Gun Review: Remington 700 in 300 Blackout

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I imagine the idea of a Remington 700 in 300 Blackout is as surprising to you as it was to me when they first came to market, but they are a great idea. Remington has listened to customers’ suggestions both civilian and police, and released some new models with upgraded features. One feature that’s been changed is one I’ve wanted for some time and that’s a larger bolt handle. The increased size just makes it easier to manipulate. The 300 Blackout also has a short 16.5 inch barrel and it’s rifling has been changed to the M24 5R type.

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Stats 700 Police AAC:

16.5 inch 1 in 7 twist barrel 5R rifling
300 AAC Blackout
Suppressor Ready Threaded Muzzle 5/8×24
700 LTR Profile Aluminum bedded Stock
40X Trigger (very crisp break)

Enlarged bolt handle

Enlarged bolt handle

Steel floorplate

Steel floorplate

After some classroom time we hit the range to get some trigger time with all the new models. I made a beeline to the 300 Blackout. This particular rifle had an AAC suppressor attached to the muzzle. The ammunition made available were two types of supersonic (Remington/Barnes) and one subsonic match load.

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All of our firing was done from 100 yards since the emphasis was on shooting the tightest groups possible. I set my scope at 8x and loaded with the supersonic rounds first. The results with both loads were good but when I changed to the subsonic load this rifle really shined. I fired 10 groups of 5 rounds each. My best group was all five rounds touching measuring just a hair under 7/8th of an inch! That’s impressive accuracy even when firing prone with a bi-pod. Something else I found impressive was the recoil and noise. Simply put there was none of either. It was like shooting a 22 rimfire with less noise than a .22 Short. It is hard to believe how quite it is.

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I don’t have a price on this new model but I would imagine it’s a bit higher than a standard 700. Katie A. will be writing up the two new AAC suppressors shortly along with the new structure of the company and it’s goals for the future.

These additional models of the 700 will have the same enhancements as the 700 AAC and also feature:

20 or 24 inch
Heavy Police profile
M24 spec 5R rifling
1 in 11.25” Twist
Threaded Muzzle option
Carbon Steel
Police Parkerized finish
Aluminum bedding block
Torque to 65 inch lbs.
40X trigger
TWS options

Katie A. will be reviewing the last of the new 700’s the 700 Police 5R RACS which has a modular chassis with folding stock.

Remington Police 700 5R RACS

Remington Police 700 5R RACS

I know one question readers asked last year after the review of the Army sniper rifle the 300 Win Mag and 338 Lapua Magnum built on a chassis system was if they could buy one. Through this year you couldn’t (as a consumer). That changes in 2015. All of them including the Police 5R RACS will be available for purchase by the civilian market. The Remington Enhanced sniper rifle R2010 will run approximately $6000 rifle only.

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Katie A and I were both able to hit a steel torso target with 8 inch reactive center at 1410 yards with the 2010.

This is the 2010 rifle and the first ridgeline you see in the distance is where the 8 inch target is.

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Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • Don Ward

    I’ve had zero complaints about the ergonomics of the 700 bolt handle with all of the family BDLs. On the other hand, three of the four Remington 700s were made in the 1970s and 1980s (or thereabouts) and manipulating the bolt is a breeze with how Remingtons used to be produced. Maybe that should be a hint.

    • Mine was one from the late 60’s and it was smooth as glass. The ones I shot this time were pretty darn close but then it’s hard to compare a well used 700 with an almost new one.
      I do like the enlarged bolt handle and always have. Heck I’ve added them to two of my long range rifles. They just feel better to me but we all have our preferences.

  • Tassiebush

    I’d be very interested in how mild a 24 inch barrel 300blackout would be without suppressor using subsonic ammo. .38 special subsonic from a 24 inch barrel is like a hv .22lr so blackout might be the same but with superior performance.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I don’t even…. Why do you *think* you want a 24″ 300blk!? That round doesn’t have enough powder to accelerate significantly past 16″. And then you want a subsonic round with no can!? …. Must be trolling.

      • Tassiebush

        Haha I can see what you mean especially if you’d read my silly comments on another thread. but I’m not actually trolling. Fair assumption though! I can’t legally own a suppressor and I hunt wallabies which are small to medium game. The extra barrel length used with a quick burning charge that only needs a short barrel actually can reduce noise quite a lot. It works well with a .38special cowboy load from a 24inch levergun but I’m speculating that a 300blackout would do same thing from a normal hunting rifle with 24 inch barrel but the better projectiles would offer an advantage over .38 special. Ed Harris wrote a fair bit on the topic. I’d post a link but don’t seem able using phone. Basically it’s like having a poor performing silencer but none of the paperwork. It’s the idea of CCI quiet load scaled up.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          I will say I never considered the volume difference of unsuppressed rounds, and that never would have occurred to me, probably because I feel the difference would be insignificant, but all the same 🙂

          • Tassiebush

            Oh it makes a difference worth pursuing if you don’t have option silencer 🙂

          • Michael

            I would like to know also. I like the 300 Blackout but live in an area where I cannot obtain a suppressor.
            I would like a quiet rifle but without a suppressor for vermin control, don’t want to upset the neighbors. 38special or 300 Blackout. Are they quiet in a 16 inch rifle.
            Can we have an economy rifle in 300 blackout please

          • Not without a suppressor. Vermin control you could do with one of the newer air rifles sending out a round at 1400 fps.

          • iksnilol

            I would recommend you use heavy ammo in the air rifle so that you don’t break the sound barrier (1050 fps IIRC). That and it is more accurate.

          • He probably should yes. I guess it depends on how close the other homes are.

          • Tassiebush

            I can’t work out how to post links from phone but look up stuff by Ed Harris. Search with terms cat sneeze, shilo TV and American rook rifle. There’s a Finnish site with a fair bit. He’s a big fan of pistol rounds or rifle loads with fast burning loads out of long rifle barrels. Some articles mention decibel readings. The other idea that might be worth a look for you if you own a .308or 3006 rifle is to get a chamber adapter to shoot .32sw long or .32acp. MC Ace make them. The principle is that the load generates peak velocity at say 6-8inches and the rest of the travel pretty much absorbs noise. My own experience is with .38 special cowboy loads (magtech) from 24 inch Rossi which makes sound comparable to high velocity .22lr. Slightly boomier but no crack and not louder perse. Careful hand loads could reduce noise further. Certainly quieter than .22mag.

          • Tassiebush

            I’ll ad Ed’s essays silent but deadly to those search phrases.

        • Adam

          Tassie, I’m up in QLD, i custom swage projectiles for these, I also make my own jackets, Pure copper, 0.016 wall, 6 ogive 265 grain soft point or a 239 grain 12 ogive VLD. Waiting on a lead tip die for the VLD…

          • Tassiebush

            Hey Adam that sounds neat! How do they go? I’ve noticed .300blk advertised up that way. Is there some sort of special circumstances permission for silencers up there? Any insights into the noise levels without a suppressor and if so what barrel length? I’ve only ever heard of one case in Tassie where a farmer got special permission for a suppressor due to heaps of noise complaints. I think he had antis for neighbours.

          • Adam

            I know a few people who have suppressors, All of them are licensed feral pest controllers…. in the NT, QLD and NSW…. Report wise without a suppressor out of a 16.5 inch barrel with the 265 grain @ 1050 fps in a open field is about the same as 22Lr Subsonic, maybe a little louder… Oddly enough, we find different report between 296, H110 and AR2205… If you’re close too trees, there’s still allot of eco.. As soon as i use up the last of my 0.016 jackets,I’m going too draw some in 0.014 and 0.012… See how they go for expansion.. Hopefully i wont get mid flight blow ups..

          • Tassiebush

            So I gather you’re looking for the sweet spot between maximum expansion vs projectile integrity? I guess that’s way slower than the usual .308 projectiles are designed to expand at. Gee a 16.5″ carbine like that’d be handy from a dirt bike! Sounds like I would find it worthwhile getting a .223 rebarreled. I’m grateful for the observations about the report. You’re clearly more experienced with hand loading than me. I’d speculate that the quietest load of those is the fastest burning with least powder. That’s without suppressor anyhow. And I’m really just parroting theory plus a littlebit of 1st hand observation on .38special cowboy ammo.

          • Adam

            The .30 cal project came about due to a pest eradicator in NSW, not being able too kill feral dogs, etc in National Parks, using the 240 grain SMK’s, as they didnt expand, just punched a hole.. Animal libbers called animal cruelty…He risked prosecution… So i designed a projectile for the 300 Whisper that would still expand out too 300 yds… Hence im going too hopefully end up with a .012 jacket.. I built this rifle in 30-357 Maximum with a 1-8 barrel on a Martini,the barrel is 26.5 inches and just makes legal OAL
            And these are the 265 grain soft point….

          • Tassiebush

            Wow that martini bullpup is a very cool idea!

          • Adam

            I will take some photos next week of the linkage. and post it too you..If you have access too a hobby lathe and mill, you can make it easy.. I would look at making the stock from a light weight pine..Another project i did about a decade ago, was build a Anschutz 54 action in .222 Remington, And fit a 24 inch barrel chambered in 30 Mauser to fire .30 155 Palma projectiles.. Worked very well out too 150 yds… This is a new project im working on, Propriety case, no head stamp, for shooting a 1100 grain VLD at 1050 fps… Thats the case next too a ADI 7.62 x 51 and a .30 265 grain projectile

          • Tassiebush

            Thanks for that Adam I really appreciate it! That .30mauser sounded like a good one too! Gee that case and 1100grainer sounds like a buffalo/scrub bull Poaching cartridge! 😉

          • Adam

            Sorry, still in recovery from my op… havnt forgotten, just taking a little longer to get up there..

          • Tassiebush

            no worries Adam, just wishing you a good speedy recovery!

          • Adam

            havnt forgotten…. just taking a little longer then expected.. I will do it within the next week for you…
            Failing that, i still have a design for a electronic trigger i used to make…

          • Tassiebush

            Thanks for that and please forgive my pestering! Sorry to hear the recovery is taking this long. It must be a real bastard having it drag on so much! 🙁

          • Tassiebush

            Hi Adam, how are going? Hope you are recovering okay. I’m still keen as mustard to see that linkage! 🙂

          • Tassiebush

            Was it tricky making the trigger linkage? Are you happy with that part of it? I was offered a shot out martini cadet for $75 a while back and I reckon it’s still available. I’m definitely keen on a mild shooting compact gun!

    • That I don’t know. The barrel length of 16.5 is all they make in 300.

      • Tassiebush

        Oh I miss read that! It’s the other models!

        • No big deal:-)

          • Tassiebush

            I was obviously wishing it to be so 🙂

          • LOL—I understand!

          • Adam

            Just get a Sportco 44 target rifle action,hell ive seen them for as little as $150… Get TSE or Swan to put a .223 bolt head on it… And whatever length 1-8 twist barrel you like…

          • Tassiebush

            I like your thinking!

    • Giolli Joker

      Never heard this about pistol/rifle calibers, but apparently there are a few specialized subsonic shotgun (.410) loads that are meant to be “silent” in long barrels.

      • Tassiebush

        Thanks for the heads up. It sounds interesting!

  • JumpIf NotZero

    So very overbuilt for that round! The Model7 I get, but definitely not the 700.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    And LOL @ $6000 RACS 700… Yea, for that kind of cash, I’ll go buy an
    AI full kit and have a vastly superior gun to a Rem 700 in a heavy chassis! Good one Remington.

    • We’re talking about the 338 Lapua so the price is about average for one of those big boys. It’s not really a 700.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        No, it’s not even remotely apples to apples. You can have an excellent custom or excellent factory gun that will shoot rings around a factory Remington 700 5R in a chassis.

        AI AX 338 – $6200
        Barret MRAD 338 – $5200
        Proof/Surgeon/GAP 338 – Around $5000 and up
        Remington 700 in 338 with RACS chassis – $6000 LOL

        • No no it’s not $6000 in a 700 it’s the Army sniper rifle that’s $6000. It’s huge compared to a 700.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Through this year you couldn’t (as a consumer). That changes in 2015. All of them including the Police 5R RACS will be available for purchase by the civilian market. The big boy .338 Lapua Magnum will run approximately $6000 rifle only.

            Does not imply what you are saying now. But I get it. You should maybe add in something about M2010 before talking about the price, to differentiate you’re not talking about the previous sentence still.

          • Ok good I don’t want any confusion.

          • This is the $6000 rifle. Target was hit at 1410 yards

          • I did—-

        • iksnilol

          Don’t forget the Sako TRG-42. You can get them for 4k USD or something and they have good accuracy (about 1/2 MOA from what I have seen) and a smooth action.

    • I see what you’re saying. That 700 RACS is not even close to that price. I was talking about the 18 pound sniper rifle.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    That’s interesting you think a custom AKish heritage gun in an unobtainum round who’s quietness is greatly exaggerated would be in anyway better than an AR in 300blk.

    • Zachary marrs

      Be a neat range toy

    • Grindstone50k

      Who said anything about “better”? I would just want one to have one!

    • iksnilol

      What Grindstone50k said, also 9x39mm isn’t unobtainium. You can easily get 7.62×39 brass, neck it up to take somewhat common 9.3mm bullets and you are set. Of course it isn’t an off the shelf item but if you reload it shouldn’t be hard to get.

  • iksnilol

    300 BLK needs a 23 cm barrel (9 inch) to burn all the powder, right? So how short could you make it? I am thinking folding stock, 23 cm barrel, and a telescopic suppressor (the T8 Scout adds 10 cm to length). How long is the Remington 700 action?

    In short, how long would a Remington 700 with a 13 inch barrel and a folding stock be?

    • Not sure I’ve never bothered to measure the receiver.

      • iksnilol

        I have always been excited by the concept of a really short precision rifle intended for not too long ranges (300 meters and less).

        From what I found online the short action receiver is 20 cm (8 inches). So with a folding stock and short barrel with reflex suppressor you could get it down to 53 cm (20.8 inches). That and you save weight going with a shorter barrel. Recently I have been somewhat interested in the Lothar Walther aluminum wrapped barrels due to weight savings without compromising accuracy.

        • That would fit what you’re looking for:-)

          • iksnilol

            Yup, perfect for those assassinations that are so common in Norway 😉

            NOTE: That was a joke, don’t break down my door or something. I am not going to assassinate someone or break the law.

  • What’s the advantage of 300 Blk over a standard .308 on a ranged rifle? I thought 300 blk is supposed to just be better for close quarters and stuff like that

    • It’s a rifle with a different purpose really. In an urban area the 300 would work very well. Now if you worked for a county Sheriff you need a .308.
      Same for civilians it depends on the game you’re going after. The .308 is considerably louder as well.

  • Tassiebush

    That’s a good one!

    • iksnilol

      I knew I had read about this concept before. There was this guy in Finnland who wrote about it. I think he also used quiet 38 special loads in a long barreled rifle.

      • Tassiebush

        I haven’t come across a Finnish guy on the topic but Ed Harris is on that Finnish site writing on it. He talked about a 26in barreled rook rifle he rechambered to .38 special. My understanding is Ed Harris is a gunwriter who worked with Ruger and also was some figure in NRA.

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  • Thanks—-

  • Great read! Thanks for the information! It looked like a lot of fun testing the 700 out. This is a bit off subject but my husband is a Gunners Mate in the Coast Guard. He’s got about 10 years left to go. I know he would be great as a small arms instructor. How is it for you? I’m sure you have to be passionate about this stuff and he is. How long did it take you to get certified? Also. I am so poor I couldn’t drop 6K for a rifle any time soon. LOL. This will probably sound dumb but are there ranges where they have certain guns that you can go in and simply test out? I would love to shoot so many guns but don’t have the money to buy them all! LOL.

    • Last question first but yes indeed there are ranges you can go to that rent handguns and some even rent machineguns. There are a few that rent long guns but most are out west where they have the room. NO it wasn’t a dumb question:-)
      Gunsite also has long range rifle classes and about every other class you can think of. They can rent guns out if you don’t have the right one. It’s not cheap but it’s worth saving up for.
      I do love instructing and as you said you do have to have a passion for it. It’s very rewarding teaching someone to shoot or increasing their skill level.
      Getting certified doesn’t take a really long time especially with a background in shooting. I got my state certification (police) in two weeks after attending the instructors course. You can also google the NRA website and get a certification from them as well. This one depends on previous certifications the person has. Kinda like climbing a ladder. Starting from scratch it would take some months if you start with the basics. You have instructor classes for handguns, rifles,shotguns etc. Each has it’s own certification. This link I got for you explains the NRA process. http://training.nra.org/instructors/become-an-instructor.aspx I hope this helps!
      By the way I couldn’t buy a $6000 rifle either even if I saved for a long time! Glad you enjoyed the article:-)

  • Rey Bryand

    Nice rifle! Now just pair that up with some Ozark Ordnance 300 Blackout Gameslayer ammo and you’re setup!