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hw ■ Rigid, solid-top receiver resists torque during firing. Magazine Capacity ■ Detatchable box magazine is made of steel and flush-fitting. Remington Model 783 By J. Scott Olmsted, Editor in Chief T he idea for Remington's latest biggame rifle was hatched organically, in a deer camp in North Carolina in . Long-time Remington executives John Trull, Jay Bunting and John Fink, men instrumental in the company's rifle program, acknowledged their company's vaunted Model  no longer sells itself. Heck, no bolt-action sells itself anymore, not when one in five guns sold in America is an -. Faced with cheaper competition and a crowded market, they wanted to produce a bolt-action that would uphold the family name; they wanted another Model , only cheaper. However, lest one think "cheaper" means, well, cheap, think again. The Model  offers everything a hunter needs in a rifle: accuracy, dependability and a retail price that should inspire impulse buying. Remington produces the  in the company's newest factory in Mayfield, Ky., to leverage its most efficient production processes and hold down costs, and to hit a retail price point of only . To produce accuracy, the rifle's design incorporates several key ingredients decided upon in deer camp: a rigid receiver, a free-floated, stiff barrel and a slick trigger. Its receiver is cylindrical, with a solid top. The ejection port is long, but narrow compared to similar designs. The best part: The rigidity inherent in such a design resists the torque induced during firing and aids accuracy. It's drilled and tapped to accept Model  scope bases or two Model  front bases. The bolt incorporates a floating head, a Model -style plunger ejector and an extractor that fits flush against the bolt face. The extractor moves perpendicular to the bolt in channels cut in one of the two opposing lugs. A carbon steel, medium-contour barrel is standard. It measures  inches long, or  inches on magnums. In front of the action is a barrel nut not unlike that used for years by Savage and Marlin (now Remington's sister company). The nut is used to create simple and precise headspacing. It also keeps costs low. And it works marvelously. It measures almost an inch long, and secures a recoil lug between itself and the face of the receiver. The barrel also is free-floated and dual pillar-bedded, more accuracy attained cheaply thanks to simple stock design. The stock is injection-molded, and it's a bit stiffer than others found on rifles at this price point. In my view it's also a step up compared to the competition, thanks to a different polymer blend specified by   ❘ Trull, Bunting and Fink. Sure, it's plastic: What else do you expect for this price? But it feels a bit better, a bit more solid, in my hands, than other polymer stocks on the shelves of gun shops these days. Soon, stocks will be available in five different camo patterns in addition to black. All are backed by a SuperCell recoil pad. All feature integral sling swivel attachment points, and stippled panels on the fore-end and pistol grip. The drop on the straight comb is just right for mounting a scope low and tight above the receiver. The Crossfire trigger (the same one used on Marlin's  bolt-action rifle) is adjustable from .- pounds pull weight. It's factory-set at . pounds. It's a singlestage design, the best for a hunting rifle. The Crossfire design incorporates a passive safety-similar to those found on many semi-auto pistols these days- which produces a clean pull but prevents The 783 uses a simple yet effective "barrel nut" to create headspacing. The recoil lug anchors the action in the stock.  ❘  . http://www.americanhunter.org

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