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Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2015, 05:49:14 AM »
 

jlemmy

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  Also a once upon a time Remington 700 SPS Tactical in .223. It's been trued and mated to a 22" Bartlein. Ditched the factory stock and put it into a B&C 2092 stock and inletted a DBM. Has the TubbT7T trigger, a sloped Seekins rail and was just upgraded with an orphaned Spuhr mount. Glass is a Zeiss Diavari 6-24 x 56.

  Has proven to be very accurate with the 69 grain Lapua Scenar and Berger 77 grain OTM. Was still doing load development when the weather turned but I'm almost there. Rounds cycle wonderfully out of the MDT mags. It's been a fun low powder usage rifle. All my other bolts are in chassis and burn much more powder.
 

Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2015, 08:12:21 AM »
 

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What caliber is that Stick?

308
Price List
Donor SPS           ~$500.00
HSP Stock used    ~$200.00
PTG DBM +install ~$150.00
Schneider Blank     $275.00
Older 700 trigger      $35.00
Leupold Scope      ~$850.00
Base & Rings        ~$160.00
Gunsmith                $650.00
Total Package        ~$2820.00

I used some approximates as some stuff I traded for. I also did not include money I had in work on the gun before I swapped barrels. Figure another $200.00 maybe, but I also traded off the old stock, trigger, and bottom metal so it is a wash.
 

Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2015, 07:12:01 PM »
 

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MY cheapest long gun is a stock Rem 700 PSS in 223.  I just wore the barrel out after 6890 rounds.  About 5500 rounds in I found I could no longer get very good accuracy shooting anything over 55 grains with any significant velocity, so I started to load-down 55 gr HPBT Hornady bullets and at 1900 fps it was back (with a slight adjustment to the scope).  At 6900 rounds it opened up to 3", and I tried a few other things but it gave up the ghost. 

Given I had $720 into the gun (13 year ago), $170 into a aftermarket Timney Trigger (Calvin Elite), I'd say the ammo (let alone bullets) cost well more than the rig it's self.
 

Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2015, 07:59:27 PM »
 

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MY cheapest long gun is a stock Rem 700 PSS in 223.  I just wore the barrel out after 6890 rounds.  About 5500 rounds in I found I could no longer get very good accuracy shooting anything over 55 grains with any significant velocity, so I started to load-down 55 gr HPBT Hornady bullets and at 1900 fps it was back (with a slight adjustment to the scope).  At 6900 rounds it opened up to 3", and I tried a few other things but it gave up the ghost. 

Given I had $720 into the gun (13 year ago), $170 into a aftermarket Timney Trigger (Calvin Elite), I'd say the ammo (let alone bullets) cost well more than the rig it's self.


Wow, that's quite the life span you got out of that barrel.  Forget bullets, you've nearly got $720 worth of powder and primer into it!  LOL
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Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2015, 08:22:33 PM »
 

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MY cheapest long gun is a stock Rem 700 PSS in 223.  I just wore the barrel out after 6890 rounds.  About 5500 rounds in I found I could no longer get very good accuracy shooting anything over 55 grains with any significant velocity, so I started to load-down 55 gr HPBT Hornady bullets and at 1900 fps it was back (with a slight adjustment to the scope).  At 6900 rounds it opened up to 3", and I tried a few other things but it gave up the ghost. 

Given I had $720 into the gun (13 year ago), $170 into a aftermarket Timney Trigger (Calvin Elite), I'd say the ammo (let alone bullets) cost well more than the rig it's self.


Wow, that's quite the life span you got out of that barrel.  Forget bullets, you've nearly got $720 worth of powder and primer into it!  LOL

When you think about it, 5000 rounds (start of the noticeable decline) is pretty decent for factory Remington Barrel, but it was a LE overrun, so maybe they used a better grade barrel, maybe not.  Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.  When discussing it with a friend he was shocked about the rounds.  I showed him a receipt from 2003 when I was buying a 50 round pack of Winchester 223 55 gr FMJ for 8.99 from Bass Proshop.  At 18 cents a round, it is hard to find 22LR ammo at that cost today.  I used to shoot 200 rounds a month from that gun at the 200 yard range I was a member at back in 2005.  In looking over the spreadsheet, it only has 600 rounds in the last 4 years. :(  I guess that is a result of shooting bigger at longer ranges. ;D
 

Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2015, 09:38:57 AM »
 

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All my rifles are cheap...not that they don't shoot.  My dad and I bought Mauser 98's back when they were 40 bucks a rifle.  We scrapped the barrels and the stocks.  We would thread a barrel on, inlet a nice chunk of walnut, glass bed it and go shoot.  They were great father/son projects and I look for ward to this type of thing with my son in a few years.  But since Mauser actions are now going for ALOT more than they once were and walnut isn't getting any cheaper I think I'll make my father/son project an AR10.

My dad and I built a .22-250AI about 15 years ago that launches 40gr Noslers at around 4100 fps and when I got out of the service we did a 260 Remington.  Lots of fun!  So I guess when you look at what Mauser's cost compared to what a custom build cost's they're cheaper. 
 

Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2015, 11:48:14 AM »
 

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Well I guess I'll post a little more insight to Jeff and mine's original conversation.

Way back in the early 80's I had a 70's vintage 700VS wood stock, bedded and floated, tuned factory trigger. With a 6.5-20 target Leupold I had all of about $650.00 in it. That gun shot sub 1/2" groups all day, every day. A lot of groups would hover around the 1/4" range. I won several local BR matches with it and placed in a lot more.

Where Jeff and I started was my statement "When I did my part" thus the topic of archer came up. I believe if you have good equipment there is a lot of "Doing your part" involved. I am pretty sure if the rifle I posted pics of throws one it probably isn't the gun's fault.
 

Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2016, 08:50:32 PM »
 

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Wards westen field 22 lr i found at a garauge sale offered the lady $20 for it  she countered with $5. Over the year i re blued it made a triger and but pad. All total might have $25 in it. I look forward to passing it on to the kid.
 

Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2016, 09:08:26 AM »
 

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Wards westen field 22 lr i found at a garauge sale offered the lady $20 for it  she countered with $5. Over the year i re blued it made a triger and but pad. All total might have $25 in it. I look forward to passing it on to the kid.

Well if you want to go that route. About 10 years ago I bought a 512 Remington tube fed bolt action 22 at a shop for $265.00 (IIRC). Now even today that is kinda high for what that gun is, but it had a Lyman 5A scope on it which is why I bought it in the first place. I sold the scope for $375.00 and put a Lyman Junior Targetspot on it off another gun that I put a Unertl on. I touched up the crown with a cast bullet chucked in a drill and some fine valve grinding compound. The gun will shoot pretty much one hole at 50yds and is easy sub .75moa at 100yds
 

Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2016, 06:17:37 PM »
 

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Nice looking hammer!!!
 

Re: Cheapest Hammer in your collection
« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2016, 08:13:45 PM »
 

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The cheapest one I have right now is a Remington 700 tactical 16" barrel 1-10 twist that I picked up in a trade for a scope I had 600 dollars into.   It came in a Magpul hunter stock with AICS bottom metal.  Added a SWFS SS 3-15x42 milquad for $449 and I was into it for just over s grand.



Recently upgraded it to a MDT chassis, XLR stock, and TIMNEY trigger.   Still under 2k into it so fairly budget minded when it comes to precision rifles.



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