Recoil|September - October 2020
700-Yard Hits With a Pistol? We Got You, Fam
Ashley Spurlin

Imagine yourself in a world of restrictive firearms laws, global and stateside pandemonium, and a run on rifles, pistols, and ammunition all at once. Now, stop imagining this scenario and accept the fact that it’s occurring all across our country in 2020. Hopefully, you were prepared for something like this to play out and years ago procured the necessary items for your specific situation, based on your geographic location, or age, or state laws, or whatever reason you came up with.

Now, let’s say you didn’t prepare or you never purchased that one rifle or pistol you wanted. Maybe you were one of the individuals buying one of 2.5- million firearms sold in the first quarter of 2020. What firearm might you choose if you had to cross state lines, and traverse, say, the length of California for work or visit a sick relative in New York? We’ve covered lever-action rifles in the past that could fit the bill — here’s a bolty that could also be just the ticket.

The 700 CP is the latest iteration of Remington’s venerable and iconic bolt gun. The “CP” stands for Chassis Pistol, and it’s built on the classic 700 actions that have been around since Jesus was hanging doors for a living. The 700 CP is currently offered in 300 Blackout, .223 Remington, and .308 Winchester chamberings, but for our purposes, the 7.62 NATO was chosen, and here’s why.

During ammunition shortages, it’s always best to stay with a common caliber such as the .308, but not quite as common as 5.56 and 9mm — you can usually still find at least a couple of boxes of hunting ammo on the shelves at a gun store. In fact, despite Walmart yanking “assault weapon” ammo from their firearms department, they still carry .308 Winchester. We get it, it’s dumber than Joe Biden — please don’t tell them its metric designation. The .308 is one of the easiest cartridges to find in any state in the U.S. Should you want to load your own, it’s very forgiving. Data for the cartridge is so well studied that just a simple internet search will provide you every bit of information you’d need for the rest of your life. Finally, if the Marine Corps and the Army ever agreed on one thing, it’s the efficacy of the .308. (They don’t agree on its effective range, but hey, it proves the pros know what works at social distances.)


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September - October 2020