Remington 700 Long Range – 300 WinMag
With claims like, being “engineered to make three shots look like one” and the capability of “extended-range big-game hunting to printing one-ragged-hole groups,” it’s no doubt why I chose the Remington 700 Long Range model for my target and hunting rifle. Within recent memory, factory rifles capable of shooting sub-MOA groups wasn’t all that common. But these days, there are several companies offering models that can deliver this type of accuracy at a fraction the cost of a custom precision rifle. Remington took note – the result, a quality rifle chambered in a long-range cartridge and available in an affordable off-the-shelf package. The Model 700 Long Range was born.
I’ve owned several Remington 700 rifles that all shot “lights out” straight out of the box. When I first saw the 700 LR, I was certain this was my next bolt gun. Remington offers this model in a variety of long-action cartridges perfectly capable of precision target shooting as well as big-game hunting. Among these offerings was the tried-and-true .300 Winchester Magnum. As a huge fan of .30 caliber hunting rifles, it was never a question that this would be my choice in cartridge for this project. The .300WM round was introduced in the early 60’s by Winchester and is based on the .375 H&H Magnum. This cartridge is probably the most popular .30 caliber “magnum” round in North America. With bullet weight options ranging from 165-230 grains and being capable of pushing some of these projectiles 3000+ ft/second, it’s no wonder that over 50 years after its inception, it still remains popular. This caliber is used by hunters, competition shooters as well as law enforcement and military units.
The 700 Long Range model boasts a variety of features that make it a great choice for a budget conscience long range hunting or target rifle. In the magnum variety, Remington offers a 3+1 capacity which is plenty for hunting but will be limited in some competition settings. Because, for now, I only have plans of using this rifle to hunt and occasionally bench shoot, this didn’t turn me off. The rifle also features a Bell and Carlson M40 stock. This stock is a great feature that doesn’t drive the cost of this rifle up too much. The M40 stock has a full-length aluminum bedding block which extends all the way forward to the front 2 swivel studs. The material itself is made of solid urethane combined with aramid, graphite and fiberglass which makes for a high quality and stiff stock. The stock is free-floating even with heavy bi-pod pressure.
The rifles comes with a 26” 1/10 twist heavy – contour barrel in a matte-black finish which helps squeeze all the velocity possible out of the .300 Win Mag cartridge. In a dedicated hunting rifle – a shorter, thinner profile barrel may be more attractive but in order to get the most performance possible, I will leave it with the factory length with its “concave target-style barrel crown”.
The rifle itself is not light, weighing in at around 9lbs. Add a quality scope and a few accessories and this rifle will be one heavy package. While this may help in reducing felt recoil from the stout round, it will also make trekking on an elk or a deer hunt a bit more difficult. But this wasn’t a huge concern of mine, if weight needs to be shed I’ll start with my waistline and not my rifle.