in any of the action parts etc. It seems a decent rifle with a wood stock is a thing of the past. All you see on the shelves are composite stocked rifle's they are ok for a knock around rifle but I still prefer wood stock. I am not in any hurry time to look I will still prowl around for a decent used rifle as well. Being on a fixed income does limit to what I person can afford as well.
The 700 Remington is still the same as it has been since the 60s, which is one of the best bolt guns you can buy. The action has not be compromised and there is no plastic. The difference is in the finish and stocks. The SPS I reference here, does have a synthetic stock, which I don't like either.......BUT.... good rifle, with nice wood stock for cheap are 3 things that are not going to fit together in a new rifle. Fine finish and nice wood, raises the price dramatically. While I don't care for synthetic stocks, or even composite, I can live with laminate, because they LOOK like nice wood and are actually more durable. So along that line, you could still buy the Remington, then at some point later put a nicer stock on it when funds allowed. Used is always an option, but at least around here, you won't find nice wood stocked 700s in the used rack for as cheap as this new SPS is, unless it is an absolute beater. And that used gun may have lots of rounds through it. The best wood stocked, used rifles that I see in racks around here, for good prices, would be Savages. Not Axis either. I have seen some really clean wood stocked 110s and the like around here very reasonable. That changes if you are looking for a heavy barrel rifle. You didn't really specify, but if I was looking for a 223 bolt gun, it would be a heavy barrel. And again, the SPS Varmint IS a heavy barrel.

It may seem like I am really trying to push you on the Remington, but that's not really the case. It's simply by FAR the best rifle for that type money and the features it has. Lets look at why. The Ruger American is a cheaper action than the historic 77 in a cheap plastic, flimsy stock. The Axis is a cheaper action than the proven 110 type action, in a cheap plastic, flimsy stock. The SPS Varmint is the tried and true 700 action, has a heavy barrel, in a cheaper but not junk synthetic varmint style stock.
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 09:20 AM   #18
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Agree with you a Boyds stock can be had for about $120-$150 later on I have also seen used Remington 700 stocks it would have to be for a short action. I am not into heavy barrel this rifle would be a occasional shooter a companion gun to my Mini-14. Henceforth my reasoning a cheaper rifle. From what I have seen in budget rifles I would take the Savage over the Ruger American if a Savage model 110,111 or Model 11 can be found they are a very strong action as well. I actually prefer a blind magazine vs a clip fed magazine in these newer bolt rifles atleast the clip magazine thats on my son inlaws Savage Model 11 you really have to press hard to get the magazine to click into place!! I like Ruger M77's Rem. 700's Win. Model 70's, Howa's are good as well. I will keep my eyes peeled. I lucked out and picked up a very nice Interarms Mark X Mauser 98 style Bolt Action rifle in .243 wood stock very nice rifle for $300.00 with a Nikon 3-9x40 scope before Christmas so there will be a rifle out there just looking for ideas and opinions & I appreciate this very much!!!
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Savage guys have a Facebook page that covers this question. I have a 11 in .243 that is under 1 inch @100 yards out of the box. Most savage rifles shoot well and you don't have to spend a bunch to own one.
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I have a Savage Axis in .270 and there are no better rifles out there. Buy it with the good trigger option(Accutrigger) and it will be more accurate than most shooters. Buy it, never look back.
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