New birthday rifle

timctimc Senior MemberPosts: 6,681 Senior Member
I put together a new rifle for my birthday last month. I started with a Remington SPS Varmint in .308 as my base rifle. I trashed the stock and trigger, then added a AICS stock, Timney trigger, Versapod bipod, Brownells base, Nightforce steel rings and a Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20 scope. The rifle came out very nice and heavy as I expected tipping the scales at 15 pounds empty.
The first trip to the range with ther rifle was just to get an idea of what she likes to eat. I found 168 grain Breger VLD hunting bullets did very well running around .6 to .75" at 100 yards and easily hitting the 4" swining target every time at 200 yards. I think I will try some loads with H-335 and IMR 4895 to see if I can get her below .5" at 100 yards. With the weight of the rifle recoil is very light so she is easy to keep on target.

Here is a pic to avoid the fine...
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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    Tim, that is amazingly sexy!!!

    :drool:
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    Thank you! :beer:
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  • Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Senior Member Posts: 1,126 Senior Member
    Spectacular! Oh, and by the way, you SUCK!!! Kudos for putting all that together yourself! Clearly your gunsmithing skills are at least equal to your marksmanship skills. But given that 168-gr bullets are too big for varmint hunting, what are you going to do with the rifle? Accuracy competitions? Hunting? What.....?
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    Spectacular! Oh, and by the way, you SUCK!!! Kudos for putting all that together yourself! Clearly your gunsmithing skills are at least equal to your marksmanship skills. But given that 168-gr bullets are too big for varmint hunting, what are you going to do with the rifle? Accuracy competitions? Hunting? What.....?

    For now she is just a paper puncher, too heavy for hunting. I have been wanting to build this rifle for a long time; I have no real need or reason for it but then again my needing a reason for a gun has long past gone by. This is more of a "Just cause I wanted it" rifle.
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  • BPsniperBPsniper Banned Posts: 1,961 Senior Member
    Outstanding!
    "....the true general purpose big-game cartridges used in this country come in but two calibers, .30 and 7mm. (the .270 Win. is merely a slightly aberrant 7mm whose bullets are .007" undersize.) -Finn Aagaard - American Rifleman, December 1986
  • BPsniperBPsniper Banned Posts: 1,961 Senior Member
    What did that stock end up running? If you don't mind my asking. When I bought mine several years ago, they were running around $500. I suspect they're upwards of $800 by now.
    "....the true general purpose big-game cartridges used in this country come in but two calibers, .30 and 7mm. (the .270 Win. is merely a slightly aberrant 7mm whose bullets are .007" undersize.) -Finn Aagaard - American Rifleman, December 1986
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,966 Senior Member
    :beer: Ok nice
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,049 Senior Member
    That works! :up:
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,919 Senior Member
    I like it, Happy Birthday to you, are you back home working?
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,726 Senior Member
    WOW! That is VERY nice, Tim.

    I wish I had known you were in town. We need to meet up for a shoot sometime.
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,966 Senior Member
    I'm going to try this again.
    Nice rifle
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    BPsniper wrote: »
    What did that stock end up running? If you don't mind my asking. When I bought mine several years ago, they were running around $500. I suspect they're upwards of $800 by now.

    I bought it for $835 delivered. They be expensive!!!
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    I like it, Happy Birthday to you, are you back home working?

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! :beer:
    No, I was just back home for 10 days now I am back in the Balkans. I was extended until the end of the year with the possibility of up to another year but I don't know if I want to stay that long.
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    WOW! That is VERY nice, Tim.

    I wish I had known you were in town. We need to meet up for a shoot sometime.

    I would enjoy it maybe next trip!
    I was in a solid rush the whole time I was home. I was lucky to sneak out to the range the one day I went. You tend to find a lot of stuff piles up when your gone for long periods of time, my wife had a huge honeydo list.
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    I'm going to try this again.
    Nice rifle

    And thank you again! :tooth:
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  • beartrackerbeartracker Senior Member Posts: 3,116 Senior Member
    Man, that looks good indeed. Love it, and it is shooting mighty fine. Good job!!!! :beer:
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,803 Senior Member
    definately noice! you suck...

    See any Makarov's in the Balkans?

    D
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    bullet wrote: »
    Man, that looks good indeed. Love it, and it is shooting mighty fine. Good job!!!! :beer:

    I am very happy with it, sooner or later I'll be able to do some real load tuning for it and I'm sure it will be a fantastic shooter.
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    definately noice! you suck...

    See any Makarov's in the Balkans?

    D

    Man you don't know the half of it; two moths ago I watched them destroy four crates of weapons, it almost made me cry!
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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,458 Senior Member
    :yousuck:
    :drool2:
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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,803 Senior Member
    sadly we can't import them anymore either... wahh! :nono:
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
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  • TSchubTSchub Senior Member Posts: 780 Senior Member
    That is a beautiful rifle!!!!!!:cool::yousuck:
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,966 Senior Member
    timc wrote: »
    And thank you again! :tooth:
    Been having computer/forum issues, sorry for a peat and repeat.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,851 Senior Member
    Great Job Tim. It' a beauty and sounds like it shoots better than it looks. I like the SPS. It's just a BDL or a CDL with a rough finish. But once you put a good trigger on em they shoot with the best.
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    Great Job Tim. It' a beauty and sounds like it shoots better than it looks. I like the SPS. It's just a BDL or a CDL with a rough finish. But once you put a good trigger on em they shoot with the best.

    The nice part about when I picked the rifle up a local sheriff was there looking at some guns and overheard me talking about not using the stock so I sold it to him for $30 which paid for my transfer fee and gas to get there.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,851 Senior Member
    That was nice. I took my SPS Mattel stock and filled it full of foam insulation and bedded the Recoil pad in and a couple inches of barrel along the chamber. Mine is a 30-06 I bought 4 years back because I didn't have a sporter 30-06 in my collection. I had my smith in Refugio do the trigger and it shoots into a MOA. That's good enough for what I want it for, hunting. I put a Cheapo Nikon Prostaff on it and I absolutely love the gun. For the money you can't find a more clear scope than a Prostaff. It has 90% light transmission and it stands up well to recoil. For $160 how can you beat it? I have many more expensive scopes and rifles, but none that perform any better than this. The trigger was the stumbling block as far as accuracey, but once my smith tuned it up, it breaks clean at about 1.5-2 pounds. Anyway, I would love get me one in .308 and do what you did. That is just awsome.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • glockman0422glockman0422 Member Posts: 216 Member
    Awesome rifle!!!!!!
    Happy B day
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,681 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    That was nice. I took my SPS Mattel stock and filled it full of foam insulation and bedded the Recoil pad in and a couple inches of barrel along the chamber. Mine is a 30-06 I bought 4 years back because I didn't have a sporter 30-06 in my collection. I had my smith in Refugio do the trigger and it shoots into a MOA. That's good enough for what I want it for, hunting. I put a Cheapo Nikon Prostaff on it and I absolutely love the gun. For the money you can't find a more clear scope than a Prostaff. It has 90% light transmission and it stands up well to recoil. For $160 how can you beat it? I have many more expensive scopes and rifles, but none that perform any better than this. The trigger was the stumbling block as far as accuracey, but once my smith tuned it up, it breaks clean at about 1.5-2 pounds. Anyway, I would love get me one in .308 and do what you did. That is just awsome.

    I set the Timney trigger right at 1.5 pounds so it is very nice. I am still up in the air avout the swivel Versapod, I think I would lke a staionary one better.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,842 Senior Member
    Tim... :worthy: :yousuck:
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  • mythaeusmythaeus Senior Member Posts: 831 Senior Member
    THAT is freakin' sexy!!!

    :beer: / Al
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