The company reaches out to performance-minded big-game hunters and accuracy-minded .22 shooters in 1997.
Remington plans to introduce several new products of interest to accuracy rifle shooters in 1997. Here are what we think are some of the most appealing products:
The popularity of the 7mm STW (Shooting Times Westerner) has become too big to ignore, and the company will introduce a factory 7mm STW next month. Initial factory loads will feature a 140-grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of 3,325 fps. At 400 yards this means an 11 percent energy gain over the 7mm Remington Magnum and a 7.1 percent gain over the 7mm Weatherby Magnum. The 7mm STW will be chambered in the Model 77 Sendero Stainless Fluted and in the Model 700 BDL SS DM-B.
The .300 Weatherby chambering will also be added to the Sendero rifle line. The .300 Weatherby exceeds the .300 Winchester Magnum by 100 to 200 fps in most bullet weights. Superseded by the .30-378 Weatherby at the top of the .30-caliber power list, the .300 Weatherby is a lot more practical than the .30-378 for deer hunting.
Down the power curve, Remington will add Jim Carmichel’s 6.5mm Panther as a factory load. It will be known as the .260 Remington. Essentially a 6.5mm-08, it is a 7mm-08 necked to take a .264 bullet. Remington will initially offer a 140-grain load at 2,750 fps (24-inch barrel). The .260 Remington will be chambered in two versions of the Model 7 and in the Model 700 BDL SS DM. Placed between the 7mm-08 and the .243 Winchester, the .260 Remington will give better downrange performance than either of those calibers, with less recoil than the 7mm-08 and more energy than the .243.
Remington has added Hornady V-Max bullets (with Remington-inspired green plastic tips instead of Hornady red) to several varmint calibers. The 50-grain BT bullet will be offered in .222 Remington, .223 Remington, .22250 Remington, and .220 Swift. This very accurate frangible bullet should find favor with varmint and predator shooters. The .223 Remington is also being offered with a 62-grain HP match bullet with a muzzle velocity of 3,025 fps.
Remington plans to add a new line of rimfire rifles called the M597 series, which will be built at a new factory dedicated to the semi-auto .22s. The 597s will initially be offered in two Long Rifle versions, one synthetic stocked with a carbon-steel barrel and the other a laminatewood stock with a stainless-steel tube. Also, there is a carbon-steel barrel, synthetic-stock version in .22 Winchester Magnum. These rifles feature clip magazines and are drilled and tapped for scope mounts as well as grooved for tip-off mounts. The triggers on the three we tried were all very good. It is apparent they want a piece of the Team Challenge and accuracy .22 rifle market.
Another interesting product reintroduction is the Creedmoor-style rolling-block rifle. It apes the No-1 Mid-Range rifle made by Remington from 1875 to 1890. It will have a 30-inch half-round, half-octagon barrel and will be chambered for .45-70 blackpowder cartridges only. It comes with a tang-mounted vernier sight and a front globe sight with four interchangeable inserts. Also included is a spirit level below the front sight. Suggested retail price: $2,799.