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The Remington 700: An American Icon

The Remington 700 is the quintessential bolt-action rifle.

The Remington 700 bolt-action rifle has been a hit with hunters and sport shooters since it was first released in 1962. It’s developed a solid reputation as a reliable and accurate rifle.

Over the years, Remington has made several variations of the  rifle for hunters, sport shooters, law enforcement and military personnel. All Remington 700’s are based on the same manual centerfire bolt action. It’s a push-feed design that features 2-opposed locking lugs, a recessed bolt face, a coil-activated ejector and a hook extractor. The three-piece bolt and receiver are both made milled from cross-section steel. It’s a simple and strong design that rifle builders have modeled for years.

While it was created for mass production, the Remington 700 proved to be a highly effective and accurate rifle straight out of the box, and it quickly became a hit with hunters and target shooters. The US Army was impressed too; they gave it to their snipers to use during the Vietnam War. It’s still a common rifle among Army shooters today.


The original Remington 700 was chambered for 7mm Remington Magnum, which was also made its debut in 1962. Name a sporting cartridge and there’s a Remington 700 that’s been chambered for it. Most Remington 700’s have a three, four or five-round internal magazine.

Over the years, Remington has produced a wide-array of Remington 700 variations for hunters, sport shooters and tactical shooters. It remains one of the greatest American rifles ever made, and it has contributed greatly to the experience of American hunters across nearly three generations.

Do you own a Remington 700? If so, what model? 

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The Remington 700: An American Icon