Remington’s classic Model 700 has been a mainstay of civilian, military and law enforcement users since its introduction and continues to “soldier on” after nearly 50 years in production. The Model 700 action is so strong and flexible that it has served as the basis for both the US Army’s and US Marine Corps’ sniper rifles, the Army’s M24 and the Marines’ M40 series. Because of its basic excellence, the Remington 700 action is usually the action of choice for custom rifle builders. Despite the fact that the M700 has served as the basis for countless custom precision tactical rifles, only recently has Remington begun building what in essence are custom precision tactical rifles of its own. The latest in Remington’s precision tactical rifle lineup is the Xtreme Conditions Rifle or XCR Series Precision Tactical Rifles. The XCR precision tactical rifles are available in .223, .308 and .300 Win Mag.
The Remington 700 XCR that’s the basis of our test begins with the bolt action design. Like all Model 700s, 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 .223 and .308 rifles use the Remington 700 short action, while the .300 Win Mag is based on the long action. Barrels are 26 inches long with a match crown at the muzzle.