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    Remington 700 barrel

    Last year I got a great deal on a brand new Remington 700 so I snapped it up thinking I'd take up target shooting. Only issue is it has a skinny barrel and I've since noticed that most of the new ones have bigger, beefier ones. I was going to buy a Hunter 700 stock for it and continue with other upgrades but now I'm wondering if the barrel will always be the weak point. I started looking at changing the barrel but by the time I buy the replacement and a barrel vice I might as well buy a new rifle.

    Any thoughts? Shall I just sell it and start fresh?
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    Aftermarket barrels will always be favoured over a factory one. "might as well buy a new rifle" does not apply - cause you'll end up replacing the barrel on the new one too!
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    If you're going to do a bunch of upgrades, might as well sell the gun, buy a receiver and build from there

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    Why dont you give the guys at EM Precision a call and see what they have to say ? Steve and Shane build one hell of a rifle. Im not going to give you any false impressions here. High end long range rifles arent cheap to build. It all boils down to how precise you want the gun to be. It doesnt cost anything to talk to them. If you were looking to spend say $1500 total, including what youve already spent, for a complete rifle start looking at selling yours and look for something off the shelf. If you want a true competition level precision rifle, then its going to be a bit more than that.
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    I had very good results with my factory barreled 700. I started with a SPS 700 varmit in 308 (I think the SPS is some kind of abbreviation for spaghetti stock). Put a Timney under it set @ 2 lbs, dropped it into a MacMillain A2 with a pillar bedding job and with factory match ammo, I'm down to .5 MOA, it did take a fair bit to season the barrel to get down there though, probably a 100 rounds. Without glass, I'm into it for around $2K. The down side is tips the bathroom scale @ 11 lbs.
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    Do not buy anything else until you decide on the barrel.
    "...and a barrel vice..." You have the other tools(like the headspace gauges) and the skill? Headspace gauges can be rented Stateside and brought across the border with no fuss though. It also needs a solid bench and a great big mallet(a 4 foot long, 2" Al bar works well.).
    Usually best to have a barrel put on by a smithy. Epp's smithy wants $150.00 plus the cost of the barrel. Local prices should be close to that. Contact Mystic Precision for Canadian prices for several 'name' barrel makers. http://mysticprecision.com/
    Alberta Tactical Rifle wants $700Cdn to gussy up an M700.
    "...buy a receiver..." Easier said than done. Remington does not sell 'em separately. Especially since YVRguy already has one.

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    Actually, Remington does sell them, Wolverines has a SS short action, not cheap though $640.
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    A skinny barrel can still shoot good. The heavy barrels won't heat up as quick though

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    The difference is that a heavy 'bull' barrel won't heat up as quickly. If you are using your Remington 700 for hunting then I wouldn't worry about it, but if you are using it for target shooting you will likely get frustrated as the barrel heats up and accuracy suffers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aharwood View Post
    The difference is that a heavy 'bull' barrel won't heat up as quickly. If you are using your Remington 700 for hunting then I wouldn't worry about it, but if you are using it for target shooting you will likely get frustrated as the barrel heats up and accuracy suffers.
    Yeah, that's exactly the point. it will be primarily for target but with the possibility of hunting down the road. I'm thinking for what I want I need to change the barrel.
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