History of the Model 700
1962: Remington introduces the Model 700, advertising it as “the world’s strongest bolt action.” Both the ADL “Deluxe Grade” and the BDL “Custom Deluxe Grade” feature rock-solid 2-lug, rotating bolts and walnut stocks. The Model 700 quickly proved to be dependable and super-accurate out of the box. Deer hunters embraced the new rifle, and sales took off.
Good trivia: The 1962 Model 700 BDL was the first rifle ever chambered for the 7mm Rem. Mag., which was also introduced in 1962. The “7 Mag” has become one of America’s all-time favorite hunting cartridges.
1972: Remington machines a left-handed version of the Model 700 BDL chambered for the 3 most popular deer cartridges, .270. .30-06 and 7mm Rem. Mag. Legions of lefties cheered. The left-handed production bolt-action hunting rifle was born.
1983: Remington introduces the Model Seven, a mini-version of the Model 700.
1986: Remington rolls out the slimmed down, lightweight, compact Model 700 Mountain Rifle with 22-inch barrel. Touted as the ultimate mountain hunter’s rifle, this shorter, lighter 700 quickly became popular with deer hunters everywhere.
1994: Remington introduces the Model 700 Sendero, designed as the ultimate long-range deer rifle. For top-notch bench-rest accuracy, the Model 700 Sendero has full-length aluminum bedding and wears a heavy, 26-inch stainless barrel with distinctive fluting.
1995: The Model 700 had a hinged floor-plate exclusively until the mid-1990s. As an option to hunters that prefer a detachable magazine, Remington offers a “DM” version in the BDL and Mountain Rifle lines. DM remains an option on some versions of the 700.
2005: Big year for the Model 700. Remington stays true to its roots—producing the most dependable and accurate hunting rifle for the best price—with the introduction of the base-level Model 700 SPS (Special Purpose Synthetic). This no-frills workhorse has the same 2-lug, rotating bolt and receiver fitted into a black or camouflage synthetic stock. It is chambered for all the popular deer cartridges.
For discriminating hunters, Remington rolls out the Model 700 CDL (C Grade Deluxe) with satin walnut stock, straight comb, 26 lines-per-inch checkering and classic black fore-end tip. One of the finest-looking production bolt-action deer rifles ever made, with the same legendary accuracy and performance.
A third Model 700, the XCR, was introduced in 2005. With a synthetic stock and a barrel and receiver coated with space-age waterproofing materials, this version is impervious to moisture and corrosion resistant.
2009: Remington adds the X-Mark Pro™ Trigger to the Model 700, making it easier than ever for deer hunters to adjust the trigger on their rifle with a simple tool. The externally adjustable X-Mark Trigger is now standard equipment on new Model 700 rifles.
2012: Remington unveils the 50th Anniversity Model 700 BDL, with the same old-school features and looks as a 1960s-era BDL (one modern feature is the X-Mark Pro Trigger). The limited-edition rifle is chambered for one cartridge—the 1962-born 7mm Rem. Mag. Perfect tribute to “America’s Deer Rifle.” More than 5 million, and counting, Model 700 rifles have been sold.