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    Remington 700 VS

    I am thinking of buying a remy 700VS as a second rifle for stalking.
    I intend cutting it down fro 26" to 22". I was wondering if it will be still a heavy rifle to carry around ??
    Does anyone have any experience of this particular model ??
    Comments welcome.


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    I have owned two 700 VSSF's in .22-250 and a third in this calibre as well with the heavy barrel and laminated stock, also a .25-06 Sendero (same gun, long action) and the 700 VS you are referring to again in .22-250. (is it obvious I like this calibre??)

    The laminated rifle above became the action that was used to build a complete custom rifle in .243AI

    Is the current model still using the HS Precision stocks? My synthetic rifles mentioned above as well as the Sendero model all had these stocks fitted with the aluminium bedding block. Considering these stocks can be bought separately for around 400 it made the rifles themselves a bit of a bargain at the time. All I ever did to them then was fit an Arnold Jewell trigger, good mounts and a quality scope. Never once did I have any issues with accuracy but all were home loads.

    Because of the amount of work they were doing I saw them as a great workmanlike tool. I know a lot of subscribers on here don't like Remingtons for some reason, but personally I would have one any day over some of the higher end rifles for sale, and then spend a bit of money accurising it if necessary.

    What calibre are you thinking of going for because they are a bit limited in 'all deer species' legal calibres?

    I know they used to do the 700 VS in .308 but you would have to be lucky to pick up a second hand one now in that calibre. The only slight reservation I would have in shortening the barrel to 22'' would be in .25-06 Sendero version. I have always felt that given the relatively slow burning powders it seems to prefer, more benefit may be seen from the longer barrel in higher velocities being obtained. I always loaded mine in this calibre with H4831SC and 100grn Hornady SP flat base bullets. Great calibre for the Sika at the time. Down side is with the T8 fitted I had at the time, the overall length of the barrel and mod was 30''. Bit of a pest in a highseat and for carrying on the sling.

    From memory, the 700VS weighed either 8 or 8 1/2lbs. The fluted version was about a lb or so lighter I think, the website may give you a more accurate weight. I am only guessing but would suggest that 4'' of heavy barrel being removed must be getting close to 8oz or so. May not seem like much but as it is carried at the rifles extreme point this will compute to a fair bit of leverage whilst slung over the shoulder. Never notice it off the bi-pod though

    Hope this helps a bit.
    Last edited by jamross65; 26-10-2010 at 20:40.

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    Thanks for your reply.
    Its .308 cal I managed to find in mint condition in left hand !
    I intend to home load and put a JetZ compact on the end.
    I dont know why some folks do not like remys maybe its just personal preferance. My .243 BDL (now bedded into a Bell and Carlson stock)
    puts 100gr Hornaday round nose through the same hole at 100yds !! how much more accuracy do you want for an initial 450 ?
    ATB and thanks again for the reply.

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    Hi Grant, I have a Sendero in 7mmRM and I got so fed up with the thing trying to turn itself muzzle down when being carried on a sling that I had it re-barrelled with a standard contour barrel. It absolutely transformed it - I didn't measure the before and after weights but it is now lighter but, more importantly, as the majority of the weight was saved from the muzzle end, the balance is now superb. I guess shortening the barrel will have a similar effect but then you'll probably put most of the weight back on with the moderator?
    I guess it depends on the type of stalking you'll be doing, lugging mine around on the hill before its transformation was a definite pain!

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    308, go down to 20".
    My old howa was rebarreld to 308 varmint 20" and handles very well in the field.
    Ultra light stock on and not too heavy scope. Balance is better than expected.


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    hi grant
    i owned a heavy barrelled 22/250 and walked the hills with that no problem.cutting the barreldown should not effect the accuracy up to the 300 yard mark.are you going to fit a moderator to the rifle.

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    Yes Nel,
    I intend fitting a JetZ compact.

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    I see that the RPA woodland rifle has a 16" barrel !
    Can anyone tell me if a 16" barrel would be accurate to say 300yds ?

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    Have a look on youtube, i saw a guy shooting 1000yds with a .308 and a sub 20'' barrel. Accuracy wont be effected for your use, its just MV which will suffer, but not by a lot, people like Muir on here will be able to give you more info on the MV loss. There was an argument not long ago about some short barrelled rifles be illegal for shooting deer.. If your home loading then this wont be a problem. I liked the handling of the RPA WS too. Your 16'' barrel will be as accurate post cut as pre cut to probably more than 300yds.

    Last edited by flyingfisherman; 31-10-2010 at 12:38. Reason: link added

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    Ive got the Remmy model 7 in 22/250 with 20" Stainless barrel, realsie its a slightly cut down version of the 700 but its as light as afeather without the moderator on. The 700 isnt that much heavier so Id imagine it would be a nice weight at 22".

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