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Posted: 12/14/2009 3:39:52 PM EDT
Im looking to get my first bolt action. I want a .30-06 Remington 700. Is it worth the price difference over the 770? It will mainly be used for hunting but will also see the range during off season.
Link Posted: 12/14/2009 3:54:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2009 3:55:19 PM EDT by Stryfe]
Absolutely.
The 770 replaced the 710. The 710 hadn't been around that long.
How long as the 700 been around?
Link Posted: 12/14/2009 4:29:19 PM EDT
If you are going to buy a Remington don't waste time or money on nothing but a 700.

Link Posted: 12/14/2009 4:38:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By tallj2000:
Im looking to get my first bolt action. I want a .30-06 Remington 700. Is it worth the price difference over the 770? It will mainly be used for hunting but will also see the range during off season.


Yes, the 700 is a much better rifle than the 710/770.
Link Posted: 12/14/2009 7:45:36 PM EDT
700 without a doubt.
Link Posted: 12/14/2009 8:10:11 PM EDT
Get a 700. How much are you looking to spend?
Link Posted: 12/15/2009 6:35:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/15/2009 6:35:44 AM EDT by dbd870]
Originally Posted By mynameisgeorgel:
700 without a doubt.


Yep, easy choice. We're I not wanting to spend that much I'd go outside Remington.
Link Posted: 12/15/2009 6:43:29 AM EDT
DO NOT BUY THE 770!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I bought one a little while after I came on active duty.  I thought "Oh cool, a $400 .308 with a scope.  I love my 870s; what a great beginner's rifle Remington is selling based off the 700 action.  A couple mags and some ammo makes this undr $500 - that seems like a good deal."

WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!  DO NOT BUY THE 770!!!!

It lived at my parent's farm since they have some land and a nice area for 500ish yard shots.  Well, this piece of shit won't hold a group at anything larger than 50 yards, and this is pretty amazing - I qualify expert with M16 & M4, so I understand the fundamentals of marksmanship.  On a good day, I'm happy to have a 8" group at 100 yards with good ammo - those 500 yard targets I setup are more than safe.  Hell I'd feel confident standing there watching rounds come in.  The base was all mucked up from the factory with a huge gouge.  You can't store mags loaded, as after a couple weeks the bottom will bust out - either in the closet or when you fire your first shot on the range - and it will never work right again.

Here's the worst part.  At first, I thought it was just a "sticky" action.  So I kept shooting it, scrub clean repeat, don't clean, didn't matter.  The action got tougher and tougher.  Now, to shoot this stupid rifle, I have to carry a section of 2x4 with me to BEAT open the bolt handle.  Well, this fall on leave, I call Remington to see what they'll do about it.  They told me the 2 year warranty was expired, and they offered to send a shipping label which may be added onto the final repair bill, it would be a fee for them to look at the rifle, and I'd be responsible for all repair costs.  Well, that sucks.  A rifle I've shot maybe a 500 rounds through is sub-worthless thanks to shoddy manufacturing.  Cost savings is all for Remington, not the consumer.

So don't buy it.  In case I minced my words: DO NOT BUY A 770.  After my experiences, I full and well expect to never buy a new Remington, and will only buy used 870s.  I got screwed; don't end up like me.
Link Posted: 12/15/2009 8:23:26 AM EDT
710/770 They do not have a very good reputation.
Link Posted: 12/15/2009 8:52:37 AM EDT
700 every single day.
Link Posted: 12/15/2009 1:34:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By skinnysarge79:
How much are you looking to spend?


Im trying not to spend more then $800 if possible. Looks like Im going to get the 700. I did not think the 770 where going to be that bad. Glad I asked.
Link Posted: 12/15/2009 7:33:42 PM EDT
700, they've been around since 1962. If a new one is out of your price range, just look for a used one. A used 700 ADL in 30-06 should be easy to find at a good price. Even a new 700 SPS in 30-06 won't set you back much either
Link Posted: 12/16/2009 7:51:29 AM EDT
Every pawn shop in my area had m700 ADL's in 270.. at least until deer season anyway :) They were cheap.
Link Posted: 12/16/2009 1:23:58 PM EDT
Only Remington bolt gun I would ever consider besides the 700 , is an old 788.

I have 4 of each
Link Posted: 12/16/2009 6:12:51 PM EDT




Originally Posted By tallj2000:



Originally Posted By skinnysarge79:

How much are you looking to spend?




Im trying not to spend more then $800 if possible. Looks like Im going to get the 700. I did not think the 770 where going to be that bad. Glad I asked.




Do you have a model picked out? I've become a fan of their stainless steel rifles lately. Between the swamps in NC and the snow in WV, it's reassuring to have a stainless deer rifle. CDL-SF's are nice, but the SPS Stainless should be well within your budget.



Good Luck.
Link Posted: 12/16/2009 6:16:19 PM EDT
700.  

710 and 770.  
Link Posted: 12/17/2009 3:56:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By skinnysarge79:

Originally Posted By tallj2000:
Originally Posted By skinnysarge79:
How much are you looking to spend?


Im trying not to spend more then $800 if possible. Looks like Im going to get the 700. I did not think the 770 where going to be that bad. Glad I asked.


Do you have a model picked out? I've become a fan of their stainless steel rifles lately. Between the swamps in NC and the snow in WV, it's reassuring to have a stainless deer rifle. CDL-SF's are nice, but the SPS Stainless should be well within your budget.

Good Luck.


I am thinking of going with the SPS but if I decide to go .308 i want either the SPS Varmint or the VTR. I like the wood stocks but for hunting I perfer synthetic. If I get a wood stock it will mainly be used for varmints and a paper puncher and it would more then likely be a .223
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 8:40:27 AM EDT
If you want to save money look at uised 700s, most 700s don't have 300 rounds fired through them, ever.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 2:53:06 PM EDT
I "think" I read somewhere... The 700 replaced the Winchester 70 during Vietnam as the primary sniper rifle.  
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:19:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ccap74:
I "think" I read somewhere... The 700 replaced the Winchester 70 during Vietnam as the primary sniper rifle.  


M24
It's a little out of the OPs price range tho...
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:54:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2009 4:56:30 PM EDT by Donner_und_Blitzen]
I just picked up a Remington M700SS 5R Milspec. You find them around $1000
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 6:47:49 PM EDT

M24
It's a little out of the OPs price range tho...


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