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Old October 19, 2020, 04:44 PM   #1
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Remington 700 BDL

Ok guys I'm an old hat. I want to add a Remington 700 BDL to my collection for old time sake. I have Sakos, Kimbers, Winchesters, etc but I want a 700. I looked at one today at Sportsmans Warehouse a BDL in .270. and it looked great. Wood was nice, bluing really nice and action and trigger was nice. Even though trigger was different than what I remember. However it was crisp with no overtravel. My question is, since Remington was a disaster in the last years or so, has anyone tried the 700's made in the last YEAR or Two. If so, opinions appreciated. Thanks.
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Old October 19, 2020, 10:20 PM   #2
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I have a 700VTR in 308, a 700 in 243, 280 (Shaw Barrels), 7mmRM, and an old 700 re-barreled to 338-06 (Shilen). All have Timney Hunter Triggers. All but the 338 are less than 3 years old. The factory 7mmRM has a Bell&Carlson stock and shoots 1/2". The 243 shoots 75s into .3". If I was going to add a factory 700, it'd be a CDL. None of the above have factory stocks, either. The VTR and 243 have Magpul Hunter, the 280 has B&C, and the 338 has a Boyd's Laminate.
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Old October 20, 2020, 01:02 PM   #3
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"...trigger was different..." New rifles need a trigger job anyway. And there is lots and lots of aftermarket stuff for M700's.
"...since Remington was a disaster..." They are a disaster. Financially. That will show in the QC. However, I very much doubt a 700 would be unsafe to shoot.
I'd be thinking price myself. MSRP is $1,014US.
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Old October 20, 2020, 01:33 PM   #4
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I'll look at it again. Price was 849.00
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Old October 20, 2020, 01:44 PM   #5
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The stocks are nice on the bdls . Shouldn’t have to change that one


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Old October 20, 2020, 04:54 PM   #6
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Ill try the trigger if its improved. If not I already found timney trigger for it.
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Old October 20, 2020, 06:32 PM   #7
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I'm not spending that much on a rifle that needs the trigger and/or stock replaced.

Might as well spend a little bit more on something better.
Your talking 800-900 for a rifle, then adding what 3-400 more for a trigger and stock?

That's crazy.
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Old October 21, 2020, 10:16 AM   #8
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I'd get a CDL

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Old October 21, 2020, 06:24 PM   #9
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I'd get a Bergara B14 Wilderness.

.....what the Remington SHOULD be.
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Old October 21, 2020, 08:19 PM   #10
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I'm not spending that much on a rifle that needs the trigger and/or stock replaced.

Might as well spend a little bit more on something better.
Your talking 800-900 for a rifle, then adding what 3-400 more for a trigger and stock?

That's crazy.
As much as I like the 700 I have never owned one with a wood stock that didn't need bedding work. I would change the trigger immediately upon purchase.
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Old October 23, 2020, 10:18 AM   #11
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My 700 BDL, bought used in the early 80s, is a very accurate hunting rifle. As said, it was bought used, so I'm not sure the exact age. It is a .270, and the stock has been glass bedded and trigger re-worked.
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Old October 23, 2020, 10:22 AM   #12
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If I were to buy another hunting rifle, after hunting with Rem 700s for about 45 years, I'd think hard about a Tikka. I have a Tikka .243 and it is a great factory rifle, especially after bedding/free-floating. The trigger, action, and barrel are outstanding and the wood stock is really good.
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Old October 23, 2020, 04:26 PM   #13
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Thanks for the replys, however I think most forgot the reason for this post. I know there's better rifles out there. I have Winchester M70 extreme weather, Kimber 8400, Sako 75. My post was about adding an older classic M700 BDL to the collection, and what people thought about the news ones today. Thanks again.
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Old October 23, 2020, 06:27 PM   #14
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If you wnat a Remington 700 BDL, buy one, it's one of the best rifles on the market. The Remington 700 BDL or CDL is a beautiful classic wood stocked hunting rifle. They typically shoot good right out of the box. Are there lemons? Sure. But I see a lot more Tikkas, Savages, Brownings and Winchesters in my shop for accuracy and reliability issues than I do Remington 700s. Most Remingtons come in for cleaning, scope mounting, a new recoil pad, etc. Savages come in because of trigger issues, Brownings come in for light strikes, Tikkas come in because they need muzzle brakes because they kick too hard. Not sure where all the broke Remingtons are if they're so bad according to the internet experts. People buy a $389 Remington 700 combo from WalMart then complain it has problems. I can sum up 75% of the issues under "operator error", many of the rest under cheap gun parts. People come to me with their rifles and tell me they won't shoot accurately, I go to the range and print cloverleaf groups with it. People tell me their rifle won't feed, I put ammo in it and it works like a charm. They tell me about poor fit and finish then hand me a plastic-stocked rifle. WTH?
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Old October 23, 2020, 06:35 PM   #15
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If you wnat a Remington 700 BDL, buy one, it's one of the best rifles on the market. The Remington 700 BDL or CDL is a beautiful classic wood stocked hunting rifle. They typically shoot good right out of the box. Are there lemons? Sure. But I see a lot more Tikkas, Savages, Brownings and Winchesters in my shop for accuracy and reliability issues than I do Remington 700s. Most Remingtons come in for cleaning, scope mounting, a new recoil pad, etc. Savages come in because of trigger issues, Brownings come in for light strikes, Tikkas come in because they need muzzle brakes because they kick too hard. Not sure where all the broke Remingtons are if they're so bad according to the internet experts. People buy a $389 Remington 700 combo from WalMart then complain it has problems. I can sum up 75% of the issues under "operator error", many of the rest under cheap gun parts. People come to me with their rifles and tell me they won't shoot accurately, I go to the range and print cloverleaf groups with it. People tell me their rifle won't feed, I put ammo in it and it works like a charm. They tell me about poor fit and finish then hand me a plastic-stocked rifle. WTH?


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Old October 23, 2020, 10:15 PM   #16
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I pulled the trigger on it. So far everything looks great. When I have time I'll let yall know how it shoots. Looks as good as the 1974 BDL I had. Thanks for all input folks.
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I pulled the trigger on it. So far everything looks great. When I have time I'll let yall know how it shoots. Looks as good as the 1974 BDL I had. Thanks for all input folks.


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