Being one of those odd-ball left handed fellows, I was excited to see Remington offering a heavy contour barrel .308 in lefty configuration from the factory - 700 SPS Varmint. Since most of my long guns are hunting rifles that would beat you to death while launching 30 rounds in one sitting, I figured this heavy monster would fit the bill. I know they have been out for a year or more, but I've just recently got the hankering for a 'precision rifle' that would more or less be a fun gun at the range. Although, it may also see an occasional trip to my hunting property for those pesky wild hog 'varmints'.
Well, I just got all of the parts and pieces together and was quite pleased with how it performed. Here are the basic specs of what I cobbled together:
Remington 700, Left Hand SPS Varmint .308 (must be some big varmints)
H-S Precision Pro Series Varmint stock - Lefty of course
Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50 - target turrets
EGW 0 MOA base and rings
Harris BRM bipod
Tac Ops stock pack
TAB Gear sling
and probably some stuff I forgot about... oh, case of Federal Gold Medal Match!
I've hunted all my life, taken pistol and carbine classes, but have absolutely no formal long gun training. The fact that I could get four bullet holes touching at 100 yards just made my day. Also, it was my first time ever shooting at 200 yards and that was a lot of fun. A trip to the 700 yard range is certainly in my future.
As for my initial impressions of the rifle... The factory plastic injection molded stock was immediately replaced with an H-S precision stock which has full length aluminum bedding block, free floated barrel channel, and feels MUCH more sturdy. Also, the new X-Mark Pro trigger from the factory actually feels pretty good. Otherwise, I'm still feeling out the setup.
On to the pics. Any comments are welcome, but I was just wanting to show off my new boomstick.
100 yard target - five shots
200 yard target - ten shots - first shot low wasn't adjusted. The heat and mirage was pretty rough at this point in the day as well!