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Old 01-05-2011, 06:56 PM
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How accurate are remington 700's out of the box?


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Hey guys im looking at getting lower end remington 700, one of the models that go for around $750. how accurate can i expect this gun to be out of the box? will it do 800 yds with a good scope consistently? do they need more extra work to become very accurate?

It will mainly be a target rifle. Unfortunetly i cannot afford anymore then this.

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:22 PM
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How well can you shoot? Cause there are many variables to concider. Remington has been known for being accurate as far as the shooting community is concerned.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:03 PM
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I have several Remington 700's, in various calibers, they all shoot extremly well, probably better than I am capable of shooting them
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:21 PM
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I'm going to say...no different than any other factory rifle out there wether it is a Rem. , Ruger , CZ , or whatever. I will also venture to say (unless you are EXTREMELY lucky) a factory rifle won't give you the results at 800 yards. Do you realize how far that actually is?

I have a supposed Remington "factory target rifle". An XR-100 in a 223 with a very nice fine crosshair/dot scope in 6-20 power. A 40X trigger adjustable down to 1 lb. and after about 8 different factory loadings and a dozen different reloads , I'm still looking for something to give me consistant sub 1 inch groups at 100 yards. It has done it , but not often enough to really call it a shooter yet.

There will be people telling you to get this or that cuz they shot a 2" group at 4 or 600 yards with their out of the box rifle...I got a nice bridge for sale too!!

Not trying to rain on anyones parade because most factory rifles today are very accurate , but I sure don't see them as an 800 yard rifle without some major $$ being put in to them.

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Old 01-05-2011, 08:24 PM
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Depends what you consider to be an adequate group at 800 yards. It wont be benchrest accurate, but then again nothing out of the box will be. As with almost any quality rifle YOU will most likely be the biggest accuracy variable. Thats not meant as an insult, just the way it is.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:48 PM
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Thanks fro the comments guys, well at 800 yards i would expect it to keep a 1 SQft group. Is that realistic?

i would also expect it to do 1-2 inch groups at 100 yrds. would a $750 remington 700 do this out of the box if the scope was decent and the shooter competent?

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Old 01-05-2011, 09:31 PM
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1-2" @ 100 should be no problem at all, 12" at 800 might be pushing it.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:20 PM
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1 to 2" at 100 yards should be entirely do-able and is childs play compared to 12" and 800. I dont mean to be a downer but assuming you're up to it maybe you could keep that kind of group going at 800 once in a while, but without some work done to the rifle I think the chances of that becoming the norm would be pretty slim. Theres just so much that comes into play at extended ranges like that that you really need to stack the odds in your favor equipment wise to expect success day in and day out.
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Old 01-06-2011, 01:28 AM
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It depends

Shooting 800 yards is a long way off. Unless you shoot very well and practice a great deal, it could be a real challenge. All the best...
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:52 AM
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I have the Remington 700 SPS in .300wm with a Nickon prostaff 3x9 40m scope shooting factory Remington core lockt 180 grain bullets, my first five break in shots I got 1/2" 2 shot group at 100yrds resting my rifle on my gun case off the back of my 4 wheeler. Yes I know, red-neck sandbags, lol. This is your very basic hunting setup and I am highly impressed by the accuracy of this rifle. For a hunting rifle the trigger to me is awesome combined with the long 26" factory barrel. That being said, 800yrds is a different story and maybe accomplished with someone who knows the true art of long range shooting. I'm going this weekend to test this rifle at longer ranges 300 yrds and such, no 800yrders but i'll let you know how it turns out. It was freezing the day I shot my break in shots and their was 4-5 inches of snow on the ground so I didn't get to really shoot but the 5 rounds. I wanted to post a pic of my target to give a real image of these shots but i'm new and don't know how to post a pic on here if someone could tell me that would be great. I think if anything the Remington 700 will give you a good plateform to work on building an accurate rifle to reach out to 800yrds accurately.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:13 AM
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bigadaddy--what are you shooting out to 800 YARDS?

My Remington 700 BDL's were all very accurate. I buy mine used and I prefer older guns. the new stuff has ugly metal to my eyes.

The 300 Win Mag was very accurate as was the 223. But the 243 was amazing. With sandbags (not full bench set up) 2 inches at 300 yards.

I am a big fan of the Remington rifles in the $350-$500 range used.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:18 AM
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savage makes the accurate rifles dollar for dollar or overall price. look no further, period, sorry no caps. using wii.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:19 AM
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800 Yards

800 yards is a long long long way. The gun could possibly do it but the shooter must content with a lot of variables. A slight breeze could pull you off the paper.

I used to shoot at 300 yards frequently and that was a long ways in my book. I could easily shoot 1-3 inch grouos with a Remington 700 but the action was glass bedded, barrel floated and the trigger around 1.5 lbs. Now you want to add 500 more yards? I personally doubt I could keep the group to 12x12 but I am sure it could be done. And my gun shoots less than 1/2 inch at 100 and 1.5 inches at 300 on average.

I really can't comprehend 800 yards. It would be interesting though.

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Old 01-06-2011, 07:46 AM
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my first five break in shots I got 1/2" 2 shot group at 100yrds.
2 shots aren't a group. You have to measure shots 3,4,and 5. Add them in and they are still 1/2"'@100' then you have a shooter. What happened with the next five?

My last trip out to the range I had "one hole" 2 shot groups with my 221 Fireball. Add in the other 3 and it wasn't that impressive...
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2 shots aren't a group. You have to measure shots 3,4,and 5. Add them in and they are still 1/2"'@100' then you have a shooter. What happened with the next five?

My last trip out to the range I had "one hole" 2 shot groups with my 221 Fireball. Add in the other 3 and it wasn't that impressive...
Unfortunately I didn't have a next five, my hands about frooze off. I will find out this weekend about the next shots as we are going back out with better weather. I would consider any gun putting 2 shots in one hole great if it is a hunting rifle, not many game stay around after that second shot anyways. I guess I just don't understand the 5 shot group anyways as your barrel is not only getting hot after the first two but dirty as well, so how could you expect one hole groups with more shots being fired? Even in long distance competition are they putting 5 and more shots in a row through the barrel before cleaning it? I don't know i'm not a competitive shooter, I just shoot for the bull on the first shot and go from there.
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700nut,

Im not trying to say anything bad about anyone or anyones rifles...I was just trying to say it takes more than a couple on target to call it accurate is all. The 5 shot string is a very good test for consistant accuracy though. Good point about hunting rifles too. It is the first that counts like you said! Most of my hunting rifles will do an honest 1 to 2" 5 shot group which I think is darn good for an out of tbe box bunting rifle. Im not a competetive shooter either. But most of my hunting rifles dont group shot number 2 on up with the first shot out of a clean barrel. A fouling shot first and then sight it in. After that i usually dont clean untill Im done hunting.

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Old 01-06-2011, 10:10 AM
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700nut,

Im not trying to say anything bad about anyone or anyones rifles...I was just trying to say it takes more than a couple on target to call it accurate is all. The 5 shot string is a very good test for consistant accuracy though. Good point about hunting rifles too. It is the first that counts like you said! Most of my hunting rifles will do an honest 1 to 2" 5 shot group which I think is darn good for an out of tbe box bunting rifle. Im not a competetive shooter either. But most of my hunting rifles dont group shot number 2 on up with the first shot out of a clean barrel. A fouling shot first and then sight it in. After that i usually dont clean untill Im done hunting.

Jeff
Jeff, i'm not offended at all, I understand what you are saying. I just don't quite understand this shot grouping stuff yet, maybe i'll air my questions in another thread as to not hi jack this one. I like all rifles just partial to my rem's I think they are right their with any other rifle on the market and rise above some.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:22 AM
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Accuracy of the Rem 700

At 800 yards, you have many more factors that come into play than just the rifles accuracy. But remember, the military uses the Rem 700 as its sniper rifle, so that ought to tell you something.

I have several Rem 700's, in calibers from 340 Weatherby to 6mm Remington. All are excellent shooters. All shoot under 1" at 100 yards once I find the ammo they like and providing I'm doing my part. I shoot oftentimes at 300 yards, and a 4" (sometimes better) group at that range is quite common. Of course, this is from sandbags with an almost perfect rest. I wouldn't know where to hold at 800 yards.

You can't go wrong with a Remington 700!
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I don't think your going to have to worry much about 800yds for a while. I've got some rifles you can hit a 12" plate at 1,000 yds, a lot of the time. However, it's very hard to hit what you can't see, and I don't see many people buying a $500 rifle, buying a scope capable of consistant 800 yard shots. There is a whole lot that's got to go into getting a scope and getting it set up that would be capable of making 800yd shots. That's with most any caliber you want to pick. Even then, learing wind doping at that range is going to be a whole new ball game in itself.

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well what about these military guys that are making 2500 yrd shots. Surely we can do 800 with a good .308 rifle and a nice scope?
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