700 decision

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  1. raven18

    raven18 New Member

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    Ok so jus re-writing this...

    gun: M700
    caliber choice: .223 .308 .300 win mag or .338 lapua
    What barrel lenth would be better: 20,24,26
    what round performs best at: 500 yards, 800 and 1000+

    i also am going to use the rifle to hunt deer but still mainly use it for target shooting...

    so your input on these decisions would be greatly appreciated...
     
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    raven18 New Member

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    oh, and what would i get to make a better weapon system (muzzle brake, different stock etc...)
     

  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    The only weapon that I have shot more than 500 yards is the M-14. When I was on the Rifle team (while in the Army) it was nothing to shoot the M-16 at the 600 yard KD range. Since it uses a .308 round, I would say a good place to start would be with the .308. I would also guess that the longer the barrel the better it would perform.
     
  4. jacksonco

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    I never shot one but the 338 Lapua Mag has an effective range of 1600 meters. That is way farther than I have a place to shoot. I would like a 300 win mag one day though. All in all I agree with gmoody. I have a 700 sps tact. (308) with a 20 in bbl but I only shoot at medium ranges. If you want long range capabilities get a 26" bbl with a muzzl break.
     
  5. Tony22-250

    Tony22-250 New Member

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    26in barrel, 300 win mag, any McMillan stock (I prefer the A5), Muzzle break is only if you cant stomach the recoil. Just buy a recoil pad for $20 at walmart ;)

    The .338 lapua is expensive as hell its $89 for a box of 20 but it is the best caliber for long range out of the ones you have listed.
     
  6. bntyhntr6975

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    I do love the .308, but it gets kinda tricky past 500yds. It will do the 1000yds, but, the .300Win mag is a much better choice for that. The .338 will do the long range very well, but short ranges (hunting) it is a little over-kill. The .300 Win mag with a 26in heavy barrel would be my choice. (A good friend recently bought a 700, .300Win mag & 26in heavy barrel. He absolutely loves it! Of course, a trigger job was done almost immediately, too.) As for a stock...what fits me best may not be comfortable to you. Try a few and see what you like best. The Choate stock on my .308 (avatar pic) is a very good choice, and a very decent price.
     
  7. raven18

    raven18 New Member

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    I'm opting for the .308 win... I discussed the .300 win mag with a friend and he said after 30 shots he was sore
     
  8. gdmoody

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    I think you made a wise choice. I like the .308, personally.
     
  9. Suwannee Tim

    Suwannee Tim New Member

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    My first scoped bolt action rifle was a 300 mag. It took a few months, a year maybe to come to grips with the folly of that choice. I bought the same model rifle in 30-06 a couple of years later and enjoyed it and shot it a lot. The 300 got neglected for several years but I eventually brought it back out and began shooting it again. I now several times a year take it to the range and burn 30 or 40 rounds. I also have a 375 RUM which is kinda like the 338 Lapua only more so. This is a real specialized animule, not suitable for a first gun, an only gun or even your third or fourth gun. You learn to shoot these hard kicking guns by shooting the milder calibers first. Get a 308, 223, 243, 25-06.
     
  10. OBrien

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    Here is a couple of questions I have not seen asked so that the answer your given is the most accurate.

    1.) What is the main purpose for this gun? i.e. Hunting, competition, just for fun, or something else

    2.) How much experience do you have shooting these long ranges?

    3.) How much are you willing to spend on both rifle and ammo?

    4.) Do you reload if not can you get ammo for the caliber where your at?
     
  11. raven18

    raven18 New Member

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    OBrien,
    1.) Competing between friends and to hunt deer with.
    2.) I have not shot 1000 but have shot 600 yards. .223 AR-15 is what i was shooting
    3.) I'm looking to spend under 1k for rifle then 300 for scope and spend some on misc.
    4.) I will probably reload with my friend.

    .308 remington 700 seems like the best choice i feel. It will fit my needs and not be overkill on a deer like a .338 lapua would be.
     
  12. I think you made a wise choice, raven. Personally, I've never been very impressed with the .300 Win Mag. Sure, you get a few more yards of range perhaps, but realistically not all that much over the .308 or the .30-06. The cost of those few yards in extra recoil is simply not worth it in my opinion. That is especially the case if most of your shooting will be on the range where quite a number of rounds may be fired. The older I get, the less inclined I am to have a black and blue shoulder after a range shoot! ;)