trying to decide on my first L/R rifle : 700 SPS or 10FP?

trying to decide on my first L/R rifle : 700 SPS or 10FP?

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    trying to decide on my first L/R rifle : 700 SPS or 10FP?

    Hi guys,

    I love my M-14 and am a total .308 head. I was going to build out a "Snipish" M-14 but, after looking at the USMC M40, I realized If the Marines don't need an autoloader, I don't either. So I dug a bit and have narrowed down to two choices in NATO 7.62:

    Remington 700 SPS Tactical or Savage 10FP LE1 Hogue

    I really like both brands and both weapons seem evenly matched from the box. I'm having a problem picking one, although I'm tending slightly toward the remington b/c there seems to be more available swag if I feel like tweaking it later.

    Any advice would be much appreciated. I'm most interested in what you DON'T like about your rifle. I really think the choice is going to be more about little things that annoy me than any real major differences in performance. Thanks all.

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    I choose the rem tactical. I dont like the 20" barrel but thats me. the rem has way more aftermarket items and in my opinion is the better choice ,I would use the sps varmint and restock and possibly shorten the barrel . I personally dont want/use savages although many do. just my thoughts/opinion

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    Both are pretty good guns. I have owned both and the Savage was more accurate right out of the box. Both have pretty good aftermarket parts. The 700 prob. has more but the Savage has a pretty good selection now days.
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    Remington!!!!!!!
    If it's good enough for the Marines, you will like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by becks
    Remington!!!!!!!
    If it's good enough for the Marines, you will like it.
    It would get my vote also.
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    ok, The I's have it

    seems like everybody pretty much likes the SPS, and I agree. I've also come to think the SPS Varmint is a better base platform than the tactical. Of course, now I need a system instead of an off-the-rack rifle.

    I've already got acceptable glass (it's not killer, but it's good enough to get me going n hold the line until I can get a $$$ upgrade)

    So, I'm thinking SPS varmint in .308, aftermarket stock, rail and rings. possibly a bipod but that's negotiable as I much prefer shooting from a sandbag on the forestock.

    Do I need a supressor? Also, which stock (don't say McMillan I want an A-4 but I'm not made of money).

    You guys have been really helpful, so far. Thanks again for your time and I'm learning a lot just reading the forum

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    I think you should contact Mel and talk to him about his starter packages. He could prob. get you set up with what you need.
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    No wrong answer, just pick. Flip a coin if you want.

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    What is your budget and what do you plan on doing with this rifle?

    I own a Savage and the only complaint i have is the action seems alitle sloppy but other than that it is a real shooter.
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    looking to get out the door under $1500. I have a tasco Mildot scope that I'll be using intially (I know I know, Tasco's not that good. But it's $0 option and It'll be fine while I recharge my toy fund to buy something nicer than I could without blowing my budget, now)

    What'll I be doing? Shooting. A Lot. Targets, mostly and maybe some hunting. I might be billeted as a small arms instructor, soon. In case that appens, I want to be a better shot - I'm barely eking out sharpshooter, right now (M14, iron sites). This is one way to motivate me to practice more.

    Somebody's about to mention that I'm talking about more rifle than I need and a stock SPS varmint would be fine. Maybe, but I hate to buy things twice. I figure if I buy a better rifle than I'm ready for, I can either a) grow into it and have a familiar friend the whole way, or b) Sell if at less of a loss than a Kmart special would suffer.

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