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Remington 700 Buyer’s Guide

The Remington 700 is one of the most iconic sniper rifles made in the world today, due to its incredible range, durability, and reliability. It’s so versatile and reliable that the United States Military has made this their sniper rifle of choice, called the M24 Sniper Rifle. It is used as the primary Sniper Rifle for every branch of the military and by thousands of hunters across our country. The Remington 700 is relatively cheap versus other top brands and can be accessorized with scopes, stocks, grips, lights, lasers,  and many other sight options.

Remington 700

There are many variants of the Remington 700 with different calibers for multiple chambers, depending on what you need out of the gun. I hope that you’ll get an understanding of the Remington 700 so you can make the best decision for you and your family. Coming in at 8.99 pounds and about 41.5 inches, this rifle is very big and long, which can make it difficult to conceal and travel with. However, for its size, the 700 is relatively light and distributes the weight throughout the rifle better than a lot of other long rifles. The bolt is very smooth and assists in ejecting the spent cartridge while simultaneously chambering the next round.

Specs:

Remington 700
Weight 8.99 lbs
Barrel Length 16.5-26″
Overall Length 41.5″
Caliber 30-06, 7.62mm, .300 Win Mag
Magazine Capacity 3-6 round internal magazine
Twist Rate 1:10
MSRP $429.00

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Reliable
  • Accurate
  • Affordable
  • Great Picatinny Rail System
  • Perfect for hunters covering a large amount of ground

Cons:

  • Trigger inconsistency

Features:

  • Comes with Picatinny Rail System
  • Bolt-Action fired rifle
  • Hinged floor-plate for quick reload
  • Comes in multiple barrel lengths for hunters who need to reach longer or shorter distances
  • Multiple cartridge types for added/subtracted stopping power

Why You Should Buy a Remington 700

You should buy this gun if you hunt large ungulates, such as deer, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep. I will break down the specific models below, but any Remington 700 you buy will allow you to hunt Deer and Sheep, and you’ll need at least a 30-06 to hunt elk and moose. This is also a great gun for beginners because of its simplicity, and it comes in so many different configurations that it’s easy to find one that fits for you.

Where Can I Buy a Remington 700?

The three main places we buy our guns from are Palmetto State Armory (PSA), Brownells, and The Utah Gun Exchange because of the security and quality products it puts out. You could also you a place like Gun Broker, but I prefer having the peace of mind knowing if I buy a gun it’s going to be in excellent condition or it will be fixed. I know from experience that Palmetto State has a warranty on everything they sell, so they get a lot of my business. You can get a great deal for under $500 for a base model 700 at PSA.

 

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Remington 700 ADL

The Remington 700 ADL model is the most straightforward, simplistic, and durable design of any of the Remington 700 models. With the many different models of the 700, it’s easy to get confused about what each one means and the differences between them. ADL means “Average Deluxe,” which is a kind way of saying the ADL is the average model of the 700.  The ADL has something called a “blind” magazine, which is a chamber that loads and unloads from the same port. Unfortunately, the ADL was discontinued in 2005 and replaced with the BDL (Better Deluxe) model to change the blind magazine to a hinged magazine, which I’ll explain below.

Specs:

Remington 700 ADL
Weight 7 lbs
Barrel Length 24″
Overall Length 43 5/8″
Caliber .223 Winchester
Twist Rate 1:10
Magazine Capacity 3, 4
Length of Pull 13 3/8″
MSRP $429.00

 

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Why You Should Buy This Gun

You should buy this gun if you’re looking for a more traditional looking hunting rifle that operates at the highest levels of accuracy and reliability. The slick design is absolutely beautiful and will bring you back to your roots with the Walnut stock and forend. This is a great gun for any hunter and is designed to easily shoot at ranges above 400-500 meters and remain accurate shot after shot.

Remington 700 SPS Left-Handed Rifle

The Remington 700 Special Purpose Synthetic (SPS) was the official replacement to the affordable ADL model with an improved stock and holes drilled in the receiver specifically for the addition of the scope. As many of my fellow lefty’s can tell you, it’s rough finding a gun that doesn’t send brass in our face or doesn’t have the safety on our opposite shooting hand side. The Remington 700 SPS makes me feel more comfortable than almost (I want a Tikka T3!) any other rifle on the market today. Sometimes we become so accustomed to adjusting to the majority of the population that we fail to remember what comfort feels like. I can tell all my lefties out there that if they have never felt comfortable behind a rifle, maybe you need to try one that is meant for you.

Specs:

Remington 700 SPS
Weight 7  lbs
Barrel Length 20″
Overall Length 39 5/8″
Caliber 7mm-08 Remington
Twist Rate 9 1/4
Magazine Capacity 4
Length of Pull 12 3/8″
MSRP $557.86

Pros:

  • Lightest 700 Model
  • A shorter length of pull than all other models
  • Made specifically for left-handed shooters
  • Very accurate for a much shorter barrel
  • Great recoil reduction

Cons:

  • Not made for long-distance shooting
  • 20″ barrel shortens your distance by about 100 yards versus other models

Why You Should Buy This Gun

Are you a left-handed hunter, that is tired of getting smacked in the face by brass and having to switch your grip to manipulate the safety and bolt? Well, the Remington 700 SPS model is the gun that fixes all of that by merely placing the ejection port and safety on the opposite side of the gun. I personally don’t like hunting with anything less than a 24″ barrel because I know for sure that a 24″ barrel will reach any animal at my comfortable distance. Also, hunting requires skill. So, if you’re making a 400 meter with a crosswind and rain, you’ll need to be an incredibly talented shooter with a 20″ barrel.

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Accessories

With any hunting rifle, there are multiple ways and accessories you can attach to make the best possible hunting platform. There are many ways to accessorize your rifle, but I recommend you keep it simple with what you put on your gun. Focus on what you actually need (scope) and less on what looks cool for your rifle (light, laser).  Once you realize this, you’ll have a great set up that doesn’t throw off the weight and feel of the gun. Another thing to consider when hunting with a rifle is range estimation. Knowing the distance you’re shooting at means everything to knowing what an acceptable shot for your skill level is.

LEUPOLD VX-FREEDOM 1.5-4X20MM RIFLESCOPE W/ TRI-MOA RETICLE

As far as scopes go, Leupold is the go-to brand name for most hunters and expert shooters that I’ve met and talked to about gear. Leupold is like the Apple of cell phones or the Mercedes of cars, except they provide the top of the market rifle and pistol scopes. This scope is excellent at distances up to 200 meters and displays excellent clarity with its 20mm lens to provide a bigger and brighter sight picture.

 

Leupold VX-Freedom Riflescope
Magnification 1-4x
Objective Lens Diameter 20mm
Reticle  Tri-MOA
Length 9.35″
Weight 9.6 oz (0.6 lbs)
Eye Relief 4.17-3.70 inches
Tube Diameter 1 inch
Field of View 74.2-29.4 ft/100 yd
MSRP 349.99

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LEUPOLD VX-6HD FIREDOT DUPLEX ILLUMINATED RETICLE RIFLE SCOPE

The VX-6HD model is one of the most advanced scopes you can buy under $2,000 due to its motion sensor technology that turns your reticle on and off based on what you see through the scope. This extends the battery life of the scope by months and saves you money in the process. The 6x High Definition and illuminated reticle display such amazing clarity that it doesn’t lose any clarity or brightness during twilight hours. As every hunter knows, the 1st hour of light and the last hour of light are the golden hours of hunting. This scope provides you with the best chance to make an accurate shot in low light situations.

Features:

  • Motion Sensor Technology dramatically extends battery life
  • Electronic reticle level simplifies mounting and improves long-range accuracy
  • Ultra-lightweight design
  • Waterproof and fog proof
  • Guard-Ion lens coating
  • Reversible throw lever allows for quick magnification changes

 

Leupold VX-6HD Firedot Rifle Scope
Magnification 1-6x
Objective Lens Diameter 24mm
Reticle  Leupold Firedot Duplex
Length 10.76″
Weight 16.2 oz (1.01 lbs)
Eye Relief 3.70″-3.82″
Tube Diameter 1 inch
Field of View 123 ft/100 yards
MSRP 1399.99

 

 

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Conclusion

The decision to purchase a hunting rifle needs to be one that’s educated and calculated because the right rifle and gear mean putting food on your plate or not. The Remington 700 rifle has shown to be reliable, durable, accurate, and affordable to every American that would need a hunting a rifle. I prefer to have all my rifles with at least a 24″ barrel because of the range and accuracy at long ranges that longer and heavier rifles provide. No matter what decision you make, the information above gives you everything you need to make the best decision for your family. Happy Hunting!

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