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Remington 700

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by DairyLandShooter, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. DairyLandShooter


    Apr 6, 2012
    What is the best basic remington model 700 I can buy for target/hunting. I am looking into .308 and I see so many different models. It would be nice to have a heavier one for stability. Which should I consider, I am looking to buy new.

    Also, are there heavier barrels and lighter barrels? Why would you want one or the other?

    Any advice will help, thanks folks.
  2. Kentucky Shooter

    Kentucky Shooter NRA Life Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    I would take a look at the SPS Tactical model with 20" barrel and Hogue stock. These are great shooters and fits the description your looking for. I have one in .223 and love mine. Im sure it would be great in .308 as well.

    The tactical model with its bull barrel lends itself to great accuracy. However, it depends on your needs. I cant imagine the average shooter not being satisfied with the performance of the regular sporter type SPS with its regular weight barrel. These have plenty of accuracy potential for the majority of folks at a lower purchase price.

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2013

  3. bushhogg


    Apr 8, 2012
    For target and hunting the SPS Tactical model with 20" would be GREAT
  4. hoghunter82

    hoghunter82 FL Glocker #182

    Jan 21, 2011
    Central Florida
    I went with the Wal Mart special Rem 700 ADL (that is the most basic of the basic) although I am not up to date on whether they replaced the ADL with another name. I picked it up for $300. Every time I get the itch to get a more expensive rifle I bring myself back to reality by remembering how well this entry level Rem 700 ADL kills deer dead. I went with a .270 and I spent more on my scope than I did the rifle. You absolutely cannot go wrong with a Rem 700 no matter the variation.
  5. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    Pretty much the opposite of a hunting rifle (and I have used a 700VS .308 for hunting).

    If you are going to hunt with it, try something short, light, with a thinner barrel profile and, ideally, in stainless with a synthetic stock. You can get all of that in Remington 700 (don't recall and exact model name and Remington's site is down).
  6. WarEagle32


    Mar 15, 2011

    I totally agree with this. Academy carries specially made new ADL's. Get one of those for 379 and they are as good as any 700 made. I own 3 700's. Look online and call around Academy's if you are set on a 308 until you find an ADL. They even come with the X mark trigger for that price. The next best deal on a 700 will be a standard SPS model which comes with a 24 inch barrel. As far as barrel length it genereally matters on how far you plan to shoot. The longer the barrel the better it shoots longer distances. I recommend a 22-24 inch barrel with a standard 308. Some people go longer or shorter, but these are by far the two most common lengths on 308's you will see. If you can find an ADL grab one. Although, IMO any 700 will do an outstanding job. I think its the best production rifle you can buy.
  7. 38 Super Fan

    38 Super Fan

    Jul 15, 2010
    I do have the 26" barrel model, but it is available in a 20" barrel as well. Not a bad hunting rifle at all IMO, and he did mention target shooting as well.
  8. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    Remington 700 SPS AAC-SD or 700 SPS Tactical w/ 20" barrel should fill your needs.
    Once you put mount/rings/glass on the rifle, you're gonna have a few pounds in your hands. (Close to 9 lbs, maybe more.)

    For hunting, it's gonna be a little heavier than the 700 BDL, but, there are always trade-offs.
  9. DairyLandShooter


    Apr 6, 2012
    Would a remington 700 police be overkill? What are the benefits over a remington sps tactical?
  10. WarEagle32


    Mar 15, 2011
    Both have a much heavier barrel. Are you wanting it for a more of a hunting rifle or target rifle?
  11. DairyLandShooter


    Apr 6, 2012
  12. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)
    Being that most southerners "hunt" from a stand, it's probably not that big of a deal.