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    Sell or chop remmie .223

    Have a Remington vssf in 223 that has hardly done anything, but just sits in the cabinet because its so long and heavy. My fox shooting is about a third off/ in a vehical, with the rest off foot. Now, the question is shall I sell this for next to nothing, chop the fluted down barrel or replace the barrel completely.
    Any comments or experience would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers neil

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    Quote Originally Posted by neil the plumber View Post
    Have a Remington vssf in 223 that has hardly done anything, but just sits in the cabinet because its so long and heavy. My fox shooting is about a third off/ in a vehical, with the rest off foot. Now, the question is shall I sell this for next to nothing, chop the fluted down barrel or replace the barrel completely.
    Any comments or experience would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers neil
    chopping and fluted dont go well together, if you do it will ruin the barrel and resale value
    the barrel replace option leaves you with a worthless 2nd hand fluted barrel

    sell it, buy a shorter one on a non fluted and get it chopped

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    Cheers for the reply. I think I need to crunch some numbers. The sale price of gun as is and the price of a new barrel/rebarreled.

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    A new barrel is going to cost north of 800, and the rifle will not be worth much (if anthing) more than that when it is done.

    There are plenty of decent rifles out there at 600 - 800. Trade the VSSF in, it has to be worth 400 - 500, and buy a rifle with a shorter tube or buy one suitable for a chop and re-thread and re-crown job. This should cost 100 - 125 by a good smith.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    As much as it grieves me, the gun will have to go. Wise words from the gents above. If its got tits, tyres or a trigger its going to cost you money.

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    stick the pipe on guntrader/gunstar/etc. and see if you can fetch a few quid from that alone. instead of going down the custom barrel route, talk to a few gunsmiths who have almost new barrels stacked in the corner from customers feeling that a custom barrel is the only way they can hit deer I'm sure you can find a decent non fluted .223 remmy 700 series or even another calibre you could change to for pennies and the sale of the current one might just fund that project, including having it chopped and threaded.

    just an alternative thought.

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    flog it and get a tikka hunter,they feel like a toy there that light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triggersqueezer View Post
    flog it and get a tikka hunter,they feel like a toy there that light.
    +1
    BARONY TRAINED NINJA

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    A customer was complaining about his vssf swift set up for foxing.
    He had a 5-25PMII scope, 26" barrel, heavy hs stock and a T8 mod on his rifle. He was sick of it.
    We changed the stock which saved over a pound, changed the mod over a pound again and
    changed the scope another pound at least. He then took the barrel back to 20". Goes into the fluting...so what.
    If one doesn't like it one can thread a piece of stainless on the barrel and re-shape.

    You could also get a Bergara barrel fitted. They are cheaper.
    edi

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    Riflecraft have at least one 55 gal drum stuffed with Remington take off barrels. or so he told me over the phone about 2 years ago.

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