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    Help to accurize my old 700 30-06

    I recently aquired my first new bolt gun...it is a Remington 700 30-06 from 1984.
    It is old school with a wood stock and a Leupold VX-II 3x9x40.

    In an effort to have the most accurate gun I can, please suggest any changes. I assume there is probably some possible changes with the trigger, maybe something internal from a gunsmith. Otherwise, all I can come up with would be an expensive stock change, but I am not sure how much that will change as compared to the solid wood stock that is already on it.

    Thank for any help to the new guy.

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    If you're not set on keeping the wood stock, I would think all the usual modifications out there can be done.

    1. Stock change. Either do a chassis system like XLR Evolution, Roedale precision, or AICS products; or a more traditional stock like Manners, McMillan, or B&C. Do a proper bedding job and your'e set.

    2. Barrel swap. Keep the 30-06, or rechamber to some other long action. You don't know what kind of life the barrel you've already got has had, so it may not be a bad idea to do this first. Any of the big names will serve you well. Might as well get the action trued up when you do this, lots of reputable gunsmiths out there can do that for you.

    3. Trigger.

    4. Optics (if you don't already have a good one).

    5. Ammo for practice.
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    Thanks for the info. I would actually prefer to keep the original wood stock and barrel (I did not even think about a new barrel). The gun was made in 1984 but it honestly looks like it came out of the box last week...not a mark on it. Can a wood stock be bedded?
    So I guess that leaves me with having a gunsmith:
    -true the action
    -work on the trigger

    The optic appears to be a little older (but I have no idea), but otherwise is is clear.
    And I now realize the best thing I can do is buy ammo and shoot.

    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by BrigandTwoFour View Post
    If you're not set on keeping the wood stock, I would think all the usual modifications out there can be done.

    1. Stock change. Either do a chassis system like XLR Evolution, Roedale precision, or AICS products; or a more traditional stock like Manners, McMillan, or B&C. Do a proper bedding job and your'e set.

    2. Barrel swap. Keep the 30-06, or rechamber to some other long action. You don't know what kind of life the barrel you've already got has had, so it may not be a bad idea to do this first. Any of the big names will serve you well. Might as well get the action trued up when you do this, lots of reputable gunsmiths out there can do that for you.

    3. Trigger.

    4. Optics (if you don't already have a good one).

    5. Ammo for practice.

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    Before you do anything to it, go shoot it, otherwise you have no real basis to judge any work done to the rifle.

    Do you reload? If not its gonna be hard to find match ammo in 30-06. What kind of accuracy are you looking to achieve? Usually just a decent bedding job and trigger work will get a normal hunting rifle to shoot well enough with the right load.

    Wood stocks are fine, just heavy. Old rem700 triggers can be tuned into a pretty good trigger.

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    Wood stocks can be bedded, but that doesn't fix the other limitations of wood- mainly moisture.

    Wood swells and contracts as it picks up and releases water. Not great for accuracy. It's manageable, but not a simple as other more modern options.

    Definitely shoot the piss out of it before you get any significant work done. That wil tell you what you need to prioritize. I, personally, would not get the action trued unless I was getting a new barrel installed. There are others here who can get more detailed about why.
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    Get the stock pillar bedded, that is the best option for a wood stock. Then have the barrel free floated so that the stock moving due to weather changes doesn't affect accuracy. If the length of pull on the stock is too long or too short have it changed to fit you.

    Then have the trigger adjusted for a safe pull weight of about 3 - 3.5 pounds.

    Buy ammo and practice shooting.

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    As said, get the stock Pillar bedded, and get a trigger job. Those triggers are easy to tweak down to 3lbs. And then you will have a fine hunting rifle.

    I would shoot it first too, (as said above ) to make sure you are close. Do you own any guns that you can shoot sub-moa?
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