Power. Performance. And accuracy at 300 yards. When it comes to modern-day muzzleloaders, many shooters mistakenly take a “been there, seen that” attitude, but Remington’s Model 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader is truly unique; here’s why.
The Remington M700 Ultimate Muzzleloader is a top-tier in-line muzzleloader specifically designed to set new precedents in its field. Perhaps its greatest feature is the brass cases it takes, which are a unique size using a Remington 9 ½ large magnum rifle primer. Loading the brass case is a simple process: the shooter push-feeds it into the breech plug just like you load a rifle round into their Model 700 bolt-action chamber. This creates a gas seal in the flash hole at the primer; the primer is exceptionally hot, so it cleans the flash hole with each squeeze of the X-Mark Pro externally-adjustable trigger. After firing, the brass case is extracted and ejected in the same manner as from the M700 bolt-action. A simple process, and one far more user-friendly than the hassles created by those little 209 shotshell primers.
I tried this muzzleloader out primed with a 200 grain magnum powder charge for impressive energy and a 250 grain bullet for one-shot stopping power. That bullet could actually be counted as one of its other nice features, because Remington’s sister company is Barnes, and their Spit-Fire T-EZ 250-grain muzzleloader bullets are 100% copper and have polymer tips for superior expansion. The cutting petals of these Barnes bullets provide rapid energy transfer and fantastic penetration, and having this Ultimate Muzzleloader providing the impetus, shooters have serious big-game knockdown capabilities. Firing the gun delivered the dynamic recoil one expects from such a bold rifle and, yes, you really can ring steel – or take down a bear – 300 yards out.
When Remington claims this gun fires like a centerfire rifle, they’re both speaking the truth and making a bit of an understatement. The Ultimate Muzzeloader has good range and its stellar performance as a muzzleloader should give those centerfire rifles some healthy competition.
This gun uses Remington’s patented U.M.L. Ignition System, is capable of handling a 200-grain magnum charge – something that would utterly destroy a lesser muzzleloader, and delivers muzzle velocities up to 2400 fps and better. It can take loose powder or pellets, your choice, and is simple to maintain because it requires only normal barrel cleaning to clean the face of the plug. In fact, the breech-plug is also user-replaceable. Plus it has a faster twist rate than most other muzzleloaders for improved ballistic performance and trajectory stability. It comes in laminate and synthetic, both of which have a 26” stainless steel fluted barrel and X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger. The synthetic has a Bell and Carlson Medalist M40 stock and both style’s stocks offer storage: three extra primed cases can be stored below the receiver. When you buy an Ultimate Muzzleloader you get 24 primed cases and 24 projectiles, and the brass cases can be reprimed although they shouldn’t be for any other load.
Overall, Remington’s M700 Ultimate Muzzleloader is an advanced gun offering exemplary performance in its field and an aesthetically pleasing exterior. If you think there’s nothing new in muzzleloaders, take a look at this one. It doesn’t disappoint, and with it you can take advantage of many states extended muzzleloader seasons. Want a big, brash gun capable of taking down elk, moose, and bear? Give this one a shot.