After having several weeks to play with my gun, (get your mind out of the gutter you pervert, I’m talking about the Remington), I have come to a few conclusions.
First I have not had a chance to fire it yet for a couple of reasons mostly do to time, and money. Later about that.
The model 700 has been in continuous production since 1962 with probably well over a billion pages of information about it generated, and I am adding a couple more tonight.
The Long Range is a model designed to meet a price point that is at least a couple of hundred dollars below the Police, and Sendero model’s, but above the SPS models. With the higher grade aluminum bedded stock, and heavy barrel the cost savings are found in the finish, the bottom metal, and the internal box magazine.
The magazine is a simple stamped metal box with some material removed. It is press fitted into the bottom of the action. I have had other 700’s that had a small screw securing the magazine to the bottom of the receiver, as well as having the magazine press fitted. This was regardless of the cost of the rifle at the time of manufacture, though I am certain the reasoning had to do with both time, and cost.
The finish is a matt blueing that has an almost parkerized feel to it which gives it a flat appearance. This includes the full length of the bolt. Many of the higher priced models will come with a jeweled bolt body.
The flat finish reduces the likelihood of a shooter spooking a live target in the event of a hunting, or tactical situation. The rough finish will also lend itself to being refinish more easily as has become commonplace in the last decade or two.
The most obvious place of cost cutting is in the bottom metal, which is anything but metal. The plastic bottom ”metal” is at least a couple of grades above a Pringles can lid. This is not saying much, and after all the more important parts of this project is finished the trigger guard will be addressed. With this said the trigger guard, and floor plate work well, and should last a lifetime. The floor plate is hinged, and will drop open allowing the magazine to be unloaded without having to operate the bolt.
The only modification so far is the addition of a Harris bipod. One a rifle like this one it is almost unthinkable not to have one mounted.
After several hundred bolt cycling, and numerous dry firing the bolt cycling has smoothed out. As has the trigger. Just to be honest the trigger was pretty decent out of the box. The trigger is an X-Mark. It should be one that was manufactured after the recalled ones were.
Should it fall into the recalled group I will simply remove it, throw it away, then replace it with one of the many aftermarket models that will most likely be superior in most aspects.
One nice thing about living next to the Amish, (many people don’t understand the size of the Orange Park, Florida Amish community), is the ability to buy the old clothes that their children have outgrown. This has allowed me to save hundreds of dollars on clothing for my kids. This in turns allows me to invest in much more important things such as lottery tickets.
If you have not priced 300 RUM ammunition you won’t realize that you need a couple of winning lotto tickets to be able to afford to shoot this pig.
Earlier this afternoon while driving through North Carolina, I ordered two 20 round boxes of 180 grain bullets. Fortunately they were on sale so before the shipping cost was added the per round cost was only $2.69. When it was all said and done the bill totaled $122.00. I will explain to Susan that the sales girl put a spell on me making me spend so much more than I had planned.
I’m not worried it is not like these first few rounds will be used for anything as mundane as breaking in the barrel, or sighting in the scope…………..er well actually that is exactly what they will be used for.
It’s late, and I have to start work early tomorrow, so I will ramble on about this stuff later.
PETRO TRAVEL CENTER, CARNESVILLE, GA. 05/20/2016