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CWUSCG
04-23-2012, 3:22 PM
Does anyone have any thoughts, words of wisdom, b***es, gripes and/or complaints about the Remington 700 SPS Tactical?? :) I am looking to add a new member to the family and I wanted a nice bolt gun in .308. Mostly for shooting holes in paper at slightly longer ranges and tinkering with reloads but for hunting also(Deer and Elk). I have it narrowed down to the 700 SPS tactical or maybe even the police model(for the 26" barrel over the SPS's 20"). Advice on scopes are welcome also! I've been eyeing Vortex Optics.

Thanks guys!

Speedpower
04-23-2012, 3:34 PM
Very accurate shooter, but not ideal for hunting, you don't want to carry an 11 pound rifle for long periods of walk.

HK Dave
04-23-2012, 3:46 PM
It's a bench rifle... if you're ok with that, I'd say go for it. Extremely accurate out of the box for a rifle in this price range. Slap it on a better stock, get yourself a GOOD set of rings and GREAT glass and you're good to go.

Mine is a laser in terms of precision.

My only regret is I should have got the AAC version with threaded barrel.

cfusionpm
04-23-2012, 4:26 PM
I love mine. Does 1/2" at 100yds, ~2.5" at 300yds, and bangs steel pretty good out to at least 600. I got some expensive glass on top, but the big, bright, clear image is vurry nice. :) Gun is pretty heavy, even with Hogue stock. With optic, mine is over 12 lbs. Shoots super smooth though.

Edit: bolt was pretty stiff to manipulate while new. ~300 rounds later, it's better and more broken in (also being well-lubed), but it's still not exactly silk.

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rksimple
04-23-2012, 5:07 PM
Its a good rifle. Get some reloading equipment to go along with it though.

The Vortex PST line has some good features. Although, I'd look at the Bushnell G2 DMR. I've gone through 3 S&Bs that haven't held zero as well as my DMR.

CWUSCG
04-23-2012, 7:44 PM
Its a good rifle. Get some reloading equipment to go along with it though.

I've got all that, along with a little bit of experience, so I'm not a complete noob. :) Thanks for the insight guys. I appreciate it. What do you recommend for scopes? I can't afford a 1600.00 dollar peice of glass, but I can manage a nice 400-700 one. It seems like Vortex has the most quality for the price.

CWUSCG
04-23-2012, 7:50 PM
if you guys don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for your 700's? ive seen several different price ranges.

6doubleR
04-23-2012, 8:07 PM
I just got a Rem700 SPS Tactical and I love it. Got a great deal from a fellow CalGunner. Great shooter.

Short Action Precision
04-23-2012, 8:21 PM
I've got all that, along with a little bit of experience, so I'm not a complete noob. :) Thanks for the insight guys. I appreciate it. What do you recommend for scopes? I can't afford a 1600.00 dollar peice of glass, but I can manage a nice 400-700 one. It seems like Vortex has the most quality for the price.

For $700 I would look at the Vortex Viper PST SFP 4-16. Great scope. Also check out the Weaver 3-15x50 Tactical, same price at $700. I have not gotten to look through one but I have heard surprising things about them. But out of the two you cant go wrong with the Vortex.

TempleKnight
04-23-2012, 8:44 PM
Great minds think alike, C-dub. My SPS Tactical will clear the 10 day quarantine this Thursday. I'm thinking Vortex, also.

CWUSCG
04-23-2012, 9:00 PM
Great minds think alike, C-dub. My SPS Tactical will clear the 10 day quarantine this Thursday. I'm thinking Vortex, also.

Haven't been called that in quite a while! :thumbsup: The only difference is I wont have to wait 10 days. :p My local gun store has quite a few Vortex scopes in stock and carries them regularly. I got to play with a few of them and they seemed really nice. Maybe its because most of my shooting has been done with iron sights, but I couldn't tell much of a difference between the 600$ Vortex or the 1500$ Nightforce. What did you pay for the SPS if you don't mind?

rksimple
04-23-2012, 9:02 PM
I've got all that, along with a little bit of experience, so I'm not a complete noob. :) Thanks for the insight guys. I appreciate it. What do you recommend for scopes? I can't afford a 1600.00 dollar peice of glass, but I can manage a nice 400-700 one. It seems like Vortex has the most quality for the price.

The problem with scopes is that there its very little "middle ground." In the 400-700 dollar range, you may be better off getting something in the 300 dollar range like a Nikon buckmaster or Bushnell. Better would be to step it up to a higher price point. A great rifle with a mediocre scope will be mediocre. A basic rifle with a great scope can be fantastic. The scope is, by far, the most important and weakest link of a precision rifle system.

t0kie
04-23-2012, 9:09 PM
I had it as my 1st bolt action, pretty much accurate for a production rifle & the shorter barrel helps reducing the weight too.

ZX-10R
04-24-2012, 6:23 PM
It's a bench rifle... if you're ok with that, I'd say go for it. Extremely accurate out of the box for a rifle in this price range. Slap it on a better stock, get yourself a GOOD set of rings and GREAT glass and you're good to go.

Mine is a laser in terms of precision.

My only regret is I should have got the AAC version with threaded barrel.

This...It is a true sub MOA rifle (.5) for my buddy when I set it up for him. I am getting one but have a few AK patterns I am working on before I get to it. My buddy has a Millet LRS-1 and that gun makes him look like a pro and he is actually not an accurate shooter with any other gun. :D

ubet
04-24-2012, 7:01 PM
If you can afford it, I would suggest the 5r. I have the pst in 6-24 and have been happy with it. My setup did this at 500yds awhile back. Prone, in the dirt.
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mbaerg
04-25-2012, 9:56 AM
great rifle

Desertdog702
04-25-2012, 10:09 AM
I have the 700P and I love it. It has gotten me into trouble though. I now turned an $800 rifle into a $3,500K project! More on that in a sec, but I love shooting my Remy and is nice right out of the box.

My project,
New McMillan A4 stock, spec'd out to USMC Spec.
DD Ross HD Recoil Lug
New Schneider 25" USMC barrel, theaded for Surefire Suppressor Muzzle Break
Blueprinted/Trued Action
Badger Ord M5 Bottom Metal w/ detach AICS Mag
Surefire USMC Suppressor

Basicly Im turning it into an M40A5 clone, I already have a Leop Mk4 10x40 scope but Im going to the S&B Police II as soon as funds allow. So be careful this stuff is addicting! :D:D:D

till44
04-25-2012, 2:04 PM
Possibly my favorite gun in the safe. I picked mine up used for $435 three years ago. I put a SS10x in EGW rings and base, added a KRG bolt knob, Harris bi-pod, and have shot the crap out of it. I intended to upgrade the stock as the Hogue has some flex to it, but as is, the gun shoots better than me so I haven't seen the point. If I do my part, quarter, even dime size groups are doable at 100 yards.

In hindsight I would have gone with a variable optic, but for $300 the SS is very nice and it's been good to me out to 600 yards. I have a two Vortex PSTs on different guns (1-4x and 2.5-10x) and am very happy with them. Clear glass, I like the illuminated reticles for shooting early morning/dusk/night and you can't beat the customer service of Vortex. I'd also look at the new Bushnell DMR, supposed to be top notch.
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pat4wd
04-25-2012, 6:23 PM
funny thing is the SPS tatical shot better than the 5r on snipers hide reviews.. for the money it is a great rifle

77bawls
04-25-2012, 6:41 PM
Three shot group at 100. I can never seem to pull the last one into the same hole, it's frustrating.

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CWUSCG
04-25-2012, 7:00 PM
Three shot group at 100. I can never seem to pull the last one into the same hole, it's frustrating.

:smilielol5: Were you using handloads? You guys have helped me make my decision. :D

2nd Shot
04-25-2012, 7:06 PM
I love mine, it's been a solid 1/2MOA or better shooter if I feed it something it likes. So far, I have a couple of .375" groups, one was with Black Hills 175 Matchking loads, and the other was with a handload shooting the same bullet, using 2000-MR powder.

For the money, if you're ok with a little velocity loss with a 20" barrel, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Mine has been a great rifle.

77bawls
04-25-2012, 7:46 PM
:smilielol5: Were you using handloads? You guys have helped me make my decision. :D

I don't remember what that was. It was either Federal Match, or a 168 grain handload with 42 grains of varget. I'm still trying to work out a load of my own.

You won't be able to tell any difference at 100 yards. Once you hit 300 you will "start" to see some differences.