Remington 700 Review: Does this legendary rifle still deserve its reputation?

by David Higginibotham

February 20, 2023

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The Remington 700 is one of the most iconic bolt-action rifles ever made. After 60 years of development, and some ups-and-downs for Big Green itself, this review will look at where the 700 stands today. Do these new Remington 700s stand up to the legacy that so many have come to trust?

An iconic bolt action rifle that has seen service with sportsman, competition shooters, and snipers in its various configurations over the past 60 years!

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Remington 700 Specs

  • Name Remington 700
  • Action Bolt Action
  • Trigger X-Mark Pro
  • Caliber 308 Win
  • Magazine Capacity 4+1
  • Stock Synthetic
  • Sights None
  • Barrel Carbon Steel
  • Barrel Length 24 inches
  • Weight 7.25 lbs

Remington 700 Background – 60 Years of Remington 700s

The Remington 700 has been around for 60 years now. There are more flavors of this design than there are of most bolt guns—many calibers and stock options to choose from. And across the history of the platform, the gun has been built with affordability in mind. 

Of course, affordability is subjective. For most, the 700 is a classic and functional bolt-action rifle that is both capable out of the box and ready for any user-inspired upgrades or updates, as needed. In other words, if you can’t afford exactly what you want on day one, pick up one of these and treat it like a blank canvas. 

The Remington 700’s action is where it’s at. The 700’s basic design marked a change in how bolt action rifles were made—subtle though it is. The receiver is cut on a lathe, from round bar stock, rather than being milled. 

Many of the other parts are stamped. While some are dubious about stamped parts, Remington knew that tight tolerances on milling were crucial for accuracy—but only on some parts. By investing in those, and cutting costs elsewhere, Remington trimmed production costs (production time, too) and built guns that would perform better than their predecessors, but at a lower cost. 

As for the stock, this one is an SPS (special purpose synthetic). As you can imagine for a gun that’s been in circulation for more than half a century, wood is prevalent. Synthetic is the new norm. But everything else is available, too—from carbon fiber to PRS stocks to… you name it.

Remington 700 Features

Remington 700 Features
1 Tang mounted safety

Very easy to access

2 Drilled, tapped receiver

Lots of optics mounts available.

3 Bedazzled bolt

For that extra bit of bling

4 Thin barrel profile

Cuts weight for those long hikes in

5 Available in 8 calibers

243 Win, to 300 Win Mag

6 SPS Stock

All weather synthetic durability.  Many aftermarket stocks available

Models and Variations of the Remington 700

There are many different variations of the Remington 700 other than what we are reviewing in this article. Here are 2 other variations you may want to consider.

Remington 700 –  Our Take

Remington 700 Bench Shooting

How it handles

When I consider shootability, I have to account for my size. I’m 6’4”, so I need a longer length of pull than most. This rifle doesn’t provide that for me, and it isn’t adjustable. 

I’m often faced with this, though, so no surprises. I have learned to shoot guns that are too small for me, and I can still shoot well with this 700. 

Remington700 Bolt Closeup

The bolt moves freely—no complaints there. 

This is a standard style stock for bolt-action guns today, and there are options for mounting bipods and slings, as you’d expect. While the slings are lighter, the bipod is more stable and an asset for any serious long-range shots. 

Ultimately, this 700 is light enough to carry all day and ideal for hunting. The barrel is thin though, so don’t look for crazy repeat accuracy from the bench without a suitable cool-down period. 

Reliability

The elephant in the room here is the Remington trigger recall. Some Model 700s had triggers that could dislodge if the gun was hit hard enough. This is bad. The connection of the sear at the trigger was designed for an optimal trigger pull, not for an impact, and there were catastrophic results. 

This one was built after. To test its reliability, I emptied the gun, cocked the bolt, put the safety in the fire position and struck the butt violently against the floor. I also struck the sides with a rubber mallet. While I didn’t beat the gun into oblivion, I also couldn’t get the sear to disconnect. Each time, a trigger pull was all that was needed. 

The trigger pull, though—that’s another story. We’ll get to that.

Ergonomics

As I mentioned above the stock is what you get. For the average shooter, this will be ideal. 

The synthetic stock has some over-molded sections for more grip. These work well as visual accents and as grip. And the butt has a thick rubber pad on it to eat up some shock from the .308s recoil. All in, this is a very traditional build and a stock that will stand the test of time.

On Target

The action is free-floated, too. And that aids the accuracy. I shot some 165 grain and 150 grain .308, and both worked well. 

Remington 700 Accuracy

The only hindrance for accuracy, apart from the ergonomic difficulties I mentioned above, was the trigger. The trigger pull out-of-the-box is stiff—5 pounds. These come with the X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger, which means 2 pounds of movement. 

But it has the slightest hitch in the pull—a bit of movement that is hardly perceptible to the eye, but one you can feel in the tip of your finger. The trigger on this is its weakness, for sure. 

Still, even so, I’m able to shoot one-hole groups at 100 yards. For a hunting gun, this trigger is hardly a fatal flaw. 

Is the price right?

The price on these guns is harder to evaluate now than it has been in the past. There are Remington examples, and RemArms builds rumored to be built from old-stock Remington parts, and then some new production RemArms… all of which are very similar. Collectors, though—and those with opinions about the slide downward at Remington before the company was split up and sold—they may feel differently. 

The price now ranges from the $450 mark on the used side up to the $700+ point on new guns. Seeing as this rifle shoots lights-out, I’d say that’s reasonable. 

As with any bolt-gun, consider what you will need to spend on bases, rings, and optics—and then ammo. All told though, this gun should be a solid foundation.

Remington 700 Pros and Cons 

  • Weight – Light and easy to carry
  • Accuracy– Solid accuracy out of the box
  • Customizable– Lots of upgrade options and large aftermarket support
  • Threaded Barrel – On this variant the barrel is not threaded
  • Trigger – Trigger needs work

Report Card

Shootability

I’d very much like to see a clean, crisp trigger on this.

B
Reliability

There are few designs with this long of a track record

A
Ergonomics

Average isn’t bad. It is average.

C
Accuracy

MOA or better with 150 grain .308 is solid.

A
Value

If you find a deal on one, it is a great foundation to build on.

B
Remington 700 Rifle Final Grade

Our Grade

B+

Reviewed by David Higginibotham

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B+

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Remington 700 Starter Pack

If you’re serious about shooting, there are a few extra things you’ll probably want to pick up–if you don’t have them of course.

  • Optics: Odds are your Remington 700 will come without any form of aiming device. Visit our Optics Reviews Page for reviews on scopes and How-To guides to mount your selected optic.
  • Scope Rings and Bases: Once your select your optic of choice, you will need to mount it on your new Remington 700. Check out our Scope Ring Finder Tool to find the rings and bases you need to mount your scope.
  • Gun Cleaning Kit: There’s no way you should pick up an expensive, champion-caliber handgun like this and not keep it well maintained. We’ve got a whole article dedicated to gun cleaning kits you’ll need to keep your pistol in tip top shape.  
  • Eye Protection: This should go without saying, but you need to invest in some quality shooting glasses. One errant piece of brass, and you’re in for a bad day. Check out our recommendations for the best shooting glasses!
  • Hearing Protection: Protect your ears and and get some quality hearing protection. We’ve gathered all of our favorites to help you decide the best hearing protection for you.

Remington 700 Gun Deals

Here are some of the best deals you’ll find when searching for your new Remington 700.

Upgrades and Accessories for the Remington 700

The Remington700 is one of the most upgradeable and customizable bolt action rifle out there. Here are a few things that you should think about getting to customize your Remington 700 and take it to the next level or just customize it for your specific uses. 

Best Accessories For The Remington 700

AccessoryDetailsCheck Price
Leupold VX-3HD 4.5-14x50
Leupold VX-3HD Rifle Scope
  • 4.5-14 is plenty for most American hunters
  • The Leupold scope guarantee is unbeatable
  • Affordable, reliable, and easy to use
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TriggerTech Primary Trigger
TriggerTech Remington 700 Primary Trigger
  • Drop in replacement
  • 1.5-4.0lb trigger pull
  • Right or Left Hand Options
  • Straight or Curved Options
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magpul-pro-700-gun-university
Magpul Pro 700 Chassis
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Best Ammo for Your Remington 700

Selecting the best ammunition for your rifle can be daunting and is very dependent on what you plan on using your file for. Below we have selected some of our favorite hunting ammo and precision shooting ammunition. The rifle reviewed was in 308 Win but odds are you can find same ammunition we show below for the caliber your Remington 700 is in!

Hunting Ammunition

Federal Trophy Copper 308 Ammo

Federal Trophy Copper 308 Win 150 Grain

Marketplace
Cost Per Round
Sportsmans Warehouse $2.65
Palmetto State Armory $2.27

Match Ammunition

Sellier and Bellot Match Ammo

Sellier & Bellot Match 308 Win 168 Grain HPBT

Marketplace
Cost Per Round
Target Sports USA $1.40
Palmetto State Armory $1.56
MidwayUSA $1.67

Other Bolt Action Rifles of its Class to Check Out

The Remington 700 is a really great choice for a simple hunting rifle or building out a custom rifle. However, there are many other great options out there.  We have listed some of our favorites below:

#1 Sig Sauer Cross

SIG Sauer Cross

Sig Sauer Cross

A super modern hunting rifle with all of the features and swagger of a tactical rifle, but in a lightweight mountain-ready package.

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  • Shootability A
  • Reliability B+
  • Ergonomics A
  • Accuracy A+
  • Value A+

Our Grade

A

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A-

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#2 Tikka T3x Lite

Tikka T3x Lite

Tikka T3x Lite

Made in Finland and imported by Beretta USA, the Tikka T3x Lite is one of the best imports you can buy.

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  • Shootability A-
  • Reliability A+
  • Ergonomics B-
  • Accuracy A
  • Value A

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A-

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#3 Springfield Armory Waypoint

Springfield Armory Waypoint

Built like a PRS rifle but with the modern hunter in mind, the Waypoint might usher in a new era of hunting rifle design.

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  • Shootability A+
  • Reliability B-
  • Ergonomics A+
  • Accuracy A
  • Value B+

Our Grade

A-

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A+

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The Sig Cross and Springfield Waypoint are feature rich bolt action rifles that will require very little customization as they come from the factory with upgrades. The Tikka T3x is one of our favorite basic bolt action rifles that is great as is but can be upgraded to fit your needs.

How to Care for Your Remington 700

If you plan on owning firearms you should how to use it safely and to care for it. For cleaning, we’ve found this great video from the National Shooting Sports Foundation that shows you how to clean your Remington 700 rifle.

If you want to see the complete disassembly of a Remington 700 watch this video presented by MidwayUSA. Most firearms owners will never need to do this level of disassembly, but if you are a gun nerd like we are, its interesting to see how it all goes together.

Looking for some more information on the Remington 700? Check out the links below for the manufacturer’s website and other neat content including videos on the 700 from a military and hunting perspective.

9-Hole Review of Military Style Remington 700
Backfire’s Review of Remington 700 From Hunting Persepective

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About David Higginibotham

David Higginbotham is a writer and editor who specializes in every day carry. After twenty years as a college professor, he made the move into the firearms industry, crafting content, working in marketing and public relations, and now working in commercial product development.

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