View Full Version : Picked up my Remington 700 SPS .223 today - Range report

02-02-2009, 12:30 AM
I am absolutely in love with this rifle - perfect for a hoobyist plinker like me. Virtually no recoil worth mentioning, understated looks without too much to distract you or attract whatever you are shooting. She's a bit heavy, but with the 26" bull barrel, I didn't expect something lightweight.

Trigger is fantastic, although I'd like to see if I can lighten it up a bit.

The scope is a Bausch & Lomb Elite 4000 6-24x40 that I snagged off of ebay for a paltry $193 shipped. Couple dings and scratches on the housing, but the glass is crystal clear. I'm almost as impressed with the scope as I am with the rifle.

Pics of the rifle:



Here's the target I used to zero the sights (from 150 ft) at Lytle Creek today. Scope was shooting way to the left, and you can clearly see where I walked it in:


Here's a closer look at the 150 ft 3-shot group I made after getting zeroed:


02-02-2009, 12:35 AM
Was the grouping after adjusting the scope?

02-02-2009, 12:36 AM
Nice! Keep practicing and youll get smaller groupings at 100yds in no time :thumbsup:

02-02-2009, 12:39 AM
Was the grouping after adjusting the scope?

Yeah - the scope was so far off the to the left that the pre-adjustment groupings weren't on the target. I had a wide target stand and they were hitting in between the two targets I had mounted.

I had an even smaller group of 4 shots, 2 keyholed and two nearly touching. That's still on the stand in my buddy's truck, else I'd post a pic of it.

02-02-2009, 12:45 AM
Nice :thumbsup: Looks like you had a little fun with it.


02-02-2009, 1:04 AM
Looking good! I think I might pick up a SPS Tactical in .223 too, not bad for the price

02-02-2009, 1:05 AM
Damn fine rifle and I like the B&L scope you got. Congrats!

02-02-2009, 1:28 AM
What ammunition were you using?

02-02-2009, 1:56 AM
Nice shooting!

02-02-2009, 4:14 AM
I just shot my 700 sps in 204 ruger and was so impressed I think I may get one in .308 as well.

02-02-2009, 11:55 AM
You should be able to shoot that tight at 100 yards, right?


02-02-2009, 12:10 PM
What ammunition were you using?

Off-the-shelf Winchester 55gr .223.

02-02-2009, 12:14 PM
You should be able to shoot that tight at 100 yards, right?


I presume so - I've never made any serious attemps at precision shooting with a scope before, but I'm a pretty decent shot with an M16 at 500yrds using iron sights, so I'd venture to guess that 100yrds with a nice scope should tighten up considerably.

02-02-2009, 12:15 PM
Take it out to 100 yards and let's see what you AND the rifle can do.

02-02-2009, 12:27 PM
Congrats on the rifle. I just bought a 700 SPS Tactical in .308. Need to get some optics for it, then start the work on her. can't wait to get it. Damn 10-day.

Full Clip
02-02-2009, 2:04 PM
Exactly the rifle I want!

02-02-2009, 2:23 PM
It should out shoot most of us ordinary shooters as is. However, should you decide to improve the accuracy of the rifle it is not hard to do. Simply get some trigger work done and upgrade the stock. That is the really nice thing about the SPS. You can grow into it.

The metal is pretty much the same as the more expensive Police rifle. The difference between the two is the paint job and the stock (the stock does not free floating and is kinda flimsy...but it is supposed to be for that kind of money). This means that you get a great entry level precision rifle that you can build up over time. Should you get hooked on it as much as I and others have there are a lot of really cool upgrades.

My favorite stocks are those made by McMillan USA, and after that those made by Accuracy International. They offer free floating and ruggedness your current stock does not. They are also much better (in my opinion) than the H.S. Precision stocks that come with the more expensive Police Version. A lot of people buy the SPS with the specific goal of adding a stock other than the H-S Precision stocks found on Remington’s more expensive models.

My point? You made a good purchase. So enjoy! If you find it meets your needs exactly as is, awesome. If not, then you will have no trouble finding plenty of upgrades.

02-02-2009, 7:57 PM
Is this a regular sps or a sps varmint?

02-02-2009, 9:23 PM
Is this a regular sps or a sps varmint?

SPS Varmint. Has the X-Mark Pro trigger; dunno how much better it is than a standard trigger, but I do know that I like it quite a bit.

02-03-2009, 9:04 AM
SPS Varmint. Has the X-Mark Pro trigger; dunno how much better it is than a standard trigger, but I do know that I like it quite a bit.

i have read that some prefer the older trigger but, i have no experience with it. i have th .308 version with heavy barrel and LOVE it. the x trigger has a clean break though, i agree it is a bit on the heavy side.

enjoy your new rifle!

02-03-2009, 9:15 AM
Id go farther if I could.. heres my .308 at 100 yrds with some fed match stuff, theres 7 shots all in black and I just zeroed it this past weekend, it still can use minor tweaks. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v482/lcplwan/IMG_0036s.jpg

02-03-2009, 10:56 AM
Very nice Darklyte - I'll hit 100yrds this weekend. I adjusted the position of the scope and found a much, much better setup that gives me near instant eye-relief and a much more manageable shooting form. Better yet, it gives me an excuse to take it back to the range!

BTW - like the avatar. I rolled a pizza box at boot camp graduation...but the crossed rifles graced my chest after my first requal.

02-03-2009, 12:01 PM
I have one of these rifles NIB on the Private Firearms Sales board. Check it out.

02-03-2009, 12:14 PM
good to go devil, for the rifle sweet spot you just gota adjust to your liking, ive only taken my savage out twice so far, and varminter once.

02-03-2009, 12:26 PM
Great gun, Great price on non varmint at gun brokers too $495 shipped to your FLL.. might have to pick one up, and thanks for the review:thumbsup:


02-03-2009, 12:31 PM
oh boy heres a .308 varmint for a good deal.. I need to stop shopping thanks:D and buds guns has a 300wsm $519 shipped.. I would rather have the .223 like you have.. they are out now



02-03-2009, 12:36 PM
Well, all this 700 SPS .223 talk had me thinking I'd go down and take mine back off consignment (brand new, 10 rounds through it.) Then, having dinner with some friends last night, the coyotes were going nuts and I said "you know, I'll put a hurt down on a few of them if you would like" to which the response was a hearty "yes"! So, on my way back from the range, I picked up my SPS. Now back to searching for a scope. Appreciate the reviews here. I read some before purchase, but it's nice to see some confirmation on here.

02-03-2009, 12:57 PM
Instead of wasting the ammo for the walk in, you should of just clicked the windage 24 clicks to the right or 48 clicks depending on your scope (1/4 or 1/8). Would of saved you a few rounds! :) jk. Cool gun, good groups!