It was $930 with free shipping to my local shop. It’s not a steal, but I can live with that price. I’d like it to be lower but that’s what the lower price point is right now.
How would I know the difference in the new vs old stock 700 if I were to look online?After doing a good bit of research on the new Remington QC improvements, and being very impressed with what they are doing. I ordered a new production 700 CDL in 7mm Rem Mag. I should have it in my hands this weekend.
It has a 26” barrel with 1:8 5r hammer forged barrel that’s stress relieved after the hammer forging. Satin AA Grade walnut stock and blueing, ebony forend with jeweled bolt. I’m looking forward to getting it and seeing how it shoots.
I love the things stated in the podcasts from Ken D’Arcy, the head honcho at RemArms.
They scrapped the old steel previously used and went with a higher grade steel for receivers and barrels. More difficult to machine but higher quality receivers, bolts, and barrels. The barrels are hammer forged with 5r rifling, updated twist rates, and stress relieved. Chambers are now 100% CNC cut to within .0002”, no hand finishing the chambers any more. Bolt face to breech tolerances are kept to .0002” as well. Bolt lug to receiver tolerances are kept to .0003”. The thread tolerances for mating barrel to the receiver is greatly reduced as well but I dont recall the exact number. He said tolerances were such that bolts from one new production 700 can be interchanged with another rifle, and as long as they have the same bolt face diameter headspace would be correct. That’s quite a statement. The recoil lug is also machined to within .0002” of being perfectly flat. Fit and finish has been refined as well. Yes the tolerances are in tenths of a thousand. Not a typo.
The thing that impressed me most was one statement. He said “It’s ok to build a budget rifle if that’s what your company does. Do it and do it well. We aren’t interested in making the model 700 a budget rifle. It’s an icon, quality and performance will match.“ I like that. I like that a lot.
I hope he wasn’t blowing smoke in the podcasts. I’ll know soon enough.
I’ll post a lot of pictures when I get it, along with how it shoots. From what I heard on the podcasts I’m expecting a high quality rifle deserving the Remington Model 700 name that’s stamped in the receiver.
I found a picture, it looks like they have different floor plate release and ...bolt shroud maybe?New production 700’s have a serial number that begins with a RAR. Example, RAR054302. I called the retailer and asked what the SN began with to make sure. Also new ones have the rate of twist stamped in the barrel. Previous 700’s do not.
The Alpha 1 has a little different receiver than 700’s. They built it as a long range hunting rig. The bottom footprint of the receiver is the same as a normal 700. The top side of the receiver is round and doesn’t have the mauseresque contours of the traditional 700. The Alpha 1 also comes with a Timney trigger.
That’s what I was thinking.That’s a lot of room for a 7mm. They must be after the long range crowd with their heavies.
I think that the 700 long actions have always been that way. Long enough for the .375 H&H without having to make an entire new action, even longer.That’s what I was thinking.
I removed the bottom metal, and then the magazine box. Measured the magazine box with calipers and it was 3.700” on the nose for length. It adds a degree of versatility. I’d rather have the room and not need it than need it and not have it.