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I just joined and I thought it would be fun to do a build thead on something i'm working on. A lot of it is just buying parts and putting them together, but it's still cool :D

I have access to 400 yards so i'm looking forward to shooting it. I've only ever shot my other rifles to 100 yards so this will be new to me.

Base is a Remington 700 SPS Tactical

I picked it up in a trade with a

Timney trigger
Wyatt Outdoors bottom metal and mags
B&C stock

It was put together as above, but never fired by the previous owner. I had built an AR that I decided to trade for it.



This would have been fine, throw a base, rings, and a scope and call it a day...but I can't leave well enough alone. First off I had to figure out what I wanted for a scope, rings, and one piece base.

I went with a Nightforce 20MOA base. The extra elevation will allow me to shoot out further than I ever would want to.

For rings I grabbed a set of low Burris Xtreme Tactical 30mm rings. One, because I knew I was going with a scope that had a 30mm tube, but also because they worked well when I put together my prior rifle.

Prior rifle:



I ordered the Wheeler Engineering kit which consists of their Level, Level, Level, FAT wrench, and both 1" and 30mm lapping tools. This allows you to mount the rings and lap them making sure there is even force when tightened with a scope mounted. The FAT wrench allows for precise tightening of any screws on the rifle.

Now to choose a scope. I've had cheap scopes and i've had scopes that cost a large amount to me. My favorite was an SWFA 5-20x50HD FFP, which is on the rifle above. At $1,500 it isn't cheap, but I felt it was very nice quality for the price. FFP allows you to range at any magnification so that for me is a must in this build. The issue this time is I couldn't drop that much on a scope right now. I settled for a great scope at hundreds less. Every review I have read is really saying how great this scope is. What is it? Why a Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP MRAD. It is a tick under $1000, great glass, and supposedly good quality. If it is anything like the Vortex Viper PST 1-6x24 I have on my AR I will love it!

My last dilemma was the stock. The B&C is a great stock, but I had had one already and wanted something else that fit me better. I really wanted to keep the removable magazines. The more I thought about it the more I kept going back to the Accuracy International AICS chassis. I've always had a thing for their thumbhole stocks. A huge plus in my book was the fact that there was no bedding or anything needed of the action. I also figured to offset the cost of the chassis I could sell the B&C, bottom metal, and magazines. The barrel is fully free floated, AI mags are well reviewed, plus the chassis just works! I was lucky enough to find one of two AICS 1.5 chassis' in stock at EuroOptics.com. Really nice guys to deal with and shipping was fast. I grabbed a second magazine as well. I would eventually like to get a 10rd mag to give it a try.



Now it's time to get to work!



I removed the bipod, action, bottom metal, and stock.





After giving it a once over and confirming the action was ready to drop in I matted the action with the chassis, tightened the two action screws and that was it for now. I tossed on the Harris-like bipod for now. I plan to order the AI adapter and an Atlas when there is some free cash available.

Comparison: Wyatt's 5rd mag on left and AI 5rd mag on right.



For now it's done! Once I get my other needed parts i'll continue the build. I can't wait to get to the shooting. Hopefully I got a good one and the barrel shoots well. The Timney trigger feels really nice. I plan to shoot it first before making any adjustments.









And with the new AR.




I got the scope in the other day. Looks really nice! Turrets feel great, illumination is good, and glass looks good. Still waiting on my Nightforce base, but the rifle currently has a two piece weaver mount so I figured i'd just test fit to see if the scope clears the barrel with the low Burris rings.

Good news: scope clears fine. Bad news: it sits way to low for my cheekweld with the cheek rest all the way down.

So what do I do now? I jump on Amazon and grab a set of medium rings and do one-day shipping (I hate waiting. LOL)

Yesterday morning I started pondering the build and figured i'm into it for this much already, minds as well finish it the way I want. So I get on Milehighshooting.com and ordered up the following:

Atlas BT10NC bipod
Atlas BT19 AICS adapter
Borka MG7 tool kit
TAB Gear Rifle sling with HK hooks - Olive Drab

The tool kit needs to be talked about for those that don't know. It includes the following (everything can be seen in the photo)

1. MTD-15x72-12FS-MG multi torque driver and user guide
2. Autolock bit holder (primary driver spindle)
3. Extension for Autolock, may also be used as driver spindle
4. 1/4" hex (male) to 1/4" square (male) adapter
5. 1/4" square (female) to 3/8" square (male) adapter
6. Compact mini ratchet wrench
7. 1/2" hex socket with 1/4" square drive
8. Customized 29 pcs. hex bits set in two organizers, which includes:
Hex (inch): 5/64", 3/32", 7/64", 1/8", 9/64", 5/32", 3/16"
Hex (metric): 2 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm, 4mm, 5 mm
Torx: T-10, T-15, T-20, T-25, T-27, T-30
Flat (blade width): 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 7/32", 1/4", 9/32", 5/16"
Philips: #1, #2; Pozi: #1, #2;
9. Custom 3/16" hex AICS action screws bit (see details)
10. OD Green custom T.A.B. GEAR 1000D cordura custom carry pouch



While, I have the Wheeler Engineering FAT wrench, this is a great setup in the field and in addition to that wrench. It also includes the custom 3/16" hex AICS bit for the action screws.

Luckily, Mile High Shooting does a discount for Snipers Hide members so I save a bit of money.

I also ordered a new Data Book from Impact Data books customized the way I want which I plan to use for both this and the AR I just finished. I choose the pages I want in it and they deliver that way. This way I only have what I need and not filler pages I won't use.

I also got in 200 rounds of 168gr Federal Gold Medal Match. Because of the times I got hit hard ($2.05/rd). I'll get it on paper with some cheaper FMJ ammo and then zero with the GMM.

My Nightforce 20MOA base came in!



One thing I realized right away is how much higher the rail is over the weaver two piece that was on it.





That was about the point I realized that the low rings probably would work just fine! Which is great news, even though I just overnighted the medium rings to me.



I put the base down, tightened each screw a bit. Then removed screws one by one and put a dab of thread locker on each. Once they were snug again I pulled out the FAT wrench and torqued them down to the specified amount per the instructions.

Next up I mounted the Burris rings. After getting them where I felt they were needed I torqued them down to the rail and then put the alignment rods in the mount to make sure they were at least very close to aligned.





I then got the lapping compound ready to go and put some in the rings.





Put the lapping bar through and started lapping away.



After that, I cleaned everything off, while making sure to keep the ring bottoms with their corresponding uppers. Put the scope in, leveled it, and tightened to spec.





As shown below, plenty of clearance for Butler Creek Caps.







I confirmed the height was correct by getting behind it in a shooting position and it looks like it will do fine. I may keep the medium rings as spares in case I want to go higher.





Best shot I could get of the FFP reticle with the iPhone. This is at 6x.



And this is magnified, probably around 12x or so.



So far it is a beauty! Lets hope she shoots as well as she looks.



Just waiting for the Atlas bipod, adapter, and TABS Gear sling.

I was lucky enough to score 100 more rounds last night of Federal GMM tonight for half of what I got the other stuff online for. It's good to know owners of good gun shops! It was the last he had so I took it all.

I'd love to hear any comments or answer any questions.
 

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Excellent read and beautiful rifle. I'm planning on a 50mm Vortex as well, so its good to know that with a 20moa base the low rings will clear just fine. I havn't heard of such an extensive way to mount a scope, how necessary do you feel the rods and such are to properly mount the scope?
 

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First off, welcome! Secondly, that has to be one of the best 1st posts I've seen in a LONG time! Thanks for the excellent reading material AND the gun porn to go with it!
 

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I encourage you to take advantage of the spigot bipod mount and convert to the Atlas on your AICS. I think you'll be impressed over the harris:



 

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Thanks all for the welcome. Always nice to find new forums.

crockett007 said:
I encourage you to take advantage of the spigot bipod mount and convert to the Atlas on your AICS. I think you'll be impressed over the harris
Yep! i should have the Atlas and spigot early next week.

nmallory56 - As to the lapping kit I think it's worth it. It has the level bubbles to make sure the crosshair is level as well as the FAT wrench. The wrench usually sells for ~ $50 so for the extra $60 I can lap and align both 1" and 30mm rings. I'd at least suggest the FAT wrench. I'm actually doing my buddies rings/scope this weekend for his hunting shotgun.

My data book is out for delivery so expect some photos of that shortly.
 

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I haven't weighed it yet. I figure i'll wait for the correct bipod and sling before doing so. It isn't light, I can tell you that much. :D
 

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Yep, selling it and the bottom metal to offset the cost of the AICS. When I can i'll put it up in the classified section.

Heading to the range in a bit to sight this in. Fingers crossed :D
 

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Thanks. I hit the range this morning and even though it was cold, I was happy to get out for a few hours. I got it on paper at 50 yards using some PPU 145gr FMJ. Once on paper I moved the target out to 100 yards and switched to the 168gr Federal Gold Medal Match ammo.

This is when I started to plot my shots using my data book. It was my first time using it and I understand the value of it now. I didn't have a wind meter so I left that blank. At longer ranges it will definitely come into play. Today, I lucked out and there was very little wind.

We went through 55 rounds today and had a blast. Shot a bowling pin as well as a very small snowman!

This was my last, and best group of the day. It is a 2" circle. I shot weak hand (right hand) sitting. It was my first time running a rifle righty. Hopefully with some more range time my groups tighten up a bit.





I brought my video camera as well and we got some footage of each other. All in all a good day.

http://youtu.be/uq29__1rh9w
 

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As expected....more info and photos! I got my order in from Milehighshooting.com tonight. I'm very excited to get it back out to the range. First up the TAB Gear sling in OD. I've now realized I installed it backwards from how it should be mounted. The loop should be in the front.







It has HK hooks for mounting and Fastex buckles. It is a well made sling ready to carry the weight of this hunk of a gun.

Next up we have the Atlas BT10 NC bipod with BT19 spigot adapter for the AICS. Wow....is all I can say. Really a nice feeling bipod. I now understand why everyone recommends them. Way nicer than any Harris i've had. I really like the range of adjustment as well. With that said, I'm just going to let the photos do the talking.





















Finally I also got my Borka MG-7 tool kit in. I really like this. It comes in the TAB Gear pouch and everything fits nicely inside.







Below is the main part of the tool kit, the MTD-15x72-12FS-MG (military grade) multi torque driver, which has torque values as follows: 5,18,21,24,27,30,36,43,50,57,65,72 inch-lbs.





The kit also comes with a bit specifically for the AICS chassis which is great. It allows torquing the action screws to proper specs.

Basically you put together the bit holder and bit you require in the correct torque value you want. I find with your palm resting on top and your thumb pushing against the part of the tool that "breaks" when the torque is applied is the easiest way to use it. While I don't know how accurate it is, I haven't tested it against my FAT wrench which I do plan to and see if the torque values listed are close. With all the bits, driver, and auto lock bit holder I think it is definitely worth the price paid. It's an invaluable addition to the range bag or in the field.



 

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Great thread and awesome pics! Thanks for taking the time to post everything up! The tool kit seems to be a very useful item.
 

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Love this post!
Lovely looking rifle, i'm enjoying reading the updates so keep them coming. :)

Your giving me ideas whilst I am in the information gathering phase for a 700 in the next month or so when my FAC (uk) comes through.
 
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