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Remington 700 Review

In 1948 the Remington Arms company created a mass market focused, bolt action rifle for the purpose of testing the waters of the inexpensively made, mass-production, affordable rifles for military and civilian use. This began as the Remington model 721. After a trial and error period, feverishly attempting to emulate the wildly popular Winchester 70, Remington finally figured it out and in 1962, launched the Model 700.

Following the many model variants of the laRemington 700 Review 300x165 Remington 700 Reviewst fifty years and with a look at the seemingly immeasurable number of current models available, this is a Remington 700 review.

Along with the iconic Winchester model 70, the Remington 700 has become the standard to which all other attempts at modern bolt-action rifles are measured. Reliable, accurate, relatively inexpensive depending on purpose and an extremely common go-to option for a worldwide market of rifle buyers. Now geared mostly to hunting sportsmen and law enforcement with a little military action sprinkled in there as well, the 700 has more than made its mark in the culture of shooting and hunting.

With literally 41 different models currently available on the civilian market today, it is not difficult to see how Remington has created a following for the rifle that can span any and all possible applications. Available in calibers spanning the .17 Rem rimfire (including the Fireball) all the way up to the .458 caliber; 29 different chamberings all together.

For law enforcement use, tactical versions of the civilian models have been developed with heavier/thicker barrels (bull barrels) to reduce recoil and more military type variants on stocks and accessories.

Military applications of the Remington 700 have both manifested in the 700 modified M40 US Marine Corps sniper rifle and the US Army Sniper Weapon System, the M24. These ever-changing rifles are constantly being retrofitted and re-adapted to accommodate the larger, faster magnum rounds that modern military snipers want access to in their applications.

Shooting any variant of the Remington 700 is as smooth an experience as a shooter could want. The internal box magazine holds 3, 4 or 5 rounds, depending on model and type of cartridge it is chambered for, some with removable floor plates (for easy unloading), others fixed. Whether your target is at 100 yards or 1000 yards, a properly sighted in 700 is a soft, buttery tack driver. Cycling the action is clean and easy with a 60-degree bolt throw and while theRemington 700 picture 300x225 Remington 700 Review older trigger system is great and still available as an aftermarket replacement, if there has to be a negative then it is that the factory trigger is just okay for most applications.

In 2010 there was some controversy with the trigger group on factory 700’s, prompting the switchover to the newer and less desirable trigger system, where it was claimed that the rifle could fire under certain conditions without a trigger pull. After extensive investigation by both Remington and the authorities, it was found that most, if not all, of the issues experienced were due to user error or unsafe carelessness.

If you are in the market for a bolt-action rifle, then a new or used Remington 700 is absolutely worth top-of-your-list placement for consideration. If buying used, as with any used rifle, have a qualified gunsmith inspect the rifle and check the headspace for safety so they can tell you that the Remington 700 is one of the best buys you can make as a shooter.

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