Remington Model 700
Category: Shotguns and Smoothbores
Manufactured by Remington arms in 1962, the Remington Model 700 is a bolt-action series of firearms. This rifle is a development of the 1948 series of Remington 721 and 722. It is based, as all other Remington firearms, on center fire bolt-action. The Remington Model 700 comes with a 3, 4 or 5-round internal magazine some with a floor-plate for quick unloading while others do not come with the floor-plate. During ordering the rifle, one can also opt for a detachable box magazine. The rifle is available in a variety of stack, barrel and caliber configurations worldwide.
Designed for mass production, the Remington Model 700 is a manually operated bolt action rifle having two forward dual-opposed lugs. The base of the cartridge is fully enclosed by a recessed bolt face. On the bolt face, the ejector is a plunger actuated by a coil spring. On a round cross section steel, the receiver is perfectly milled while the bolt is made of three-piece construction together brazed. The three piece construction includes the head, body and the bolt handle. Sitting within the bolt face of he rifle, the extractor is a C-clip.
In a wide range of variations in the stocks, barrel configurations, metal finishes and calibers, the Remington 700 comes in different models all over the world. The varying lengths of actions also play a key role in influencing the model of the Remington 700. The short action, basically for cartridges up to 71.12 mm with the .308 Winchester family securing an example, the standard action primarily for cartridges up to 84.84 mm for example the .306 Springfield and .300 Winchester Magnum and lastly, the long action for cartridges for magnum calibers which exceed the standard 84.84 mm length.
Various magazine configurations are made depending on the use. Standard customer and military and police use rifles are stocked. Various Remington 700 rifles designed for public use include, Model 700, Model 700 SPS, Model 700 BDL and Model 700 Safari among others. The price, barrel length and stock difference are key factors determining the difference in the models.
The 1996 Remington 700 ML model pave way to an electronic primer ignition model produced in 2000, the Model 700 Etron X.
The police version comes into two models, the standard Remington Model 700 P that has a 26 inch heavy barrel and the Remington Model 700 LTR with 20 inch fluted heavy barrel. These two rifles come with a tactical weapons system (TWS) package with telescopic sights, bipod and a carrying case. The Model 700 P is designed with a heavier and thicker barrel to increase accuracy and reduce recoil.
The military versions of Remington Model 700, the U.S Army’s M24 Sniper and the U.S Marine Corps’ M40 sniper rifle are all modifications of the initial Remington Model 700. The main outstanding difference between the Remington Model 700 and the military versions is the heavy contour barrel fitted to the latter. Both the M24 and the M40 use a long action bolt face. This was originally capped by the intention to chamber the longer .300 Winchester Magnum round though the M40 was intended, not to chamber the .300 Winchester Magnum, but to migrate it to the .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge.