The Remington 700 was produced
in many differing configurations depending on the use, Remington produced
the basic 700 furnished with different stocks, barrels,
finishes and over 50 different calibers. Additionally, there are 3 lengths of
action milled into the receiver. The short action is for
cartridges less than 2.8 inches in overall length like the .308, the
standard action for cartridges smaller than
3.34 inches in overall length like the .30-06 Springfield and .300
Winchester Magnum cartridge, and a long action for magnum
calibers larger than 3.34inches like the .300
Remington Ultra Magnum.
When purchasing this rifle, a buyer had the additional choice of magazine configuration.
The first option was a blind magazine
which has no floor plate, the second is a conventional magazine with detachable floor
plate and finally, a detachable box magazine. There are standard consumer versions
as well as versions designed for military and police use. Some variants
come with bipods, slings, fluted barrels and other options.
Model 700 – Civilian Versions
There are many variants of the consumer version of the Model 700,
including the Model 700, Model 700 ADL, Model 700 BDL, Model 700 CDL, and
Model 700 Safari. Remington also produces a Mountain LSS version that is
outfitted with a
barrel and laminated stock. Laminated stocks and heavy barrel
like the Model 700 SPS varmint are available for varmint hunting and are
In 1996 Remington began producing the 700 ML, which stood for muzzle loading rifle
for the black powder enthusiasts.
Remington Model 700P -
The 2 models available in the 700P are the standard 700P with a heavy
barrel and the 700P Light Tactical Rifle or LTR which has a heavy barrel
that is 20 inches and fluted. The 700 Ps also come in the Tactical Weapons
System or TWS optional package which includes a Leupold Mark IV M3 10x40
scope, a bipod, and case.
The police version (700P) is also available to the public and has enjoyed
high sales numbers and the rifle is popular with shooters and hunters. Remington offers similarly
styled, less expensive versions under the Special Purpose Synthetic or SPS
Model 700 – Military Versions
Remington makes versions of the 700 for both the US Army and the US
Both the U.S. Army's M24 Sniper Weapon System and U.S. Marine Corps' M40
sniper rifles are built on the Remington Model 700 rifle design but with
differing customizations, the main difference is the inclusion of a
heavy contour barrel. The M24 uses the long action bolt-face, whereas the
M40 uses the short action.
The U.S. Army XM2010 Version
The United States Army has awarded Remington a contract for the upgrade of
up to 3,600 M24 Sniper Weapon System rifles which are currently in use
with the Army. The biggest modification
for this rifle is the caliber conversion from .308
Winchester to .300 Winchester Magnum, which will allow the military with additional
range capability and better ballistics characteristics. The program will change the
weapon name from M24E1 to the XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle.
Remington 700 Models at a glance
Remington 700 BDL - This is the quintessential Remington 700, these
equipped with the X-Mark Pro Trigger system which can be adjusted and
avoids the stigma attached to the previous versions of triggers.
Remington 700 SPS - This
Special Purpose Synthetic rifle is the upgraded version of Remington's 700 ADL Synthetic
value priced hunting rifle. The rigle has an ergonomically
designed stock and comes in a youth size. They are similar in most
respects to the 700P but lack the H-S Precision stock. and the SPS
Tactical has the 20" heavy barrel.
Remington 700 SPS Varmint - This is a design specially designed for
the hunter focused on
small prey. It has a smaller stock with a vented fore-end and a
26 inch heavy barrel.
Remington 700 Tactical Long Range - This is the sniper rifle used by many
military and police units. It has a 40-X scope and external trigger pull
adjustment with a
Remington 700 VTR - The Varmint Tactical Rifle is designed to be a
marriage of the SPS Varmint, and the Tactical Long Range rifles. It has a
machined muzzle brake and a 22" barrel. It is available in two sizes:
223 caliber tactical style 1 in 9 inch twist or 308 caliber tactical style
1 in 12" twist.
Remington 700 XCR - This Xtreme Conditions Rifle is treated with a new Remington
corrosion control product to make it highly resistant to scratches and
corrosion. Remington has utilized Hogue's patented new grip and fore end that
is designed to avoid slippage even in adverse conditions. The two
available sizes are the
standard 24 inch barrel, or a 26 inch barrel and the X-Mark
Pro Trigger which was designed for the Remington Tactical Long Range rifle.
Remington 700 XCR Compact Tactical - This has all the options and
of the Tactical Long Range and Xtreme Conditions rifles.
Remington 700 Sendero SF II -
It is chambered for magnum and ultra magnum cartridges. According to
Remington, this model is the most accurate rifle for sale today, and
sports a fluted heavy barrel.
After CNBC ran a story about
the Remington 700 misfiring, or firing without the trigger being pulled, a
stir was caused in the shooting public. The truth of the matter is
that according to the facts, there are only 75 lawsuits in total against
Remington for this reason, and based on production numbers, 99.9985%
function perfectly. With those numbers, could this really be a
design flaw?. Furthermore, despite claims that the situation is
easily reproduced, and hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent on
experts, nobody has EVER been able to cause a Remington 700 to fire
without the trigger being pulled, the cause of these suits may be a result
of owners modifying incorrectly a factory 700.
Additionally, Remington no
longer uses the Walker Trigger, which is the trigger that was claimed to