New-era Remington rifles due in Australian gun shops in July

The first Remington 700 and 783 bolt-action rifles from the new factory are on their way to Australia, with deliveries to gun shops expected to happen in July. 

No new Remingtons have been available here since soon after the Remington Outdoor Company went into receivership in 2020. The gun-making portion was subsequently purchased by Roundhill Group and is now called RemArms LLC. 

A brand new factory was built and most tooling replaced in a major re-investment in the brand, which had been struggling financially.  

The new Remingtons are expected to show a noticeable improvement in quality and detail under the new setup. 

Australian importer NIOA says the first shipment will contain several versions of the 700 SPS as well as the budget-priced 783, specifically the 783 synthetics, 700 SPS blued, 700 SPS Stainless, 700 SPS Varmint and 700 SPS Varmint SF.

The 700, which has been around since 1962, is chambered in a large number of calibres, from .223 up to .300 Win Mag, with floorplate magazines holding four rounds in most cases but three rounds in magnum chamberings and, in some cases, five in .223. 

Barrel lengths range incrementally from 20 to 26 inches, depending on calibre.  

The entry-level 700 is the ADL, a longstanding model with blind magazine in a synthetic stock, providing a cheaper start for buyers. 

The 700 SPS in its basic form ups the ante with an improved synthetic stock (much the same as the excellent one used on the Weatherby Vanguard 2) and floorplate magazine.  

The 700 SPS Varmint rifles have 26” heavy barrels and are chambered in .223, .22-250, .243, .6.5CM and .308.

There’s a new Alpha 1 model which features a light fluted barrel and fluted bolt, Picatinny rail, satin-black Cerakote finish and a grey composite stock.

Most 700s have a synthetic or composite stock but the BDL and CDL models come with a walnut one.  

There are also Long Range, Tactical, Sendero and Magpul Enhanced models. 

All the new Remington 700s feature five-groove 5R rifling and some have lengthened magazine wells to allow handloaders to use longer overall cartridge lengths. 

The Remington 783 is a more affordable option than the 700, originally launched in 2013, but even though it’s aimed at the budget market it has features such as a steel box magazine and pillar bedding.

It is considered an inherently accurate rifle that shoots well above its pricing might suggest. 

It comes in light- and heavy-barrelled variants.  

Dealers are taking orders prior to the new rifles landing. Demand is apparently high and the first shipment is already allocated to dealers around the country.

For more details visit the NIOA website.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.