Dry Firing should not hurt a good quality firearm. The only firearms that shouldn't be dry fired are rim fires and muzzle loaders. I use "a-zoom snap caps". They are "dummy" rounds turned from solid aluminum and have a silicone "bumper" where the primer normally is. They work great. I use the 12ga snap caps to practice speed loading with my shot gun.
I also have a rem 7400 in 308 and a 7400 weathermaster in 30-06. and a 700 SPS in 30-06. I really like the SPS very nice trigger and it shoots good. I like the 7400's but they do have a creepy trigger and you have to watch what ammo (over-all cartridge length and powder burn rate) you use otherwise it's malfunction city!
I just purchased a new Remington 700 SPS Stainless 30-06 this past spring as a gift for my son's earning the Eagle Scout Award.
Rifle was $469.00 from Sportsman's Warehouse in Utah and included a 24" stainless / parkerized barrel and Limbsaver Recoil Pad.
The blued version was discounted to $398.00, but we liked the stainless at $469. (Note: The 2005 Stainless version retails for $613 and has replaced the 2004 BDL's Stainless. The 2005 SPS in blue ($520 retail) has replaced the 2004 ADL line which was dropped.)
We Piller Bedding the action / Free Floating the Barrel, and Adjusted the Trigger to 2 3/4 lbs. So far, results have been 7/8" MOA with the rifle only having 12 shots through the barrel. Should be a MOA shooter after the barrel's broken in.
I'm very happy with my 700 SPS. I have a parkerized version, i've haven't seen a blued one up here (British Columbia, Canada) yet. It came with a limbsaver recoil pad and a stainless steel mag. I paid $599.00 (can).
I think the SPS is much better then the ADL, (i have an ADL in 7mm Rem mag) Not having a mag or at least a floor plate sucks! The SPS seems to feel better to hold then the ADL too. For what you get the price is very reasonable.
On my SPS I added a harris s-25c bi-pod and a bushnell 6-24X40mm Scope. It's my new long range "Yote Hammer". Yes.. i know a 30-06 is a "bit much" but i own other 30 cals and i want to keep my bullet & powder assortment down.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...