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New guy here from Mississippi with a few ?'s

I'm putting together a long range rifle Remington 700 7mm rem mag on a budget.

Il be using it for whitetail out to 500 yds and plinking out to 800yds.

What's the best bang for the buck barrel ?
 

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Any of the big name barrels work well. I usually go with who ever has what I want on hand. Some companies have a 6 month wait. Prices are pretty close on all of them. If you look at the national compititions you'll find that the winners change from week to week. I think Lilja is the easyest to deal with right now but that could change in a month.
 

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I've seen some amazing groups come out of sticks with Bartlein barrels.
But like Jerr said. As long as it's made by 1 of the big name companies you shouldn't regret a penny spent.
 

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This stuff adds up quick

Gun 350$
Konis M30 330$
Leupold mounts 60$
Detach mag 150$
B&C stock 400$
Barrel 310$

That's 1600$ without gunsmith labor for barrel installation
Gonna have to take this build kinda slow I guess
 

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Unless you just want a custom barrel, you really dont "need" one right now.
Just about any 700 with a heavy barrel and a good stock should get you sub moa with good ammo.

DBM is a sweet upgrade but also not needed right away.
When I shot an FTR practice, my mag was useless as I was only allowed to load one at a time.


So minus those two things there should not be any need for smith work.
Even then, some dbm's are drop in and may not require smith work either.

I don't plan on changing my barrel until it won't group tight anymore.
 

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jasonbourne said:
Unless you just want a custom barrel, you really dont "need" one right now.
Just about any 700 with a heavy barrel and a good stock should get you sub moa with good ammo.

DBM is a sweet upgrade but also not needed right away.
When I shot an FTR practice, my mag was useless as I was only allowed to load one at a time.


So minus those two things there should not be any need for smith work.
Even then, some dbm's are drop in and may not require smith work either.

I don't plan on changing my barrel until it won't group tight anymore.

I just want a decent heavy barrel mine is the skinny type.

My rifle is a adl so going to the medalist A5 il have to convert to bdl that's why I'm going with the detach mag I don't need a smith for anything but the barrel.
I know a barrel isn't mandatory but I'm afraid with that big stock my lil bitty barrel will look goofy lol
 

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I've read numerous reports of 20" barrels making the shot. As long as you develop a load with 175gr bullets and can push them at about 2650-2700fps you can hit it. Shorter barrel just means more powder required. I'd go for a 24" or 26" max. Just my .02 farthest ive shot is 600 but I've Spent hours on the Phone with sierras tech guys discussing loads
 
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