Remington Model 700 Rifle
The Model 770 bolt-action rifle, by Remington, manages to raise a lot of eyebrows. Many times, when people hear the name 770, they immediately start bashing it. Some go so far as to call it a waste of money, or even a throw away gun. It has been around about a decade, since 2007, and is based primarily on the previous low-budget Model 710. To be clear – yes, it is a budget rifle, and is not presented as anything but that. If I am not mistaken, the Model 770 is the most inexpensive rifle in the Remington firearms catalog, priced at about $300 (MSRP). Does that mean it is useless? Of course not. It may not be pretty, it may not be the greatest bolt-action rifle, and it may not be equipped with the best scope right out of the box, but it gets the job done, and it serves its purpose.
As for the inexpensive nature of the 770, I have to say that I’m fine with it. I understand the idea of having a “throw away” gun which I can take out to the woods or lake and not give a rat’s ass over what happens to it. The inexpensive nature of the 770 – along with the fact that it is a bolt action – also allows me to use equally cheap ammo, if that’s what I happen to have on hand. Cartridges are important, but my point is that the 770 has gotten a bad rap, and only part of it is justified, in my opinion. Those who are expecting the Model 770 to behave like an expensive Model 700 are gonna have a bad time. Those who are actually expecting to get their money’s worth, and who purchase the 770 with a more open mind and less prejudice, will be pleasantly surprised. This magazine-fed hunting rifle delivers results, and it is an injustice to it and to Remington to put it down sight unseen. We’ll let you know exactly what makes this a rifle worth owning here in our Remington Model 770 rifle review.
Remington Model 770 Specs
Let’s go over some of the specifications for this Remington rifle. It can be chambered in .243 Win, .270 Win, 7mm-08 Rem, 7mm Rem Mag, 30-06 Springfield, .300 Win Mag, and .308 Win. The 770 which I managed to procure for the purposes of this review was chambered in .270. The rest of the specs are as follows:
- Caliber: .270 Winchester
- Action: Bolt-Action
- Length: 42½ Inches
- Barrel Length: 22 Inches.
- Weight: 8½ lbs.
- Stock: Synthetic.
- Sights: Comes with 3-9 X 40 Scope.
- Capacity: 4 + 1 Rounds, Mag-Fed.
- Finish: Black.
- Introduced: 2007.
- MSRP: $300.
Remington Model 770 Build
The model 770 is known for its cheap build. Again, what do you expect from a $300 rifle? The build is still plastic, overall, but certain parts which received complaints during the time of the Model 710 were replaced with steel. Because of this, it is (or was) Remington’s own recommendation that this rifle be used by beginners and leisure shooters. The target market for the 770 is not experienced hunters, but rather those who only go on the occasional camping or hunting trip. More advanced shooters may not find what they are looking for with the 770, and will consider it a piece of junk.
Remington Model 770 Shooting
Okay, so the build is cheap and it is meant for beginners etc., but does it shoot well? The answer is yes. Yes it does. The pre-mounted scope comes sighted in for 100 yards, and it works. Past 100 yards, the scope is more difficult to work with, but it still provides good aim. The trigger is not the best, but it will fire. Being a bolt-action rifle with five rounds, it means that you will probably be spending more time calculating each shot, and – given those circumstances – the 770 is an altogether accurate, albeit awkward, hunting rifle.
A hunting rifle needs more than accuracy, however, and this is where the 770 begins to exhibit some issues. The bolt, the stock, the trigger, poor cycling at times. I didn’t actually experience these, but am only stating what I have been told and have read. Like I said, the 770 gets a bad rap, and only some of it is justified. Eventually, you’ll have to make up your own mind about this rifle, but as far as actual performance is concerned? I have no complaints. The thing shoots, and shoots well.
Remington Model 770 Magazines and Sights
The magazine which I used was fine, but I did hear of other mags which failed often, and which caused a jam in the bolt. Some say that limiting the magazine capacity to three rounds will help solve the issue, but that is kind of a backdoor fix. I mean, the mag is meant for four rounds, so why not use four rounds? Then again, it is a cheap gun, so if using three rounds instead of four will solve your issue, and you’re happy with that solution, do it and don’t look back. Pay no attention to what anyone else says. If you’re happy with your firearm, whatever it may be, then continue to use it and make the most of it.
The scope that comes with the rifle is fine for short to mid-range targets, but anything else will probably be difficult. If you choose to replace that scope with a better one, remember that as far as scopes go, they should cost more than the rifle, especially if we’re talking about an economic rifle like the Model 770.
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Remington Model 770 Safety and Assembly
The 770 has a manual safety mechanism which prevents accidental and unintended discharge. The safety guards the trigger when engaged, and prevents the shooter from pulling it. It’s at the back right of the receiver, and an S indicates that the safety switch is on. Move to the F position when ready to fire. Safety reminder – always treat a gun as if it is loaded.
The rifle’s assembly and disassembly can be a bit tricky. But overall it is much like any other bolt-action rifle out there. Nothing special, nothing unique. The one thing I do need to mention has nothing to do with stripping – the sling mounts. They are plastic, and it seems that they could break easy. If they do, unfortunately there is nothing that can be done, except call Remington and get a new stock in. There is a limited lifetime warranty on all Remington rifles, so get in touch a customer service rep to see what they can do for you.
Remington Model 788
The Model 770 was modeled after the 710. The Model 710 took after the Model 788, which was manufactured by Remington from 1967 to 1983, and was chambered in a variety of cartridges. Much like the 770, it was marketed as a cheaper alternative to the popular Model 700 series, only it had a 3-round capacity magazine. The 788 was very accurate for its lower price, and it was marketed as a hunting rifle for those on a budget. Over half a million units were built during its 16-year production run.
Remington Model 770 Cartridges
Here is just a little bit about the different cartridges which the 770 is chambered in. Depending on the kind of hunting you’re planning on, there are certain calibers which are more appropriate than others.
- .243 Winchester: Used mainly for small game, varmints, and some medium sized game. Available in softer loads, which is why it is said to not be as effective for larger game. The cartridge was produced in 1955, by Winchester, and is used primarily in the sporting context.
- .270 Winchester: One of the older cartridges on this list, the .270 Win has been produced continuously since 1925. It is a highly popular cartridge, and firearm manufacturers offer this specific chambering in many of their standards, whether bolt-action, lever-action, pump-action, and auto-loading rifles.
- .300 Winchester Magnum: A cartridge which seriously needs no introduction, the .300 Win Mag has been used since the 1960’s in every way, shape, and form that exist in the shooting world. Military uses, law-enforcement, civilians, hunting, competitions, whatever it is – the .300 Win Mag can do it. Used for large game, for sniping, and readily available at pretty much any shop.
- .308 Winchester: The mama and papa of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge, first produced in 1952. It was introduced as a hunting cartridge, but it has many uses in civilian markets, military, and law-enforcement. One of the most widely-used and better-known cartridges in the entire world. Durable, reliable, and has the potential to cause a lot of damage.
- .30-06 Springfield: This cartridge takes the spot of the oldest on this short list. It was first produced in 1906, and it is still around today. It is another 7.62mm round, which was designed by the U.S. Military at the beginning of the 20th century. It was the Army’s primary cartridge for almost 50 years, before being replaced with the 7.62mm NATO round.
- 7mm Remington Magnum: Designed and made available in 1962, this cartridge was part of the all-new Model 700, which was released at the same time. It is only fitting that a gun like the Model 770, which is modeled after the 700, would be chambered for the original caliber. The 7mm Rem Mag has a reputation of being used in flatter areas, making the most of its rather flat ballistic trajectory.
- 7mm-08 Remington: Introduced in 1980, this cartridge is known for its wide range of available loads. This makes it a very versatile round, and because it is a necked-down version of the .308 Win, it is known for its accuracy. You can use a 7mm-08 for varmint hunting, long range shooting, larger game hunting, and many other situations.
Remington Model 770 Accessories
Using accessories properly can really help you develop a more personal relationship with your rifle. People may scoff at that notion, but the truth is that if you are going to trust your firearm, you should develop some kind of relationship with it. Whether it is through regular use, or through personalizing and modification – making the rifle your own is important to you and your shooting experience. Below are a few recommended accessories for the Model 770. Remember, just because an accessory is available, it doesn’t mean that you need it. What you need is what you actually intend on using. Anything else is simply adding extra bulk and weight. The aftermarket for the Model 770 is somewhat limited, but there are a few accessories to consider.
- Sling: The factory mounts may not be too reliable, but a sling is something you should add to any rifle. Adding studs is also recommended. A sling is one of the first things people add, and for good reason. A properly placed sling can free your hands, help with weight, and assist you in getting into a proper shooting stance.
- Stock: The factory stock is relatively cheap. Replacing it is not essential but it can help if you plan on using your 770 regularly. For those who are only occasional shooters, it will probably be fine. Which brings us to…
- Recoil Pad: The 770 has a pretty mean kick. The fact that it is a bolt action helps out with blow-back and follow up shots, but if you want to help spread the recoil more, get yourself a pad. Remington even make their own pad for their Model 770, and it is a useful and inexpensive addition to your rifle.
- Bi-Pod / Fore-grip: Looking for even greater accuracy? A bi-pod could be your ticket. Hunting can be a test of patience and of endurance. Using a bi-pod is recommended for those who are looking to make the most of their rifle’s scope and ballistic abilities.
Remington Model 770 vs 700
There is no point in comparing these two, even though one is meant to be an inexpensive version of the other. The reasoning behind that statement is that the Remington Model is legendary and highly decorated, while the Model 770 is having trouble staying on the Remington catalog. At this time, end of 2016, the 770 does not appear on the Remington website, and has seemed to be temporarily or permanently discontinued.
The Model 770, by Remington, has its share of speculation surrounding it. For the more experienced shooter, it can be bought as a backup. For the novice, it can be used as a primary hunting rifle. It does have some clear advantages to it – the scope, the price, the array of calibers – but it seems to be aimed at a more specific market. It is definitely not a rifle for everyone. Before you purchase this rifle, make sure you know what your intended use is. You may find that this rifle is precisely what you have been looking for. A low-budget, pre-scoped, relatively rugged hunting companion.