Remington 700: A Complete Overview

The Remington 700, an iconic firearm, has a rich history and diverse applications, making it an interesting study for enthusiasts and historians alike.
This comprehensive guide delves into the evolution, design, variations, military adoption, user base, controversies, and the overall impact of this legendary rifle.

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Above: Remington 700 DBM in WOOX Furiosa Chassis

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Chapter 1: The Remington 700: A Historical Snapshot
    An introduction to the Remington 700 and its importance in the firearm industry
  • Chapter 2: The Evolution of the Remington 700
    An overview of the Remington 700's journey from the Model 721 and 722 series to its launch in 1962.
  • Chapter 3: Design Features of the Remington 700
    A deep dive into the unique design elements and mechanisms of the Remington 700 and its increadible customization.
  • Chapter 4: The Many Faces of the Remington 700
    An exploration of the various versions and adaptations of the Remington 700, including consumer, military, and police variants.
  • Chapter 5: Upgrading the Remington 700
    Discover the benefits of upgrading a Remington 700 with aftermarket accessories
  • Chapter 6: The Remington 700 in the Military
    A look at the adoption and significance of the Remington 700 in military forces and its role in sniper weaponry.
  • Chapter 7: Controversies of the Remington 700
    An examination of the worldwide users of the Remington 700 and the controversies surrounding its trigger mechanisms.
  • Chapter 8: The Remington 700: Impact and Legacy
    Reflections on the influence, versatility, and enduring legacy of the Remington 700 in firearm history and modern use.

The Remington 700: A Historical Snapshot 

The journey of the Remington 700 began with the Model 721 and 722 series, which were precursors to this iconic firearm.

A major contributor to the evolution of this firearm was Mike Walker, whose design and accuracy enhancements played a crucial role in the development of the Remington 700. His innovations were instrumental in the introduction of the Remington 700 in 1962, marking a new era in the firearm manufacturing industry.

Historical poster showing Remington 700

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The Evolution of the Remington 700 

Post World War II, Remington Arms' engineer, Mike Walker, embarked on a mission to create cost-effective alternatives to the Model 30. His efforts bore fruit with the advent of Model 721.

Walker's continuous improvements on the basic 721 action eventually led to the creation of Model 722 and Model 725, and ultimately, the Model 700 in 1962.

He aimed to enhance the rifles' accuracyby implementing strict tolerances in the chamber and bore, a short leade, and an impressively fast lock time.

Like its predecessor, the 721, the Remington 700 action was tailor-made for mass production.

Initially, Remington rolled out two variants of the Model 700 - the ADL and BDL. Both these variants were available as long- and short-action rifles, enabling the chambering of diverse cartridges.

In 1969, Remington introduced several upgrades to the rifle, which included an extended rear bolt shroud, a jeweled bolt, and superior stock finishing.

By 1973, Remington started manufacturing left-handed versions of the rifle to compete with the then only major left-handed rifle in the market - the Savage Model 110.

Over time, Remington introduced other versions of the rifle, such as the titanium receiver 700ti, the 700 SPS (which replaced the ADL in 2005), and the CDL.

The Model 700 also served as the foundation for military and police sniper rifles.
It started with the M40 rifle in 1966, initially ordered by the United States Marine Corps. Later, in 1986, the US Army adopted the M24 Sniper Weapon System.

Remington Model 721

Above: Remington Model 721

Remington Model 722

Above: Remington Model 722

Remington Model 725

Above: Remington Model 725

Design Features of the Remington 700

The Remington 700 is renowned for its bolt-action mechanism with dual-opposed lugs, this design feature sets it apart from other firearms, providing a unique blend of power and precision.

The bolt face, extractor, and ejector of the Remington 700 are also noteworthy for their robust and efficient design.

The Remington 700 is not a one-size-fits-all firearm; it offers a range of variants to cater to different use cases, from consumer use to military and police applications. This versatility has contributed to its widespread popularity and enduring legacy.

The Many Faces of the Remington 700

There are numerous versions of the Remington 700, each with its own unique features and configurations.

The standard versions of the Remington 700 offer a range of options for consumers, providing a reliable and versatile firearm for various applications.

The Model 700P is a notable variation, designed specifically for police and military use. Its design and features are tailored to the requirements of law enforcement and military operations, making it a preferred choice for these sectors.
The military version of the Remington 700 has its own significance in armed forces around the world. Its precision and reliability make it a popular choice for military operations.

The Model Seven, a compact carbine version of the Remington 700, is another variant that offers unique advantages and features.

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Remington 700 BDL SA in WOOX Furiosa Chassis

Despite its simplicity, the Remington 700 standard version has a number of features that make it a reliable and accurate choice for hunters, sport shooters, and others.

 - Remington 700 ADL - The ADL is the most basic Remington 700 model. It has a blind magazine, meaning that cartridges must be loaded individually through the top of the action, and a simple wood stock. It is a reliable and affordable choice for a hunting or target shooting rifle.

 - Remington 700 BDL - The BDL is a step up from the ADL, with a hinged magazine floorplate that allows for easier loading and unloading of cartridges. It also has a slightly fancier stock, typically with a gloss finish and some checkering on the grip and fore-end.

upgrading the remington 700

The Remington 700 is a hallmark in the world of bolt-action rifles, renowned for its accuracy and reliability. However, like any piece of equipment, it can benefit from upgrades to enhance its performance and adapt to modern shooting needs.

Upgrading a Remington 700 can provide numerous advantages, such as improved accuracy, better ergonomics, and increased modularity.

  • By investing in a high-quality stock, you can achieve better stability and reduce felt recoil.
  • Upgrading the trigger mechanism can lead to a crisper and more consistent pull, which is essential for precision shooting.
  • Additionally, with the advent of new optics and mounting systems, updating the rifle ensures compatibilitywith the latest sighting technology.

In essence, while the Remington 700 is already an excellent rifle, upgrading it ensures that it remains at the forefront of performance, tailored to the individual shooter's preferences and the demands of modern shooting disciplines.

Why upgrade your remington 700 stock?

There comes a time in almost every rifle shooter’s life when they just aren’t satisfied with their OEM rifle stock. 

It might be too heavy.
It might be too flimsy.
It might swell and contract with changes in temperature and humidity.
It might even be ugly.

Whatever the reason, most of us look for a stock that better suits our needs and desires.

Here’s what you should be looking for when you decide to buy your aftermarket rifle stock.

REMINGTON 700 (BEFORE)

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REMINGTON 700 (After)

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Above: Remington 700 ADL, Bolt Action Rifle, 300 Winchester Magnum, 26" Barrel. Source: remarms.com. Below:Rem 700 fitting fitting WOOX Furiosa chassis and Evolution Suppressor, SR5-G2 Bipod, Rem700 .308, Trigger R700 2-Stage Special, Riton Optics X5 Conquer 5-25x50.

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The Remington 700 in the Military

Remington 700 M24 Sniper Weapon System

Above: Remington 700 M24 Sniper Weapon System 

The Remington 700's influence extends far beyond civilian use, having made a significant impact on military sniper rifles.

One of the key highlights of its military adoption is its usage in the US Army's M24 Sniper Weapon System. The system's precision and reliability can be largely attributed to the Remington 700's design.

Differentiating between the M24 and the U.S. Marine Corps' M40 sniper rifles provides an interesting insight into the versatility of the Remington 700.
While both rifles are based on the Remington 700, they have different cartridge chambering, which has implications for their respective performances.

Controversies of the Remington 700

The Remington 700 has a diverse user base spread across the globe, a testament to its universal appeal and performance.

However, like any widely used product, it has been subject to controversies and allegations, particularly related to its trigger mechanisms.

Safety concerns were raised regarding the Remington 700's trigger mechanism, leading to widespread debate and scrutiny.
In response, Remington took decisive action to address these concerns, initiating replacements and recalls for the trigger mechanisms of certain models.

Remington 700 Trigger Mechanism

Above: Remington 700 Trigger Mechanism 

The Remington 700: Impact and Legacy

Despite the controversies, the Remington 700's impact and versatility cannot be understated.

It has left an indelible mark on the firearm industry, influencing the design and functionality of many subsequent firearms. Its role in the history of firearms is significant, and it continues to be widely used in modern times, a testament to its enduring appeal and performance.

From its inception to the present day, the Remington 700 has remained a prominent figure in the world of firearms.

FINAL TOUGHTS

The Remington 700 is more than just a firearm; it's a testament to innovative design, versatility, and enduring appeal. From its humble beginnings to its current status as an iconic rifle, the Remington 700 has left an indelible mark on the firearm industry. Despite controversies, it continues to be a favored choice among consumers and military personnel alike, offering reliability, precision, and a rich history that few other firearms can match.

The journey of the Remington 700 is a fascinating exploration of firearm development, design, and usage. Its impact and legacy are undeniable, and it continues to play a significant role in firearm history and modern use.

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