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Old November 6, 2023, 06:18 PM   #1
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Remington 700 SPS 243

I bought this rifle in an online auction back in August. I’ve only had time to pick it up and drive it home. It is a Buckmasters edition with a green camo stock (Realtree) and has a 3x9 Bushnell scope on it. Paid $400 for it. Finally got it to the range today. The Bushnell is a POS, like looking through a cloud. I tried some Hornady 87 grain V-Max and got about a two inch group, while making some scope adjustments and figuring out my grip and shooting position. I had some unmarked handloads that I probably got in a junk box at a previous live auction years ago, so I tried those just to empty the brass. With the barrel already warm to hot, I got 5 shots under 3/4 inch at 100 yards, and I was ready to call two fliers on that group, apparently not. The orange dot is 3 inches in diameter. So I know the rifle has great potential but I don’t even know the bullet weight on those reloads. Hopefully I can recreate it. Very happy with the rifle, gonna have to see if I can find a better scope in my collection.
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Old November 7, 2023, 09:21 AM   #2
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good news i always wonderd about them
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Old November 7, 2023, 09:43 AM   #3
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Did you clean the scope lenses with eyeglass cleaner and a soft cloth ? If not, try it before you junk the scope. If you put 5 shots into 3/4" @ 100 it can't be that bad...

just sayin'...
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Old November 7, 2023, 10:30 AM   #4
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i bought a sps in .260 on close out with a 24" barel and 1-8 twist, with a 140 gr bullet and n-560 its a moa or better at 100 yrds rifle.
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Old November 7, 2023, 04:00 PM   #5
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If you have any of that ammo left, pull one of the bullets and weigh it. Post a picture and maybe some one will be able to identify it. I haven't shot a .243 in more years than I care to count but I always had excellent accuracy with the 100 gr. Hornady SP. I never used the .243 on big game but kids I let use the rifle took deer handily with the load. This was back in the mid to late 70s when I lived in Nevada so I don't remember the load.
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Old November 28, 2023, 07:40 AM   #6
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Seems like a promising rifle. It may benefit by glassbedding the action and free-floating the barrel. I've done that to many rifles and it always made a good rifle into a great one, provided the bore is decent and the crown is clean.
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Old November 29, 2023, 11:25 PM   #7
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Bought a couple of SPS rifles. Plastic stocks are crap, so get a Boyd's. Now, they both shoot 1/2" with selected handloads.
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