Few names are as synonymous with the world of guns as the Remington brand. One of the oldest gun making companies around, Remington never ceases to impress with its offerings to the world of shooting.
If you do a check on gunsmiths who build precision long-range rifles, you will be pleased to find that the vast majority of them use the Remington 700 platform as a base. That is testimony enough to show you just how powerful and accurate Remington’s Model 700 series is. And that is why today, I would like to give you a Remington 700 Long Range Review. This is one long-range rifle that was engineered to impress and built to look good while doing it.
The Remington 700 – Birth of a Legend
The original Remington 700 was launched in 1962 and immediately became a hit with everyone. So popular has it been through the ages that it is one of the best-selling rifles of all time. With the many rifles that have been and are still being made, what has made the Remington 700 so popular? There are many, but one reason stands out above all the others – the perfect balance between performance and price. Remington has made a powerful long-range rifle available to the masses, and the masses are buying it like crazy and that’s because it really delivers on its promises.
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As time and technology have their way of changing things, the Remington Model 700 has not been exempt from change. A simple look at its timeline and you will find many variants of this legendary rifle. But among them all, one variant stands out and stands tall among them all – The Remington 700 Long Range, also denoted as the 700 LR. For all the skeptics out there, I think a Remington 700 Long Range review is in order.
The Remington 700 Long Range Review – The Marks of a Good Long Range Rifle
Let’s get something off the table first. Become an excellent long-range marksman doesn’t happen by luck or come as a result of purchasing the most expensive precision rifle. It takes your commitment to spending time on the range and a good rifle, like the Remington 700 Long Range. This is a very good bolt action rifle that comes in at prices south of $221.67 (but the deer don’t know that) but performs exceptionally well. This rifle is a sure testament that you don’t have to have a mountain of money to enjoy bench shooting or a good hunt.
Now that you have set your sights on a good long-range rifle, the Remington 700 LR (hopefully), there a couple of other things you will need to consider when looking for a great long-range rifle.
1. Bolt Action Vs Semi-Automatic
Although a good semi-automatic rifle can do wonders on the range, especially when you quickly need to engage a target, a bolt action rifle is very capable of giving you great long-range accuracy very well. And when you need reliability on the hunt, a bolt action rifle like our Remington 700 Long Range, has fewer chances of malfunctioning as it has fewer parts than its semi-automatic counterparts.
The bolt action platform also trumps the semi-auto where recoil is concerned and this is because it has one stage of recoil as compared to a semi-auto’s 3-stage recoil. This is a critical factor in situations where you will need to quickly follow up with another shot as bolt-action rifles make it easier to re-engage your target.
2. Choose the Right Cartridge for You
This one is not a cut and dried case. If you ask a dozen veteran long-range shooters which is the best long-range cartridge you’ll probably get a half dozen or more answers. Why? Because cartridge choice is a personal preference most of the time. But there are a few qualities you can use to help you determine which will work for you based on practicality, performance, and price.
3. Get the Best Long Range Rifle
I know this looks like it is too obvious to mention, but I think it does deserve to be mentioned. A rifle is a big investment, and sometimes, an investment you will hand down to the generations after you. And that’s exactly what a rifle should be, a family heirloom. This means when you purchase a rifle, get one with a good track record of long service and durability. And what better rifle in this respect than the Remington 700 Long Range? Surely a rifle that has been serving in all kinds of situations since 1962, including in the armed forces, is a good rifle.
Now that we have looked at those two factors that you should keep in mind when looking for your next long-range rifle, let’s get to the main matter at hand – our Remington 700 Long Range review.
The Remington 700 Long Range Review – Long Range Capabilities, Budget Saving Ability
When it comes to long-range rifles, you can’t get it better than the Remington 700 Long Range, well at that price point anyway. Having been in the firearms industry, for a long time and having a lot of models under their belt, they certainly know a thing or two (probably a million) about making a long-range rifle that will tick all your boxes. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Although injection-molded polymer stocks are not the best stocks a rifle can be fitted with, they do help to bring the price down – drastically. And they do get the job done. In the case of the Remington 700 Long Range, quite well too, and it’s a Bell & Carlson M40 tactical stock to be exact. The M40 stock features a full-length aluminum bedding block that extends all the way forward to the front 2 swivel studs. As for the polymer, it is made of solid urethane combined with aramid, graphite, and fiberglass. This makes for a high quality and stiff stock, that’s why I said the Remington 700 Long Range does well in this respect. The stock is a free-floating one, even with heavy bipod pressure.
As for the barrel, the Remington 700 Long Range comes with a 26” 1/10 twist heavy-contour barrel. This is Remington’s varmint contour and it handles heat much better than the traditional, lighter hunting-barrel contours. You will find this heavier barrel to be an invaluable advantage when you are in a situation that will need you to fire a lot of rounds as it can withstand heat very well. As for the length, it helps squeeze all the velocity possible out of long-range cartridges such as the .300 Win Mag cartridge. Speaking of which, the Remington 700 Long Range comes chambered in .25-’06, .30-’06, 7mm Remington Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum and .300 Remington Ultra Magnum. A wide choice for you to choose from, although I particularly prefer the .300 Win Mag, but then again, that is a personal preference. The Remington 700 LR comes with a 3 round capacity magazine, and hence Remington’s claim that it will help you make 3 rounds like one.
When it comes to releasing your powerful high-velocity cartridge, the Remington 700 LR comes with an X Mark Pro trigger to help you do just that. You can easily adjust the trigger with a simple Allen wrench down to a sweet 2 pounds from the factory set trigger pull weight (this one came with a 3.5-pound trigger pull weight). This external adjustability is a great feature to have on any trigger. The X Mark Pro is an excellent, crisp trigger that you will enjoy for a long time. Unlike many factory fitted triggers, this one will help you tighten your groups nicely, straight out of the box. As they say, “X marks the spot”, and the X Mark Pro Trigger really helps you do just that.
And for added accuracy, the Remington 700 Long Range comes tapered and drilled, making it easy for you to mount your preferred riflescope. You can get a good scope for your build that can keep your build below the $1000.00 mark, especially if you go for a scope like the Athlon Argos BTR.
The Remington 700 Long Range is well built, but it is not the lightest long-range comes in heavy at 9 pounds, and a bit long at 47-inches long. When you do go hunting with it, this is one long-range rifle that will definitely afford you the ability to place a great ethical shot from a distance. If you are a big game hunter, this is one rifle that will definitely help you bring down some prime trophies with ease.
The Remington 700 Long Range Review – Parting Shots
As we wrap up our Remington 700 Long Range review, I’m sure you concur with me that this is one great rifle. Sure, it is not one of those high-end rifles you drool over as you surf the net, but get it into the real world and you will be amazed at the performance it will give you. If you are on a college budget and still want to enjoy the pleasures of hunting or bench shooting, then this is definitely the rifle for you. It will give you everything you need to enjoy a day on the range, and a little bit more.