An opinion of the Remington Model R-25 semi auto, cal. 308win. Rifle: by Thomas T. Tinker
Offered by a none.. sniper, super human, wannabe operator, Ramboesque, hiding in a spider hole, nutcase, doomsday paranoid … I just own one.. I mean the rifle. Thomas T. Tinker.
I thought about buying one of several big bores… I mean BIII..ig bore rifles .. cause at my age and income level, I can. Thing is I really wanted one I would use and enjoy the experience of break in, glass selection, the pride in knowing I can rise to the level of its design .. and do it. Naturally I looked at 50cals. bolt and others. I got touchy feely with Barret’s… naw not in my budget. Short mags.. I hate ‘bastard’ ammo. M1A… owned one. A totally tricked out, scoped oh my gawd one. Didn’t fit. Sold it for a semester for DD at St. Ursula’s Academy for girls. Ah.. sorry getting off point.
Enter presence of mind .. damn. Honesty and self-examination.. Again… damn. I don’t have the eyes of an 18 year old recruit anymore. I can’t see… trying… to rent the 1000 yard range at Camp Perry to work up the dope and play with a toy that needs… a 1000 yards to challenge. Ok, 308. I can afford that. I can do… that. Now remember you gringos and gringettes, this is a posting on MY choice of a heavy-er cal. Rifle and not in any way intended to detract from your choice or opinion.
I shopped. I shopped some more. I played one dealer off another and hit the gun shows. Big Box shops and storefront operations on county roads. I held em. Petted em. I pointed em and went bang bang. I bought one.
Rem R-25, semi auto, 308, Green Mossy oak finish, 20” fluted Barrel, 7.75 lbs., pick rail upper/gas block, with a hard case and one…. One 5 round mag. I ordered 10 mag-pull 20s because they fit a few other brands. The fella mounted and bore sited a Nikon BDC 50mm 3 to 9 in Leopold ‘wingnut’ mounts. See Remington.com R-25
This rig is a tank… Aluminum or no aluminum. Solid with no rattles. Specs can be found at a book load of websites so let us move on.
This rig is of course built on the AR10 platform. Anyone owning the ‘AR’ will relate to the R-25 with no problems. Same bolt hold open/release. Same mag release. Same T handle. Same dust cover. Same bolt forward assist. Same ‘stock’ options i.e. grip and cheek weld. Even has the lil hidey hole and hatch in the stock for cleaning equipment or granola bars.
The Mossy Oak coating adds quite some to the wow and cool factor. And it negates the urge of some of us to ‘paint’ or otherwise ‘camo’ a field rifle. Rem. offers this Mossy finish in a green pattern and a winter white pattern. Basic black is another option. Put a gilly sock on the barrel and one over the scope and this tank will lose all ‘eye’ appeal at once. Rumor has it the coating is subject to chipping …. Well Duhhhhh. Speaking for myself only, If ‘I’ am going to own a tool such as this… or any other and I can’t feel free to drop it in the gravel or mud cause I’m clumsy or I gotta .. Why own it. Rhetorical question there. BUIS sight are available to offset that sort of event are they not? If one is that afraid of scratching ones toys … then that’s all they are.
Now for the noisy part! I asked around the local PDs, TDI instructors and range rats …. And MD! Settled on the Fed. Sierra Matchking boat tail 168 grain as my go to load. Works for me. Not that I haven’t collected a ‘boat’ load of ‘non-Russian / Chicom’ ball as well. Took it to Maumee Shooters indoor range to get it on paper. Snake eyes and same-holers off a sand bag at 75 feet. My ego run-eth over. Safety Tippoalla! Ear plugs work for S—t at an indoor range with a 10 ceiling. Ware the muffs too. See Federalpremium.com Sierra matchking 168gr,. BTHP product code # em308m
Son in law to be came along to the Fulton Co. range and we jacked up the gun on my sled and slowly burned every different make and model of rounds through the rifle we could. Hardly a Guns & Ammo test my dear preppers. For a cold, dry, new rifle … no burps or hiccups. R-25 dropped all the brass 10 feet to the right and 4 feet out. No failures. We took half the day on this. Coming and going with this rifle, hot to cold.. cold to hot. No failures. Now the choice of ‘glass’ was mine.
Beat me and Kick me Packers… my choice of scopes. Mr. Nikon got in the X ring on the 3rd. round. Ala 100 yards. Nikon BDC scopes are pre-packaged to zero at 100 yards. The scope will do the work from there out to 600 yards by simply moving the target ‘down’ to the next reticle ring. Kentucky windage and elevation rules still apply. We had a left quartering wind that day and still grouped inside a fifty cent piece with groups of three. Practice and practice and my older eyes will reduce that to a Dime easy. See Nikonhunting.com Nikon prostaff 3-9X50 BDC reticle.
I have every bit of trust in this rifle as a good standoff weapon. Draw backs … it’s a tank. Running at just over 9 lbs. scoped and loaded. So… This is MY rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
I’d like to thank the sponsor of this posting Mr. MD Creekmore and state that the opinions expressed in this post are just mine. Any questions, comments, or death threats should be address to me in the ‘comment’ section below Love and kisses … Thomas T. Tinker