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saysme

Remington Model 700
American Hunter
I want to share with you the excellent experience I've had
with the Remington 700 NRA American Hunter. I bought
it six weeks ago and have put about 140 rounds through
The Making of the
Remington Model 700
it. I'll be using it this coming deer season because I was
American Hunter
shifting off the .308 and starting up with the 6.5 Creedmoor. I injured my shoulder and the .308 was too much
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recoil for me. I researched quite a few rifles and learned
of the improved manufacturing and the Bell & Carlson
stock on the M700 AH, so I bought one. I got it on Gunbroker, brand new from an FFL dealer for a great price.
Over the past six weeks, auction prices for the rifle are inching up by about $100-$125, and I believe
it's because people are finding out how great the rifle is. I believe that as the word gets out, the demand
will go up and the price could continue to rise. It's an outstanding rifle!
I also own another 6.5 Creedmoor rifle that's well known for accuracy and can be found for about
$1,800. The 700 AH is every bit as good, has a more-sturdy feel with the B&C stock, and for field
hunting where tight corners present themselves the shorter barrel is nice to have. The other rifle has
a 24-inch barrel, which is probably great when you're out in Colorado and Montana, but in the tight
forests of Connecticut, the 20-inch barrel is easy to move around, and doesn't sacrifice accuracy at
practical hunting distances.
For example, I was at the range yesterday and shot a sub-half-MOA group at 350 yards. The rifle
produced a 1.65-inch group of four shots; three of them were only 1 inch apart and the fourth shot
was caught by the 16-mph wind and flew 1.65 inches high. Net, net: Every one of those shots was a
clean, ethical kill on a whitetail.
The rifle has been a great performer, is beautifully designed and is a step up into a level of quality
that is often not associated with a stock Remington 700. Remington and the NRA team deserve huge
kudos! People should know that this rifle competes without hesitation with plenty of rifles that are
priced closer to $2,000. It is an outstanding product that deserves a lot of attention.
David Greenapple, via email
applied to a firearm-not one instance.
We met again that spring at the NRA
Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Dallas to
begin deliberations. We aimed for not so
much as a niche, a rifle for sheep hunters,
but for a wide spectrum, a rifle for everyone reading this. Indeed, the gun would
be a rifle; we couldn't think of anything
else we'd rather do than design a rifle for
big-game hunters.
Naturally, any rifle associated with
a brand like American Hunter actually
needs to be built in America ... and considering our partner in this endeavor, it
didn't take long to settle on the Model
700. It was introduced by Remington
in 1962 and today, 57 years later, it is
perhaps the most popular bolt-action
rifle on Earth, used not only by hunters
the world over but by police and military personnel, by competitors and by
custom gunsmiths as the platform for
all manner of creations.
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So the nomenclature took care of
itself: We would call it the Remington
Model 700 American Hunter. (Actually,
this took dedicated effort throughout
the project. Many folks on "both sides
of the aisle kept conjuring names that
usually included adjectives like "ultimate." I eschewed them all, reminding
everyone of an acronym: KISS. Keep it
simple, stupid.)
If it would be a general-purpose biggame rifle it needed to be practical, we
insisted. AH staff took careful stock of
current trends and assembled a short
list of characteristics. The rifle should be
chambered in a popular cartridge suitable for taking most big game of North
America out to a maximum effective
range of 500 yards. Not everyone wants
or is comfortable shooting a magnum,
after all, but not everyone wants or needs
another '06, either. It should be a practical rifle. That is, it should be lightweight,

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ergonomic and robust. Shortly into deliberations, we settled on a short barrel, the
better to carry and swing just about anywhere without interference. We wanted
to use a fat bolt handle to ensure a hunter
could find it and operate the rifle under
stress or when wearing gloves. We
thought a one-piece scope base factoryinstalled would be a nice touch, so all a
hunter needed to do upon purchase was
find rings to mount his favorite scope.
We wanted to use a composite stock and
a weatherproof finish on the metalwork.
Finally, we didn't want to break the bank.

As a rifle for everyman, this needed to
remain in somewhat affordable territory.
To be honest, these are not the only
characteristics we debated. Wood stocks,
blued metal, TriNyte coating, long
actions-it was all on the table at one point
or another. Such is the nature of the process we engaged. I think we got it right.
To do so of course we had to go to Ilion.
Ilion, N.Y., has been the home of

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Remington ever since company founder
Eliphalet Remington made his first barrel
there, in the "forge in the gorge," in 1816.
The famous Remington Arms factory that
now sits at the center of town can trace
its heritage to the 1820s. At the time the
Erie Canal was being built. Eliphalet convinced the company digging it to run the
canal right down the street in front of his
factory, so he could carry barrels from

Photo: Russell Graves

By J. Scott Olmsted, Editor in Chief

t started with an offhand comment.
A group of us from NRA Publications
was meeting with personnel from
Remington Arms at SHOT Show 2018
to discuss new-product introductions for
the coming year, coverage past, present
and future, and advertising-same as we
do every year not only with Remington
but other companies as well. Indeed, this
is how folks like us know about new products long before the general public.
Remington personnel kept returning to
a couple of pet projects they'd completed
the prior year. They were quite proud of
one of them, a semi-custom rifle aimed at
sheep hunters. I said, "We can do that."
Thus began a year-long project the
likes of which I had dreamed of since
joining American Hunter in 1998, when
it seemed as if knife, pack, clothing and
cartridge designs were regularly named
after outdoor brands or outdoor writers. However, I don't recall such leverage

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I was very excited to see the cover of my August 2019 edition of American Hunter introducing the
new NRA rifle for big game. I got to the MSRP of $1,349, and I winced. Gentlemen-especially Mr.
Olmsted-only about maybe half a million members of the NRA think $1,349 is "affordable."
Larry Phillps, Kismet, Kan.
I enjoyed reading of the American Hunter rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor. Not meaning to spark debate,
but I would contend the Creedmoor cartridge has a long way to go to displace the '06 as "America's
most popular centerfire." I'm almost sure I heard giggling from my vault. Great magazine, keep up
the good work!
Phil Kochel, Stevens Pa.
No, if we're talking about every gun in collections nationwide, the 6.5 Creedmoor is not the most popular
cartridge in America. In that sense, sure, the '06 must be king. The 6.5 Creedmoor is the most popular
cartridge in America by virtue of gun sales today. Has been for a while. We were mindful not to go
overboard with features lest the price of the rifle creep even higher. The M700 AH carries an MSRP of
$1,349 but it can be found for less than $1,200. One reader wrote to tell me he found one brand-new for
$965. Given the price of American-made firearms today, I'd called that affordable.-JSO
The editors welcome your letters. Mail them to:
Says You, American Hunter, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-9400.
Or email us at americanhunter@nrahq.org. Letters may be edited for the sake of brevity.

This month's cover reminds
me I didn't grow up behind a
bird dog. But ever since I was
blessed to begin upland and
waterfowl hunting behind dogs
I've wished I did. Bird hunting
is, literally, a breed apart from
big-game hunting. The former
is full of fellowship; the latter is
often a solitary pursuit.
Want to discover another
breed apart? Turn to p. 48 and
check out the story of Martha
and Elli Tansy of Alaska.
Field Editor Ron Spomer
met Martha in an airport in
Alaska, and Spomer knew
he'd found the real McCoys.
When I was searching for stories last year he hit me with this
one. His query went something
like: "How about a mother and
daughter from Alaska who hit
me up for lessons? Every year
they drive into the backcountry to hunt for their community.
But that's for moose and caribou. They visited me and
Betsy in Idaho to further their
outdoor skills, and to learn to
hunt turkeys and other Rocky
Mountain species, and to learn
more about firearms."
I would have taken the story
regardless, but since we were
launching our "Join the Hunt"
initiative, it was a no-brainer.
From Spomer's narrative,
it's clear mentor and pupils learned plenty from one
another. It's nice to know
mothers like Martha exist to introduce daughters like Elli to
a world of fellowship and confidence in the outdoors. Alas,
there are not enough of them.
That's where hunters like
us come in. Even if we won't
raise more children we can
read Martha's story then turn
that inspiration into action. Join
the Hunt.
J. Scott Olmsted
Editor in Chief

NRA HUNTER'S CODE OF ETHICS 1. I will consider myself an invited guest of the landowner, seeking his permission, and so conducting
myself that I may be welcome in the future. 2. I will obey the rules of safe gun handling, and will courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt
with me do the same. 3. I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise. 4. I will do my best to acquire those
marksmanship skills which ensure clean, sportsmanlike kills. 5. I will support conservation efforts which can ensure good hunting for future generations
of Americans. 6. I will pass along to younger hunters the attitudes and skills essential to a true outdoor sportsman.
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