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Review: Remington Model 700 50th Anniversary Edition

by J. Scott Rupp   |  February 2nd, 2012 13
Remington 700 anniversary rifle buttstock

The anniversary gun sports satin-finished Grade B walnut, which on the author’s sample was gorgeous. The ventilated recoil pad adds a vintage touch.

With the 7mm Remington Magnum, Remington had a cartridge that, despite arriving 20 years after Roy Weatherby’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 fps—making it suitable for huge variety of game in virtually any environment.

Remington’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 it—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 didn’t show up on the 700 until 1969.

Remington 700 anniversary rifle wrist

The laser-engraved fleur de lis checkering is an exact reproduction of the original Model 700’s pressed checkering and very well executed.

The stock on my sample was a beautifully feathered piece of satin-finished Grade B walnut. As Remington’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 flawless—except for some flaking around the white-line spacer on the fore-end tip—and evenly applied in the barrel channel.

The rifle’s 18 lpi fleur de lis checkering pattern is laser engraved in an inverted pattern to give the appearance of the original press checkering.

“The checkering is the same as the original 1962 fleur de lis pattern with checkering on top of the pistol grip,” Lundgren says. “At the very beginning of the process, one of the original guns was taken from Remington’s archives, sent to the engineering facility and completely digitized. Using the digital reading, the stock, including the checkering, was matched exactly.”

There’s plenty of coverage on the wrist and fore-end, but it’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 stock—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. You’ll find “Model 700,” the big Remington “R” flanked by “1962” and “2012”, and “FIFTY Years” laser-engraved in white. Me, I would’ve rendered it in a gold color, in keeping with the 50th anniversary theme.

Specifications and accuracy results on page three

  • 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!!!!
    Joe

  • 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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