Q: I recently bought, literally for a song, a Remington Model 725 bolt-action rifle in excellent condition complete with a Burris 4x scope in a Redfield mount.It is chambered for the .280 Remington cartridge which I am not too fussed about, so can you tell me if I could have it rechambered for the .280 Ackley Improved? Any information you can give me about the Model 725 would be welcome as my gun shop has never heard of it.
A: Congratulations, you have scored a very nice sporter that was made in limited numbers from 1958 to 1961. The Model 725 was the first Remington bolt-action rifle chambered for the .280 Rem. cartridge on a commercial basis. It has a gracefully contoured 550mm barrel and nicely profiled stock with subdued Monte Carlo combfor scope use. My old friend Merv Parker who lived in Warwick, Qld. at that time had one in the then-new .244 Rem. calibre which I used on a number of occasions. I particularly liked the panels of perfectly cut checkering which is as good as I’ve ever seen on any factory rifle and three- position Enfield safety. In the 725’s last year in production, Remington offered a magnum version in .375 H&H and .458 Win. Mag. known as the “Kodiak Magnums” but these are really rare and bring a high collector’s price. You can certainly have your 725 rechambered for the .280 Ackley Improved, but if I owned it I’d use it as is.