Been looking around for a "real" long-range rifle for some time, one that would outperform my Barrett M82A1 on long-range shoots against the rocks south of Hurricane. No doubt you can spend lots of $$ on various rifles chambered for .338 Lapua - but the Remington 700 in XCR config with synthetic stock, fluted barrel, AND a muzzle brake has to be the best value. I didn't think they could cram the long, fat Lapua round into the Remington, but it fits nicely with a detachable, single-stack 5rd magazine. The bolt face is opened up about as much as possible, and fitted with a Sako-type extractor. Got it right off the wall from Impact.
As for shooting: I thought it would be a beast, but with the brake, it's amazingly tame. Less recoil than my .338 RCM, about on a par with a .30-06 and 180gr loads. I'm impressed with the muzzle brake, and the shooters on the benches either side of me (with a heads-up), say the jet blast is "not too bad". No failures to fire, feed or eject, with about 290 rounds downrange so far.
As for accuracy, it outshoots the Barrett hands down at the rock face at 1010yds, I can smack a bush about as big as a bushel basket all day long. Paired with a Leupold VX-6, 4-24X and a varmint reticle, (also from Impact) it's a sweet setup.
If you reload, it'll cost you about a buck a round, which is halfway reasonable these days. It likes Nosler 200gr, Hornady 200 and 225gr, but the 250 grainers not so much. Half the fun is load development, trying to squeeze the best accuracy out of it. Best so far: 0.6MOA at the 200yd range in Bountiful with a near-max charge of Accurate MagPro.
Great setup, great value -