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I know the .308 has probably fallen out of favor with most but I have a soft spot for it. Am thinking of spinning up a tactical style bolt .308 just for a fun range toy. A tikka CTR would probably be the easy button but I'm partial to a 700 action. I'm in the very beginning stages and literally have not sourced a single part yet. But so far I'm thinking a McMillan or Manners (whichever I can score without a wait), not sure of barrel and twist yet. Would like to try a Bartlein but again there is the wait issue so might just go Douglas in a 700 varmint contour around 24". Unsure on bottom metal. I would like it to feed from a DBM. Trigger would be a TT special. Bout as far as I've gotten.

Anyone that has had a similar rifle done up....could you post some build details and pics?

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Depending on preferred twist, RedHawk has a number of 30 cal Bartlein tubes/contours in stock.


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I would go with a 1/10 twist.... 1/12 makes no sense to me


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Originally Posted by SKane
Depending on preferred twist, RedHawk has a number of 30 cal Bartlein tubes/contours in stock.

Thanks for that. I check bugholes periodically but nothing as of late. Wasn't familiar with RedHawk. A 10twist in the varmint/sendero isn't available. I checked the notify me box should it come back in stock.

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The wait on Grayboe stocks is pretty minimal, or was anyway. They are well made. What little barrel shopping I’ve done, I’d think you could score a on on the shelf somewhere in a varmint or similar contour.


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Have you considered a chassis type stock?


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Originally Posted by mathman
Have you considered a chassis type stock?

Easy. Christensen MPR. Only a 16" barrel but I think you can get them longer.

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My fun range toys in 308 use a Palma chamber to begin with. I prefer Krieger and Brux 4 groove.

155g Sierra Palma
155g Berger vld hunting
169g Sierra match kings
168g tipped match kings
168g Sierra match kings
169g Nosler long range accubond
175g tipped match kings
175g Sierra match kings

a 1-12 twist will stabilize all of the above bullets.

All shoot very, very tiny groups, opening up a single bullet hole.

I prefer less recoil and a good muzzle break, and I like the barrels long(30" on a fun gun) to give all the velocity possible(155's at 3000 fps get you to 1000 yds), and the heavy long barrel reduces muzzle flip. The Max heavy varmint contour and the M24 contour are excellent. Having fun shooting a 308 means heavyish guns and great muzzle breaks. Marine sniper rifles weighed 14.3 lbs, rem 700's with M24 contours, with Sniper fill McMillen stocks.

For hunting white tails and hogs, the 155g Berger vld hunting has treated the family very well out to 460 yds on large hogs.

A light weight 308 is not what I would call a "FUN" rifle range gun, even with a Limbsaver Air Tec recoil pad. My favorite 308 with it's 28" Krieger Max heavy varmint barrel weighs 13.6 lbs with scope, and I prefer piliar bedded laminate stock. I have other Rem 700's with #5 contour, Rem varmint contour, and a sporter contour. All rifles have Gentry muzzle breaks on them.

While many custom SS barrels are burnt out in 1200 rounds or less, the 308 is still going strong at 5000 rounds.

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Originally Posted by mathman
Have you considered a chassis type stock?


Nah, not really my thing. I prefer fiberglass.

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My 308 DIY project looks like this:
Defiance Tenacity
Proof pre-fit carbon barrel at 20"
McMillan Game Hunter
Hawkins M5 DBM
Trigger Tech Trigger
Harvester EVO Suppressor (still waiting since Feb)
Leupold 5HD 3-15x44 in Talley Lightweights

Had the whole thing assembled and ready to go, mounted the scope and found the bolt handle hit the scope ocular. Took it apart and sent receiver back to Defiance, they agreed to warranty a new bolt and handle (said it was an older design - I purchased in January of this year). Receiver due to be delivered today! Hoping to get it all sorted and dialed in for a Kansas trip in late November.

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Originally Posted by 257Bob
My 308 DIY project looks like this:
Defiance Tenacity
Proof pre-fit carbon barrel at 20"
McMillan Game Hunter
Hawkins M5 DBM
Trigger Tech Trigger
Harvester EVO Suppressor (still waiting since Feb)
Leupold 5HD 3-15x44 in Talley Lightweights

Had the whole thing assembled and ready to go, mounted the scope and found the bolt handle hit the scope ocular. Took it apart and sent receiver back to Defiance, they agreed to warranty a new bolt and handle (said it was an older design - I purchased in January of this year). Receiver due to be delivered today! Hoping to get it all sorted and dialed in for a Kansas trip in late November.

I'm REALLY close to that on one I hope to get bedded this weekend:

Defiance Tenacity (Birdsong Black T coated)
Proof pre-fit carbon barrel at 20"
Mesa Prec Altitude stock
Hawkins M5 DBM
Trigger Tech Trigger
Either a S&B Klassic 3-12 or PMII 6x42 or NXS 3.5-15 or NXS 2.5-10...still thinking
Either Seekins low rings on the steel pic rail or Hawkins Hybrid rings...still thinking

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Originally Posted by JCMCUBIC
Originally Posted by 257Bob
My 308 DIY project looks like this:
Defiance Tenacity
Proof pre-fit carbon barrel at 20"
McMillan Game Hunter
Hawkins M5 DBM
Trigger Tech Trigger
Harvester EVO Suppressor (still waiting since Feb)
Leupold 5HD 3-15x44 in Talley Lightweights

Had the whole thing assembled and ready to go, mounted the scope and found the bolt handle hit the scope ocular. Took it apart and sent receiver back to Defiance, they agreed to warranty a new bolt and handle (said it was an older design - I purchased in January of this year). Receiver due to be delivered today! Hoping to get it all sorted and dialed in for a Kansas trip in late November.

I'm REALLY close to that on one I hope to get bedded this weekend:

Defiance Tenacity (Birdsong Black T coated)
Proof pre-fit carbon barrel at 20"
Mesa Prec Altitude stock
Hawkins M5 DBM
Trigger Tech Trigger
Either a S&B Klassic 3-12 or PMII 6x42 or NXS 3.5-15 or NXS 2.5-10...still thinking
Either Seekins low rings on the steel pic rail or Hawkins Hybrid rings...still thinking
You're right, very close! I'm hopeful the bolt handle scope issue will be resolved, I'll know soon!

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OTM Tactical has both Bart & Krieger Rem varmint contour 30 cal blanks in stock.

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Pick up a 700 ADL Varmint, as they are currently going for less than $600, and mount it to the stock and bottom metal of your choice. You might feel the need to rebarrel, but wouldn't be a bit surprised if it would shoot essentially as well as a custom barrel as is and forego the need for a new barrel.

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She ain’t real tactical but she’s practical. This was my range rifle and critter popper for several years. Don’t get it out much anymore. I believe the barrel contour is a #6 or real close. It balances perfect and isn’t so heavy that it’s a pain. ADL bottom, again not tactical.

For the easy button- Rem 700 LTR if you can find one. 👍

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I really like that GunNut....

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This isn't a 308 but has most of the components you mention. Krieger's Rem varmint contour @23", .250 lug, PT&G bottom metal, Kampfeld medium bolt knob, Grayboe Terrain stock. It's a bit lighter than my 1st gen 5r mil-spec 308. they have the m24 contour barrel I think.

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Added barrel brand, as some measuring need to see if a Krieger Rem Var. contour actually matches the original.

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That's a nice rig gunzo.

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Originally Posted by gunzo
This isn't a 308 but has most of the components you mention. Rem varmint contour @23", .250 lug, PT&G bottom metal, Kampfeld medium bolt knob, Grayboe Terrain stock. It's a bit lighter than my 1st gen 5r mil-spec 308. they have the m24 contour barrel I think.

I don't believe so. Mine doesn't, and neither has any that I've seen.

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Factory 700... nothing fancy.

Minox ZX 3-15.

Loves 168s over IMR-4064

Some trigger attention, but nothing crazy.


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