Gun Test: Remington 700 VTR .308Win

Since Remington’s classic Model 700 was introduced in 1962, it…

Since Remington’s classic Model 700 was introduced in 1962, it has been a mainstay of civilian, military and law enforcement users. The Model 700 action is so strong and easily enhanced for improved performance that it has served as the basis for both the US Army and US Marine Corps’ sniper rifles. The Army’s M24 and the Marines’ M40 series and it is still serving on the overseas battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq and at home with law enforcement snipers. The 700 in one version or another has always been among the precision tactical rifles most often chosen by both police and military snipers. Remington’s latest iteration of the classic 700 marks a somewhat different direction for the rifle, but before we get into the VTR, let’s examine the overall Model 700 line-up for law enforcement.

The Model 700 has been in service for nearly 50 years and shows no signs of being replaced. It remains one of the best bolt-action rifle designs in history and Remington keeps improving the breed, so today’s 700 is actually better than earlier ones. There are many versions of the 700 available to suit just about every law enforcement requirement. Our test rifle is the latest 700 VTR with a few modifications we added, so we’ll leave a detailed description until later.

The Remington 700 VTR that is the basis of our test begins with the bolt-action design. The bolt face, barrel and receiver surround and support the cartridge with three concentric circles of ordnance steel. The receiver is machined from a block of solid steel and drilled and tapped for scope mounts. The magazine floor plate is hinged to facilitate ammo dumps when necessary. The new Remington triangular profile barrel is 22 inches in length with an integral muzzle brake and match muzzle crown. The muzzle brake reduces muzzle rise and makes follow-up shots faster than standard barrels. The patent pending triangular barrel reduces weight over cylindrical barrel of equivalent length. It adds some rigidity when compared to a barrel of equal weight, but isn’t necessarily more rigid than a traditional barrel.

The 700 VTR stocks made of polymer are available in several colors. Our test rifle came with an olive green stock and three sling swivel studs; two of which are typically used for the sling and the other for mounting a bipod. The 700 VTR is available in .223 Remington (5.56x45mm) and .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm).

img_8630.jpgX-Mark Pro Trigger
The VTR’s trigger is the recently introduced X-Mark Pro trigger. While original 700 triggers weren’t bad, they usually had to be ad justed or replaced with an aftermarket trigger to suit the requirements of the user. Those days are now history. Remington’s X-Mark Pro trigger takes the Model 700 to new levels of performance. Remington’s claims that the X-Mark Pro trigger has out of the box performance on a par with many custom triggers which at first aroused our skepticism, but after testing our 700 VTR’s new trigger, the skepticism evaporated like morning mist on a summer’s day.

So just how good is this new trigger? Remington technical personnel tell us that production triggers will be set to a nominal pull weight of 3.5 to 5 pounds. Our test trigger broke with zero creep or backlash at just over 5 pounds, but it felt lighter and the rifle was remarkably accurate right from the box. With a proper break in and the trigger adjusted to a lower pull rate, the 700 VTR should be even more accurate. If this were our rifle, though, we’d drop the trigger pull to 3.5 to 4 pounds. Procedures to adjust the 700P’s X-Mark Pro trigger are beyond the scope of this article and should not be undertaken by anyone who hasn’t been trained in the process.

The bottom line is if you don’t like the pull weight of the X-Mark Pro from the box, take the rifle to a gunsmith or your department armorer to have the trigger pull adjusted. It is a quick and simple process, but for law enforcement use, we do not recommend triggers with pull weights of less than 3 pounds. Like earlier Remington Model 700 triggers, the X-Mark Pro safety blocks both the sear and trigger. Because of the foregoing improvements in manufacturing, the X-Mark Pro trigger can be safely set be as much as 40 percent lighter than earlier triggers.

img_8607.jpgMcMillan A5 Stock
Although the standard stock would probably be good enough for most purposes, tactical use requires that the rifle be tailored to the individual shooter via an adjustable cheek rest and length-of-pull (LOP) for optimum eye relief. We ordered a McMillan A5 Tactical stock to bring our 700 VTR into full tactical configuration.

The A5 is one of McMillan’s most popular tactical stocks and has options to suit just about any precision shooter. The receiver area is inletted using precision computer numerical controlled (CNC) machinery and is bedded with aircraft aluminum bedding blocks for rigidity. The rifle’s barrel is fully free floated. Needless to say, the Remington action was a perfect fit into the McMillan stock.

The A5 fore-end is a full beavertail for enhanced grip and better stability when shooting off a bag. The cheek rest is fully adjustable as is the LOP via spacers, although the as issued LOP was as close to perfect as we could want since our arms are somewhat longer than most. (Our knuckles do not, however, drag the ground!) The butt hook facilitates pulling the stock firmly back into the shooter’s shoulder for increased stability and thus accuracy.

Load Comments
  • Irv

    I have one in .223 with a 10-40×56 scope, using nothing special factory munitions it prints about an inch @100 meters, though it certainly can do better. No function trouble, everything works as advertized. (so far.) A pleasure to shoot. I was skeptical of the 20 ” barrel, but it seems to handle everything just fine.

  • nate

    i use Hornady Superformance sst 150’s in my vtr 308 and they are magical absolutely love them

  • DHouse

    I have the vtr in 223. Trigger was over 7 lbs from factory! Had it adjusted by Remington service person. 3.25 now.. I still can’t get it to group. Every ammo brand and grains have been ran down range. No luck. I See reviews where the stock is the possible issue. Will work on this ASAP! Probley won’t ever by another Remington.. Never thought I would say that!

  • mike

    Bought the VTR 308 and applied a 4x16x50mm scope. After scope was dialed in I was consistantly shooting sub .5 MOA. I was using factory shelf ammo all being 150 grain SPBT ammo. Usng several brands of ammo I found that most ammo I used made little or no difference in accuaracy. It seemed to like the Fereral 150 grain the best. I only made a 1/4″ in windage adjustment when using sub-grade ammo compared to the Federal ammo I was using. Recoil was fair, I think I will replace the recoil pad with a gel-pad, the next day my shoulder was talking to me after 50 rounds through VTR the day before. Not bad, I just want to lighten up the recoil so my young son can experence the accuracy of the VTR. Over all thoughts about the VTR 308……..

    1. Trigger…..very crisp
    2. recoil……moderate
    3. muzzle rise….controlled..mild
    4. accuracy….For the money…you wil have trouble finding a gun that is as accurate as this one without spending some serious bucks.
    5. loading…..scope mount makes loading a little slow and shells must be placed exactley straight or they will hang.
    6. Overall….A great gun, it’s very accurate, it’s built on the long tested Model 700 frame. Milled in muzzle break, and a very nice trigger

  • mike

    Bought the VTR 308 and applied a 4x16x50mm scope. After sh

  • weflyhigh

    completely agree with allen. as a 17 year old long range competition shooter this gun is flawless. Bought mine used with 5r rifling and a trigger job and it drives nails. love this gun

  • Doug

    Have a Remington 700 VTR and once I found a good shooting cartridge, I liked it even more! But how do you adapt it to make it accept mags for .308? Gun is quite accurate though>

  • Reconbyfire

    I own the Remington VTR A-TACS .308. I own other guns too, to include the Remington R-25. Of all my rifles it is by far the smoothest most dependable rifle I own. I use a sightron 3x-9x scope and I easily get half inch groups at one hundred meters. I love love love my rifle.

  • JHB

    I just bought my .308 VTR and spent a considerable bit of time sighting in my Leopold mark V. knocking out inch groups at two hundred yards. Ive never had a rifle accurate enough to keep shooting through the same hole multiple times. This one will even cold bore.. Great fire arm..

  • just got the vtr 308 never shoot it yet what is the best ammo for this gun if you are going to shoot 300+ yards ?? help
    thank u

  • Allen Ward

    I own and have been testing the Remington 700 VTR in .308 as a police sniper rifle, using Federal 168 Match King ammo the rifle has performed flawless with each round hitting dead on target. In this rifle it has shoot over 700 rounds with no failures. My 16 year old son has shoot it at 100 meters with sub 3/4 inch groupings. As a former U.S. Army sniper, and current Law Enforcement sniper I am vary impressed with this rifle.

  • vic rabinowitz

    June 5

    I recently purchased a Remminton 700 VTR XCR chambered at .300 Winn Mag. After adding a muzzel brake, a top rail and a Nitforce 5.5×25 with illuminated reticle. There a many rifles that will shoot as or more accurately but I am not aware of any that provide more dependability at that price.
    It is true that mounting a scope increases the difficulty of loading (a box magazine is added by the Marines but only for .308)and that any number of modifications could be added,the current platform is timeless.

  • JB

    Great review. I just bought the VTR .308 and I can’t wait to get it to the range. My wife caught me drooling over the pictures you have posted above, and was quick to remind me that there is other things we need before new sights, pda’s, and night optics. But, it sure leaves room for one to dream. thanks for all the helpful info.

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  • Douglas Price

    I have a brand new Remington VTR in .308 Win. & quite frankly don’t know what to expect when I get to the range.

    There sure is a lot of disparity in the evaluations I read.

    One tester described the rifle as an ugly duckling with the accuracy of a scattergun.

    Another chap claimed to be getting consistent sub 0.5 MOA groups with custom ammo.

    Your field test was middle of the road claiming sub MOA groups with all tested ammo.

    Of course the rifle you tested wasn’t a stock “out of the box” VTR after you replaced the factory stock.

    I don’t like the 4# pull trigger on mine & am going to have my gunsmith take it down to 2#.

    I can’t wait to see what’s on that target paper on testing day.

  • michael

    Great looking VTR thanks for the review.
    Just one thing will this review make it in any of the magazines?