Model 700 XCR II RMEF (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Edition)

The Remington Model 700 Extreme Conditions Rifle II Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Edition is a bolt-action hunting rifle chambered in .300 Win. Mag. and .30-06 Springfield. The Model 700 was introduced by Remington in 1962 and has since been expanded to include more than 30 sub-models.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is an activist group dedicated to preserving and regulating the elk population in the US and Remington honors the group each year by releasing a limited edition rifle with RMEF’s logo on it. There are two models currently available and the only difference between the two is the .300 Win. Mag. model has a black TriNyte finished barrel and the .30-06 Springfield has a stainless steel TriNyte finished barrel.

However, both have a synthetic stock with a Realtree AP HD finish. Otherwise, it has identical features to the Model 700 XCR and the Model 700 XCR II.

TriNyte is a Remington patented corrosion resistant, electroless nickel coating. In a nutshell, electroless nickel plating deposits a nickel finish on the metal’s surface without using an electric current. This procedure deposits the finish evenly as opposed to an electroplating nickel finish. This process produces a very durable finish, however, compared to the latter process, it said not to have as long of a lifespan. TriNyte is typically applied to weapons designed for wet conditions like the Marine Magnum.

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.

All Model 700 XCR models include 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.  Also, the XCR has Hogue patented rubber overmolding on the grip and fore-end of the stock. The soft rubber grips are intended to provide comfort and help the shooter maintain positive control when absorbing harsh recoil.

Remington recommends the Model 700 XCR II RMEF for hunting in areas wet conditions, however, the .30-06 Springfield model has been discontinued.

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