@ 05:45 pm (GMT)
Chris InscoreI am not sure if this has been discussed here before, i tried doing a search and came up with tons of results.
I am thinking of doing a build with a Remington 700 SPS Tactical in .308
I have just finished reading Nathan's book on cartridges and found it amazingly helpful
I already have a .308 in a CDL fluted stainless barrel. However, I feel like the SPS is more practical though as I hunt in woods situations and fields where 400 yard shots are possible.
What have you all found to be the best option for the SPS? I know the Hogue has problems with touching the barrel. I am either going to do this SPS build or spend the time and the money accurizing my CDL SF.
Opinions and any help would much appreciated!
@ 06:12 pm (GMT)
Re: stock selectionHi Chris
I would stick with what you have they're good actions. Buy Nathans book "Bolt action rifle Accurizing & Maintenance" and you'll end up with a shooter. The book explains what you have to do.
@ 07:45 pm (GMT)
Re: stock selectionHi Chris, I only have one rifle and it is a Rem700 SPS tac and I still have it in the hogue stock. I love this configuration, the 20" heavier than normal barrel is very handy. A little heft and extremely accurate. I have learned to love my stock. I have stabilized it with Nathans stabilizer - very easy to do and then also bedded it - somewhat more challenging for me. The rifle shoots better than I can and the rubber coating is great for grip in all weather. It really handles nicely. So I'm with Bob, go with the SPS, they just about always shoot straight out of the box.
PS there is not a lot of velocity to be gained by having a longer barrel.
Here's an interesting article on 308W barrel length
@ 08:47 pm (GMT)
Re: stock selectionThanks guys. The reasons you stated are why I amade looking in to the SPS. As I said, I love my .308 CDL but it tends to be a little long in the woods at times. It currently has a 24" barrel. Extremelt accurate, but not a gun I like to take out when it's wet outside. I like that you have been able to work with the hogue stock. I have always liked the grippy feel of hogue anyway. How far are you shooting with it? I typically don't have a shot past 400 yards where I live, but I do go out to some ranges with targets out to a 1000 yards although that is beyond my shooting capabilities. Thanks again for your help.
@ 09:14 pm (GMT)
Re: stock selectionI can comfortably shoot out to 550yds - 500m without any fuss. Haven't hunted at this range but can bang the steel gong at the shooting range without too much effort. For hunting, use 168 AMAX for long shots and the 165 SST for closer stuff. There is a thread on load development for the SPS in 308W on this forum if you look for it.