Shooting Times & Country|March 18, 2020
Remington Arms Company has been instrumental in pushing forward rifle design, not only in bolt actions but also semi-automatics, pumps and all its shotgun range.
It remains one of the best US companies that are producing firearms today.
Its new entry-level Model 783 is proving popular, especially its combo/package with scope and mounts, but the good old Remington Model 700 refuses to die. This version is designed not only to offer affordability, but also give that special semi-custom stock option that many shooters might trade up to.
Here you have a Sporter or varmint profiled Model 700 ADL in a variety of calibres, .308 Win tested here, all slotted into a new McMillan Mc3 synthetic stock.
What you have is a superbly built Sporter/fox/deer rifle in an almost indestructible weather-shirking McMillan stock. Best of all, because with a Remington you can add any number of aftermarket scope mounts and magazine options. And that’s all for the very reasonable price of £1,029 for this blued model.
Let’s look at that stock first. Nice, very nice. I own quite a few McMillan stocks that grace my custom and wildcat calibred rifles and, being one of the first manufacturers of this type of fibre glass synthetic stocks, Remington knows what it’s doing.
Moulded stock design
This is the part of the rifle that contacts you the shooter so, as with all stocks, the stock needs to fit and serves its purpose. Get this wrong and all else goes to pot.
This one is called the McMillan Mc3 TPIM stock, which is McMillan’s new moulded stock design with its own “homemade” polymer construction of 100% Xenolite composite with carbon fibre added.
In shape, it looks like the McMillan A5 profile and the polymer is stiffer, stronger and gives more rigidity and less shrinkage, and has a tough hard-wearing exterior. It weighs the same as an original A5 stock and is solid in both fore-end and rear stock area. These are all excellent attributes on a stalking rifle that proved useful crawling around after Chinese water deer in the mud (see p42).
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March 18, 2020