STEP 1 – THE BASE RIFLE
Frank Mitchell’s precision rifle is based on a Remington 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD. This is a commercially available rifle that makes a great starting platform for anyone to purchase. At this point, you are probably asking yourself – wait doesn’t this rifle shoot right out of the box? Yes, it does, but there is a lot to be improved upon with this gun. If the only money you can spend is purchasing this rifle and nothing else, you will have a fine precision rifle with some built in limitations, but you can always upgrade later. The reason why Frank chose the AAC-SD is because of:
- The barrel on the AAC-SD comes from the factory threaded to a 5/8-24 pitch. This means it will accept sound suppressors and muzzle brakes right out of the box. To have a barrel threaded after the fact can cost upwards of $100 – this gun comes with a threaded barrel stock, at no charge!
- The AAC-SD comes with a 1:10 rate of twist. What this means to you is that it can fire heavier bullets (175 grains and up) and have those bullets be more stable at longer ranges than the more common 1:12 twist rate of most .308 rifles. This is a really big deal if you want to consistently reach out to those 900 and 100 yard ranges with heavier bullet weights.
- The AAC-SD has a heavy, bull barrel profile that’s great for long range and precision shooting. Also, the barrel length is 20”, which makes the gun fairly manageable in the field.
- The gun is affordable right out of the box, with street prices in the $630-640 range. That’s exceptional value for a Remington 700 series rifle, the base upon which many, many custom precision rifles are based on.