New Rifle !
For as long as I';ve been hunting and buying rifles, I've never owned a Remington center-fire rifle. Well, that has changed. I picked up a Remington Model 7 (synthetic stock) in 7mm-08. I already have a Leupold VX-II 3x9x40 to add on and this should be a great compact Blacktail deer rifle. I would have liked it in stainless steel, but the matte-blued finish is very nice.
Already decided that I have to have another in .308 Winchester too....
Remington products, past ones anyway, have dollar for dollar been hard to beat. I still have several Remington firearms. The Model 700 Mountain rifle in 270 win I have is one of the very best user friendly rifles I own. 760 pump in 30-06, couple of 870's, 1100, the 30-06 I just re-done a few weeks ago. I can't say what the newer low budget stuff that Remington has put out is junk but the reviews here have not been too good. I haven't had one of the model 7's but the reports from owners have been top notched for a light weight rifle.
For a new rifle the action is slick as glass. The new Type-X trigger is crisp and breaks very nicely. Basically a short-action Model 700 and for a compact rifle this one seems to fit the bill sweetly.
I've used all models of Remington during 50 something years of hunting, and they have all been great - except for the 742 which had a flaw in the action design. I also own a Model Seven as it fits me just right. This gun is in 300SWM, and it bites a little on the shoulder. I have shot a one inch group at 300 yards with this rifle (Ok, I was a little lucky.) You might want to keep an eye on the recoil pad. My original (R3) melted after three years. Remington and Limbsaver will replace it for free, but I think the newer rifles have the SuperCell recoil pad which is a different rubber compound than the R3. Good luck with your new rifle. It's definitely a keeper... and a shooter!
No doubt that heavy hitting calibers would give a stout recoil in a lightweight rifle. Model 7 in 280 rem, sounds like a good marriage to me. I was disappointed when my son sold his/my 260 rem in a Browning A-bolt. The model 7 in 260 would make a mild recoil whitetail machine shooting 140 gr bullets.
I also own and reload for the 6.5x55 so the .260 Rem was another option, but my favorite 7mm won out again.
I can compare this against my Win Model70 SA Compact in .308.
Congrats on the new rifle hope you put it to good use & put down some nice deer
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