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.
Here is a tip that was passed along to me - and I have not tried it yet - but it looks (and smells) like it will work fine! The gentleman that gave it to me regards it as his secret weapon and he is a VERY successful hunter.
Get a fresh tarsal gland off of a decent buck - I think the ranker, the better. Taking them off of bucks that are hot in the rut seem to be the best because that is when the glands are the darkest and have the most "male buck" scent...
Take that gland and put it in a good,...