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1985: what's new from Remington? A look at the latest from America's oldest arms maker.

* "Start your swing from the birds's tail and when you're ahead of him 2-1/2 or 3 lengths, pull the trigger and keep swinging. Here they come. Wait until they're almost overhead."

With that advice, Remington's Dick Dietz crouched low in the blind, his eyes on the approaching honkers. "Now!" Dick exclaimed and we stood up in unison. As Dick suggested, I swung the Model 1100 Magnum up behind the lead bird, passed beyond it threee body lengths and fired. The honker faultered as he took the charge of number one steel shot in the chest, but he was still flying when I drove a second charge into him. That did it! The huge bird folded and dropped from the sky. Dick's Model 870 has barked just once and to my right I could see his bird windmilling toward the ground.

"Thanks for the advice," I mumbled. "I really wasn't leading them enough. They don't look like they're moving that fast." Smiling, Dick set his gun down and pointed to another flock of birds heading our way. "Get ready. I'm limited, so it's all up to you. See if you can repeat that last shot and fill out before we have to head in for the meeting." My lesson in the fine art of pass-shooting geese was courtesy of the Remington Arms Company. Several outdoor scribes like myself were guests of Remington for their 1984 seminar, a junket to the spectacular Remington Farms where we were treated to some fantastic duck and goose shooting and given an inside look at the new guns, ammunition and accessories to be introduced by Remington in 1985.

Heading the list of new products are a couple of shotguns with tried and true reputations, but new looks. Realizing the need for dull, non-glare finishes on shotguns used for waterfowl hunting, Remington has introduced what they call Special Purpose Magnums. Available in 12 gauge 3-inch magnum chambering, the Model 1100 SP and the 870 SP feature Parkerizeed barrels and receivers, a dull, non-reflective black finish on the bolt and carrier assemblies and buttstocks and fore-ends of walnut with a dull oil finish. Both of the Special Purpose guns come required with a padded sling made of Du Pont camouflaged Cordura, a feature hunters should really like. You have your choice of 26 or 30-inch vent-rib barrels, full choke only.

Still in the shotgun field, Remington is adding a 12 gauge autoloading shotgun to their budget-priced "Sportsman" line. The Sportsman 12 Auto has an all-steel receiver, a gas-operated action and vent-rib barrels in 30-inch full choke or 28-inch modified choke. The stock is stained hardwood with pressed checkering and the blued exterior steel has a lesser degree of polish than is found on guns in the higher price bracket. Low in price, high in performance--that's the Sportsman 12 Auto from Remington.

In 1984 Remington introduced the Sportsman 78, a budget-priced version of the Model 700 bolt-action rifle with an uncheckered hardwood stock, in .270 Winchester and .30-06 chamberings. For 1985 they are expanding this line to include a short-action Sportsman 78 chambered for the .243 Winchester and .308 Winchester cartridges.

Finally in the firearms line we get to the Model 700 Classic. Since 1981 Remington has offered a special limited edition of the Classic. In 1981 it was the 7mm Mauser, followed by the .257 Roberts, .300 H&H Magnum and .250 Savage in 1982, 1983 and 1984 respectively. In 1985 the limited edition Classic 700 will be chambered for the .350 Remington Magnum. It will be on the 700 short action and will have a 22-inch barrel with a one-in 16 inch twist. The classic-style stock will be fitted with a magnum recoil pad. Unlike most Model 700 Classic rifles, the limited edition .350 Remington Magnum will come with factory iron sights. It will be early summer, 1985, before delivery of this limited edition will actually begin.

In the ammunition line, Remington plans two new handgun cartridge loadings with delivery to begin January 1, 1985. One is a 125-grain semi-jacketed soft point .38 Special, a load that should find favor with law enforcement personnel as well as with hunters who use a .38 Special for small game and varmint shooting.

Remington was first on the market with factory ammo for the .357 Maximum, a 158-grain jacketed hollow point. Now, in response to requests from silhouette shooters and hunters for a heavier bullet, in 1985 Remington offers the .357 Maximum loaded with a 180-grain semi-jacketed hollow point. Factory published ballistics for this round claim 1,555, 1,328 and 1,154 feet per seconds (fps) at the muzzle, 50 yards and 100 yards respectively. The mid-range trajectory for 100 yards is listed at 2-1/2 inches.

Last year Remington got back into the gun lubricant business with the introduction of 4-ounce aersol cans of their newly formulated Rem Oil, a product effective not only as a lubricant, but as a cleaner and rust preventative. Rem Oil was well received by shooters, so to make it more convenient for in-the-field use it's now also available in a 1-ounce plastic bottle.

For 1985 Remington offers the fifth in their series of authentic reproductions of the "Bullet" knives. This year it's the R4353 Woodsman, a two-bladed knife, each blade being 3-1/2 inches long. One is a clip blade, the other a spey blade. Closed, the knife is 4-1/2 inches long. The blades are made of double-honed 440 stainless steel with the Remington logo of the 1930s etched on one side of the clip blade. The handles are made of Delrin acetal resin, the bolsters of nickel silver and the liners are made of brass.

Remington's expansion in the accessories field is marked in 1985 by introduction of a soft gun case and Remington soft luggage. The primary material used in the items is fabric--brown and beige 1000 denier basketweave Cordura. Dark brown oil-tan leather is used on all stress and wear points and the Cordura fabric is treated with Zepel to make it water repellant and stain resistant. The gun cases--one for scoped rifles, one for shotguns--are lined with a soft protective synthetic fleece for maximum protection of the gun. The luggage line consists of a soft, zippered tote bag and a nicely-styled garment bag. Availability of the Remington luggage line is expected in the first quarter of 1985.

Because prices vary considerably among retail outlets these days, Remington no longer publishes suggested retail prices for their products, thus we can't pass this information on to you. See your local Remington dealer for prices on those items that interest you.
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Author:Milek, Bob
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Date:Mar 1, 1985
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