Remingtons New Deer Gun the Model 783 Rifle
Every few years the good folks at Remington decide to make a low-cost version of their ever-popular Model 700 bolt-action rifle. Well, it looks like they finally got it right with the new Model 783.
A long line of runners-up
Ever since 1962, when Remington came up with a concept rifle to challenge the Winchester Model 70 that they called the Model 700, they have had bolt-action gold on their hands. The thing is, a very nice Model 700 can run a little out of the range of hunters who also have bills to pay. They soon realized that and came up with the Model 788. Produced from 1967-1983, this was a 700 in all but name, except that it was actually a little better, proving in the end even more accurate than its costlier older brother due to its bolt lock up design.
(The 710, it was a good imitation of a Model 700 at a couple hundred bucks cheaper, but just didn't appeal to the public. Cheap doesn't have to feel cheap-o)
Then history being the way it is, the company canned the 788, incorporated some of its features into Model 700s made after the 1980s and called it a day. The low-budget hunters still needed a deer rifle so the company came out with the 710, introduced in 2002, followed by the 770, which came out in 2007. Both the 710 and 770 had a host of issues, which included improperly made safety detent springs, and a host of very cheap feeling plastic parts both inside and out.
All of these problems seem to be fixed in the new 783.
Remington took their classic Model 700 action, and changed the bolt and trigger to a large degree to come up with the new gun. This rifle right out of the box has many differences over the old 700. This includes a standard detachable steel box magazine that fits flush in the rifle, and a user-adjustable trigger system. This trigger, looks just like the superb two-stage unit that is on the new Marlin XT22 series rifles. As Remington owns Marlin and the Model 783 are made in the same Kentucky factory that produces the XT22, it's not rocket science to figure out how this happened. It's not a Timney trigger, but it adjustable and has a nice break.
(If the Crossfire trigger looks familiar, check the Marlin XT22)
Some Model 700 parts interchange between old and new rifles, namely the scope bases. Instead of the cheapy polymer plastics that dressed the Remi 700s sold at bargain prices by the Big Box stores, the new 783 has furniture that has a much better feel to it. It is also far superior in our opinion than the BB-gun style grey stocks that came with the forgettable Model 770.
The 783 is chambered in the two most popular centerfire bolt-action calibers in North America: .270 Win and the venerable 30.06. For those who want some more distance to their rifle, they offer it in 7mm Mag (in a 24-inch barrel). Finally, Remington includes a .308 Win chambering that comes in at a flat 7-pound. This could be used not only for hunting almost all medium to large game in the US, but also as a platform for a low-cost law enforcement or survival precision marksman rifle.
Even though the barrel is thin, it's free-floating with aluminum bedding blocks and is fine for low-volume shooting. Since most hunters, range specters, and mall snipers only have a need to fire a few rounds at a time, this should not be a problem. Still, if you own one you should learn your average grouping from both cold and warm bores before you head to the field.
The lack of a chambering in .243 or .223 is confusing as both the 770 and the 788 came chambered in those popular low-impulse rounds. However, this may be something that the company is working on for the next few years.
- Caliber: 270 Win./ 30-06/ 308 Win / 7mm Remington Mag
- Average Weight (lbs.) 7.2 (7.3 in magnum)
- Barrel Finish Matte Blue
- Barrel Length (in.) 22" (24 in magnum)
- Barrel Material Carbon Steel
- Drop (Comb) 1"
- Drop (Heel) 1 5/8"
- Length of Pull (in.) 13 3/8"
- Mag Cap 4 (3 in magnum)
- Overall Length (in.) 42 5/8" (2-inches longer in magnum)
- Stock Finish Matte
- Stock Material Synthetic
- Twist 10"
Remington has put a MSRP on this gun at $451, which means they will probably be had at retailers for about $375-ish if not less. This new kid on the block has something to prove, and after looking at a few, we think it can do it.