700 SPS Varmint - Now with new skin 9th July!

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700 SPS Varmint - Now with new skin 9th July!

Post by Big and Daft » Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:12 am

I picked my new toy up on Thursday, after much messing about with different gun shops who couldn't hold of one at the 'old' price - USD vs GBP = price went up by £150 or so since Jan 1st. I managed to find one shop that had 1 left at the old price, so off I went.

I got my brand new Remington 700 SPS Varmint in .308, she is fitted with a Buffalo River bipod, Farrell FG Force 20 MOA scope rail, Warne scope rings and a Hawke SR12 6-24x50 scope (was about the best, highest mag scope I could afford)


So without further ado, here is the obligatory porn;

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Here are some picture of the scope reticule.

Illuminated red:
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Illuminated green:
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Not illuminated, you can see all the reticule better:
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Here are some pictures of my other firearms:

Marlin 1894c in .357
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Pietta 1858 in .44
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and again
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And a couple of my dads too:

CZ 527 Varmint in .223
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Ruger 77/22
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Once I have saved enough cash (or made enough room on the credit card) I will be buying an AICS stock for my 700, but in the meantime I am thinking about painting the stock a different colour - just to jazz her up a bit. I am leaning towards the Duracoat CADPAT Dark Green. Any other suggestions, or pictures of rifles painted in the CADPAT Dark Green, I can't find any pictures other than the Duracoat one.

Hope you enjoyed the pics as much as I like my new rfile :)
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Re: 700 SPS Varmint - Not too bad for the UK... (lots of pics)

Post by TDW586 » Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:28 am

Nice looking rifle, I'd love to see a range report. It's good that you have ammo interchangeability with you dad's primary, the CZ, as well.
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Post by Big and Daft » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:07 am

Thanks! I'll be shooting her on Thursday and will (hopefully) post some targets i've shot. I only have Prvi ammo at the moment anything better is flicking expensive over here (Prvi cost me £8.40 per 20, about $11.50) but I shall be reloading as soon as I have some empty brass.
My Dads CZ is in .223, but he also has a Remington 770 in .308 and he now also wants a 700 - he is currently saving up for one.

Here is his 770:
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Post by Brit-ZedHunter » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:38 pm

Thats nice dude! Look forward to seeing some targets. What sort of distances are you hoping to shoot with it?

I want one too. I'm working on membership to another club which I should hopefully get by march at the latest. Then I will have a lot more calibers open to me.

I thought you already had a rem 700 though?
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Re: 700 SPS Varmint - Not too bad for the UK... (lots of pics)

Post by Big and Daft » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:54 pm

Can only shoot 100 yards at the moment, my range is currently building a 200 yard range which should be open later this year. Myself and my dad are hopfully going to go to the Diggle Range which means 1000 yards is possible. I'll need something a bit heavier than 147 grain though :)
This is the 700 i've been waiting on for a while, I only have 2 other firearms, the Marlin and the Pietta - I wanted something with a bit more range.

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Post by phil_in_cs » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:56 pm

That's not a bad rifle period; UK or not. Privi makes high quality ammo. I use their match ammo for competion, and the regular ammo shoots very well in my ARs for other purposes.
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Post by Brit-ZedHunter » Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:01 pm

Big and Daft wrote:Can only shoot 100 yards at the moment, my range is currently building a 200 yard range which should be open later this year. Myself and my dad are hopfully going to go to the Diggle Range which means 1000 yards is possible. I'll need something a bit heavier than 147 grain though :)
This is the 700 i've been waiting on for a while, I only have 2 other firearms, the Marlin and the Pietta - I wanted something with a bit more range.
Nice. Not many non-MOD ranges have even 200 yards. Sounds like you have a pretty good club there.
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Post by OhioMe » Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:04 pm

Nice rifle.

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Post by Brendan Sullivan » Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:25 pm

Sexy, bro. I dig your ammo cache as well.

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Post by prebans » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:02 pm

Very nice!

Incidentally, what are the rules for possession and ownership over there? And I thought handguns weren't legal, or is blackpowder/non-cartridge okay..?

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Post by mk_ultra » Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:16 pm

I admit , I covet thy CZ 527 .

It is on my someday list . If only they offered it withe the full Manlicher stock . :wink:
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Post by sine nomen » Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:39 pm

mk_ultra wrote:I admit , I covet thy CZ 527 .

It is on my someday list . If only they offered it withe the full Manlicher stock . :wink:
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Post by Sig_Ocelot » Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:10 am

Fantastic looking rifle! I really like the reticule as well. How is the trigger pull on the 700? I hear they can be hit or miss. Also, how many rounds of .308 can you stockpile? Just out of curiosity.
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Post by TofuBento » Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:29 am

what not web rev????

Awesome looking firearms! Love the scope!!

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Post by NoEscape » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:48 am

Big and Daft. Those rifles are sub moa out of the box, and sure are sexy! Try the federal match with 168 grain sierra match bthp. I see that you are reloader based on the bullet box?? If so what grain and bullet do you use? Just wondering?

Also another suggestion would be to up grade the stock, Unfortunately Remington skimped on the injection molded stock. It's not free floating, but it's still a very acceptable out of the box rifle.

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Post by Big and Daft » Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:27 pm

Finally got to the range yesterday, its been killing me - having it and not being able to fire it.
It was fucking feezing and quite windy and I wans't wearing enough layers, so I struggled to load the internal magazine as I couldn't feel my hands, let alone my fingers (must buy some gloves)

I was a little annoyed as my new toy wouldn't zero, even with the scope turned all the way to the left, it was still shooting about 6 inches right at 100 yards, so I didn't really try for any real accuracy, I just wanted to zero it in. So I snatched most of my shots and didn't line them up completely and still manged 3 inch groups using Prvi 147 grain FMJ - not too bad considering I wasn't really trying. I think my scope was attached wrong or out of line, so I have taken it off tonight and put i back on carfully, hopefully this will fix my problem. I will find out next Thursday.

prebans wrote:Very nice!

Incidentally, what are the rules for possession and ownership over there? And I thought handguns weren't legal, or is blackpowder/non-cartridge okay..?

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Sig_Ocelot wrote:Fantastic looking rifle! I really like the reticule as well. How is the trigger pull on the 700? I hear they can be hit or miss. Also, how many rounds of .308 can you stockpile? Just out of curiosity.
For the money I had and magnification I wanted there were only two scopes thats fit the bill. Both were by Hawke and the only difference was the reticule, either a Mildot one or the one I got. I went for the fancy one because, well, it looks fancy!
The comapny I bought my rifle from plays with them a bit before they sell them, they call it 'fettling' or 'fettled'. They polish the bolt rail to make it smoother, make the trigger pull as light as safely possible and recut the muzzle and recrown it. The trigger on mine is very crisp with no travel and breaks nice and easy. I am legally allowed to buy no more than 500 rounds of .308 at any one time and can be in possession of no more than 600 rounds.

NoEscape wrote:Big and Daft. Those rifles are sub moa out of the box, and sure are sexy! Try the federal match with 168 grain sierra match bthp. I see that you are reloader based on the bullet box?? If so what grain and bullet do you use? Just wondering?

Also another suggestion would be to up grade the stock, Unfortunately Remington skimped on the injection molded stock. It's not free floating, but it's still a very acceptable out of the box rifle.

Have fun shooting!
We (my Dad and myself) have only just started reloading, all the ammo in the photos is Prvi stuff. I'll try and find some of the Federal ammo, but its going to be pricey over here and as for reloading probably a 168 grain as the furthest i'll realistically shooting is 600 yards and that will only be a maximum of 6 times a year.
I fully intend on putting an AICS stock on when I can afford it, so i'm not too concered with the current stock.

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Post by Brit-ZedHunter » Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:40 pm

Did you get it from SYSS? I have heard a lot of good things about them.

Make sure you post pics when you get your AICS!

I am going to get one of those silly straight pull saiga ak's as my next gun. Yes I know they are useless but I still want one :D
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Post by Hoppy » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:01 pm

verry nice.

i like that rifle and the heavier barrel.

all your guns are sweet. id say your one of the more heavily armed brits here!
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Post by Big and Daft » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:02 pm

Brit-ZedHunter wrote:Did you get it from SYSS? I have heard a lot of good things about them.

Make sure you post pics when you get your AICS!

I am going to get one of those silly straight pull saiga ak's as my next gun. Yes I know they are useless but I still want one :D
Yes, SYSS. Bloody great shop - if you ever go, be sure to look around their little 'armoury' its a blast, I could spend a lot of cash there. I will be posting plenty of pics once I get the AICS, don't worry about that. Theres nothing wrong with those straight pull Saigas, I have a .223 slot of my FAC that one of them would look good in, i'm guessing you've seen RusMilitary they have a few of the stright pulls in thier firearms section.

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Post by Brit-ZedHunter » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:22 pm

Yeah thats where I've seen the Saigas. I think am going to try and get a slot for 7.62 and go for that version. They are pretty reasonably priced too.

I was going to get an LBR from SYSS but then they stopped selling them. Also, I have come to my senses a bit. I will hold onto the slot for now but for the money of them there are better things to buy I think.
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Post by Big and Daft » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:38 pm

Yeah, nearly £600 for what is essentially a rifle with no stock - better spent on ammo or if you really want a pistol get a BP one. SYSS do have one LBR left in stock, I held it, it wasn't as heavy as I imagined but nothing special.

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Post by Big and Daft » Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:10 pm

Its taken long enough, but I have a little range report.

I just (this afternoon) managed to get my rifle zeroed, i've been having problems with not being able to get the crosshairs to move enough to the left, so last night I put a small shim in to help me out a little. I used a small strip of negative - you know, them things you used to get with photos when you had cameras that contained film.
So after a liitle re-zeroing today, its pretty much bang on. I've been trying to get this zeroed since I bought it. Doing things like taking the rings off and swapping them from front to back and turning the round, but this didn't help. So I shimmed it.

I have been shooting Prvi 147 grain ammo, prone using only a bipod. The squares in the target are 1 inch, so i'm looking at approx. 3 inch groups (I think, i'm not sure how you measure groups properly) The barrel was getting quite warm and it was a bit breezy (but that shouldn't bother a .308 over 100 yards that much) Oh yeah, they were 5 shot groups.

Are these groups resonable considering i'm pretty much a novice shooter and its not the best ammo around? I've been expecting getting all the shots touching or at least in the same square. Am are expecting too much, or do I need to start shooting better?
I shot, bottom right, top right, bottom left then top left.

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Post by Big and Daft » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:21 pm

I'm taking her out again tomorrow, any tips or hints? Are the groups i'm getting about right or do I need more practice.

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Post by Rilo » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:35 pm

That group on the bottom left looks pretty damned good, save for the flyer. Which shot was the flyer in that 5 round sequence?
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