Coming from a precision shooting background I tend to get a fair amount of questions from people about what kind of rifle they should buy to get started in this particular discipline of shooting, and typically, I recommend a Remington 700.Â If this conversation takes place at my local shooting range, then invariably some guy pretending to be a “former military sniper” or some other expert in the field jumps in and recommends some other rifle.Â
Now let me start off by saying that I do not claim to know everything there is to know about precision shooting and really donâ€™t consider myself an expert in it either.Â However, I do have a fair amount of training and a lot of trigger time behind scoped rifles of various manufacturers and calibers. About 90% of that training and trigger time is behind a Remington 700 action of some kind and the model that I currently prefer is the Light Tactical Rifle or LTR.
|Caliber||.308 WIN (7.62 x 51 NATO)|
|Weight (without scope, etc)||7.5 lbs|
|MSRP||$1230 (Street $950-$1100)|
Remington designed the 700-LTR as a more compact and lighter weight version of the popular 700-P that has been the standard precision rifle for most law enforcement agencies in the US since the late 80â€™s, with variations of it in use by the US Military for just as long.Â It is built on the standard Remington 700 series action and features a 20″ fluted heavy barrel and is fitted in a â€œtrimmed downâ€ HS Precision stock that is unique to the LTR model.Â The LTR features shave approximately 1.5 lbs off the weight of the gun from the 700-P model.
While 1.5 lbs might not seem like a huge weight savings it is noticeable when you do a side by side comparison to the larger 700-P, and the shorter 20″ barrel makes carrying the rifle on a sling much easier, especially for the vertically challenged folks like myself.
The trigger in the 700-LTR can vary based on the age of the gun.Â The earlier models featured the adjustable X-Mark Pro trigger while the newer versions have the 40X model trigger out of the Remington Custom Shop.Â My rifle features the 40X trigger and it has a very crisp break with no noticeable over travel.Â There pull weight can be adjusted on both triggers and on my particular rifle it was set at 3.5 lbs from the factory and has not been changed. Â I do have experience with the X-Mark Pro trigger in a 700-SPS Tactical that I own and it is still a decent trigger but is not nearly as crisp as the 40X trigger in my LTR.
As I mentioned earlier the stock on the 700-LTR is a trimmed down version of the stock on the 700-P and is made by HS Precision.Â It features a full-length aluminum bedding block and has two forward mounted sling studs for mounting a bi-pod and sling. Length of pull and comb height are all fixed and non-adjustable on the LTR stock.Â Overall the stock is a great design that keeps the weight down and when combined with the action makes for a well-balanced rifle.Â The only area I wish they had left alone is in the palm swell area.Â I prefer the larger palm swell of the full size 700-P stock over the LTR stock.
Function and Reliability
Since we are discussing a Remington 700 series bolt-action rifle there is not a lot to report in this department other than the gun is 100% reliable.Â The action is smooth, it feeds from the factory BDL magazine without issue, and goes bang each and every time I pull the trigger.Â Ejection and extraction has also been flawless. Honestly I wouldnâ€™t expect anything less from a Remington 700.
A precision rifle review is not complete without talking accuracy, and the LTR will definitely hold itâ€™s own with some high end custom bolt rifles given the right ammo and shooter. The factory paperwork that came with my LTR claims sub MOA accuracy out of the box and that is a claim that the LTR will back up over and over with just about any ammo you feed it.Â My gun mostly ingests 168gr Remington Premier Match and has always shot .5 MOA or under with this ammo in both 3 shot and 5 shot groups.
Knowing that someone who purchases this rifle might decide to use it for more than target shooting I decided to see how it would perform with a non-match round geared more towards hunting medium sized game such as the ever popular white tail deer we have roaming the mountains where I live.Â For this test I picked a box of Federal Power-Shok ammo with a 150 gr soft point bullet.Â After adjusting for a slight change in the zero from the 168 gr to the 150 gr round I shot three 5 shot groups at 100 yards and was surprised that the gun is still a sub MOA gun, with my best group coming in around Â¾ MOA and my worst being just a hair over 1 MOA with a called flyer that was all on me and not the gun.
The Remington 700 LTR is one of the best entry-level bolt action precision rifles you can buy for the money.Â It’s lightweight and compact enough to fill multiple roles including varmint hunting and medium sized game hunting while still capable of precision target shooting with sub MOA accuracy. There is also a huge aftermarket for the rifle allowing you to modify it to fit your needs as your pocketbook and skills allow. Again I do not consider myself to be at the expert level in this field but the Remington 700 platform is a solid, proven platform that should serve you well.