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3 Rings of Steel and the Remington Revolution

A complex and innovative method of gun design by Remington sets the standard for what a bolt-action can do.

What makes Remington a leading gun designer and manufacturer?

That question can be answered in a lot of ways, but one particular aspect of Remington’s Model 700 bolt-action rifles makes it clear how beneficial some innovation can be for a hunting rifle.

It’s the three rings of steel that envelope the case head that created such a marked difference, and the design has since been copied by other companies. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, as they say.


Here’s how the steel rings work:

First, the recessed bolt face allows for the cartridge head to be entirely enclosed, which helps prevent case rupture, a serious situation that can lead to real trouble. Also, the barrel completely surrounds the bolt shroud, which provides even more strength inside the barrel shank.

Finally, the last “ring of steel” refers to the fact that the barrel is threaded into the receiver, which was machined from hardened steel.

This all leads to a vastly faster locktime of 2.5-3 milliseconds, which is considered best in the industry. That means the effects of shooter movement are less prominent, and shots are far more consistent, one after another.

Ideally, every gun would have such precise and detailed features that make them perform at or above expectations on a regular basis. If you are interested in the groundbreakers who came up with the design, and therefore the most popular bolt-action of all time, then the Remington 700 is going to be your choice.


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3 Rings of Steel and the Remington Revolution