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Remington 700 SPS 85538 308 Winchester, $655

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The Remington 700 SPS delivered excellent performance. While the price was twice that of some of the economy guns, the Remington, fitted with a middle-of-the-road riflescope, gave excellent results. It was clearly the smoothest rifle tested. While velocity was less than the other rifles, choosing a longer-barrel SPS variant (the 20-inch-barrel #84207) would solve that, but at the expense of faster handling. We like this rifle, but the Savage Axis or Remington 783 would be plenty for hunting at a much lower price. However, if you're looking for a more maneuverable choice, there's nothing else in this test that's nearly as handy.

Remington 700 SPS 85538 308 Winchester, $655

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With a hinged floorplate, it is easy to quickly unload the Remington 700.
The 700 is a heavy rifle with good balance. The thick barrel contour accounts for a good chunk of the weight. The Redfield Battlezone scope has been in service for several years.
The Remington trigger was easily adjusted and offered a crisp let off. None of the rifles produced jarring recoil, but the SPS was most pleasant to fire.

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