I got a new rifle the other day, I took it on trade plus some cash for an M1 Garand that I wasn’t using and had 2 of. It’s the Remington 700 SPS Tactical. Had my first range time and here we go.
The SPS is a 20 inch heavy barrel varmint action with an adjustable trigger stuck into a cheap flimsy Hogue stock. The stock has only 1 forward sling swivel so you need to choose between a bi-pod or a sling for it. I chose the Harris bi-pod.
The trigger I adjusted all the way as lite as it would go. It’s ok but I still am going to replace it with a Timney trigger from Botach asap. Additionally The weight of the gun cause’s the stock to flex on a bi-pod and is touching the barrel then. I’ve read a lot of reports that this will throw off the shot as the barrel isn’t free floating then. Well, that might be the case with some but as my first days groups will show it went well for me. The thing is a nail driver out of the box. With a real stock and a trigger this can only get better. You can have one to your door for 585$ from gunbroker. I’d say one of the best deals ever!
So I mounted my test scope which is a cheap BSA with terrible optics and off to the range I went. It took 12 rounds to get it dialed in and then I shot 2- 3 shot groups, both of which are EASILY covered by a dime. 3 shots-1 hole. I shot a 600 yard scaled down AQT target at 100 yards. It was cold and raining and I was layin in the dirt/mud. Not the best day but a great time and was quite pleased with the results. Check out the group and then the dime covering it. It might be a cheap stock but accuracy doesn’t seem to suffer because of it. The rifle has a good trigger as is, I like the Timneys more but if $$ is an issue you really don’t need it as you can see. I just want one. I use a B&T mono-pod on the rear instead of a sandbag. I actually have had some wobble issues with it and have been training with it to hold more still. That piece of gear is a preference I guess, I’m actually more steady with a rear sandbag but the mono-pod is quicker and easier to deploy resulting in a faster shot and less crap to carry, its a personal choice though.
To summarize this thing rocks it out. Bone stock rifle shooting 1 hole groups with a 61$ sportsmans guide special scope. I don’t think you can ask for more for your 585$. You can spend a hell of a lot more and not get a good a rifle as this one. If your on a budget this baby is it! If your not on a budget you still can’t go wrong with this girl if they all shoot this good.
As always thanks for reading and happy shooting.
By: Cary Kieffer
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