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Posted: 1/13/2015 11:36:07 PM EST
I'm looking at getting into a precision rifle. I'm looking to get a Remington 700 to start with and build it out over time. I will eventually re-barrel it and put it on a different chassis. So my question is if I'm going to only use the action down the road does it matter which 700 I get? There are a lot of different designations like: SPS, BDL. Are the actions all the same?
Thanks
Rob
Link Posted: 1/14/2015 12:04:10 AM EST
Originally Posted By sfno72:
I'm looking at getting into a precision rifle. I'm looking to get a Remington 700 to start with and build it out over time. I will eventually re-barrel it and put it on a different chassis. So my question is if I'm going to only use the action down the road does it matter which 700 I get? There are a lot of different designations like: SPS, BDL. Are the actions all the same?
Thanks
Rob
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Yes all 700 short actions are the same. Long actions are different than short actions.

A 700 is a good base rifle. I have a 700 5R in 223 and it's scary accurate .
Link Posted: 1/14/2015 12:39:39 AM EST
They tend to be highly accurate rifles, especially considering the price point. As far as the various actions goes, the only big difference among the 700's is weather you want SA or LA.
Link Posted: 1/14/2015 12:48:10 AM EST
If you're just going to use the action, it doesn't matter.

Otherwise, look for a model with a serial number that starts with an engraved G.
Link Posted: 1/14/2015 9:36:23 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
If you're just going to use the action, it doesn't matter.

Otherwise, look for a model with a serial number that starts with an engraved G.
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What does the "G" stand for? Also, I'm plan on ending up with a 6BR or 6PPC rifle. Should I use the SA or the LA?
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What does the "G" stand for? Also, I'm plan on ending up with a 6BR or 6PPC rifle. Should I use the SA or the LA?
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Originally Posted By sfno72:
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
If you're just going to use the action, it doesn't matter.

Otherwise, look for a model with a serial number that starts with an engraved G.


What does the "G" stand for? Also, I'm plan on ending up with a 6BR or 6PPC rifle. Should I use the SA or the LA?

You'd want a short action for that, but if you're going to get a PPC, it's going to require enough work that I'd recommend a custom action.

The 700s have an alpha-numeric prefix, except for the earliest models, with A, B, C, D, E, G, or RR preceding the numbers.
There are some subtle variations between each series, and in my experience the serial number range G were very good. For a 700.

Link Posted: 1/14/2015 12:05:39 PM EST
Freedom Group
Link Posted: 1/14/2015 11:05:29 PM EST
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Freedom Group
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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:16:48 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:

You'd want a short action for that, but if you're going to get a PPC, it's going to require enough work that I'd recommend a custom action.

The 700s have an alpha-numeric prefix, except for the earliest models, with A, B, C, D, E, G, or RR preceding the numbers.
There are some subtle variations between each series, and in my experience the serial number range G were very good. For a 700.

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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By sfno72:
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
If you're just going to use the action, it doesn't matter.

Otherwise, look for a model with a serial number that starts with an engraved G.


What does the "G" stand for? Also, I'm plan on ending up with a 6BR or 6PPC rifle. Should I use the SA or the LA?

You'd want a short action for that, but if you're going to get a PPC, it's going to require enough work that I'd recommend a custom action.

The 700s have an alpha-numeric prefix, except for the earliest models, with A, B, C, D, E, G, or RR preceding the numbers.
There are some subtle variations between each series, and in my experience the serial number range G were very good. For a 700.



Ok this is the first I have heard about the alphanumeric numbering system. Does this correspond to years of manufacture? Also, the RR is an odd ball prefix, out of sequence, what does the RR mean? Mine has this prefix in the serial number.
Thanks,

77


Link Posted: 1/18/2015 11:30:40 AM EST
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Ok this is the first I have heard about the alphanumeric numbering system. Does this correspond to years of manufacture? Also, the RR is an odd ball prefix, out of sequence, what does the RR mean? Mine has this prefix in the serial number.
Thanks,

77


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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By sfno72:
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
If you're just going to use the action, it doesn't matter.

Otherwise, look for a model with a serial number that starts with an engraved G.


What does the "G" stand for? Also, I'm plan on ending up with a 6BR or 6PPC rifle. Should I use the SA or the LA?

You'd want a short action for that, but if you're going to get a PPC, it's going to require enough work that I'd recommend a custom action.

The 700s have an alpha-numeric prefix, except for the earliest models, with A, B, C, D, E, G, or RR preceding the numbers.
There are some subtle variations between each series, and in my experience the serial number range G were very good. For a 700.



Ok this is the first I have heard about the alphanumeric numbering system. Does this correspond to years of manufacture? Also, the RR is an odd ball prefix, out of sequence, what does the RR mean? Mine has this prefix in the serial number.
Thanks,

77



It roughly corresponds to years, but it more like generations. I haven't seen documentation of what corresponds with a year, other than 5 and 6 digit guns being very early.
"A" seems to be early 70s, with the series progressing from there, though not in a linear fashion. They made a TON of rifles between 2000 and now, which about when G started, and it's by far the most common.

RR is the code they started using after becoming Freedom Group.

I've also seen "S" and "T" for stainless and titanium actions respectively.

I've never seen an F.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 12:55:37 PM EST
I have a 6br that was built from an "F" receiver. From my records, it started as a .243 youth model. Never bothered to contact Big Green to find the build date.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 10:04:47 PM EST
I have bought the adl scoped model at walmart for all my builds. I strip them down and start building. I put the barrel and scope on eBay and usually get around $150 for them. The last one I bought before Xmas was $375 so after I sold the barrel and scope I basically paid $225 for it. Now it's a 6x47lapua with a bartlien barrel sitting in a manners t5 elite with a nightforce f1 on top.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 10:17:20 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:

It roughly corresponds to years, but it more like generations. I haven't seen documentation of what corresponds with a year, other than 5 and 6 digit guns being very early.
"A" seems to be early 70s, with the series progressing from there, though not in a linear fashion. They made a TON of rifles between 2000 and now, which about when G started, and it's by far the most common.

RR is the code they started using after becoming Freedom Group.

I've also seen "S" and "T" for stainless and titanium actions respectively.

I've never seen an F.
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By 77Bronc:
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By sfno72:
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
If you're just going to use the action, it doesn't matter.

Otherwise, look for a model with a serial number that starts with an engraved G.


What does the "G" stand for? Also, I'm plan on ending up with a 6BR or 6PPC rifle. Should I use the SA or the LA?

You'd want a short action for that, but if you're going to get a PPC, it's going to require enough work that I'd recommend a custom action.

The 700s have an alpha-numeric prefix, except for the earliest models, with A, B, C, D, E, G, or RR preceding the numbers.
There are some subtle variations between each series, and in my experience the serial number range G were very good. For a 700.



Ok this is the first I have heard about the alphanumeric numbering system. Does this correspond to years of manufacture? Also, the RR is an odd ball prefix, out of sequence, what does the RR mean? Mine has this prefix in the serial number.
Thanks,

77



It roughly corresponds to years, but it more like generations. I haven't seen documentation of what corresponds with a year, other than 5 and 6 digit guns being very early.
"A" seems to be early 70s, with the series progressing from there, though not in a linear fashion. They made a TON of rifles between 2000 and now, which about when G started, and it's by far the most common.

RR is the code they started using after becoming Freedom Group.

I've also seen "S" and "T" for stainless and titanium actions respectively.

I've never seen an F.


Is there any downside to a RR rifle? I have a SPS tactical that I am investing a lot of money into, building my tactical rifle like I want it.

77
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Is there any downside to a RR rifle? I have a SPS tactical that I am investing a lot of money into, building my tactical rifle like I want it.

77
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Once they're trued up, they're as good as any other. The bolt handle might need to be reset, but that's not uncommon. A lot of guns need that.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 9:49:31 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:

It roughly corresponds to years, but it more like generations. I haven't seen documentation of what corresponds with a year, other than 5 and 6 digit guns being very early.
"A" seems to be early 70s, with the series progressing from there, though not in a linear fashion. They made a TON of rifles between 2000 and now, which about when G started, and it's by far the most common.

RR is the code they started using after becoming Freedom Group.

I've also seen "S" and "T" for stainless and titanium actions respectively.

I've never seen an F.
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By 77Bronc:
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By sfno72:
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
If you're just going to use the action, it doesn't matter.

Otherwise, look for a model with a serial number that starts with an engraved G.


What does the "G" stand for? Also, I'm plan on ending up with a 6BR or 6PPC rifle. Should I use the SA or the LA?

You'd want a short action for that, but if you're going to get a PPC, it's going to require enough work that I'd recommend a custom action.

The 700s have an alpha-numeric prefix, except for the earliest models, with A, B, C, D, E, G, or RR preceding the numbers.
There are some subtle variations between each series, and in my experience the serial number range G were very good. For a 700.



Ok this is the first I have heard about the alphanumeric numbering system. Does this correspond to years of manufacture? Also, the RR is an odd ball prefix, out of sequence, what does the RR mean? Mine has this prefix in the serial number.
Thanks,

77



It roughly corresponds to years, but it more like generations. I haven't seen documentation of what corresponds with a year, other than 5 and 6 digit guns being very early.
"A" seems to be early 70s, with the series progressing from there, though not in a linear fashion. They made a TON of rifles between 2000 and now, which about when G started, and it's by far the most common.

RR is the code they started using after becoming Freedom Group.

I've also seen "S" and "T" for stainless and titanium actions respectively.

I've never seen an F.


I have an F prefix (Model 700 Varmint Synthetic in .308). It's a good rifle. Made in early 2000s

G and E prefix are sought after for M40A3/5 cloners.
I though I saw somewhere where the newer "E" were made around 2010?

To accurately date an M700 receiver, you need to look at the barrel too. Although my F prefix model 700 doesn't have any date codes on the barrel.


My long action .300 custom gun is an A prefix.




ETA: I was thinking of the barrel letters
http://www.remingtonsociety.com/rsa/questions/barrelcodes





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