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The SPS Tactical in front of a .243 Win 700 SPS Stainless that produced one-inch 5-shot groups with handloads. Hmmm ... that is a BIG scope for this rifle!


Desert Storm camo-type finishes, our two mini- ranges have a utilitarian matte-black metalwork coating that reminds me of the unlovely ‘Parkerized’ finish on many US military rifles of the last century. They also all have four-round internal magazines with hinged floor-plates as per their donor models.


The Tactical has one real and one claimed improvement over other SPS models, the former being that Remington installs the metal in a Hogue ‘Overmolded’ stock that puts a thick grippy rubber skin over a nylon pillar-bedded skeleton. While much better than the noisy hollow shell types on the SPS and SPS Varmint, it is still inferior to the H-S Precision or Bell & Carlsson bedding-block stocks you’ll find on the VS, VSSF, Sendero and PSS, or for that matter the more expensive aftermarket bedding block version of the Hogue, which is much more rigid.


In fact, the OEM component on the SPS Tactical is so un-rigid up front that you can make the nominally free-floating barrel and beavertail- section forend tip touch by pinching them between the forefinger and thumb! It is reported that some examples see the weight of the barrelled action and scope produce this effect when shooting off a bi-pod.


Despite this, likewise the perennial Internet rumour mongering that Remington manufacturing quality has ‘fallen off a cliff’, these rifles have a reputation for shooting well and offering tremendous value for money. And that’s the point about them, not only do they provide affordable entry-level rifles but you don’t want to pay for an expensive OEM stock if you intend to replace it with an AICS, Manners Tactical, MacMillan, or whatever. (I’ll come to the other ‘improvement’ in a minute.)


A horrible, rough matte black metalwork coating Target Shooter 33


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