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 throwaway 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.

Remington Model 770
8.5/10Our Score

Remington Model 770

Remington 770 270 Specs

  • Caliber: .270 Winchester
  • Action: Bolt-Action
  • Length: 42.5″
  • Barrel Length: 22″
  • Weight: 8.6 lbs
  • Stock: Synthetic
  • Sights: 3-9 X 40 Scope
  • Capacity: 4 + 1 Rounds, Mag-Fed
  • Finish: Black
  • MSRP: $300


Remington Model 770 Build

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 is 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

Remington Model 770 In Action

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.


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 788
8.5/10Our Score

Remington Model 788


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 makes 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 bipod could be your ticket. Hunting can be a test of patience and of endurance. Using a bipod 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.

Remington Model 700
8.5/10Our Score

Remington Model 700


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.

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.

Check out the R51 Pistol and 1187 Shotgun to learn more about great Remington guns, and as always, thanks for visiting Gunivore.

Nate M.



  2. i just bought 2-770 remington 300 winchester mags on close out at walmart for 124.00 each and they are scoped…does not get much cheaper than this. i definately cannot go wrong for that.

  3. About a 770 Remington seven mag for a back up gun and it shoots Purdy good I’m trying to learn Bolt actions it’s a good gun to learn .

  4. I bought a Remington 770 so that I could hunt with the gang. I am bow hunter with elk , deer, and turkey kills with the bow. The 770 that I bought cheap under $170, after replacing the stock with wood($125) and putting my Redfield scope on it, I would not trade it for any other rifle. The clip fits snugly in the wood stock. When I first got the gun I dropped a clip on the concrete floor and it came apart. I put it together and ran a bead of JB Metal Weld around the edges. I have done this to all of my clips and I have not had an issue with them coming a part. I reload all my shells for the 770 and have found out that the gun works great with 150 and 165 gr lead. A friend of mine killed a 6×6 bull at 350 yds with a 165 gr bullet. He is sold on the gun. He also replaced the stock with wood. I also use it to hunt coyotes and fox with 100 gr lead. Great gun for me.

  5. I have a Rem 770 308 win I got it used the guy who I got it from complained about the bolt catching on magizine when bolted back so I got it home and yes the bolt would hang up and wouldn’t chamber as bullet so I called the manufacturer and I sent it in to them they fixed the bolt for free it had a recal on the bolt they said and ever since then it’s as smooth as any bolt action rifle I have ever had

  6. I wanted another backup rifle, and I was thinking a Remington 783. I went on the web to look at reviews and came across 770 reviews they are really bad. I could not believe a major manufacturer would make a rifle as bad as some of these nimrods were claiming. So I went to a Walmart and bought one for $254. Granted it had an ugly stock and cheap scope but I wanted to see how it preformed. It is a 243 Win. and it was not boresighted as claimed. After I sighted it in it shot 5/8 inch at one hundred yards. The gun needed to be taken apart and a good cleaning was needed. A little polishing and lube was in order as with any new rifle. I took the little 243 hunting twice and killed two small bucks with two shot so I decided to keep it. I have hunted and shot competition for well over 50 years and I must say this model is what you want to make of it. I didn’t like the scope or the stock so I replaced both, and I still have less money invested than most of my other rifles. The. trigger pull is about 3 pounds and crisp. With the addition of the Boyds stock and the Nikon scope the rifle looks good and shoots well.

  7. Bought this rifle because of price. Through a snafu I got it for $200. Initially, I had problems with clambering a shell. File down the bottom bolt. Works perfect.
    Secondly, had issues with the magazine that came with it. I ordered a backup and now it’s my primary magazine.
    Shot a deer with fusion ammo. It dropped, but no blood trail. Shoots where you aim. The scope I got with it was way off. Invest in a laser bore sight. For the $, I can’t argue. First time out, I got a deer. But pay attention and make minor modifications as needed, before you hunt with it.
    It is what it is. A cheap beater rifle, but first time out, what I needed.

  8. Followup to previous post. I’ve had the 770 in .308 for about 2 years now. `I adjusted the trigger down to about 2.5 pounds, polished the bolt, changed the stock to the Boyd’s At-One, changed the scope to a Mueller 8-32 x44 Tactical scope, put a bi-pod on the forened and a mono-pod on the buttstock. I have about 1100 rounds downrange and still love this rifle. My son shot .30 MOA at 100 yards using PMC Nato M80 ball, so with Nosler handrolls this thing prints holes thru holes. Shooting AR500 IPSC 66% silouhette and water jugs at over 400 yards is easy. Shoots with any rifle out there including Rem 700 and Howa 1500 with their sub-MOA guarantee. Anyone who mocks this rifle is misinformed or dense. Not fancy, but works flawlessly.

  9. I bought a 770 used for $250. Scope was a POS. I put Leopold bases and rings with a Nikon 4×12 scope, along with a Boyds AT-one stock. I really wanted to see what this gun would do. I am shooting 5 shot groups at 100 yards that you can cover with a Nickel. This gun is BAD ASS. Great gun.

  10. I have a Remington 770 riffle purchased at Bass Pro. It cost me about 350 or so, and I knew when I bought it I got ripped off. But I’ve gotta tell you, I have a plate in my neck and a bad back but the recoil from this weapon in my opinion is smooth. I love the way the gun feels and the way it fires. As a woman with a few disabilities I would say this is a good rifle. So, I went and purchased the Remington 870 shotgun from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Although I haven’t been able to try it out, I hope it’s as smooth as the 770.

    Thanks Patty

  11. I have a 30/06 right now. It needs a new stock. While siting the gun in right before deer season last year the gun acted up, when I pulled the trigger it didn’t shoot, But I keep it pointed in a safe direction and was getting ready to eject the shell when it fired. The gun dropped and the stock shattered. Dose the 770 have any kind of warranty?

    1. I don’t think Remington still offers a warranty on their 770, but it’s still worth asking them.

    2. Pretty sure all Remingtons have a Lifetime Warranty

  12. the Hunting gear guy is an idiot. this gun has only one problem and that is the bolt stop is not adequate and will break after repeated uses. buy some spares. Other than that, this rifle rocks!

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