I haven’t owned the Jewel long enough to know about the robustness, but I really like it, and like the design as well. I have the hunting trigger that is two stage. The first stage is too heavy to adjustball the second stage all the way down to match weights, even though the trigger will adjust way down, I didn’t like it below about 1.25lbs. For a hunting trigger though I LOVE IT. Easily adjustable, two stage, consistent, etc. I’ll be buying them in the future until I experience something I don’t like about it.You can actually do smithless barrel swaps with the 700’s as well. Lots of places offer remage barrels and it’s the same concept as a savage swap. For a hunting gun I’d steer clear of a jewel. They’re sweet triggers no doubt but they’re no as robust as others. From what I’ve heard, go with trigger tech if you want the best of both worlds
I agree on the jewel...I don't like them at all. IMO, timney, rifle basix, and even a properly worked over Remington factory trigger are better for hunting rifles. Trigger tech are awesome, but only available for rem 700 and AR's IIRC?
Probably worth remembering that a fellow hunted all the North American big game species over a period of a couple of decades, with one rifle:
A Rem 700 ADL 30-06, with a simple scope, and mostly with 165 gr Nosler Partitions. When he went for the big Alaskan brown bear, he bumped up to the 200 gr Partition. I think you could grab any good, reliable, 308 Win, 30-06, or similar and hunt anything in North America.
In recent years with my 30-06 700 CDL, I've taken: antelope, mule deer, elk, black bear, wolf and grizzly. I used the 165 Nosler for most, going up to the 200 Partition for the grizzly hunt. At no point on any of my hunts have I hungered for something fancier or better than my factory rifle. It has been pillar bedded, free floated, and the factory trigger adjusted to 3 pounds. It shoots sub MOA, time after time, and has been 100% reliable. Light enough for easy carry. Heavy enough to hold steady. There are similarly capable rifles avail from all the manufacturers.
It would be easy enough to pop it into a different stock, but the factory stock fits me well and looks good. I'm fine with it. I suppose if I was often hunting in a torrential downpour I'd want a 'glass stock and maybe a rust-resistant finish, but... my rifle works just fine.
Keep it simple. Spend the money on hunting trips!
And here's the simple rifle that was used for all those hunts in the past few years:
Get a good, solid, reliable rifle, and hunt the heck out of that thing!
It is! I like that old 2-7 scope. To be honest, I've replaced it with a 6x Leupold with glass that is much more bright and clear, but yes, during the Alaska hunt and before, it had the old 2-7 Redfield on it, and it served well. I still have that Redfield, and won't be surprised if it is used again someday.Is that an old Redfield on there?
Those were good scopes. Far better than most of the budget scopes today. I must admit, however, that my 6X FXIII is phenomenal to look through.It is! I like that old 2-7 scope. To be honest, I've replaced it with a 6x Leupold with glass that is much more bright and clear, but yes, during the Alaska hunt and before, it had the old 2-7 Redfield on it, and it served well. I still have that Redfield, and won't be surprised if it is used again someday.
Ah, I wish it was mine! But it's not, it's actually pretty beat up, and is one of two of those old beasts on the ranch where I sometimes hunt mule deer and antelope. Has a fresh 350 under the hood, so it's likely to be running a long time. Both of the Suburbans on the ranch have manual 4-speeds with that wonderful granny low-gear. I do like 'em. Very simple, useful 4x4 machines.That's a sweet old Suburban you've got too. Something tells me you take care of your things and keep them for a long time.