Remington 700 Upgrade Project: Introduction

posted on January 4, 2020

When it comes to bolt-action rifles, few modern options are as ubiquitous as the Remington Model 700. From outfitting our snipers in the field to bringing home game, the 700 has been a go-to bolt-action rifle for generations. While it’s available in myriad configurations straight from Remington, one of the benefits of the 700 is the robust aftermarket that allows you to choose specific components to make it better… and your own. Whether you’re simply looking to upgrade the stock to something more fitting to your own needs, or perform an entire revamp of the platform, there’s entire businesses out there devoted to helping you personalize your Model 700.

We’re starting this project with a Model 700 Long Range, long-action receiver, chambered for .300 Win. Mag. With the popularity of 6.5 Creedmoor and other short-action rounds, we wanted to highlight the *other* long-range option. .300 Win Mag has been around since 1963 and has been a staple of the long-range shooting community in both hunting and military circles ever since. Plenty of match-grade ammunition exists for those wishing to use 300 Win Mag to its fullest potential, with options available from Barnes, Hornady, Federal Premium and others—stay tuned for updates with some of the shooting results.

The Long Range model as it ships from the factory features a 26-inch, heavy-contour barrel with a target-style barrel crown, Bell and Carlson M40 stock, X-Mark Pro trigger and four-round, internal-box magazine. On its own, it’s a tack-driver with an exceptional trigger, but as with much in the firearm world, we’re not content with box-stock. We’re going to change, well, everything except the receiver and barrel as we make this 700 Long Range exactly what we’re looking for. Stay tuned to see which components we use to upgrade this precision rifle!


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