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  • Short Barrel Bolt Gun with Heavy Barrel

     Neville updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 13 Posts
  • Neville

    Member
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Im looking into my next bolt gun for the range. Currently I have a Tikka Tac A1 which is of course spectacular, but its in 6.5CM and 24″ so the ammo is expensive and heavy at about 15lbs.

    I was looking for a shorter barrel(18″ or 20″) in .308.
    Some such rifles I’m looking at are the Remington 700 SPS and the Remington 700 XCR compact. Even though I heard of the declining quality of Remingtons I did have a 5R which I was very pleased with.

    Another option is Bergara. The HMR has the bigger stock with the detachable magazine which is more than I’m looking for. I prefer the standard stocks (4 shot capacity) like the ridge. Is the Ridge barrel heavy enough for range shooting?

    I’ll only be shooting 100-200yrds but running alot of rounds each session.

  • greankrayon

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Steyr thb

  • polishbikerider

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Anybody know of the Tikka UPR? It also comes in 20″ and .308.

  • Erfdriller

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    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am
  • big-wangers

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    How short because the pork sword comes to mind

  • lswins

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Have you ever considered a trainer rifle? It definitely costs a lot less to run and will help you with reading the wind.

  • bogsNbros

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Just gonna leave this here. Kinda what sold me on mine. I’m not a big guy, and didn’t really want a bolt gun solely for bench rest shooting, or to lug around a long barrel only for brush or stand-hunting.

  • HollywoodSX

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Realize that the Remington 700 is currently out of production. The Remington firearms factory is back up and running, but I wouldn’t expect to see any 700s on shelves until fall or so, and even then it will likely be hunting models almost exclusively.

    Hunting weight barrels will heat up faster than a heavier barrel and can lead to stringing and/or groups opening up.

    Honestly, unless you’re dead set on centerfire, I think your situation (range rifle, lots of shooting, max 200y) is one just screaming for a 22LR trainer.

  • Josh6x6

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I have a Remington 700 SPS. I find it to be more than enough for my needs (target shooting & groundhog hunting). Easily less than half MOA with the right load.

    >I’ll only be shooting 100-200yrds but running alot of rounds each session.

    My groups open up a lot when the barrel starts getting warm though. Not huge, but not sub-MOA anymore. Around 50 rounds in 2 hours is my personal limit for acceptable accuracy. A load that shoots 1/2″ groups (@100 yards) from a cold barrel might be shooting 1-1/2″ groups from a very warm (not what I would call “hot”) barrel, for example. [**EDIT** – they never seem to get larger than that though.] That may still be ‘acceptable accuracy’ for you though.

  • Moist-Mode182

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I’m running a ctr and really like it, my buddy has the upr and it’s also sweet

  • ScrapmasterFlex

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    So I had a Remington 700 AAC-SD .308 20″ – I hated it, I got a total lemon, but that’s besides the point – but they also made an AAC-SD 16″ and it was apparently more popular than the 20″.

    I myself didn’t see the point of such a short barrel bolt-action ‘sniper rifle’ type of gun but some others did, apparently.

  • polishbikerider

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Any experience with the Savage 10p-SR? They offer one with an 18″ barrel in .308.

    Only thing I find a little alarming is how low the price is.

  • polishbikerider

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    How about a Howa 1500 20″ barrel in an HS Precision stock?

    The barrel is available on Brownells.

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