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Rem Milspec R5 .300 Win Mag

31 Aug 2012
@ 10:02 pm (GMT)

Ian Dingo

Hey Nathan and everyone,

I have just purchased this rifle which comes in a HS stock and features the X-pro trigger and 5R rifled barrel.

Have to say that I really like it. ( originally I was after a Savage Long Range Hunter but didn't want to wait 3-6 months for it).

So just wondering:

1/ What if anything may need doing to the rifle.

2/ Any suggestions as to hand-loading it, target species are Fallow and Goats.

Cheers, Ian


04 Sep 2012
@ 01:48 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Rem Milspec R5 .300 Win Mag
Hi Ian, sorry for the late reply.

The trigger of your rifle needs to be tuned to 1.5lb for long range work. There is a possibility that your trigger will be unsafe at this setting if fast cycling the rifle (Maine Police department tactical rifles incidents / reports). In this instance, a Timney or Jewel trigger is the fix.

The HS stock is very robust, there is a possibility that it will need bedding though. I usually bed the HS styocks regardless, but you may not want to do this. To check whether the rifle needs bedding immediately, hold the rifle at the 1 oclock position, release the floor plate/mag spring, then undo the front action screw a turn. As you do this, look to see if the barrel tries to climb up and away from the stock. Tighten and loosen this front action screw a few times to recheck this. If the metal work tries to climb out of the stock, it means that the action is under stress. The rifle will therefore need bedding.

The bore of your rifle is very high quality. Fine lapping (autosol/JB on a soft cloth) should be all that is required as part of cleaning procedures unless copper fouling is severe.

Try to work with either the 178 or 208 grain A-Max for long range work. If meat damage is too severe (if meat hunting is a concern), consider working with the 180 grain Speer BTSP, though this is still a frangible bullet which you will need at low velocities / long range. I would start with the 208 grain A-Max as it is a good bullet to be set up with, no need to rework loads if you want to go for a Red deer hunt later on for example. But you may wish to experiment with other bullet designs.

05 Sep 2012
@ 11:16 am (GMT)

Ian Dingo

Re: Rem Milspec R5 .300 Win Mag

Thanks for your reply and as always the quality of the content.

As an aside, my hunting mate purchased a couple of your bedding kits which we have used. Great product and a great price. Well done.

Cheers for now Ian.
06 Sep 2012
@ 10:44 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Rem Milspec R5 .300 Win Mag
Thanks Ian, that is very kind of you to say.


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