To our horror we realised that this page has not been updated for two and a half years....so we thought perhaps it was time to do this! Our semi-custom Remington 700 rifles are particularly aimed at the target and sporting shooter who wants something a bit better than a straight "out of the box" rifle but doesn't want to go down the route of a full blown custom rifle. This of course also means a cost savings.....what better reason to say to your other half when wanting a new rifle! We have now supplied around one hundred of these rifles and many shooters have expressed amazement at the performance they have acheived regarding accuracy and sheer pleasure this has given them.
Two of the most important areas to be addressed when seeking to improve a factory rifle are the trigger pull and the condition of the face and crown of the barrel. All our Remington 700's will offer the choice of a modified factory trigger or a replacement Rifle Basix trigger mechanism. It is well known that the condition of the barrels muzzle face and crown can have a marked effect on its accuracy. Our experience has shown just how "out of true" these can be!
This is the muzzle of a Rem 700 Police rifle which has a special expanding arbor inserted down the barrel. This in turn has been fitted with a specially designed facing cutter designed to ensure that the muzzle face is cut exactly 90 degrees to the bore. This is followed by a tool to cut an even crown angle. Note how neither the crown nor the muzzle is correctly cut! In each case the newly cut (shiny) areas allow the black, uncut areas to stand out, illustrating the lack of concentricity of the muzzle face and crown to the bore.
To correct this, the face is cut back below the original crown, which is then recut. This ensures that the bore is perpendicular to the face of the muzzle and the crown is concentric to the boreline.
The practical importance of these procedures is to ensure that, as the bullet leaves the muzzle the high velocity gases produced by the burning of the powder within the cartridge escapes evenly around the base of the bullet. If this does not occur the disturbance of gas flow can cause the bullet to yaw and hence have a detrimental effect on accuracy, particularly at longer ranges.
We also use a properly fitting tool to lightly polish the rails upon which the bolt rides. This may not confer any actual benefit on accuracy, but it does make the bolt operation smoother. This may be more evident in the Police, SPS and LTR series of rifles which have a "parkerised" finish which, although non-glare and practical are in effect quite rough. Then we adjust the factory trigger to give a crisp pull of between three and four pounds and carry out the necessary and vital safety tests bearing in mind that ANY rifle which has received tigger tuning should be treated with due care whilst shooting!
Which model Rem 700 to use....?
Remington 700 rifles are renowned for strength and reliability, but it is often not appreciated just how accurate they can be for a factory produced rifle, and they remain popular as the base for many custom rifles. For target shooting the Police (.223 & .308) and VSF series (.308) are our firm favourites frequently giving sub MOA accuracy at 100 yards from the box, with longer range accuracy aided in the case of .223 chamberings by the use of the SPS Tactical model with its 1 in 9 rifling twist rate. For sporting shooters the new SPS (Special Purpose Synthetic) rifles have proved to offer similar accuracy at an attractive price too! We have been using all these models for both applications and experience suggests so far that the accuracy of the SPS barrelled actions is also very good. Whilst the factory synthetic stock may well be adequate for the sporting shooter we feel the accuracy of the SPS rifles can only be enhanced by replacing this stock with a more suitable version, particularly for longer range shooting. Ongoing experience of the SPS Varmint barreled action has confirmed beyond doubt that they are a very cost effective and accurate basis for a target or sporting rifle.....provided an alternative stock is used!
We are currently offering several alternative stock options for the Rem 700 rifles including Hogue, Accuracy International (AICS), Boyds, Choate and Bell & Carlson and where possible a package rifle may be assembled at reasonable cost, further enhancing shooting enjoyment.
The SPS Varmint is nowan established and popular choice as the basis of a semi-custom rifle, and here's a few ideas featuring different stocks. All rifles include our standard "fettling" but you can add other features eg barrel threading, replacement trigger, scope bases, etc ......
Manners T4 or T5 stocks
Other Manners style stocks available.
Accuracy International Chassis System (AICS) £1,395 or £1,450 with threaded muzzle
AX Accuracy International Chassis System £1,595 or £1,645 with threaded muzzle
How about a quality gunbag for your rifle?
Following your investment in a quality rifle it's well worth considering the purchase of a gunbag of matching quality! We sell (and use ourselves, and highly recommend) the excellent range of bags, mats and accessories from Aim Field Sports. See them at www.aimfieldsports.com
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