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Old April 13, 2013, 08:11 PM   #1
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Remington 700 SPS, 700 ADL, or 783?

What's y'all's opinion on the three different models? I'm looking into getting a 308 or 30-06. I have an older BDL in 270 and a relatively new SPS in 25-06.
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Old April 14, 2013, 06:18 AM   #2
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I'm personally a fan of the 700 ADL. Nothing against the SPS performance wise, just wasn't my cup of tea. As for the 783, wait a year or 2 to make sure its not another 770. I really wish Remington would come back out with a slightly updated 788. That was a budget rifle that really outshot the 700.
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Old April 14, 2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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The SPS and ADL are the same gun. The SPS has a floorplate and the ADL has a blind magazine. You generally get the ADL for a little less money and having the floorplate is not a huge deal to me. Espeically on Remigtons. They have pretty cheesey bottom metal anyway, so I'd just as soon save a few bucks and get the ADL. The savings can go towards a better scope. The 783 is unproven, and I'm not willing to be a product tester. The 700 isn't my favorite design, but it is a good one.

If you ever plan to upgrade to a better quality stock any BLD stock design will fit the SPS and there are more options avalable, especially on cheaper aftermarket stocks. But I cannot see replacing a cheap factory stock with a cheap aftermarket stock. All of the quality aftermarket stocks are available in BDL and ADL.
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Old April 15, 2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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The only thing I retained from my SPS's is the bolt and barreled action. Since I don't care for the bolt knob I also replaced that. They are fine shooting guns but aren't really offered in a very good trim. Since they were the only factory offerings chambered in 7mm08 with a varmint contour I could find at a reasonable price, I used them for my assemblies but I hated them in factory finish.

For me, they need a trigger, stock, new bottom metal, bolt knob and a paint job to be ready to work with. Just my opinion though and there are a ton of aftermarket products available.
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Old April 17, 2013, 11:21 AM   #5
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My first hunting rifle was a 700ADL. Three stocks later and I still love it. Part of me does wish I got a Model Seven in .308 instead though. The shorter action and barrel could be nice in some brush I've found myself in.
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Old April 17, 2013, 06:43 PM   #6
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I'm leaning towards the x-bolt in 308 or 7-08.
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Old April 17, 2013, 09:33 PM   #7
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I had a 700 ADL in .243 that I loved. Wonderful shooter, very accurate and smooth-operating. Another ADL or a good 788 would be my choice if I could still hunt. Probably .270, maybe .308.
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Old April 17, 2013, 11:36 PM   #8
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Not a single thing I remember that would be bad about a Xbolt. Might spend more than you wanted but still a nice rifle.
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Old April 18, 2013, 10:50 AM   #9
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700 adl at academy in 30-06 is $379
X-bolt at academy in 308 $649
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Old April 20, 2013, 02:43 AM   #10
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That price difference, go with the 700. You'll have money to spare for towards an optic.
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Old April 28, 2013, 02:02 PM   #11
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Great point. I was thinking of using a 4x12x40 Prostaff I already have.
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Old April 28, 2013, 02:17 PM   #12
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I like the ADL but I really prefer the SPS just because of the "hogue style " rubbery stock.
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Old April 28, 2013, 02:20 PM   #13
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I got a new SPS in 223. In stock configuration it shot ok but would not hold POA. Thermoplastic stocks cold flow under pressure they will not hold still. I replaced the stock and the trigger. I can tear down and even remove the scope, reassemble and almost perfect on target.
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Old April 28, 2013, 03:37 PM   #14
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What's a decent aftermarket stock to replace a 700 SPS with? I have one in 25-06 and may replace it. Something that won't break the bank either.
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Old April 29, 2013, 06:54 AM   #15
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