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Review: Remington Model 700 50th Anniversary Edition

by J. Scott Rupp   |  February 2nd, 2012 13
Remington 700 BDL 50th anniversary edition

Remington is producing a special 50th anniversary version of the Model 700 BDL for 2012 only.

Fifty years ago that Remington came out with what has become the best selling bolt-action rifle of all time: the Model 700. To commemorate this incredible success, Remington has come out with the Model 700 BDL 50th Anniversary Edition—a BDL production gun that will be offered in 2012 only.

Now the 700 didn’t spring forth fully formed in ’62. It was an update of the firm’s 721/722 bolt-action rifles that came out in the 1940s. The 721 (long action) and 722 (short action) represented a big leap forward for the company in its constant quest to find ways to produce quality arms with lower manufacturing costs.

Remington 700 50th anniversary rifle floorplate

While the author thinks Remington should’ve gone with a gold coloring for the floorplate laser engraving, the company did a nice job with it.

The 721/722 also debuted the now famous shrouded bolt head found on the Model 700. With the 700, which was developed by Merle “Mike” Walker, came the company’s cornerstone “three rings of steel” slogan—which has served not just as a simple description of gun design but also a powerful marketing hook.

The Model 700’s counterbored bolt head fully encloses the cartridge head. That’s ring one. Ring two is the barrel; the bolt head is surrounded by the chamber, ensuring proper bolt/barrel alignment and adding additional security in the event of a case rupture.

The third ring is the receiver itself. Remington’s quest to simplify manufacturing led it to a cylindrical receiver tube. After all, what could be simpler than machining a piece of bar stock and drilling a hole through it?

This design, with its sleek lines, instantly captured the attention of America’s hunters, and it grew from an initial two offerings—ADL or A Deluxe Grade and BDL or B Deluxe Grade—to a family of rifles that includes more than 30 sporting variants (plus dedicated law enforcement and military models) and chambered at one time or another to nearly every modern centerfire cartridge. Current chamberings number nearly 30 and run the gamut from .17 Remington to .375 Ultra Mag.

The Model 700 50th anniversary edition is chambered to—what else? the 7mm Remington Magnum. The 1962 introduction of the Model 700 was also the debut of this now-legendary cartridge, and it was by all accounts a huge reason for the Model 700’s success.

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  • Lopaka Kanaka

    I had a Remington 700 back in 1970 and it was a very good hunting rifle and paid $150 for the rifle and used it for several years hunting white tail and mule deers in Oregon. At today's price of $1,399 I would not even try to go hunting with it. I currently have a Remington 750 in a 30-06 with a polymer for hunting here in the Golden State and go hunting with the 750 each year. I have a Marlin 336 30 WCF for brush hunting and have a polymer stock. So I can go through the most thick brush and not have a problem with dings and dangs with the stock. All NRA Life Members, Hunters, and Target Buffs, keep shooting and "Keep Our Rights TO Bear Arms". We need a new Commander in chief who will propect our 2ND Amm Rights to Bear Arms.

    • Dave

      OR all hunters & target buffs that want to protect our 2 nd amm Rights to Bear Arms – should be NRA members (extra points for Life member & above)

    • Jim

      have a new commander in chief who is protecting our 2nd amendment rights! We also have a commander in chief that wants to protect our children from high capacity magazines and assault weapons! The two are mutually exclusive!

  • Don N.

    I also remember the magnum models of the 700 has stainless barrels that were blued.

    • Robert Murphy

      I have a 700 with a stainless blued barrel in 264 win mag.

  • el-oso1942

    I started using Remington 700s in 1968 when I returned from Viet Nam. My first purchase was a Varmint special .243 for $125. I still have that rifle, and several others, ranging from .222 to .300 Win Mag. I have never had an inaccurate 700.

  • Joe P. Marshall

    The CDL special edition is out for this year and I bought one. All of the engraving on the floor plate is in gold color, too bad their quality control sucks, it only had a rough reamer through it, and It locked up the bolt on factory ammo. I had to take it to a Remington qualified gunsmith who had to take it apart and run a finishing reamer through it to make if safe to shoot!!! Thats ok though, I called Remington about it, and they said great, glad you got your gun fixed!!!! Thats the last Remington I'll ever buy and own!!!!

  • Richard Laffey

    I have a 700 in .300 sav and it's the only one I have ever seen.

  • Randy Spence

    I have one in .222. Very good groups with reloads…1/2 t0 1 inch groups at 100 yards

  • marty mayo

    Why is this rifle not offered in 7mm Rem SAUM? That is simply the most inherently accurate big game cartridge ever built. It currently holds all the 1000yard records. And recoil is LESS than with the 7mm Mag. Remington builds great guns but they have no clue how to market them. Who cares that Winchester came out with their 7mm WSM at the same time as the 7mm SAUM! Remington should have believed in what they built and stuck with it. Back in gje 80's Remington did the exact same thing with their 7mm-08. It took the Silhouette crowd keeping that awesome cartrige alive that forced Remington to offer their guns in that cartridge again. Its now standard fare from all manufacturers. The F-Class guys are keeping the 7mm Rem SAUM alive… How long will it take the out of touch marketing dept at Remington to learn to stick with and sell their own awesome products that their R&D dept has come up with?????

  • Barry Sensing

    I bought a Model 700 BDL in 7mm Rem Mag back in 1986. This was my second 700 BDL at the time. This rifle quickly became my favorite "Go To" rifle. The farm that I hunted in Georgia at the time offered shots up to 400 yards. I made several 250-325 yard shots with that rifle using 150 grain Core-lokts. This rifle and cartridge made those shots seem so easy. I still own this rifle and it is still my favorite. I am looking into buying another 7mm Rem Mag, my favorite caliber, this time a stainless model 700 will go into my safe.

  • Simon

    At least Remington is still making rifles…I have a 7mm Rem Mag with the stainless barrel and a period VXII scope. I am not sure why anyone would want the commemerative in a short action. If you want a short action find one of the original 6.5's or 350's, not the new ones.

  • kalahan

    very very nice rifle, is my dream!

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