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Old August 24th, 2014, 12:57 AM   #1
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Default New long range plinker

I've had the itch to get something that packs a little more punch than my .243 for long range shooting lately, and today I finally took the plunge.










It's a Remington 700 Long Range chambered in .300 win mag. Cabelas surprisingly made me a decent offer on my .30-06, which I've never been too fond of..and this was sitting on the shelf as-is in the gun library, so I ended up taking it home. It's used, but you wouldn't know it by looking...seriously not a single mark on the rifle or scope, doesn't look like its even been fired.


Anyway, the scope is a 5-20x44 Nikon Monarch, not what I would have put on there myself...but it'll do until I find enough empty beer cans to return so I can afford to upgrade. As for the rifle itself, I didnt know anything about the LR model...but it was an impulse buy, so I just started looking into it. Seems like a decent base for what I want...Bell & Carlson M40 stock with an aluminum bedding block, adjustable trigger (x-mark pro, something my older 700's didnt have), and a 26" heavy barrel.



So now to the questions...

This is my first 300 win mag, I don't know what they like to eat. This will be a multipurpose rifle...long range plinking (600 yards is about the max at my place), but it will also spend some time in the field for hunting, whitetail locally but there will be some moose and elk hunts planned in the future. If its feasable, I'd like to use the same ammo ammo for punching steel and for hunting so I know that it's always zeroed...Im not a reloader, so they will have to be factory off the shelf loads. I don't mind ordering online, but being able to find some at Cabelas or Jays would be a bonus. Any suggestions? (Brand, bullet type and weight). And I understand I'll have to figure out for myself what this rifle likes, just looking for suggestions to get me started.

And I have a hard time leaving things alone, so I'll be tinkering with it eventually. Anybody have experience with the x-mark pro trigger system? Remington's website speaks highly of it, but obviously it would. Is it a decent setup or would the $$ be wisely spent upgrading the trigger?


Any other must-haves besides a good pair of bipods and sling for starters?
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Isn't the x mark pro the recall trigger ? I've been changing all mine out to Rifle basix triggers. You really couldn't go wrong with any of the aftermarkets but my smith likes the Basix.
I have a friend with a 300 and he ended up with a brake on his it was beating him too bad. We have a spot to get out to a grand and trying to get some longer shots in he couldn't take it.
Definitely will make a good hunting gun for you.
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Very nice rifle.
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Thanks, just looked up the recall info and it looks like this one is subject to it. Smooth blade trigger = it has the x-mark setup, and the serial # also falls under he recall. But...being used, I don't know if its already been sent in to be replaced or not. To be safe, I can call remington or just order up a nice aftermarket setup and be done with it. This weekend I'm hoping to few get a few boxes of ammo and see how it shoots, only 100 yards but better than nothing.
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Give them a call they will let you know if its in need of a trigger update or you can go aftermarket one.
I always liked that style of rifle been watching for a take off stock like that. I have a few of the PSS HS stocks and the palm swell is too large. Let us know how it shoots !
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nice gun!

I have always been intrigued by the 243, but with all the .308's and ammo i have for it I cant see buying one.

How long range are you trying to reach out and "plink"?
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I love my .243, very accurate and flat shooting and very little recoil, even out of my cheapy Rem 700 ADL with the 20" barrel. Mine loves federal 70 grain nosler ballistic tips, just shy of 3500 fps if I remember correctly. I've taken deer out to around 350 yards with it, and haven't had one run over 50 yards after being shot. The .243 is just a necked down 308, so the available bullet weights won't be as heavy as a 308, but it's a fast and flat shooting round.


As far as plinking with the .300, I've got some 2' diameter steel plates that I'll be trying to punch out to 5-600 yards. I know I can get an easy 500 yard shot at my property, but I believe 600 will be doable if we set up a little further back.
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I love my .243, very accurate and flat shooting and very little recoil, even out of my cheapy Rem 700 ADL with the 20" barrel. Mine loves federal 70 grain nosler ballistic tips, just shy of 3500 fps if I remember correctly. I've taken deer out to around 350 yards with it, and haven't had one run over 50 yards after being shot. The .243 is just a necked down 308, so the available bullet weights won't be as heavy as a 308, but it's a fast and flat shooting round.


As far as plinking with the .300, I've got some 2' diameter steel plates that I'll be trying to punch out to 5-600 yards. I know I can get an easy 500 yard shot at my property, but I believe 600 will be doable if we set up a little further back.
nice... I enjoy shooting long range.
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