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C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:34 pm

I posted briefly about 4 or 5 weeks ago with some pictures of my rifle, and I wanted to do a formal review.

The build took a longer time than what I think the shop normally quotes due to the fact this was during a transitional period from when Fred left until Nick began. So the time the rifle was in the shop was about 8 months. They gave me every opportunity to pick it up and find a different shop, but to be honest I really wanted Fred to do the build, and not knowing anyone else, I decided to stick with them, I figured they want a good product too, as it is their reputation after all. In the end, I was a little bit concerned that I didn't know what I was going to get in the final product.

As the weeks and months went by, I gradually supplied all the parts from the base Remington 700, to the Benchmark barrel, Timney trigger, etc. The shop ordered the new large fluted bolt from PT&G. I paid up front for the cost of the bolt, which was expected, but damn, it took 3 months or so for the bolt to arrive at the shop, each one is built to order.
I think I might have pestered them quite a bit, It got to a point where Josh recognized my phone number and he knew me by name, not sure if that's really a bad thing :)

I FINALLY received the call that it was ready late March. Aside from the fact that the rifle ended up costing way more than I intended, it is #&%@'ing beautiful! I told my wife the total $$$ I'm into this for and she was like WTF, but she just got a new car, so she quickly dropped it, thank God :)

Anyway, I was out shooting today and thought I'd share my best target so far, keep in mind, I'm still new to this, so this is only a 100 yard target, but it's a cloverleaf.

I also wanted to give my thumbs up to the guys at C.a.R they did a fantastic job, and I wouldn't hesitate to work with them again. I did have some other issues with them during this whole process, but I've decided to look past them. I just hope the timetable is more in my favor next time. Again, my situation was unique because of the transition and staffing issues, but that aside, based on the quality of work, I'd gladly give them an A for delivering a kick ass rifle.

Build list:
Remington 700 SPS short action receiver in .308
Benchmark stainless steel barrel 24 inch 1/10 twist
Benchmark muzzle brake
Timney 2 stage Calvin Elite trigger flat fased
MDT ESS chassis in fde
Athlon Argos 6x24x50 ffp optic
Burris Xtreme rings
EGW 20MOA pic rail
PT&G large fluted bolt with Badger Ordinance bolt knob
cheap bubble level
Upgraded carbon fiber forend and cheek riser
Accu Tac LR10 bipod
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Pete

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:03 pm

Is it still a .308 or did you change caliber?


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Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:08 pm

It's a 308 for now. I'll eventually rebarrel to 6.5 CM

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:47 pm

Nice set-up!

Glad you're happy, & even more glad the wife is good with it :thumbsup2:

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Tue May 01, 2018 5:09 pm

I actually got to put a few rounds through it... Wicked accurate! At 200 yards it was grouping at about 1" total (.5 MOA)

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Tue May 01, 2018 5:46 pm

Awesome looking rifle. I’m sure the groups will get tighter and tighter as you get used to the rifle and it breaks in a bit.

Bring it out to the Nisqually PRS matches. First weekend of every month.

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Tue May 01, 2018 5:52 pm

Glad to see you got it all put together! I remember discussing this project when we met at WCA.

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Tue May 01, 2018 9:12 pm

Hey, I took your advice and got the Burris rings. They worked out great.

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Tue May 01, 2018 9:54 pm

Good looking rifle, i know you wanted them to do the work but you could have easily done it all yourself in a weekend...

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Tue May 01, 2018 10:17 pm

pistolpeter1911 wrote:Hey, I took your advice and got the Burris rings. They worked out great.

Pretty stout for the price aren't they?

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Wed May 02, 2018 12:42 am

Yea, not too familiar with the lathe, nor fitting a bolt to a receiver, nor the whole machining process, so I doubt this would be even remotely possible for me.

acidfly wrote:Good looking rifle, i know you wanted them to do the work but you could have easily done it all yourself in a weekend...

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Wed May 02, 2018 10:35 am

Got ya, regardless worth the wait. Those groups are sweet




pistolpeter1911 wrote:Yea, not too familiar with the lathe, nor fitting a bolt to a receiver, nor the whole machining process, so I doubt this would be even remotely possible for me.

acidfly wrote:Good looking rifle, i know you wanted them to do the work but you could have easily done it all yourself in a weekend...

Re: C.a.R Firearms Remington 700 build review

Wed May 02, 2018 1:02 pm

Thanks for the review Pete, glad to hear you're enjoying the rifle!!!!!
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