The Remington Model 700 Special Purpose Synthetic Tactical is a bolt-action hunting rifle chambered in .223 Rem. and .308 Win. The Model 700 was introduced by Remington in 1962 and has since been expanded to include more than 30 sub-models. The major difference between the SPS and the other sub-models is price. The SPS costs the least of any Model 700 because it uses a synthetic stock instead of its traditional wooden design.
Remington says the Model 700’s action forms “three rings of steel,” meaning it uses a push-feed action where the bolt pushes the round towards the chamber and the extractor does not grab the rim of the cartridge until the bolt is completely forward and locked. It doesn’t affect the smoothness of the action, but does cater to one’s preference. Some prefer the push-feed action over a control-round feed action (which does the opposite). Also, according to Remington, the Model 700’s receiver was milled from a single piece of steel, so it’ll be more resistant to wear overtime than those not milled from a single piece of steel. A durable receiver is necessary especially when absorbing the force of the initial explosion that sets off heavier loads.
The 700 SPS Tactical features a free-floated barrel, so when the barrel heats up and swells it won’t press against the stock and interfere with the rifle’s accuracy. The action rests on pillar bedding within the stock, meaning aluminum or metal sleeves press against action screws that can be
tightened to provide an overall tighter fit between the stock and the
action. The stock itself has a matte black finish and has a semi-beavertail fore-end.
The barrel is made of carbon steel with a satin black oxide finish, which is corrosion resistant. The bore was created through a process called hammer forging, meaning a machine carefully passed a mandrel through the bore to carve the rifling. This process ensures accurate and durable rifling.
And, the 700 SPS Tactical has Remington’s patented X-Mark Pro adjustable trigger system, which has a pull weight of 3.5 pounds with two pounds of adjustment to suit the shooter’s individual needs. What’s unique about the X-Mark Pro trigger system is that it can be adjusted externally.
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