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Hello,

I'm new to the forum and am looking for info regarding these rifles. First, the 5r mil-spec in 308. I have read info about this rifle as we all have. I like the legendary performance this rifle offers. It seems that with this model a trigger would be something that needs to be upgraded in the future if I went with this rifle. I also like a fluted barrel, mostly for appearance, but it will help with weight reduction.

The other rifle I am looking at is the 700 XCR in 308. The appearance of this rifle is very appealing. This is a 26" barrel vs the 24" on the 5r. Are the extra 2" going to make any difference? Also, the twist rate of these 2 rifles, are there advantages of either? The trigger on the XCR is Remington's 40-x, after reading about this trigger it seems great.

I will be using the rifle for range shooting and possibly hunting.

Overall, can you guys help with info and actual advantages of each?

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Both of these are very good choices. I chose the 5R an am very pleased with it. I have hunted with the 5R with good success, it is heavy and hard for me to hold free handed. I am shooting 1MOA at 400yds consistantly with my reloads. If you are going to shoot at 1000yds I would opt for the longer barrel,and deal with the issues while hunting. You are correct the trigger on the R5 is junk and would have to be changed out. Hope this helps. PS. do you reload
 

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Since you are speaking about a .308, I assume you mean the XCR Tactical Long Range.

The 5R has a somewhat better stock while the XCR has a somewhat better trigger. Both should shoot fairly well out of the box.

The 2" barrel length isn't going to make much difference. The small difference in twist isn't going to make any difference unless you get into really long bullets.

The barrel in the 5R is supposed to be held to a higher tolerance. How much higher, I can't really say.

If weight is of a concern then I would look at the 700P-LTR.
 

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I can definitely vouch for the Remington XCR Tactical Long Range in .308. I purchased it a few months ago. I'm relatively new to the benchrest shooting thing (< 1 Year), but with this rifle I've been able to achieve some excellent results recently at the 100yd range.

I outfitted the rifle with a Vortex PSR 6-24x50 FFP Scope and a Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest, and I've made some modifications to it that have seriously improved it's performance. I added a Kahn Clamp on muzzle break that has reduced the recoil by about 40%. I also replaced the trigger with a Timney Calvin Elite trigger and have it set at about 1/2 pound.

Below are a few pics of the rifle and a few pics of my shooting results from this weekend using Aussie Outback 168g Match ammo and Hornady 168g Match ammo.

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