Let’s just get this out of the way right up front. America’s oldest gun maker, which recently celebrated its 200th anniversary, has taken its share of licks in the past several years. Lawsuits, ownership woes, questionable management decisions and a bankruptcy. Now with new ownership in place, the firm begins another chapter. If the new Model Seven SS HS is any indication, Remington has taken a great step forward as it looks to the future.
Introduced in 1983, the Model Seven is the smaller, lighter little brother to the Model 700. In recent times the company didn’t seem to pay a lot of attention to this svelte, handy rifle—focusing more attention on the Model 700 line and the Model 783 budget rifles. But that lack of attention has ended with the Model Seven SS HS.
The Model Seven was initially introduced with an 18.5-inch barrel in several short-action calibers. The Model Seven SS HS is also chambered for short-action rounds—.243, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 and .308 Win.—but its stainless steel barrel (the “SS” in the name) is a 20-incher like most of its current stablemates.
I’ll discuss the barrel in greater detail in a bit because you probably want to know where the “HS” comes from. The stock is made by HS Precision, one of the best stock makers in the country. The stock on the Seven SS HS is a looker, for sure: black with spruce-green spiderwebbing. I’m a sucker for spiderweb stocks, and this one not only looks nice but also feels really good in your hands.
The dimensions are unremarkable, for lack of a better word. Some stocks feature a large wrist, which I can get used to, or a thin wrist, which I can tolerate. This one is Goldilocks-just-right. Similarly, the fore-end doesn’t get tricky—no beavertails, finger grooves or other adornments because it doesn’t need them.