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Old March 4, 2011, 12:44 PM   #1
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Remington 700 ADL combo at Cabela's... opinions?

My local Cabela's is running a sale this weekend... the 700ADL w/ a Cabela's Pine Ridge 3-9x40 scope and hard case, $449. Anyone here have experience with either that rifle or that scope?
I have $500 set aside for shopping a . 223 bolt gun, but might consider this ADL in . 243
if it's a particularly good deal...
Thanks for any insight you all can provide!
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Old March 4, 2011, 01:08 PM   #2
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Right now the ADL's at Wally World are selling for $429 with Remington scopes around here. All I know on most packaged deals I wouldn't want the scope that is on the rifles for very long. I don't have a clue about the Pine Ridge brand Cabela's sells, and their quality.

I've had good luck with every ADL I've ever owned. I don't have any in the safe presently, as I've traded them off for other rifles. Last new ADL I bought a couple of years ago, I got for a little over $300 out the door in .270 Win. I asked how many that they had at that price as I would have bought at least two more if they were available regardless of chambering.
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Old March 4, 2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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I am a huge fan a Remington, and for along time I didn't want to admit that there quality has slipped a little over the years. Last year I bought a new ADL in .270 and it is a decent rifle, but I think there are better rifles out there right now for the same money. I would look at the Thompson Center Venture Dicks has them right now for $449.00 it's a much better rifle IMO than the 700ADL has a fully free floated barrel, detachable mag, 5R rifling and they guarantee that it will shoot a 3 shot 1 MOA group.

Thompson Center rifles also come with a lifetime warranty the Remington 700 is only for 2 years.
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Old March 4, 2011, 04:02 PM   #4
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I'm seriously looking at the same deal - but with a .300 or .30-06 rifle.

Remington stopped making the ADL in 2005. However, you can still find them NIB at Cabelas, Big 5, and Sportman's warehouse (here in Colorado). I suppose they're simply selling, slow.

The scope is okay - about a $50 value (wholesale). Still - it's better than what Remington was slapping on their combo kits. I'm planning on upgrading eventually to a Leupold.

The only drawback I'm aware of with the ADL is that you'll have a blind, internal magazine (i.e. - no drop plate - forcing you to work rounds through the chamber to eject them).

Remington has allegedly had issues with their safety mechanism (although I don't think this problem has been observed with later models).

Take a couple of minutes to compare the 700 ADL with the 770 - and I think you'll conclude the 700 is a better model.

Cabelas also has a nice Weatherby kit - which is superior to the ADL (in my opinion).
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Old March 4, 2011, 04:35 PM   #5
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Remington stopped making the ADL in 2005. However, you can still find them NIB at Cabelas, Big 5, and Sportman's warehouse (here in Colorado). I suppose they're simply selling, slow.

Remington and other manufacturers make exclusive runs for certain retailers. These are not NOS (new old stock) rifles.
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Old March 4, 2011, 04:38 PM   #6
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Remington still makes the ADL for big box stores the ADLs they are selling were not made 6 yrs ago.......
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Old March 4, 2011, 04:38 PM   #7
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There is no way the 770 is better than the 700ADL. Go with the 700 and save up for a better scope. Who knows maybe the one that comes with it will be ok for awhile. I have a 700adl in .270 and its a sub-moa rifle with remington cor-lokts.
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Old March 4, 2011, 04:58 PM   #8
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A 700 is a 700, a well-established rifle, and loved and hated by many. The Pine Ridge scopes are pretty good for a cheap scope, I would put one on a rifle I own and not feel too bad about it. Definitely better than the Remington-marked scopes on the WalMart package deals.
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Old March 4, 2011, 05:02 PM   #9
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Thanks for the clarification regarding the age of the new ADLs.

As you suggest, the only place I find them is with the "big box" sporting goods retailers.

BS (funny initials, eh?) ---- read closely ----- I'd never dream of sugggesting the 770 is as good as the 700 ADL. The former is among the cheapest rifles I've ever seen.
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Old March 4, 2011, 05:09 PM   #10
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I bought an ADL in January, at a pawn shop. I paid $525 for it, but it was mounted with a Leupold scope. I haven't had a chance to shoot it much, just one range trip in January, but I think it's going to be a shooter.

I don't know about the new Remingtons. Mine was made in August 1983.
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Old March 4, 2011, 05:11 PM   #11
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I am a huge fan a Remington, and for along time I didn't want to admit that there quality has slipped a little over the years. Last year I bought a new ADL in .270 and it is a decent rifle, but I think there are better rifles out there right now for the same money. I would look at the Thompson Center Venture Dicks has them right now for $449.00 it's a much better rifle IMO than the 700ADL has a fully free floated barrel, detachable mag, 5R rifling and they guarantee that it will shoot a 3 shot 1 MOA group.
I was going to type out this same thing, but figured I'd just copy it and save some time I've got a Sportsman's Warehouse I like better than Dick's, so I would have used them instead.
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Old March 4, 2011, 07:07 PM   #12
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A Remington 700 ADL in the mid $400's sounds like a reasonable deal. Mine is 43 years old in .270 Winchester and still shoots MOP groups (minute of pig, it also shoots MOA groups). It's been reliable, safe and accurate for a long time. I have about 700 rounds through mine. The only down side I had was the blued finish rusting easily. I had the barrel and action hard-chromed so no more problems. If I had to buy a new one I would try to find one with a stainless barrel. Good luck.

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Old March 4, 2011, 07:36 PM   #13
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Im sorry BUD. I misread your post. Yeah, your a real funny guy.
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Old March 4, 2011, 08:10 PM   #14
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Thanks for the input. I'm not entirely sure that the deal is good enough to sway me from what I was actually after (.223 bolt action).
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Old March 4, 2011, 11:19 PM   #15
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Our local Dick's has a Remington SPS Buckmasters .270 Win with a 3-9 X 40 Nikon ProStaff scope on it for somewhere around $600.
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Old March 5, 2011, 06:19 AM   #16
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In November of '09 I bought a Remington 700ADL Varmint in 308 from Dick's. It is a very nice rifle. Bolt is very smooth. Trigger is smooth adn creep free, breaks at around 4 pounds. With my handloads it shoots .59 MOA. With Remington express 150gr PSP's it shoots .65moa. This is with the factory stock that most people like to bash.
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Old March 5, 2011, 02:20 PM   #17
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That's something I miss living where I do... none of the Wal Mart or Dick's sell guns around here. WI is pretty anti-gun. Was a big shock for me, coming from Texas!
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Old March 5, 2011, 06:29 PM   #18
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Essentially the difference between the ADL and the BDL is the the ADL has a "blind" magazine and a little less quality wood and finsih.
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Old March 6, 2011, 12:00 AM   #19
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sir_nothing ----

I lived in Wisconsin for 10 years - never thought of the state as anti-gun (especially compared to the flatlanders just south of WI).

Wisconsin is home to a really big Cabela's in Prarie du Chien - as well as Gander Mountain. (I think Gander is a WI-based chain).

I used to shoot at the city Izaak Walton league trap-shoot on weekends. I really miss it, in fact.

Getting back on topic -- I think the ADL is a reasonably good buy.
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Old March 7, 2011, 08:45 PM   #20
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Compared to Texas, WI is definitely anti-gun.

Anyway, I passed on the ADL deal. I'm leaning more towards getting myself set up for reloading rather than buy a new rifle right now. Been meaning to get set up for a couple of years, just haven't gotten around to it yet!

IF I change that plan and go for a new gun, it'll be because I ran across a great deal on a used gun that I just can't pass on.
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Old March 7, 2011, 08:50 PM   #21
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The ADL is a great gun, I have 3 700s, a ADL, SPS, and a CDL and the ADL outshoots both of them. They are built very well and are super durable. The scopes are failry decent. By no means a good scope but they compare with Leupold Riflemans, Nikon Prostaffs etc. They are great for the average hunter on a budget.
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Old March 17, 2011, 09:52 AM   #22
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Cabela's also has the Weatherby Vanguard package for $549. I'd seriously think about spending the extra $100 and going for that package.
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