The Remington Model 700 has been America’s top-selling bolt-action rifle since it’s introduction in 1962. The latest Model 700 VTR features innovations which make it an attention getter.
AS FAR AS ACCURACY GOES, there were no surprises with the VTR; it shot just like Remingtons always do! I was far more enamoured with the rifle’s futuristic appearance. While the stock shape bears some resemblance to that of the 700 SPS line, it is coloured green with black overmolded inserts on grip and foreend to provide secure grasping surfaces. The beavertail fore-end is vented to allow air to circulate around the barrel to speed up cooling during a hectic sniping session on a hot day.
Sling swivel studs are fitted, but unlike the SPS series the VTR has an extra stud up front which serves as a mounting point for bipod. This allows the rifle to be carried in the field with bipod attached and folded forward. A handy feature, one which no doubt will be appreciated by the walkabout varmint/predator hunter. Stock furniture includes a grip cap carrying the Remington logo and Remington’s new Super-Cell recoil pad. This is a comfortable stock to shoot offhand or prone using the bipod. The gently curving pistol grip feels good in my small hand and the high, straight comb sloping upward toward the rear, gives full support to the face. A neat cheekpiece helps position the shooter’s eye dead-in-line with the scope’s eyepiece.
Moreover, I like the way this stock is slightly understated; many varmint stocks are way too big and bulky. The VTR’s beavertail fore-end is handfilling but not too fat for shooting offhand or from the sit, while a flat bottom allows it to sit squarely atop a rifle rest.