GA Precision built REM 700 in 30-06. **PICS & Report**

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by SWThomas, May 12, 2014.

  1. SWThomas

    SWThomas The Gunny

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    I sent my REM 700 SPS to GA Precision for some upgrade work and got it back last week. I wanted a precision rifle that I'm still able to hunt with, so weight was taken into consideration. Here's what I ended up going with:
    - Bartlein 26" barrel, #4 contour, 1:11.25 twist
    - PTG Serengeti 30-06 reamed chamber
    - Stock bolt with Badger Mini-Knob and M16 extractor mod
    - Manners Elite Hunter EH-2 stock, painted in GAP Camo, bedded
    - Stock trigger (non-XMark), tuned by GAP
    - APA RTG/LA bottom metal with AI 300 WM Magazine
    - Badger 20MOA scope base
    - Vortex Viper HS 4-16X50 BDC, with their Precision Matched Rings
    - Black Cerakote everything but the stock

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    I had read a bunch of recommendations for the Serengeti reamer so I decided to go with that over the standard 30-06 reamer. I ordered one from PTG and had it shipped to GAP. I went with the standard throat since I won't be shooting bullets over 200g. I now have it in my tool box to use for re-barreling down the line, or to build another rifle.

    The rig was somewhat front-heavy with the longer/heavier barrel and a stock that weighs next to nothing. Adding the scope helped to balance it some. I had yet to load any rounds for this rifle because I was wanting to fire-form a few cases to see if the dimension match the reamer print. So I used a box of Federal 168g GMM for the break-in and initial groups. I only had to fire 3 shots before the copper fouling tapered off. After the break-in and some more shots to walk-it-into the center, I went ahead and fired a 5 shot group at 100 yards. It was 85 degrees, humid as F*CK (meteorology term), and the barrel was still warm from the previous shots.

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    This goup measured 0.406. This rifle is a pleasure to shoot and I'm impressed with how it shoots factory ammo. I'm in the process of working up some handloads for it and will report back when I get some results.
     
  2. squirrelhunter

    squirrelhunter Well-Known Member

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  3. gumpy

    gumpy Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You took the words right out of my mouth SH! The Smithy did a super fine job for you, Mon. Have you shot a group with a cold barrel yet? I would have trouble putting a gun that shot like that down. Any special reaon you went with a 30-06?
    This post is rambling on, but, it's 4:12 A.M. Plus it's my first post of the day. I get worse. :D
     
  4. SWThomas

    SWThomas The Gunny

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    I haven't had a chance to shoot any groups from a cold bore yet. Maybe this weekend.

    I went with the 30-06 because it's an outstanding cartridge that can do everything a 308 can do and more. There's an abundance of components for reloading this round and it's got all the power I'll ever need to hunt anything in the world.
     
  5. squirrelhunter

    squirrelhunter Well-Known Member

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    The same reasons I bought a 30-06 ;).
     
  6. HOTCHKIS

    HOTCHKIS New Member

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    Very nice! Someone had put me in touch with a PWS armorer and plan on having a Remington M40A5 build done down the line.
     
  7. SWThomas

    SWThomas The Gunny

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    I work with three 2112s here at the school house and Quantico is just up the interstate. The production guys at PWS know their stuff and make some great rifles. The M40A5 isn't the most accurate rifle out there but it meets the minimum standards for the USMC.

    My buddy Mark is the Production Manager at GA Precision and he is a retired USMC 2112.
     
  8. HOTCHKIS

    HOTCHKIS New Member

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    Yes Sir Gunny, I had read about them all being former 2112s and I wasn't trying to take anything away from your post. Enjoy and use in good health!
     
  9. HOTCHKIS

    HOTCHKIS New Member

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    If these PWSs built toasters I would buy one! LOL!