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Posted: 9/13/2010 11:05:36 AM EDT
I am looking for a rifle that will serve well in the northwest when I come home. My wife is looking at getting me a Remington 700 BDL in .30-06.

Any thoughts on their durability and overall fit and finish?

How is the accuracy?
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:08:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 11:09:00 AM EDT by metalsaber]
I have a 700 ADL in 7mm. Other than the craptastic trigger pull from the factory it's a pretty good gun.
I'm currently using a Savage in .308. After using the Accu-Trigger, I'd never go back to the remington
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:09:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 11:12:11 AM EDT by surveyor3]
Originally Posted By callahan318:
I am looking for a rifle that will serve well in the northwest when I come home. My wife is looking at getting me a Remington 700 BDL in .30-06.

Any thoughts on their durability and overall fit and finish?

How is the accuracy?


I want to get a SPS sometime in the near future, but in .308. If not that then .300

They are great. I think the BDL's are very nice. There is a reason they are so popular. Some might suggest a Savage for value, but I really like the Remington.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:10:13 AM EDT
I have a 700 ADL in 30-06.

I recommend!
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:10:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By metalsaber:
I have a 700 ADL in 7mm. Other than the craptastic trigger pull from the factory it's a pretty good gun.
I'm currently using a Savage in .308. After using the Accu-Trigger, I'd never go back to the remington

I tend to agree, My do it all precision gun is a Savage 10 .308 and that accutrigger is amazing. I will say though I like the fit/finish of a Remington 700 over a Savage.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:11:26 AM EDT
The aftermarket supports them really well for different things like triggers, bottom metal, recoil lugs, etc. I personally am a fan of the Rem 700, and I've worked on the Rem 700, Winchester Model 70 and the Montana 1999 (which is essentially a Model 70).
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:12:05 AM EDT
Good for anything up to coastal browns; I would go bigger for those.

Other than that, you are gtg.


Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:18:28 AM EDT
REM 700 ADL in .30-06 + some of my handloads = awesome accuracy for a gun with zero tuning.

It's no accutrigger, but I don't mind it. Slap a burris on top and you're GTG.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:22:10 AM EDT
next to my 788 it is my most accurate rifle i own. It will group under and inch at 100 yds. it is a 700 bdl left hand model wood stock and iron sights.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:23:55 AM EDT
Riflebasix makes a good drop in trigger for around $150 IIRC. I've got one in my 700P and it makes it feel almost as good as the Accu-trigger in my Savage bolt rifle.

I also have an ADL in 30-06 and that is a fantastic rifle as well. You really can't go wrong with a 700 IMO.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:35:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 11:35:43 AM EDT by dbd870]
I hate to say it but if you're buying new I'd rather have the Savage as well. Second the 06 being fine up to large bears.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 11:40:09 AM EDT
Outstanding rifles! Stainless steel with a synthetic stock will be more resistant to wet conditions than a blued steel/wood stocked model.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:11:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By oulufinn:
Outstanding rifles! Stainless steel with a synthetic stock will be more resistant to wet conditions than a blued steel/wood stocked model.


I have been thinking of that, but I really really want iron sights as backups on my hunting rifle.

Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:13:54 PM EDT
I get 1inch groups out of my Rem 700 30-06
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:14:45 PM EDT
The only thing wrong with them is that they're too damned pretty. I'd get a stainless/synthetic if I was still up north so I wouldn't worry about ruining a nice finish during a week of rainy hunting season. The trigger on the 700 will drop to 3.5 pounds pull weight with a broken glass sear if you know what you're doing.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:15:21 PM EDT
Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
I have a 700 ADL in 30-06.

I recommend!


HEY THIS ... I mean YES
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:16:51 PM EDT
Speaking Strictly of finish I prefer the CDL to the BDL as I do not like the glossy finish on the wood and prefer a matte or satin finish like the CDL.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:18:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
I have a 700 ADL in 30-06.

I recommend!


I own same...and do too..

Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:21:03 PM EDT
nothing wrong with a 700

I have three of them

270win ADL
22-250 SPS
8x57mm Classic
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:27:23 PM EDT
I bought a used one for my birthday a few years ago back when I had money. Turned out to be a 1977 model with an obvious trigger job and 'pretty' cross-hatch looking chrome design on the bolt, black synthetic stock, Nikon 4x12, for $365 from a local shop. It shoots my reloads just a hair like the barrel may have had a good bit of rounds through it, bit accuracy is more than acceptable to me.

I would LOVE to have an original wooden stock or a more 'tactical' synthetic one, as the current one is warped a little bit and I had to file one side down in order to bed it more. Overall, I give it a .25 out of .30 inches.

Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:30:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By callahan318:
I am looking for a rifle that will serve well in the northwest when I come home. My wife is looking at getting me a Remington 700 BDL in .30-06.

Any thoughts on their durability and overall fit and finish?

How is the accuracy?


I have the same rifle. Killed a lot of elk and blacktails with it.

I recomend getting a stainless steel model. Helps with long days in bad weather.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:37:13 PM EDT
I use a NEF 30-06 and a sport'd 03A3 springfield...always served well..
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:39:13 PM EDT
No love for Browning? Years back I went back and forth between the 700 BDL and A Bolt II Browning. Almost went with the Remmy though at the last minute I went the Browning. Really liked the 60 degree bolt and shoots better than me. I'm happy with it.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:40:08 PM EDT
Also heard Tikka is worth a very close look these days.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:41:26 PM EDT
If you are going to get just one hunting rifle, a Rem BDL in 30.06 would be a great choice. You won't regret it later.

Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:45:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dbd870:
I hate to say it but if you're buying new I'd rather have the Savage Tikka . Second the 06 being fine up to large bears.


fixed
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:52:58 PM EDT










Mine's just an ADL with a used BDL stock and cheap mag conversion.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:57:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 17Z:
Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
I have a 700 ADL in 30-06.

I recommend!


I own same...and do too..


ADL in 270. Add a trigger job and it's a great rifle!

Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:00:18 PM EDT
Are the triggers different between the ADL, BDL, and CDL?
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:09:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Are the triggers different between the ADL, BDL, and CDL?

This is a good question!

ANybody know?
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:19:46 PM EDT
Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Speaking Strictly of finish I prefer the CDL to the BDL as I do not like the glossy finish on the wood and prefer a matte or satin finish like the CDL.


That is the only difference between the CDL and BDL? Just the finish?
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:24:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By callahan318:
Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Are the triggers different between the ADL, BDL, and CDL?

This is a good question!

ANybody know?


I had my older BDL stolen a few years back and replaced it with the same model (30-06 BDL),the newer rifle has a way better trigger.Classic hunting rifle.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:27:34 PM EDT
A .308 with a proper hand load is darned close to a 30-06 and if we (or when we) have a problem with bans and ammo drying up, 30-06 is going to dry up a lot sooner than .308.

Just sayin!
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:30:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By callahan318:
Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Are the triggers different between the ADL, BDL, and CDL?

This is a good question!

ANybody know?


Same I believe....they got a 'lawyer trigger' and modified saftey some years back because rust and neglect could make an M700 fire when the safty was pushed off to unload.

Newer rifle's bolt will open when the safty is applied or off....older ones locked the bolt on safe.

Some lady shot her son through an RV/camper unloading her rifle(that had never been out of the stock, and was rusted up).

Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:34:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By callahan318:
Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Speaking Strictly of finish I prefer the CDL to the BDL as I do not like the glossy finish on the wood and prefer a matte or satin finish like the CDL.


That is the only difference between the CDL and BDL? Just the finish?


Different stocks BDL has a Monte carlo style.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:35:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TC6969:
A .308 with a proper hand load is darned close to a 30-06 and if we (or when we) have a problem with bans and ammo drying up, 30-06 is going to dry up a lot sooner than .308.

Just sayin!

Meh.....Get both.

The 700 is a damn good gun.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:35:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 17Z:
Originally Posted By callahan318:
Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Are the triggers different between the ADL, BDL, and CDL?

This is a good question!

ANybody know?


Same I believe....they got a 'lawyer trigger' and modified saftey some years back because rust and neglect could make an M700 fire when the safty was pushed off to unload.

Newer rifle's bolt will open when the safty is applied or off....older ones locked the bolt on safe.

Some lady shot her son through an RV/camper unloading her rifle(that had never been out of the stock, and was rusted up).



The newer versions have the "X-mark" triggers,to me they feel a whole lot better than the older ones.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:36:59 PM EDT
I have a Remington M700 & a Tikka T3, and I would choose a Tikka T3 Lite over the Remington ADL.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:38:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 7:42:02 PM EDT by victorgonzales]
i replaced the stock on my with a polymer free floating stock and had the barrel refinished but my 7mm mag 700 has been taking game for my family the last 45 years. still works like a champ and has never been in a safe or guncase and probably has thousands of hours of outdoor exposure.


Oh my grandfather had a trigger mod done before he handed it down to me so im not sure about original trigger action.


Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:39:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bluetick357:
Originally Posted By callahan318:
Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Speaking Strictly of finish I prefer the CDL to the BDL as I do not like the glossy finish on the wood and prefer a matte or satin finish like the CDL.


That is the only difference between the CDL and BDL? Just the finish?


Different stocks BDL has a Monte carlo style.
Monte Carlo vs. straight comb stock and perhaps the inclusion of iron sights on the BDL. I do not believe any CDL come with iron sights as they are intended to have optics.

Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:40:03 PM EDT
Given the QA issues I have seen with Remington the past few years, I wouldn't buy it unless I could inspect the entire rifle. I saw a NEW Remington in the store with a muzzle crown so bad that I noticed it from 5 feet away, it was bad enough that one would have to send it back to Remington or have a gunsmith do a bit of surgery on it. I have seen others that were quite rough, a sad testament, I used to remember when a Remington was the standard of excellence.

I am not anti-Remington by any means and if one of their rifles is made right, you will likely be happy with it.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:46:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TC6969:
A .308 with a proper hand load is darned close to a 30-06 and if we (or when we) have a problem with bans and ammo drying up, 30-06 is going to dry up a lot sooner than .308.

Just sayin!


I Have a .308...an enexpensive Savage WITHOUT the accutrigger.

I am just looking at something that will last forever and be able to find parts for in the future.

As far as .30-06 is concerned,well I am sure it will be around for a VERY long time.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:46:28 PM EDT
If you don't want / need iron sites, I would get the CDL. I like mine except for the shitty factory trigger. If I were going to buy another bolt action rifle, I would probly get a Savage. I have a Savage in .17 HMR, and its by far the best factory trigger I have ever shot. Its also a tack driver.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:16:12 PM EDT
While I really want a CRF-based bolt mechanism, the nice gloss wood 700 BDLs in '06 with the irons are extremely tempting for me.

I like irons on my rifles, and have heard of too many close calls close in with optic-only rifles (unexpected boar close to dusk, etc).

I'd say go for it, if the QC seems alright. You can always have a trigger job done.


But the mag conversion posted earlier makes me
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:20:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:22:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
My wife uses one (stainless/synthetic) for deer hunting. She loves it, shoots it well, and has killed a number of deer with it. The trigger was EXCELLENT from the factory, and it is quite accurate––


http://i56.tinypic.com/2j31w1j.jpg

That is an awesome 10 shot group
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 6:21:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By callahan318:
Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Are the triggers different between the ADL, BDL, and CDL?

This is a good question!

ANybody know?


Generally the ADL rifles have a blind magazine, that is to say that there is no floorplate, whereas the BDL rifles have the integral trigger guard and floorplate.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 6:22:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/14/2010 6:23:06 AM EDT by Shawnmt6601]
Originally Posted By Quick_1911:

Originally Posted By metalsaber:
I have a 700 ADL in 7mm. Other than the craptastic trigger pull from the factory it's a pretty good gun.
I'm currently using a Savage in .308. After using the Accu-Trigger, I'd never go back to the remington

I tend to agree, My do it all precision gun is a Savage 10 .308 and that accutrigger is amazing. I will say though I like the fit/finish of a Remington 700 over a Savage.




a M700 trigger is easily adjusted if you know how
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 6:23:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Shawnmt6601:
Originally Posted By Quick_1911:

Originally Posted By metalsaber:
I have a 700 ADL in 7mm. Other than the craptastic trigger pull from the factory it's a pretty good gun.
I'm currently using a Savage in .308. After using the Accu-Trigger, I'd never go back to the remington

I tend to agree, My do it all precision gun is a Savage 10 .308 and that accutrigger is amazing. I will say though I like the fit/finish of a Remington 700 over a Savage.




a M700 is easily adjusted if you know how

Imo that's the problem. The Accu-Trigger is stock and is easily tuned by the individual. I shouldn't have to have gun smith training to make the trigger better.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 6:24:17 AM EDT
700BDL in a 30-06. Probably one of the most common rifles in PA. Nothing bad to say about them here.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 6:24:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SmithinitUp:
Originally Posted By callahan318:
Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Are the triggers different between the ADL, BDL, and CDL?

This is a good question!

ANybody know?


Generally the ADL rifles have a blind magazine, that is to say that there is no floorplate, whereas the BDL rifles have the integral trigger guard and floorplate.

Yup. My ADL is internal box mag only which is a PITA to unload. My savage has a detachable magazine which rocks after a day of hunting.
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