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Given the terrible news coming from Remington, I need to find a suitable replacement for 700-footprint actions. Does anybody have a suggestion for me? I prefer good value for my money, but don't mind paying for really good stuff. Seems to me, I read a comment from Robert K about other actions...

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Once you buy a Custom Action, you will never go back. There are a number of Drop In 700 Clone actions. I like the ones from Bordon.

If you pick up a new Remington Action only and then pay to have it accurized / blueprinted, you are almost at the cost of a 700 custom clone and no where near the quality of the custom action. Back when Dicks would have 700 Deal rifles it sometimes paid to buy one and throw everything but the action away, but those days are gone for now.

https://bordenrifles.com/custom-actions/

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This might help put this in perspective.

I got into shooting about 11 years ago at the ripe old age of 58. My first rifle centerfire rifle was a Dick’s 700ADL varmint in 223. I paid about $400 for that rifle. Out of the box it was probably 1/2 MOA. In 2012 I added a 700SPS Tactical 308 which again was probably about 1/2 to 3/4 MOA out of the box. I paid around $650 for that rifle.

The 223 came with an XMarkPro non adjustable trigger and a cheap non floating plastic stock. The trigger actually could be adjusted but invalidated the warranty but was not repeatable in terms of pull. So the rifle ended up with a Choate Ultimate Varmint Stock and a Timney 510 Trigger. Total investment of about $750 for a rifle that shoots a 3 shot group routinely in the sub .2 MOA with handloads.

The 308 came with a XMarkPro adjustable trigger and a Hogue Overmold piller bedded stock. The stock was worse than the plastic stock. The fore end would float or not float depending on the amount of loading you put on the bipod or location of the rest. Trigger was much like the ADL trigger. Replaced the trigger and the stock with a B&C Medalist Light Tactical. That put the cost at around $1100 for a sub .5 MOA rifle.

I am happy with both rifles. They are now what could/should have come from the factory. However, if I were to purchase another rifle today, I would probably go the 700 custom route. The primary issue is quality control. I would also probably go with a Remage barrel arrangement.
 
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Yep, Should have put Extractor in the mix too. It is one of the things that I change out right away with any 700 action that I have, but not critical. I like the Sako Extrators.

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This might help put this in perspective.

I got into shooting about 11 years ago at the ripe old age of 58. My first rifle centerfire rifle was a Dick’s 700ADL varmint in 223. I paid about $400 for that rifle. Out of the box it was probably 1/2 MOA. In 2012 I added a 700SPS Tactical 308 which again was probably about 1/2 to 3/4 MOA out of the box. I paid around $650 for that rifle.

The 223 came with an XMarkPro non adjustable trigger and a cheap non floating plastic stock. The trigger actually could be adjusted but invalidated the warranty but was not repeatable in terms of pull. So the rifle ended up with a Choate Ultimate Varmint Stock and a Timney 510 Trigger. Total investment of about $750 for a rifle that shoots a 3 shot group routinely in the sub .2 MOA with handloads.

The 308 came with a XMarkPro adjustable trigger and a Hogue Overmold piller bedded stock. The stock was worse than the plastic stock. The fore end would float or not float depending on the amount of loading you put on the bipod or location of the rest. Trigger was much like the ADL trigger. Replaced the trigger and the stock with a B&C Medalist Light Tactical. That put the cost at around $1100 for a sub .5 MOA rifle.

I am happy with both rifles. They are now what could/should have come from the factory. However, if I were to purchase another rifle today, I would probably go the 700 custom route. The primary issue is quality control. I would also probably go with a Remage barrel arrangement.
That's why Remington sold 8 Million plus Model 700's, just a little tweak and sub moa and sub sub moa out of factory barrels. I've owned Pre-63 Model 70's, Copper's out of Stevensville, Montana and Savages. The pre-64 model 70's were accurate for their time and still are while Savage left its mark on the Rifle Industry as so easy to swap a barrels. I just like the feel of the model 700 bolt and smoothness of the action, never not been able NOT to get 700 to shoot just like you have Doom. Just kick my self not buying a few more 700's just to have them in case 700 production ceases @ Illion.
 

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what terrible news from Remington? they got bought and the new owners plan on continuing to produce a quality rifle at a price most people can afford, custom action or rifle wonderful! if you got 3 G for an action or 10 for a rifle. CUSTOM? they copy the 700. I bought a long range Remington 700 30-06 26 inch barrel( built in 2016) with a little TLC from my gunsmith at 300yards it shoots sub 1/2 groups. bought the gun, viper scope, case bipod and 50 rnds ammo for a $1000
 

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You can buy a custom action for under $1,000 and one at the top of the range, with a high end trigger, mounted and timed for well under $2,000. No need to spend $3,000 or $10,000 for a custom rifle, though I would agree that IF the new owners in fact continue making 700s with the same quality, then with less than $1,200 (Stock work and new trigger all in) will get you a good shooting rifle. Just depends on what you think is good shooting. Yes under 1 MOA, but for 1,000 yard shooting you will need a lot better than that. My 700s all will hold .5 MOA after the actions were bedded, the triggers were replaced and the barrels were floated.

Unfortunately the barrel making machines were sent to Dakota Arms. Will have to see what they then do with the equipment as the Remington Custom Shop stopped using Remington Barrels two years ago and went with custom barrels from a few barrel makers. My last two Custom Shop 40Xs both have Krieger Barrels and Jewel triggers, direct from the shop.

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As for Roundhill and Remington its been radio silence since 10/23 when the supposed top guy spoke with Mark Keefe.

https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2020/10/23/the-keefe-report-an-update-on-remington

It’s interesting that they did not make a public announcement of the purchase. It is also interesting that Remington Outdoor laid off about 600 workers in late October without Severance pay which was part of their labor agreement. Ken D’Arcy was CEO of Rem Outdoor when that was done and he is supposedly the CEO of Remington Arms. I’m sure the NLRB is looking into the Layoff and I’m sure those workers are really looking forward to working for the guy who screwed them.

Supposedly the new web site will be remarms.com which was registered on October 6, but is not an active site as of today.
 

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Jim can build you a great rifle too. My Borden in 6.5x47 Lapua will hold 10 round groups under 3.5 inches at 1,000 yards if I do my job.

Bob
 
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