The Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range is aptly named,…

The Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range is aptly named, with sub-MOA accuracy at 300 feet. Shown here with a Vortex Viper Scope and Harris bipod.

Short-barreled precision rifles are convenient to carry and extract from a vehicle. They’re also a bit more difficult to steady, and the short barrel reduces velocity. If you want to really stretch the range, velocity matters because it flattens trajectory and this makes range estimation less critical. When shooting distances extending beyond 500 yards, there’s no substitute for a long barrel and Magnum performance. Remington’s Model 700 XCR Tactical Long Range rifle is a “reach out and touch them” kind of rifle.

Remington has a long history of manufacturing tactical bolt-action rifles for military organizations and law enforcement use. When the department I first worked for established a designated marksman team, they acquired a Remington tactical-style bolt-action rifle in .308 Winchester. As a municipality, this was all the rifle they needed since shots were most likely to be inside 200 yards. That’s not the case with all law enforcement agencies.

Remington offers their 700 XCR Tactical Long Range rifle in .223 Remington and .308 Winchester but also in the .300 Winchester Magnum. The Magnum offering provides a distinct performance advantage at long range. For example, between 900 and 925 yards, the Federal 175-grain Sierra MatchKing load for the .308 Winchester will drop 2 feet. Federal’s 190-grain Sierra MatchKing load for the .300 Win. Mag. only drops 17 inches.

The forearm on the stock has a nice palm-filling swell that is appreciated when shooting off-hand or from hasty field positions.

This may not seem like that big of a deal. After all, you click in your elevation adjustments for the specific range you’re shooting. However, range estimation is the hardest part of long-range shooting and you can’t take your range estimation using a mil-dot reticle or a rangefinder as gospel. It’s very easy to make a 10- to 20-yard mistake at 900 yards. The increased velocity of the .300 Win. Mag. makes small range estimation errors less critical and increases the odds of first round hits at extreme range.

A flatter trajectory is not the only plus. As impact velocity drops, so does the ability for the bullet to expand and create large wound cavities. The velocity increase between the .308 Winchester and the .300 Winchester Magnum stretches this workable velocity range by at least another 150 yards or so.

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