When Remington introduced the Model 700 in 1962, advertising it as “the world’s strongest bolt action,” sales were swift and immediate. Its good looks, light recoil, and strong accuracy for the money, combined with Winchester’s move to a push-feed action in 1964, put the 700 on a path to dominance.
Now in its 50th year of uninterrupted production, with sales exceeding 5 million rifles, Remington’s American-made beauty is the world’s most prolific bolt-action centerfire of all time. It has been chambered for nearly 50 different cartridges and, despite five decades of rifle innovation, its strong yet rather simple 2-lug, rotating bolt remains a go-to choice of custom rifle makers. There’s a 700 to fit every taste and budget, from the $700 SPS to the bespoke rifles built by the Remington Custom Shop. The Model 700 has contributed to our enjoyment afield, our national defense and practically everything in between. So, how did it become history’s best-selling bolt-action rifle?
Let’s take a look at some of the 700’s key evolutions as we celebrate its golden anniversary.
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