With the 7mm Remington Magnum, Remington had a cartridge that, despite arriving 20 years after Roy Weatherbyâ€™s 7mm magnum, immediately caught on with American sportsmen. Slightly shorter than full-length magnums such as the H&Hs and the Weatherbys, it could be chambered in standard-length actions, and its ballistics left standards such as the .30-06 in the dust.
With lighter bullets it possessed an incredibly flat trajectory for its day (and still does) while also having the ability to launch 160-grain bullets to speeds just shy of 3,000 fpsâ€”making it suitable for huge variety of game in virtually any environment.
Remingtonâ€™s anniversary 700 rifle brings all this history into focus. The first thing you might notice is that it sports a black bolt, which can be a little off-putting when you first see itâ€”or at least it was for me since, in my mind, the jeweled bolt is a key Model 700 styling cue. However, jeweling is a feature that didnâ€™t show up on the 700 until 1969.
The stock on my sample was a beautifully feathered piece of satin-finished Grade B walnut. As Remingtonâ€™s Eric Lundgren pointed out, current BDLs come with a high-gloss finish, but the satin finish on the anniversary gun is consistent with the finish from the 1960s. My sample was flawlessâ€”except for some flaking around the white-line spacer on the fore-end tipâ€”and evenly applied in the barrel channel.
The rifleâ€™s 18 lpi fleur de lis checkering pattern is laser engraved in an inverted pattern to give the appearance of the original press checkering.
â€śThe checkering is the same as the original 1962 fleur de lis pattern with checkering on top of the pistol grip,â€ť Lundgren says. â€śAt the very beginning of the process, one of the original guns was taken from Remingtonâ€™s archives, sent to the engineering facility and completely digitized. Using the digital reading, the stock, including the checkering, was matched exactly.â€ť
Thereâ€™s plenty of coverage on the wrist and fore-end, but itâ€™s certainly not overdone, and I think the overall effect is quite handsome.
In a nod to old-school styling, the Monte Carlo buttstock features a ventilated recoil pad. And in keeping with BDL styling that lives on today, the recoil pad, black grip cap and black fore-end cap are set off with white-line spacers. Two small-diameter brass crossbolts pass through the stockâ€”one between trigger and magazine cutouts and one between the front action screw and the recoil lug cutout.
Obviously Remington had to do something special to commemorate the anniversary, and they chose engraving on the aluminum hinged floorplate, which has a black powder coat. Youâ€™ll find â€śModel 700,â€ť the big Remington â€śRâ€ť flanked by â€ś1962â€ť and â€ś2012â€ť, and â€śFIFTY Yearsâ€ť laser-engraved in white. Me, I wouldâ€™ve rendered it in a gold color, in keeping with the 50th anniversary theme.
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