Upgrade your 700
The Remington 700 is arguably one of the most prolific hunting rifles ever made. Introduced in 1962, the 700 has made its way into untold numbers of gun safes, climbed countless tree stands and has logged as many miles in the woods as your average skidder in northern Maine. While it is hard to quantify how many whitetail deer have seen the business end of the Remington 700, it is safe to say it is a whole bunch; scientifically speaking.
With that much time in the field, it is also safe to say there are a whole lot of these rifles that won’t win any beauty contests any time soon. Gouges, nicks and cracks in the furniture are commonplace for the working gun as season after season are spent busting through brush cutting tracks and banging off of trees in thick conifer stands. Let’s not also forget the inevitable bounce off the shooting rail when buck fever takes hold, reducing your motor skills and dexterity to the level of a 4 year old.
If you are looking for an upgrade to give your 700 a much needed facelift and improved functionality, look no further.
Everything old, new again
The new Magpul Hunter Stock for the Remington 700 is one slick piece of equipment. Manufactured to be a drop in replacement, the reinforced polymer stock is designed for both ergonomic comfort and increased accuracy. A 60 degree grip angle, fully adjustable length of pull (13”-15”) and adjustable comb height provide the comfort. The anodized aluminum bedding block and polymer construction provides the accuracy enhancement. Say goodbye to wood stock warping due to wet weather cycles and say hello to custom performance.
The stock is also equipped with a rubber butt pad to soften larger caliber recoil and spacers for the length of pull adjustments. Sling attachment is made via Magpuls’s M-Lok slot system on the fore end and bottom of the stock. Three dimpled drill points are also provided for those wishing to install sling swivel studs.
The stock is available in five color variations – Black, Flat Dark Earth, Stealth Gray and Olive Drab Green. Both short action and long action configurations are offered.
No more Mr. Jingles
Everyone knows a Mr. Jingles. This is the guy who walks beside you into the fields or woods before legal shooting time with his cartridges in his pocket, jingling and jangling all the way to his stand. If you don’t know a Mr. Jingles, he may be you!
While the Hunter 700 Stock is compatible with factory bottom metal and hinged floor plates, the available Bolt Action Magazine Well add on enables you to use detachable box magazines without any custom inletting. Once again, this is a drop in solution.
Having the ability to keep your ammunition clean, secure and quiet is a key consideration in the field. Using a magazine, you will make two clicks in the still of the morning woods – one as you insert the magazine and one as you lock the bolt forward. Using the traditional floor plate design, every round you push down on the follower is making noise – that could be five clicks before the bolt slides home.
You would be hard pressed to find a hunter who has never dropped a round or two when opening the floor plate at the end of legal shooting time to clear the rifle – in the dark, through the snow or under a leaf pile. A detachable box magazine puts that problem to bed once and for all.
AICS-spec magazines for the short action stock are available in 5.56x45mm (.223 Remington) and 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester); the long action version magazines are designed for .30-06 Springfield and .300 Winchester Magnum.
The best feature of all is the affordability of this set up. For roughly the same cost as some aftermarket replacement wood stocks, you get the features and functionality of a high end custom performance rifle at a budget price.
John is a Registered Maine Guide, an NRA Certified Instructor and an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer. He is a former Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army and is the owner of Tucker Ridge Outdoors in Webster Plantation, Maine. He also works as a freelance outdoors writer and is the author of “Life on the Ridge” for the bangordailynews.com Outdoors section. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Facebook @writerjohnfloyd