It isn’t a secret that with the merger of Remington, Bushmaster, Marlin, H&R Firearms and DPMS that the newly formed mega-company has plans to capitalize on all the different product lines in its family. Well, the R-25 is the latest offspring of this union. With the help of DPMS, which has been making AR-style rifles for the hunting market for some time, Remington now adds a new twist.
The all-camo R-25 will be chambered in .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem. and .308 Win. initially.
This rifle is built with hunters in mind and, according to Remington spokesmen, will feature a single-stage trigger that comes from the factory with a 4.5- to 5-pound trigger pull, a 20-inch barrel and a 1-in-10 inch twist in all calibers.
For those not familiar with the DPMS/R-25 upper, the rifle loses some weight via metal taken from the receiver and out of the Picatinny rail. The result is a flat-top AR-10-style configuration that weighs in around 8.75 pounds.
The shallow flutes in the barrel in front of the gas block give the rifle a distinctive look as does the full-coverage Mossy Oak Treestand camo. Speaking of the gas block, it has a rail on top to mount a fixed front sight if the shooter wishes.
The rifle ships with a 4-round magazine, but will accept other AR-10 style mags with greater capacities. The free-floating barrel is protected by a hand guard styled with horizontal cuts along its length and has two swivel stud attachments on it—one for a sling, another for a bipod. In addition, the barrel features a recessed target crown.
The MSRP for the new R-25 is $1,532 but expect street prices somewhere between $1,200 and $1,300. Assuming you can find one of course. According to Remington, the company has already sold out this year’s quota to its various dealers. So if you see one and want one you better act fast.
Specs on the R-25 from Remington
Camo: Mossy Oak Treestand
Barrel: 20-inch carbon steel fluted / .680-inch muzzle with recessed crown / Koelbl single-rail gas block
Chamber: .308 Win., .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem.
Bolt Carrier: Heat-treated 8620 steel bolt and bolt carrier
Hand Guard: Aluminum free-floated
Upper Receiver: 6066 T-Aluminum / Hard-coated and full camo / Forward-assist and shell deflector / Right-hand eject / Picatinny rail
Lower Receiver: Milled from solid block of 6061 T-Aluminum / Hard-coated and full camo / Internal trigger guard / Aluminum mag release button
Stock and Grip: Standard A-2 Zytel stock with trap door assembly and A-2 Zytel pistol grip
Trigger: Single-stage hunting trigger set at 4.5 to 5-pound pull
Weight: 8.75 pounds
Length: 39.75 inches
Magazine: 4-round magazine / Accepts aftermarket AR .308-type
Action: Semi-auto / Gas-operated
Rate of Twist: 1 in 10 inches