Remington is about release an all-new rifle on 14 January at the US SHOT Show, but they’re giving away very few clues about it.
In a graphic put up on Facebook yesterday, Remington indicates the new firearm will be accurate enough to put five shots into a single .725-inch cloverleaf hole at 100 yards – at least in .30-06 using 165gr CoreLokt bullets on an indoor range.
The caption with the graphic gave us the only other hints Remington is letting out: “Using the expertise that’s dominated bolt-action technology for more than 50 years, the engineering team started from scratch and combined their most advanced, accuracy-enhancing features to create an all-new platform…”
We can safely guess the new platform is a bolt-action rifle, and it will obviously be built with a long action to fit the .30-06, and so will handle everything down to .223 or maybe even smaller centrefires.
From there on it’s all speculation, but we’re willing to bet it’ll be a budget rifle to make Remington more competitive against companies such as Savage and Weatherby, which already have low-cost entry-level rifles with a sub-MOA guarantee. The current range of low-price but relatively highly featured US-made rifles is making a big impact on the market.
Then again, many shooters been excited about the apparent development of Remington’s XM2010 military sniper rifle for the civilian market since its release in 2011. A re-worked XM2010 in multiple calibres would certainly fit with Remington’s claims of accuracy. But strictly speaking, it’s not an all-new platform, is it?
Could Remington’s new platform actually be a switch-barrel system like Thompson/Center’s Dimension? It’s unlikely, but tantalisingly possible.
We’ll know in less than two weeks…