Not all crf rifles are the answer so which ones you have and which rem 700 dg you have? Used how often on what?I have 3 safes full of Remington 700s and their clones. In the safes I have 3 CRF rifles of three manufacturer (2 of which where custom builds). I've had more problems with the 3 CRF rifles than the 3 safe full of 700s combined. Perhaps I'm just a lucky son of a bitch.
@xausaYounger readers may question my choice of actions and calibers. Keep in mind, this rifle was built at a time when ammunition for the classic British big game calibers was virtually unobtainable and was no longer being manufactured. My cartridge bears a resemblance to the .500 Jeffery, and today the .500 Jeffrey would be a better choice for such a build. However, ammunition and Boxer primed brass were unavailable for this caliber and most other "African" calibers, whereas brass for the .378 Weatherby case (the parent case for my cartridge) was available. I chose to reduce the length of the case to 2.500" to make it easily compatible with the Enfield action. I had intended to duplicate the ballistics of the .505 Gibbs, but when I discovered that the 535 grain bullets for that cartridge were not available, I chose to switch to the 570 grain bullets for the .500 Nitro Express, which I swaged down from .510" to .505" to match the bore of my rifle. I had no difficulty creating a load which matched the .500NE's ballistics, and was content with that accomplishment.
The P-14 Enfield action is a modified Mauser action, and after World War II, when commercial Mauser actions were no longer available, several British gun makers chose to modify it and use it in place of the Magnum Mauser action. My only objection to it was the cock on closing cocking mechanism, which was easily modified to cock on opening by addition of a Dayton Traister trigger set. Alteration of the bolt handle to a more pleasing shape was more cosmetic than practical, but I was happy with the result. I was under the impression that the magazine held only two cartridges, but after this encounter, my gun bearer found a way to load three into the magazine, which came in handy on later hunts. The rifle itself weighed 8 3/4 pounds, which made it easy for me to carry, since it coincided almost exactly with the weight of the M1 Garand rifle I carried in the Marine Corps.
The stock, which fits me perfectly and is designed with snap shooting in mind, was the product of the Reinhart Fajen Custom Shop, which, sadly, no longer exists.
Finally, in case anyone is interested in the size of the trophy, I offer this certificate:
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The short answer is zero. 700 Calibers mostly of 308 or 30-06 based (270, 280AI, 30-06, 35 Whelen, 308, 260 Rem). CRF of 375 H&H, 308, and 270.
A longer answer. As a dumb cop for 23 years (18 as Game warden), one of the things that I have learned is that familiarity greatly assists in success. How you are trained can also lead to success, or failure.
In the 70's and early 80's some of our local cops were required to save their handgun brass while training. Because cleaning up the range after hundreds/ cumulative thousands of rounds can be awful work, most cops developed habits of immediately picking brass after a volley of fire. This nearly bit a guy in the ass when he got himself in a big time gun fight. During the ensuing investigation, it was found the cop had a pocketful of brass. He had instinctively paused his fire to collect brass! After that, the agency banned the collection of brass until all training was done for the day.
One of my own experiences; early in my career we were issued shotguns as a secondary weapons. A shotgun with slugs is a very formidable weapon but our younger generation couldn't handle the recoil. Finally, some of our Gulf War vets convinced the brass to get modern and go to an AR-15 type rifle. Years after making the switch from shotgun to AR-15 rifle I found myself on the rifle range and going through some stressful training scenarios in which the student (me) needed to manipulate the rifle while sirens were blaring, lights flashing, and an instructor screaming in my ear. This scenario, like many others was designed to induce high levels of stress and on this occasion it worked! While attempting to take out the cardboard bad guys, my hands were searching for buttons and switches on this weapon that did not exist and ultimately resulted in dumping the rifle magazine out onto the ground during this fake fire fight. I pulled another magazine from a pouch and finished the fight, however in real life it could have been a fatal error.
Now while in the hell am I talking about all this? If the original poster is a 700 nut, as am I, he would be much better served carrying a rifle that he was ever so intimately familiar with than buying a CRF to please this audience. If he has never shot a rifle before or his home rifle battery is made up of CRF rifles then I highly suggest he take that road.
As mentioned previously, my home battery is made up mostly of 700 rifles. Last year I caved to the BS and bought 2 CRF rifles, one in .375 H&H. I've been shooting and training with these guns and after the cumulative troubles with these and the prior CRF, I really wish I had stuck with a 700 platform.
For me, a person who has shot hundreds of thousands of rounds in practice, training, and hunting over the last 40 years, my suggestion is to buy and use a rifle that you are familiar with. Further, take the time and spend the money to train and shoot that weapon to the level of intimate familiarity.
With that said, all the best to the OP in his decision.