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Old July 21, 2021, 10:05 AM   #1
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So I bought this old .308

Back in the first week of June I bought a M700 BDL in .308 Winchester. Used but not abused rifle. It had seen better days, especially the stock. I only have one picture from the good side I'll post later, on the other there is a big chunk of toe missing. So much that it cut it down and put a recoil pad on would require reshaping the rear if the cheek piece. Also the red recoil pad is from a Ruger rifle, and I think that installation is what broke the toe.



Jimmy is a great guy that sold me this rifle so he disclosed everything and we agreed on the price of $500 for the rifle. Which with the current situation with Remington was a good deal and we both knew it. I was mainly buying for the 1981 action anyway, but this rifle had the chamber I was looking for. When I got back from Grand Junction I immediately ordered a Greyboe Outlander stock for this rifle and ran it to my gunsmith for a little alteration.

I'm having 4" taken off the barrel and threaded for an Silencer CO ASR muzzle brake, so I can use my Omega .300 Suppressor with this rifle. I'm hoping to use this rifle on my fall Black Bear and Elk hunt back over near Grand Junction. So Greyboe quoted me six weeks on my stock and I was having issues being patient, so I canceled my order and paid a little more for their Trekker stock they had in inventory that'll arrive this week. This stock is a departure from my more traditional hunting stocks that I usually buy. I don't know if I'll like it but, it's the lightest option from Greyboe at 23 ounces. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person.

I also managed to pick up two Trigger Tech Primary triggers over the 4th of July from optics Planet for $99 each. I've never tried TT before, but I hear good things. I do know they had some recalls recently on their other triggers, but they seem to be making things right.

Now I just have to figure out optics and mounting systems. I do have Burris 2 piece Picaitinny bases, but thinking I might want to go a full rail on this rifle. I've kind of narrowed down the scopes between the Vortex Razor HD LH 2-10X40 HSR4 reticle or the Leupold VX Freedom 4-12X40 SF CDS Tri-MOA reticle. Both of these optics should keep this rifle in a reasonable weight range for packing while hunting.

More to follow as build progress.
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Old July 21, 2021, 10:39 AM   #2
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That Trekker is different. Maybe it will grow on you.

Have tried Trigger Tech, Timney is my go to, if needing a replacement. But, my M700 has a good, factory trigger. Haven't seen a need to replace it.

I have always preferred a one piece base. There may or may not be an actual advantage, but they appear stronger, more stable.

Keep the updates coming.
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Old July 21, 2021, 11:08 AM   #3
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You didn't mention it, so I'll assume you didn't bother to shoot the rifle any, before starting the modification work...is that right??
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Old July 21, 2021, 10:00 PM   #4
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You didn't mention it, so I'll assume you didn't bother to shoot the rifle any, before starting the modification work...is that right??
I'm collecting parts I want or need (new stock), other than cutting the barrel down I haven't modified anything yet. I fired one round after checking headspace, just to see what the brass looked like afterwards. I did not test for accuracy at all because I didn't see anything through Jimmy's bore scope that would indicate needing to replace the barrel. I've taken brand new rifles and stripped them down to just the receiver and bolt body before to rebuild, so I guess I really don't see the point you're trying to make?
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Old July 21, 2021, 10:32 PM   #5
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You didn't mention it, so I'll assume you didn't bother to shoot the rifle any, before starting the modification work...is that right??


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so I guess I really don't see the point you're trying to make?

If you are investing time, money and planning to use the rifle for a hunt, maybe 44AMP was wondering as I am, will the gun shoot satisfactorly?
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All I was really wondering was, did you shoot it so you know what you might be losing or gaining?

I'm sure your rebuild will end with the rifle performing to what you want for accuracy, but it might have done that before. Without shooting it, you'll never know for certain....

Not a big deal. I once got a Swede carbine that I only test fired with 2 rnds. Wound up trading it off and the guy who got it shot a group you could cover with a dime at 100yds, off a rolled up fieldjacket on the hood of his truck. Had I known the gun shot that well I wouldn't have let it go. Entirely my fault, and since then, I always shoot everything at least enough to know what I have, before selling, trading or modifying.
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All I was really wondering was, did you shoot it so you know what you might be losing or gaining?
What would be worse having the rifle shoot well MOA or less before cutting the barrel down and threading, and it shoot 2+ MOA afterwards and nothing fixes it? Or just cutting down the barrel and starting with no baseline? I have a safe full of capable backup rifles if this rifle won't shoot, it isn't like it is going to ruin any of my hunts this year.
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Old July 22, 2021, 11:41 AM   #8
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Just because it looked good through a bore scope doesn't mean it will shoot. I'd have shot it for accuracy before doing anything. You're going to end up with an awful expensive rifle with a barrel of unknown accuracy. With everything else you're doing a new barrel just isn't that much more. I'd prefer to know before I put the time and effort into putting it together.
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Old July 22, 2021, 04:04 PM   #9
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A friend bought a scoped 30-06 with a DWM 1909 Mauser action. He asked me to check it out as its best 100 yard groups were 3 MOA plus.

Bore looked brand new. Slugged it with lead balls that mic'ed about .313" diameter; proof it was made for the 7.65 Argentine Mauser cartridge then rechambered.

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Just because it looked good through a bore scope doesn't mean it will shoot
What it told me is I didn't see was a roached out throat with heat cracks, or extreme tool marks. That told me the barrel was probably okay, and that I had a good chance to find acceptable accuracy. If for some reason the rifle needs a different barrel I'll put one on it at that time.
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Slugged it with lead balls that mic'ed about .313" diameter; proof it was made for the 7.65 Argentine Mauser cartridge then rechambered.
That was common enough back in the day, especially with desirable actions like the 1909 Argentine. People who were eager or didn't know anything about guns would snatch them up and then whine about how it didn't shoot. But this is a factory rifle, factory hammer-forged barrel, so I expect it will shoot MOA or so. Once it's cut down it might shoot better, it might shoot worse. But if it's awful, a new barrel is not terribly expensive. Let's see how it works out! Carry on, taylorce!
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Old July 25, 2021, 02:16 PM   #12
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I tried to trade him out of that rifle so he wouldnt have to go through any of this...he told me no way, and that his plan was to cut and suppress it for a lightweight, dandy hunting rifle.
I would've built an M40 on it...lol
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Stock came in ½ ounce over advertised weight.



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Thats nice!
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