Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range Rifle Review
The Remington 700 by any definition is an American classic. Since its introduction there have been a myriad of variations of the 700 action based rifle and today Remington continues to produce a variety of 700's for hunters and rifle marksmen. For this review, we'll be taking a look at the Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range rifle in 300 Win Mag.
Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range Rifle
A few years ago, Remington introduced the XCR line of rifles to their catalog. XCR stands for Extreme Conditions Rifle and around that time Remington introduced their TriNyte finish on the XCR. TriNyte is Remington's special firearms coating that is placed on certain rifles to greatly enhance corrosion resistance. In the case of our review rifle, the barrel and actions starts out as stainless steel and is then put through the PVD process that hardens the surface of the firearm. TriNyte finishes are very thin, but they are smooth, hard, and enhance corrosion and abrasion resistance. With the XCR Tactical, Remington is taking the TriNyte finish to their tactical line of 700's.
View from the chamber. The barrel can just be seen and its definitely composed of stainless
steel, which is difficult to tell given that the outside of the rifle is TriNyte coated.
The barrel on our review rifle is a heavy varmint style contour with an overall barrel length of 26." The barrel has a dished out target crown and heavy fluting on three sides of the barrel. The fluting style is unique with deep straight flutes separated by 120 degrees radial along the barrel. The fluting style is also seen on Remington's line of LTR (light tactical rifle) rifles and does decrease the weight of the barrel, but like all heavy barrels of this length, the rifle is definitely nose heavy and is best shot prone position or off a stable rest, such as a bipod.
The XCR Tactical has three deep parallel flutes the nearly reach the length of the barrel.
The barrel is free floated from the action forward.
The muzzle has a dished out target crown.
For years it was common to see Remington's tactical, varmint, and heavy barreled rifles equipped with a stock by H.S. Precision. However our review rifle departs from the mold a bit and is decked out with a new Bell & Carlson tactical stock. Overall the stock has a good feel with strong raised black textured webbing on the entire stock. This makes for an easy grip in a variety of conditions. The front end of the stock is much like a H.S. Precision and includes a double sling stud mount. However the rear of the stock departs from the H.S. Precision and is slightly thinner and does not seem to have as high of a comb. The stock also has a nice thumb-hook and is handy to use when tucking your off hand (your left hand if you shoot right handed) back and locking in the rear of the stock. The stock also has a full aluminum bedding block and is generously inletted from the action forward to allow complete free floating of the barrel. The stock does seem a bit lighter than a comparable H.S. Precision and this may add to the nose heaviness of the rifle.
The forend of the stock has a swell much like a similar H.S. Precision stock.
The Bell and Carlson tactical stock has a thumb nook.
Two sling studs on the forend of the stock.
The XCR Tactical comes equipped with Remington's new R3 recoil pad which is soft
and fairly rugged. It definitely softens the blow of the 300 Win Mag.
Perhaps one of the nicest features of the XCR Tactical rifles is the included 40-X trigger. The 40-X trigger has been around for decades and is typically only available on higher end 40-X actions or custom shop 700's. In fact the XCR Tactical is one of the least expensive rifles in Remington's lineup that comes from the factory with the 40-X trigger. The biggest advantage of the 40-X trigger is that it is externally adjustable without removing the rifle stock and can be adjusted down to 1.5 lbs. The external adjustment isn't as big of a deal these days as it used to be considering the variety of externally adjustable triggers on the market. However the 40-X still is an excellent trigger with a good range of adjustability, a crisp clean break, no creep, and little over travel. While opinions will vary, most will agree that the 40-X trigger rivals any of the after-market single set triggers.
The 40-X trigger is externally adjustable by turning the screw
just forward of trigger and tucked below the bolt release.
While our review model came in 300 Win Mag, the XCR Tactical is also offered in a short action model in 223 Remington or 308 Win. Both of these models also come with a 26" barrel although they will be slightly lighter due to the shorter action length.
There are really only two downsides to the XCR Tactical. First is the weight, at 8.5 pounds it's not a light rifle and the balance of the weight is toward the muzzle, therefore this is not a great off hand shooting gun. The second issue is a matter of opinion, but the rifle is not equipped with a detachable box magazine. It's becoming more common to see detachable box magazines on long range hunting and tactical rifle offerings.
Overall the XCR Tactical rifle is a good offering if you are looking for a long range hunting rifle and it retails at around $1200. The TriNyte corrosion resistance coating is mainly a benefit for those that spend a good deal of time in wet environments and either do not want to or cannot clean their firearms off after getting wet. If the price tag on the XCR Tactical is too steep, Remington also offers the model 700 SPS Tactical, which offers some of the features of the XCR Tactical, such as a heavy barrel and 700 action, at a reduced cost.
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