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NorCalFocus
08-17-2013, 9:01 PM
Hello my fellow Cali gun peoples. I joined here after lurking for awhile and being told I should join by a few friends. So now I'm here and I thought I'd share a pic or two of my new toy.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5528/9520525632_a558f92cb2_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/9520525338_5051c12aee_b.jpg

Remington 700 Varmint SPS .308
Vortex Crossfire II 6-18x44 AO
Harris Bi-pod
EGW 20MOA Mount
Burris Tactical Rings

Going to shoot it for the first time tomorrow. Very excited! Then the following weekend I'm going to NV to aid my dad in shooting an Antelope. I'll make sure to shoot this thing out a ways while I'm up there.

Dhena81
08-17-2013, 9:04 PM
Nice setup all you need is a new stock and a rear bag. I bet you could find an HS precision stock cheap in the FS section.

Chaos47
08-17-2013, 9:06 PM
Niiiiiice! :D

E92335i
08-17-2013, 9:07 PM
Congrats! You'll have fun with that!

barrage
08-17-2013, 9:10 PM
I just bought that exact same model a couple months ago. Replaced the shipping packaging it came in with a Bell and Carlson stock and couldn't be happier. It's an enjoyable rifle for sure.

drh777
08-17-2013, 9:23 PM
I just bought that exact same model a couple months ago. Replaced the shipping packaging it came in with a Bell and Carlson stock and couldn't be happier. It's an enjoyable rifle for sure.

I love this^^^

Nice rifle OP just fuels my want for a nice bolt action.

NorCalFocus
08-17-2013, 9:24 PM
Nice setup all you need is a new stock and a rear bag. I bet you could find an HS precision stock cheap in the FS section.

I just bought that exact same model a couple months ago. Replaced the shipping packaging it came in with a Bell and Carlson stock and couldn't be happier. It's an enjoyable rifle for sure.

Congrats! You'll have fun with that!

Niiiiiice! :D

Thank you all. I haven't even shot the gun yet, but I keep getting told to replace the stock lol. I do like the feel of this stock so its staying for a while. I may pilar bed and free float it this winter. If it doesn't work out, then I can get HS stock.

Shooting bag you say? Made this tonight. Old sock, rice we didn't want anymore, and a zip tie.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1175513_3375315238061_380227707_n.jpg

jonc
08-17-2013, 9:27 PM
Nice ..
Welcome

SonofWWIIDI
08-17-2013, 9:33 PM
Nice rifle. Might want to put an additional sock around your rice bag just to ensure it won't get cut/abraded open.

NorCalFocus
08-17-2013, 9:38 PM
I love this^^^

Nice rifle OP just fuels my want for a nice bolt action.

Come on, just do it. You don't want to be the only one without a bolt action do you? :D

Nice ..
Welcome

Thanks.

Nice rifle. Might want to put an additional sock around your rice bag just to ensure it won't get cut/abraded open.

Its a heavy sock, but I'll keep an eye on it. Thanks.

BroncoBob
08-17-2013, 9:45 PM
Nice

G21Shooter
08-17-2013, 10:03 PM
Very nice rig!

How do you like that Vortex scope?

EL_NinO619
08-17-2013, 10:04 PM
Nice, good choice on optics too. Look at a Choate for $200 I have gotten great results from it. http://www.riflestock.com/store/do/product/TRS/25-01-02

BajaJames83
08-17-2013, 10:06 PM
Welcome.
Nice setup.

MakeYaBootyBurn
08-17-2013, 10:10 PM
wow I like it!

Bonedeval
08-17-2013, 10:10 PM
Thats cool looking. And welcome.

josh250
08-17-2013, 11:32 PM
If she shoots as good as she looks you have one sweet rifle!

NorCalFocus
08-18-2013, 7:59 PM
Nice

Thanks!

Very nice rig!

How do you like that Vortex scope?

Thank you. So far I love it. I can not believe the quality of it for the price I paid. Plus with the lifetime warranty I figured I couldn't go wrong.

Nice, good choice on optics too. Look at a Choate for $200 I have gotten great results from it. http://www.riflestock.com/store/do/product/TRS/25-01-02

I will do that, thanks.

Welcome.
Nice setup.

Thank you.

wow I like it!

So do I :43:

Thats cool looking. And welcome.

Thanks for the welcome.

If she shoots as good as she looks you have one sweet rifle!

Well she does :D



Went out and shot her today. I learned a few things as well. 1) Yes the factory stock sucks. Bastard twist and rolls if you tweak the rifle. 2) I learned to not tweak the gun or muscle it and really concentrated on using the bag in the rear to aim the gun. 3) I'm really happy with my choice of .308 Never having shot a .308 I was worried a little about it being too much to shoot all day. Far from it. 4) My friend thinks my trigger is to light because he's used to AR's lol.

Anyhow I still had so much fun. The first shot just made me giggle like a schoolgirl. Here's my last five shots of the day. I adjusted the scope accordingly after this group. I took my time and shot the best group I could. I'm calling it good for now and will take her out a bit further than 100yds next week while on the hunting trip.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5327/9544506876_3e285e8b9d_c.jpg

ar15barrels
08-18-2013, 8:12 PM
Thank you all. I haven't even shot the gun yet, but I keep getting told to replace the stock lol. I do like the feel of this stock so its staying for a while. I may pilar bed and free float it this winter.

the stock is not rigid enough to be free floated.
As soon as you clearance the stock away from the barrel, the stock just sags Neil the barrel comes back into contact with the stock.
The more stock you cut away to try amd clear the barrel, the more like a wet noodle the stock becomes as you are removing material from it trying to create clearance.
The only fix for those soft plastic stocks is to replace the, with something better.

NorCalFocus
08-19-2013, 12:07 PM
the stock is not rigid enough to be free floated.
As soon as you clearance the stock away from the barrel, the stock just sags Neil the barrel comes back into contact with the stock.
The more stock you cut away to try amd clear the barrel, the more like a wet noodle the stock becomes as you are removing material from it trying to create clearance.
The only fix for those soft plastic stocks is to replace the, with something better.


Well I'm def watching out for a HS stock, but its not in the cards right this second.

I was thinking about putting a piece of aluminum 1/8" (or so) square tube in the forend to make it stiffer. Then bed it in with epoxy.

Nickgt40
08-19-2013, 12:44 PM
Your trigger is too light.

Grumble grumble grumble.

Haha.

Cadre
08-19-2013, 12:46 PM
thats foking sexy!

NorCalFocus
08-19-2013, 4:23 PM
Your trigger is too light.

Grumble grumble grumble.

Haha.

LOL I'm lightening more. Its too heavy for me. You'll learn the ways when we get you that mosin built.

thats foking sexy!

No she's spooning sexy. Because if I could get away with it I'd spoon her.

ar15barrels
08-19-2013, 4:31 PM
I was thinking about putting a piece of aluminum 1/8" (or so) square tube in the forend to make it stiffer. Then bed it in with epoxy.

3/8" square tubing is more like it.
It would help.

postal
08-19-2013, 5:59 PM
Then some fiberglass....

Are those the vortex scope caps? Do please let us know if one ever breaks on you.

A LOT of people are looking for alternatives to butler creeks breaking all the time...

The rice sock. rule 1- KEEP IT DRY!!!!!

If it gets wet, dump the rice and dry the sock before refilling. Rice soaks up water and will mold. Just an FYI. It's not an issue for me with the same rice for 8? years? But it hasnt been rained on.

Another thing for the sock.... I used a long tube sock. Filled the bottom part of the sock, twisted the sock a bit, then pulled the 'tube' part of the sock back over the foot section to double it up. No twist tie or anything needed.

It works. It works fine- though some of the rectangular rear rests people like "Iloveguns" sells are getting really popular and can be more usefull. I still use a sock, but I'll end up with the rectangle 'thingy' that 'ILG' and others sell. The big benefit of those besides more utility- is ultra lightweight waterproof fill.

Divernhunter
08-19-2013, 7:02 PM
I use dried beans instead of rice. Works well and does not leak out or push thru the material as easy.

NorCalFocus
08-19-2013, 8:22 PM
3/8" square tubing is more like it.
It would help.

Oh ok. Sounds like it will be my winter project. Thanks.

Then some fiberglass....

Are those the vortex scope caps? Do please let us know if one ever breaks on you.

A LOT of people are looking for alternatives to butler creeks breaking all the time...

The rice sock. rule 1- KEEP IT DRY!!!!!

If it gets wet, dump the rice and dry the sock before refilling. Rice soaks up water and will mold. Just an FYI. It's not an issue for me with the same rice for 8? years? But it hasnt been rained on.

Another thing for the sock.... I used a long tube sock. Filled the bottom part of the sock, twisted the sock a bit, then pulled the 'tube' part of the sock back over the foot section to double it up. No twist tie or anything needed.

It works. It works fine- though some of the rectangular rear rests people like "Iloveguns" sells are getting really popular and can be more usefull. I still use a sock, but I'll end up with the rectangle 'thingy' that 'ILG' and others sell. The big benefit of those besides more utility- is ultra lightweight waterproof fill.

Yes they are Vortex caps. I like them and don't see a reason why they would break, however the rear cap isn't tight enough on the scope. It doesn't fly off, but it will pull off when flipping the cap.

Keep the rice dry, got it.

I use dried beans instead of rice. Works well and does not leak out or push thru the material as easy.

That was my other option. But we had the rice laying around.

xXx Sir Sik xXx
08-19-2013, 8:44 PM
Welcome

Jet Setter
08-19-2013, 8:54 PM
Very nice. Welcome to the forum.

postal
08-20-2013, 10:14 AM
You can use a rubber band, or a section of bicycle inner tube cut like a rubber band, or masking tape to get the cap to fit tighter.

One of my scopes has a rubber band, the other inner tube.

NorCalFocus
08-20-2013, 12:19 PM
Now that's a good idea Postal, thanks. I have an old inner tube laying around.

postal
08-20-2013, 12:41 PM
Put the inner tube on the scope first. Then give it a try. If it's too tight, use a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol as a lubricant on the inside of the scope cap. Use a lot of alcohol and work fast since it evaporates very quickly.

When it dries out, it wont leave any residue that will let the cap move around.

6mmintl
08-22-2013, 7:00 AM
You can improve accuracy/stock by removing front pressure pads and bedding around recoil lug, also reduce action screw hole diameters with cut aluminum arrow sections to prevent side to side/rotational movement of action.

Firing pin polishing/fluting/cleaning would speed up locktime.

Magazine tune up "match box mag to receiver" with rounding/polishing edges improve smoother feeding.

NorCalFocus
08-23-2013, 8:19 PM
Picked up all my reloading supplies....

.308 dies
Federal and Remington brass
Sierra Game King 165g
2#s of Varget
Winchester Primers

NorCalFocus
09-02-2013, 2:19 PM
Woot woot! My reloader came through with my test rounds today. Thanks dad.

https://sphotos-a-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1238315_3421923403236_128487003_n.jpg

hcbr
09-02-2013, 2:51 PM
Nice, congrats, have a 700 SPS of my own, you'll fall in love with it!

postal
09-02-2013, 6:05 PM
Find which charge gives the tightest/roundest group. Play with the final powder charges again, and again find the tightest/roundest group....

Then play with COAL.

NorCalFocus
09-02-2013, 7:02 PM
Nice, congrats, have a 700 SPS of my own, you'll fall in love with it!

Already have, lol. Although I'm not completely in love with her body. But hey its 2013, plastic surgery is super easy. Looking to upgrade the stock.

Find which charge gives the tightest/roundest group. Play with the final powder charges again, and again find the tightest/roundest group....

Then play with COAL.

COAL?

But yes that my plan with the loads.

drifter001
09-02-2013, 7:09 PM
very nice!!! this is my next purchase!

TMB 1
09-02-2013, 7:10 PM
COAL?

But yes that my plan with the loads.

My guess is cartridge over all length.

NorCalFocus
09-02-2013, 7:46 PM
Ah yes that makes sense. Yes I will be doing that.

very nice!!! this is my next purchase!

Just a word to the wise, everyone told me I would need to upgrade the stock, they are correct.

But yeah a Rem or Savage .308 should be in everyones safe.

NorCalFocus
09-17-2013, 8:05 PM
I didn't want to start a whole new thread, so I thought I'd update my thread.

Boyds stocks had a killer deal for members of Sniper Central, so I jumped on it. Got a new Thumbhole Varminter for $85 to my door. Ordered it today, hoping I have it before the weekend. PM me if you want details.

Guapoh
09-17-2013, 8:12 PM
You will like it. Virtually the same as my VSF 308. Heavy rifle and very accurate. Killed my elk last year with it. http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss43/Tony_Galyean/IMG00334-20110819-2221.jpg

http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss43/Tony_Galyean/IMG00333-20110819-2220.jpg

NorCalFocus
09-27-2013, 9:57 PM
New stock came in today!

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/9970879253_44acdbdaf7_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcalfocus/9970879253/)
100_3185 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcalfocus/9970879253/) by norcalfocus@rocketmail.com (http://www.flickr.com/people/norcalfocus/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5546/9970819596_5d19a4ba50_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcalfocus/9970819596/)
100_3184 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcalfocus/9970819596/) by norcalfocus@rocketmail.com (http://www.flickr.com/people/norcalfocus/), on Flickr

Boyds Varminter Thumbhole. Barrel is free floating, cheek weld is vastly improved, and recoil was much more manageable. I'm going to pillar bed it this winter and possibly add a thicker recoil pad. I love the way it looks at shoots though.

Also went out and shot my test loads.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7299/9976426163_d1fbb5a922_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcalfocus/9976426163/)
Target (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcalfocus/9976426163/) by norcalfocus@rocketmail.com (http://www.flickr.com/people/norcalfocus/), on Flickr

Sierra Game Kings 165g, Varget, Win Primers, Rem Brass

The torn off piece is the first group. I wasn't even close to hitting the paper. I adjusted, then shot the next four groups. Looks like #3, 43 grains, is where I'm going to go. I'll play with the seating depth next. This is the best group I've ever shot, just a hair under MOA. Handloads make a world of difference. I'm really happy with having only one flyer out of all 25 shot.

TMB 1
09-28-2013, 3:36 PM
New stock came in today!

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/9970879253_44acdbdaf7_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcalfocus/9970879253/)
100_3185 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcalfocus/9970879253/) by norcalfocus@rocketmail.com (http://www.flickr.com/people/norcalfocus/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5546/9970819596_5d19a4ba50_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcalfocus/9970819596/)
100_3184 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcalfocus/9970819596/) by norcalfocus@rocketmail.com (http://www.flickr.com/people/norcalfocus/), on Flickr

Boyds Varminter Thumbhole. Barrel is free floating, cheek weld is vastly improved, and recoil was much more manageable. I'm going to pillar bed it this winter and possibly add a thicker recoil pad. I love the way it looks at shoots though.

Nice! I really like Boyds stocks.

Discogodfather
09-28-2013, 3:58 PM
Try 168 Sierra Match boat tail hollow points, they are like magic in my rig:

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/769/npb4.png

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/7264/pzp7.png

postal
09-28-2013, 5:05 PM
Is that a CZ 550/750?^^^

Discogodfather
09-28-2013, 5:09 PM
Is that a CZ 550/750?^^^

Sauer SSG 3000 (mcmillan) with Steiner Military 3-12x 56mm. It's a nice rifle but the OP's 700 with some work will shoot just as good at 1/4 the price.

postal
09-28-2013, 5:23 PM
OI!!!

Right... I knew I've seen that rifle before and couldnt remember... SSG... I remember CZ has some mil type sniper rifles in 550/750 as well that are kind of unique looking...

Very nice!

So Sauer took that over? those were Steyr....

Discogodfather
09-28-2013, 5:35 PM
OI!!!

Right... I knew I've seen that rifle before and couldnt remember... SSG... I remember CZ has some mil type sniper rifles in 550/750 as well that are kind of unique looking...

Very nice!

So Sauer took that over? those were Steyr....

It's always been a Sauer made by JP Sauer and Sons in Eckernforde going back to the SSG-2000's. Its a Sig Sauer now because the companies are merged, but JP Sauer is it's own entity making sporting rifles.

SSG just means Scharfschützengewehr which is just "sniper rifle". Steyr makes the SSG 69/04/08 which is completely different from the Sauer's.

Sorry to bogart this thread......

postal
09-28-2013, 5:44 PM
Oh- learn something new everyday... Very cool.

Now back to your regularly scheduled thread.... LOL!

NorCalFocus
09-28-2013, 9:21 PM
Well I won't be playing with the SMK for a while, picked up two boxes of Game Kings at Scheels today. I went with these because I want to try hand have one round that I can plink with and hunt with. This gun will be used on coyotes and squirrels, maybe even deer. But yes I do have long term plans to try the SMK with the same recipe.

NorCalFocus
09-28-2013, 9:24 PM
Nice! I really like Boyds stocks.

If you've never shot a thumbhole, try it. It fits so well.

My wife hates it, but I think it's because she's not used to sticking her fingers into a hole :D

bsg
10-01-2013, 11:24 PM
congrats!

GJC
10-02-2013, 2:04 PM
If you've never shot a thumbhole, try it. It fits so well.

My wife hates it, but I think it's because she's not used to sticking her fingers into a hole :D

lol, nice rifle!