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got a remington 700 sps tactical in 308. with 20 inch bull barrel. anyone have one or know much about that line. i bought it to use as my primary deer/beer rifle. Good choice? what ammo would u suggest, i have been using federal 150 grain softpoints.

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Ammo should be a great chice, sorry I know nothing about the rifles.

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Don't the tactical models use a slightly faster twist barrel for heavier match grade bullets? I know the ones we used in the military were a faster twist barrel to wring as much accuracy as possible out of the rounds we put through them. And...that's gonna be a fairly heavy rifle even with the 20" pipe I would think. I made the mistake of lugging my .243 AI into the woods way back onto a power line on SGLs more than a few years back. The almost 1 1/4 mile drag out with a big doe and that roughly 13 pound rifle was the last time I ever did that and I was young and healthy then. BTW...be sure to post up any pics of the beers you harvest with it too!

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Don't the tactical models use a slightly faster twist barrel for heavier match grade bullets? I know the ones we used in the military were a faster twist barrel to wring as much accuracy as possible out of the rounds we put through them. And...that's gonna be a fairly heavy rifle even with the 20" pipe I would think. I made the mistake of lugging my .243 AI into the woods way back onto a power line on SGLs more than a few years back. The almost 1 1/4 mile drag out with a big doe and that roughly 13 pound rifle was the last time I ever did that and I was young and healthy then. BTW...be sure to post up any pics of the beers you harvest with it too!
He should be fine with bullets weights up to and including 180's. His rifle probably has an 11 or 12 twist, which is typical of the .308.

I think you see the use of faster twist barrels more in the 5.56 because of the very long bullets available for it.

A .308 can stabilize most bullets, excluding the 220 gr., with its standard twist rate. Even with a 1:8" barrel, which I'm not sure is available in any factory .308, I doubt he'd be able to launch a bullet fast enough to spin it apart.

I shoot 150's in my .308 and would recommend either those or 165/168's. The .308 is not a speed demon, especially with a 20" barrel, so you should be fine without the use of premium bullets. Those Federals you've been shooting should work just fine. I usually look no further than Federal Blue Box for factory ammo. I've found it to be very accurate in my rifles.
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Yup. They should have a 1:12 twist. 150's should do just fine. Still...the thought of lugging around a roughly 13 pound rifle makes my back hurt.

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Remington rifles in general are very good. A close friend has the model you are describing and it is a real tack driver. The only problem I see is the bull barrel making it heavy to carry.

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Yep, sounds like it should be a shooter, but that is a lot of weight to tote around.




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I believe these rifles are supposed to weigh in around 7.5 lbs, which is a fairly standard weight for a wood stocked sporter like those that many of us tote around.
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Just looked it up. 7.5 lbs without optics. A lot less than was previously stated.




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Wow, that's not bad at all! Figure scope and good rings add what?...18 ounces, maybe? Not too bad at all. It has to be from the Hogue pillar bedded stock. I have one on my Ruger 7-Mag and it really lightened up the rifle from the factory walnut. If it was the full-length bedded stock it wouls go about 8.4 pound naked. and about 10 pounds scoped with decent glass. The ONLY thing I don't like about the dual pillar bedded stock is that the foregrip is VERY sensitive to hold and does not like to have a bi-pod mounted to it. If you're gonna do any LR shooting I would suggest an HS precision stock...but the the 700 full blown tactical wouldn't be much more...

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