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hammerhands32
02-25-2011, 8:10 PM
I'm looking at putting iron sights on my remington 700. I am not sure even where to start looking. The only ones I can find on google are custom built or expensive target sights..

Also if anyone can recommend a gunsmith in the Sac area that could install these. This would be primarily a hunting rifle so I am not looking at the really high end target sights.

Lastly, would you convert your 700 to an irons only scout type rifle. Just seeing if somebody could convince me not to do this.

killshot44
02-25-2011, 8:16 PM
There's a good reason you can't find any other sights....they're not recommended.
Instead of trying to turn a 700into something it's not, sell it and buy a gun designed to do what you want to do.

/opinion worth the price you paid for it

hammerhands32
02-25-2011, 8:53 PM
There's a good reason you can't find any other sights....they're not recommended.
Instead of trying to turn a 700into something it's not, sell it and buy a gun designed to do what you want to do.

/opinion worth the price you paid for it


I see what your saying. I could sell my rifle and buy this one brand new and be well ahead counting the mods I would have done to my current rifle.
http://www.themarksman.net/items/454/Savage+10+FCM,+.308+Winchester.html

P.S. Don't low rate yourself. Your opinion is worth twice what I paid for it:D

edwardm
02-25-2011, 9:09 PM
If you really like the 700 platform, get a BDL with iron sights. I actually took my rear sight off because I want to get my scope nice and low in relation to the bore centerline. I originally intended to have the irons there as a backup if I wanged the scope really bad, but then I realized that's why I keep the '94 in the truck when I go - just in case I screw up my optics, I have a backup.


I'm looking at putting iron sights on my remington 700. I am not sure even where to start looking. The only ones I can find on google are custom built or expensive target sights..

Also if anyone can recommend a gunsmith in the Sac area that could install these. This would be primarily a hunting rifle so I am not looking at the really high end target sights.

Lastly, would you convert your 700 to an irons only scout type rifle. Just seeing if somebody could convince me not to do this.

Trapper
02-25-2011, 9:20 PM
Any reason you want to go with iron sights? A quality scope is faster, more precise, and gathers light allowing shots that could not be taken with iron sights. Several years ago I was pig hunting on the edge of a river bed in Central Ca, it was just after sunrise and I could hear pigs running across fallen leaves but couldn't see them. I raised my rifle and was able to clearly see an 80lb sow on the trail 25yds away. With out that 4x Leupold I wouldn't have been able to take the shot.

killshot44
02-25-2011, 10:38 PM
I see what your saying. I could sell my rifle and buy this one brand new and be well ahead counting the mods I would have done to my current rifle.
http://www.themarksman.net/items/454/Savage+10+FCM,+.308+Winchester.html

P.S. Don't low rate yourself. Your opinion is worth twice what I paid for it:D

Yep. http://www.themarksman.net/items/454/Savage+10+FCM,+.308+Winchester.html that would make a nice field gun. Check Buds, that price might be a tad high.

/I'm full of good advice, I just wish I'd listen to myself.:TFH:

Jonathan Doe
02-26-2011, 5:45 AM
If you really like the 700 platform, get a BDL with iron sights. I actually took my rear sight off because I want to get my scope nice and low in relation to the bore centerline. I originally intended to have the irons there as a backup if I wanged the scope really bad, but then I realized that's why I keep the '94 in the truck when I go - just in case I screw up my optics, I have a backup.

This is an idea. Many field models have iron sights. I used to have a BDL with a Pachmayr scope base which can be tilted to the side when I needed to use iron sights.

hammerhands32
02-26-2011, 7:10 AM
Any reason you want to go with iron sights? A quality scope is faster, more precise, and gathers light allowing shots that could not be taken with iron sights. Several years ago I was pig hunting on the edge of a river bed in Central Ca, it was just after sunrise and I could hear pigs running across fallen leaves but couldn't see them. I raised my rifle and was able to clearly see an 80lb sow on the trail 25yds away. With out that 4x Leupold I wouldn't have been able to take the shot.

I saw one of those ruger scout rifles and firgured (incorrectly)I could just slap some irons on my 700 and have something similar. To be honest I don't have much experience with low powered glass (2-6x). I love my two other Leupolds but they are the 6-20x and 6-18x, not really built for speed. I'll have to go try out some of the hunting scopes.

The main reason is the same reason I just don't have one rifle, one pistol, and one shotgun.

I used to be able to explain why I needed different guns but since my wife stopped listening I'm out of practice. :D

Trapper
02-26-2011, 8:49 AM
Check out the Leupold VX-II 2-7x33 and the VX-III 1.75-6x32 both are great scopes for the money and very fast to get on target.
http://www.samplelist.com/Leupold-2-7x33-VX-II-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P1952.aspx
http://www.samplelist.com/Leupold-175-6x32-Vari-X-III-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P2077.aspx

kendog4570
02-26-2011, 8:59 AM
If you are considering open sights, aperture is the way to go.
Here are some pics of a scout rifle I built for a friend a few years back, on a Rem 722, which is essentially the same as a 700. Williams (I think) rear peep and NECG band front. Clip slotted, scout mount installed, barrel shortened to 20 or 18 inches (I can remember!) and parkerized.
You could also go with a Williams foolproof rear for better adjustments.

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww211/kendog4570/Gunsmithing/Rem722ScoutRifle003.jpg

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww211/kendog4570/Gunsmithing/Rem722ScoutRifle002-1.jpg

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww211/kendog4570/Gunsmithing/Rem722ScoutRifle001-1.jpg

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww211/kendog4570/Gunsmithing/Rem722ScoutRifle008-1.jpg

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww211/kendog4570/Gunsmithing/Rem722ScoutRifle011.jpg

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww211/kendog4570/Gunsmithing/Rem722ScoutRifle005.jpg

ElToro
02-26-2011, 12:02 PM
the 722 wasnt clip slotted from the factory was it ? i dont recall ever seeing one with clip slots. otherwise. nice scout rifle. did it make weight ?

kendog4570
02-26-2011, 12:10 PM
the 722 wasnt clip slotted from the factory was it ? i dont recall ever seeing one with clip slots. otherwise. nice scout rifle. did it make weight ?


Thanks.
I did the clip slot. Learned how from an old master riflesmith, Jack Davis. I did the rest of the work also.
The 722's and early 700's had an ammunition guide slot in the bridge, but it is not wide enough to accept clipped ammunition. Doesnt have the side clearance cuts for the tabs on the clips either. With a properly cut clip slot, the empty clips will clear the slot and action by simply closing the bolt. No need to make the extra effert to pull it away by hand.
It went into a ultra light composite stock, and while I don't know the exact weight, it ain't much heavier than my kids Chipmunk.

kendog4570
02-26-2011, 12:42 PM
Here is another one I just did for a highpower shooter. He wanted to go "Retro" with a long action in 30-06. It is basically part of turning a 700 action into a 40X. Truing, clip slotting, thumb clearance cuts and bolt face truing.

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww211/kendog4570/Gunsmithing/Rem70040XMods016.jpg

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww211/kendog4570/Gunsmithing/Rem70040XMods014.jpg

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww211/kendog4570/Gunsmithing/Rem70040XMods012.jpg

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww211/kendog4570/Gunsmithing/Rem70040XMods019.jpg

Sorry, didn't mean to jack the thread.