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Remington's limited edition classic.

* "During 1981, Remington will offer shooters a rare opportunity to match a classic American rifle with a classic, world wide cartridge."

This press announcement heralded the introduction of the first Limited Run Classic Model 700 chambered in 7mm Mauser (7x57mm) caliber. The announcement went on to say: "Such a combination should be most appealing to all discriminating riflemen." It was, and still is.

Of course the Classic Model 700 was not new in 1981; it has been around since 1978 when Remington decided to see of the dedicated riflemen would indeed buy a rifle sans white line spacers, pistol grip caps or contrasting foreends. A rifle with clean, traditional lines, a non-glare satin finish and cut checkering. The answer was a resounding yes.

The real story behind the Limited Run classic series, as opposed to the regular Classic 700, is the cartridges that they have been chambered for, 7mm Mauser, .257 Roberts, .300 H&H Magnum and the .250-3000 Savage.

Remington has not arbitrarily picked the Classic cartridges-- although they obviously chose the rifle in which to chamber them-- they merely listened to the requests from American sportsmen for Remington rifle chambered for a cartridge that is no longer a factory production item with Remington.

Thus, in 1981, they decided to do something about these petitions to mate the modern 700 Remington Classic bolt-action rifle with an equally classic cartridge and the venerable 7mm Mauser stood at the top of the list. And no wonder. I can't ever remember a derogatory comment about the 7x57mm. It has been extolled by just about everybody from W. D. M. Bell, who used it for a time on elephant, to Jack O'Connor, even though Jack was better known for his love of the .270 Winchester.

These days Commemoratives, Special Issues--whatever you wish to call them--are often made in units of tens of thousands. Not so with the Remington Limited Run Classics. Remington sifted through the requests for 7x57s sent in by shooters and made a determination based on these letters, as to just how many rifles they could logically sell. As a result a typical Remington special factory run of Limited Classics results in just 3,000 to 5,000 rifles being turned out. Then the plug is pulled, the switch is turned off and "the lights are out and the party is over." Within one month of a production run there is not a single rifle left in the factory as they are put into regular commercial channels and Remington will never again build a rifle in that particular configuration.

Who buys these rifles? At this point it is a head-to-head race between purists who want such a chambering to shoot, and collectors trying to cash in on what looks like a sure bet as a future Remington collectible. Come to think about it, the future is here! Just try to purchase a 7mm, .257 or .300 H&H at your local gunshop today.

The Limited Run Classic on this month's cover is chambered in .300 Holland & Holland caliber or, as H&H originally named it, the Super .30--back in 1925 when it was first introduced. It is, of course, mechanically and cosmetically identical to the other caliber arms in this series. For shooting tests it was topped with a Redfield 1-1/2 to 5X Widefield in Kimber quick-detachable mounts.

I am certain that some sharp-eyed reader is going to ask: "Why did you put detachable mounts on a rifle with no iron sights?" Well, I happen to be a fan of detachable mounts for several reasons. One, of course, is the ability to almost instantly be able to jerk off the sight and use your iron sights if the scope is damaged, weather conditions dictate it or the cover is just so thick that a scope is a liability. But there is another, and equally viable reason, to have detachable mounts even if you don't have iron sights.

With detachable mounts you can have two scopes, possibly of different powers or types, sighted in to the single rifle. Then, if one of your scopes is put out of commission, you can quickly replace it with the other and continue your hunt. I think of it as inexpensive insurance that could save your hunt from disaster. Today big-game hunting is not cheap, and I don't mean to limit this to Africa or Alaska. A lower 48 hunt can see you driving 1,000 miles and spending a lot of time and money, neither of which you want to risk on the possibility of your hunting going down the tubes due to a busted scope!

This then was the reason for using the Kimber mounts. These mounts are of the double lever variety and were originally designed by the late Lenard Brownell. I have used a set of the original Brownell mounts for many years with perfect satisfaction, but these new mounts are a definite improvement over the originals. The old mounts had a series of serrations on the clamping surface to insure against slippage and the ends of the dovetails were square with the sides. This made it a bit awkward to ease the rings on and off the bases; it took a bit of juggling.

The Kimber bases feature a raised lug on the fore part of the bases, which acts as both a stop under recoil and as a positive alignment feature. The rear of the base dovetail is also chamfered which makes it far easier to slide the rings onto the bases. All in all they have taken a fine mounting system and made it better.

Actually not too much can be said of the testing, the rifle/caliber combination performed as a classic duo should--flawlessly. The trigger broke crisply and those long, sloping .300 H&H shells snicked up out of the magazine and into the chamber with gratifying ease. Untuned accuracy from an out-of-the-box factory rifle was satisfactory, if not outstanding with sub 2-inch groups at 100 yards. Incidentally, the Classic Remingtons are free-floated from the receiver forward to a pressure point located about 2-1/2 inches from the fore-end tip, then floated again to the tip.

While all the ballyhoo today seems centered on the short magnums, the old .300 H&H has no flies on it regardless of what you hear. It has been, and still is, a premier big-game cartridge and has proven itself as a long-range target cartridge as well. With modern powders and handloads it ranks right up there with any of the newer magnum chamberings.

We had another Limited Run Classic rifle at the range along with the .300 H&H, a .257 Roberts, the 1982 gun of the year for Remington. It too performed well and turned in a bit tighter groups than the .300 H&H. It seems safe to say that the Limited Run Classics are every bit as good as they look. What will the 1985 Limited Classic cartridge be?

Since you, the shooter and hunter, are in the driver's seat as to what Remington will next chamber in this series perhaps some guidelines should be given in case you want to write Remington with your recommendations. First of all it must be a caliber that Remington does not now chamber. Secondly, it should be a true classic cartridge in every sense, something that you want in your gunrack.

Looking at the Remington cartridge catalog a number of calibers, no longer chambered by Remington, but still certainly classics, stand out. A little cartridge that ranks at the top of the list, is the .22 Hornet. It is certainly a classic and is making a modest comeback as it is chambered in a number of foreign-made rifles. Its mild report and excellent accuracy make it ideal for modern shooters who must coexist with their neighbors.

The next cartridge that might be considered could well be the..., but wait a minute! The choice is not mine, it's yours. If you have an idea for a classic cartridge that you would like to see mated to the Classic Remington 700 write to: Remington Arms Company, Dept. GA, Bridgeport, CT 06602, Attn. Richard Dietz.
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Author:French, Howard E.
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Article Type:evaluation
Date:Sep 1, 1984
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