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Old January 7, 2014, 01:15 AM   #1
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Remington R-25 reviews?

So I've been thinking of buying a Remington R-25 as my next rifle. I'm not necessarily a .308 fan. I'm probably going with 7mm-08. I already reload 7mm Mag and .280 so this is very compatible. I can't seem to find any good reviews of the R-25 as far as accuracy, reliability and fit & finish quality. I do own an AR-15 but I don't really know what to look for in the AR-10 platform and what's to avoid. I will probable use the rifle for a future Elk hunt out west and for general practice/target shooting. I'd also like to try some long distance shooting, 4-500 yds. I just bought a Ziess conquest 6.5x20x50mm scope and I need to find a nice gun to mount it on.

Is there a better rifle for the same money ($1500)?
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Old January 7, 2014, 01:30 AM   #2
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look for reviews on DPMS LAR-308 rifles. they are the same thing made in the same factory without the name brand price hike. also no middle man customer service if something goes wrong with it.
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Old January 7, 2014, 04:11 AM   #3
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I have seen some good reviews on it a few places over the few years it's been out. I have seen some people bash it that don't even own one. I think for some reason people like to hate on BIG GREEN / REMINGTON because they are a big company that got bought out by a even bigger company. That's just my opinion.
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Old January 7, 2014, 09:01 AM   #4
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I like Remington AR's, and have an R-15. Have heard good things about the R-25's and have held a couple. While I share your liking for things 7mm I don't think I would be packing that heavy R-25 Elk hunting, especially not if I had a .280 (which I do) or a 7mm Mag (which I don't anymore). Not sure if you can find an R-25 for $1500 or not, haven't paid attention lately. I love the 7-08 cartridge, you should have a great time with it. BTW my R-15 would need a trigger upgrade or at least improvement to be very useful for long range shooting, I expect the R-25's might too.
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Old January 7, 2014, 09:03 AM   #5
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+1 to Tahunua.

If you search this forum, you will find a lot of info from a couple years ago on Cerebus buying Remington, DPMS, and Bushmaster. Remington's R-15? Bushmaster. The R-25? DPMS.

Lots of folks on here shooting the LR308 in different incarnations, to include myself. I've not heard of many complaints, other than weight, which is an issue for most of the .308 format ARs, and the trigger, which is heavy and tends to be a bit gritty.

I've had mine for 7-8 years and have never had a problem with it. I've used it for stand hunting for deer.
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Old January 7, 2014, 10:19 AM   #6
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Personally, I'd prefer to get one from "the source" and get a DPMS LR-308B so you don't get stuck with the cheesy camo decor.

Street price on those is about $1100.
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Old January 7, 2014, 06:50 PM   #7
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Looked at the R-25 before Xmas, and found a few good reviews, solid gun from what I read. If you're set on 7-08, might not be a bad choice.

However, my son wanted .308- and we settled on what others have already recommended above, the DPMS LR-308.

Bought him the 24", SS bull barrel model, as it's mostly for long-range steel at 600-1000.

Finally got it out this past weekend for some load development (we don't believe in barrel "break-in")- and after a few dozen foulers and getting the scope reasonably zeroed, got down to the OCW.

Even with the crappy trigger (only fault I can find with this rifle, but can't expect more for the price)- it shot right at 3/4" with 175 SMK's over 43.5 of Varget. Pretty darn impressive for any semi, much less one at this price, with that trigger, and so little work into load development.

Of course, fifteen pounds loaded isn't for everyone
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Old January 7, 2014, 08:38 PM   #8
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Any other recommendations other than DPMS? I'm looking for 7mm-08 ideally and I would like to explore some options.
Just to clear up my situation, the .280 I have is an older Remington model 740 from the 50's that I have used for hunting deer for the past 20 years. The 7 mag is more of an heirloom gun that I don't plan on dragging through the brush anytime soon, if ever.
I have considered a stainless bolt action rifle with a composite stock as a mountain gun but I'm really liking the idea of a semi auto in the AR-10 platform instead. Less recoil = more fun.
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Old January 7, 2014, 09:07 PM   #9
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There are no others, in that price range, for 7-08.
And you seem to be under a misconception;the AR-10 platform will be notably heavier- even in a "lightweight" build, than a bolt gun.
Just pick up a BCG from one...
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Old January 7, 2014, 09:40 PM   #10
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LDW... I am hearing you talk R-25 and mountain hunting in the same context... You are aware that fully kitted with scope, rings, magazine full of ammo and sling you are looking well over 10 lbs, right?

I've done some hunting that required long walks and +/- 1000 feet elevation on steep grades and this is not a rifle I would want to carry. For serious mountain hunting, you might not want the weight.

Or perhaps you don't mind the weight and are used to humping M240s or something...
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Old January 7, 2014, 10:06 PM   #11
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Remington R-25 reviews?

I know they are not light. That's not the number one concern on my mind. If I'm lucky I will get a chance to use it on an Elk hunt but that's not really the primary purpose for the gun so let's not get way out of context here. Semi auto in 7mm-08, accurate, loads of fun at the range, can also be used to hunt big game. I think the consensus is pretty much DPMS, and it's heavy.

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Old January 7, 2014, 11:58 PM   #12
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for the record, weight is only a problem if you're not prepared for it. before deer season came along I started hiking around my property in steel toed boots with my M1 garand over my shoulder.

come elk season my regular hunting boots didn't seem so heavy and my regular gun did not bother my on my "death hikes". there is a lot you can to to acclimatize yourself to the weight of a gun before a hunt and then it's no problem.
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Old January 8, 2014, 02:12 PM   #13
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Remington R-25 reviews?

Just out of curiosity I pulled out the Browning Safari 7mm magnum bolt action and put it on my UPS electronic scale - 9.5lbs with scope, no sling. This gun has a heavy barrel so I'm not surprised by the weight. Remington states on their website that the R-25 weighs 7.75 lbs, add a scope and your right at 10 lbs. no real difference from my bolt action. My RRA AR15 tipped in at 8.4lbs with scope and sling.

What does a DPMS really weigh?
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Old January 8, 2014, 06:31 PM   #14
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DPMS Compact Hunter is "only" 7-3/4 lbs., stripped- 16" bbl.
The LR is 11-1/4 pounds, stripped.
If you're only going out to 400-500 yards, you won't need the velocity afforded by the longer (and heavier) barrels.
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Old January 8, 2014, 07:46 PM   #15
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keep in mind that remingtons weight is empty, not loaded with 20 rounds.
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Old January 8, 2014, 09:24 PM   #16
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Remington R-25 reviews?

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keep in mind that remingtons weight is empty, not loaded with 20 rounds.

I weighed my guns empty also. I usually would not hunt with 20 rounds loaded in the mag anyway. Heck, 10 rounds is 9 more than I normally use.
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