Remington’s Custom Shop Takes a Stab at the “Ultimate, Ultra-Light Mountain Hunting Rifle”

Ultimate Sheep Rifle

A very niche group of hunters who pursue elk, mountain goat, and sheep have always been eluded by one thing that cannot be paired with potatoes on a dinner plate. The founder of KUIU, Jason Hairston, likes to call it the “ultimate, ultra-light mountain hunting rifle.” It is no surprise the man with the mantra of ultra-light hunting requested the creation of an ultra-light rifle. To achieve this objective, he teamed up with the Remington Custom Shop and helped father the Ultimate Sheep Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor.

Remington proudly expands upon the idea and its creation within the Custom Shop:

Through an unprecedented collaboration of some of the hunting industry’s foremost brands, we’re proud to offer the Ultimate Sheep Rifle. Combining the finest components available, this is the embodiment of KUIU founder Jason Hairston’s vision of the perfect lightweight backcountry rifle, brought to life by the expert gunsmiths at the Remington Custom Shop. Weighing a mere 5.6 pounds, the Ultimate Sheep Rifle is built to withstand the unforgiving conditions and terrain typical of mountain hunting, with a titanium action and carbon-fiber wrapped barrel and premium carbon-fiber stock to ensure unfailing performance and accuracy in any situation. The original build is in 6.5 Creedmoor, however, our Custom Shop can chamber the rifle in any short action caliber in the Titanium action or any short-action magnum caliber at all if stainless is used instead adding mere ounces. For a limited time, the Remington Custom Shop will offer this rifle with specialized consecutive serial numbers (KUIU00005 to KUIU00100).

Ultimate Sheep RifleIf you visit the Remington blog you can watch a video of the selection process of the components of the Ultimate Sheep Rifle.

As stated by Remington, this rifle utilizes a Remington 700 Titanium Short Action. It also has installed a Timney 510 trigger. The rifle has an overall length of 41″ making it fairly compact. The firing pin, bolt shroud and magazine floorplate all were made from aluminum to purposefully reduce the weight.

The barrel used is a Proof Research Premium Cut Rifled and Carbon Fiber Wrapped. More details on the barrel are:

  • 20″ Light Sendero Contour
  • Threaded 5/8″ x 24 TPI Right-Hand w/ Custom Muzzle Break
  • Thread Protector Included
  • Custom KUIU Engraving
  • Barreled Action – Custom Cerakoted in Titanium Color

The stock used is a Manners Custom Carbon Fiber EH-8 model. Further specs are as such:

  • Custom Cerakoted in KUIU Vias pattern by Scalpel Arms
  • Aluminum Bedding Pillars
  • Custom Bedded w/ MarineTex
  • Custom Aluminum Bi-Pod Rail by Long Rifles Inc.

Ultimate Sheep RifleThe bolt is spiral fluted and has its own laundry list of technical specifications as well:

  • Mini Bolt Knob (Badger) w/ KUIU Engraving
  • Triple Pinned & Timed
  • Extractor M-16 Style (Badger Ordnance)
  • Custom Duel Ejectors

With such an elaborate and hand-picked build, this rifle should be fairly spendy, right? Well, the Ultimate Sheep Rifle has an MSRP to the tune of $5,895.

There are obvious competitors to Remington’s Ultimate Sheep Rifle like the Kimber Mountain Ascent rifle which weighs in at 4 Lbs 13 Oz. The Kimber is not only lighter, but it only retails for $2,040 making it almost $4,000 cheaper.

We will leave it up to you in the comments as to whether the quality of the Remington Ultimate Sheep Rifle is worth $5,895 or if another manufacturer already possesses the “Ultimate Sheep Rifle” in their line-up.



The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


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  • Keiichi

    For $5000+ this thing needed to weight 2.5lbs and come with a precision scope in a Spuhr mount.

    As is… nope.

    • Rob

      I really struggled to see what this rifle was trying to achieve, considering that the Kimber is nearly a pound lighter with 2in longer barrel. I assume they are trying to sell on

      • dltaylor51

        When hunting in the mountains pounds equal pain,every ounce saved is critical.

  • AZgunner

    Does it have any catastrophic design flaws that Remington will deny for years to come?

  • John Yossarian

    Kimber’s rifle also features controlled-feed, which could be life-saving vs dangerous game. I nearly bought one factory chambered in 280 Ackley Improved.

    • Anonymoose

      I’d want something more substantial for dangerous game than 6.5 Creedmoor.

      • John Yossarian

        Kimber’s rifle, unlike Remington’s, comes in long-action format – and still often weighs less.

    • Haulin’ Oats

      Since when were sheep considered “dangerous game”? Unless you consider a flock a thugged out street gang, then you might have some point.

  • PK

    This is exactly the quality and thought put into products that I’ve come to expect from Remington.

    I don’t mean that in a positive sense. Too heavy for the cost, by far.

  • Raptor Fred

    Good job!! The “Custom” shop makes one $5K rifle that actually works. While the rest of the planet gets to enjoy the garbage that has been coming out of Remington, for years of joyful returning to the factory to get “fixed”. In a market saturated with quality firearms. Why would any knowledgeable person buy anything with the Remington name? Sad but true.

  • iksnilol

    This thing looks decent, but it’s a Remington. So in spite of the titanium it will still somehow rust away.

    And trust me, 5k dollars rusting away is not a pretty sight.

  • Armand Fight

    I don’t think we should arm sheep.

  • conrad

    To say it is the best is only true if it is compared to the best, Melvin Forbes, newultralightarmsdotcom

  • Southpaw89

    If I wanted to make an ultralight hunting rifle I’d go with a steel barrel extension and an aluminum receiver like the AR, and I believe the Steyr Scout has. Titanium is nice but the cost of the receiver alone would put it in a niche market, and this rife goes beyond that.

  • JMR

    Bolt handle is still probably put on wrong

  • David Benson

    The firing pin is aluminum?

  • Nashvone

    For that kind of money, this thing had better come with the perfect LOP and eye relief on the already mounted optic.

  • Jim_Macklin

    “Threaded 5/8″ x 24 TPI Right-Hand w/ Custom Muzzle Break”

    Muzzle BRAKE

    • andrey kireev

      It’s Remington…. could as well be a muzzle break…

    • Jeff

      AMEN.

      And it’s DUAL (two) ejectors, not duel (fighting each other) ejectors. Or at least I assume they’re not dueling.

  • Captain Obvious

    I think you can buy a Ruger American in 6.5 Creedmore for less than $500 and only a pound more. Cut the barrel down and add a ultralight stock and you could get pretty close to 5.5 lbs at a fraction of the cost.

    • DW

      Proof research barrel or equivalent, skeletonize the stock where it’s inconsequential for strength.

      • Captain Obvious

        Ruger’s all weather compact has an 18″ bbl that would be easy to thread, weighs 6lbs and comes in 308, 7-08, 243 or 22-250. That’s only 6.4 ounces heavier. Any of those would be good for sheep.

    • Sasquatch

      Love my ruger american in 6.5 creedmoor.

  • yukon cornelius

    Why not just bring back the 700 ti? This is an example of what confuses me about remington. They already made the “perfect” sheep rifle, and then discontinued it.

  • AmericasPistoleerAcademy Pisto

    I would rather have a 30-06 in a new Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight, or the Remington 700 Ti from their past line-up.

  • Haulin’ Oats

    I’m sure Remington has hired some of the best skilled craftsmen in the biz; but personally for the kind of cash Remington wants, I’d rather have any combination of a few CZ’s, some Savages, An accurized AR with supressor, FN SPR, FNAR, or one really nice Christensen arms and some money to spare.

  • James Wilson

    Barrett did it better (Fieldcraft currently $1550 or so)

  • ABeiruty

    Tikka has $1k rifle in 6.5CM 20′ that as good as an custom light rifle.
    I am also impressed with fierce rifles. 1/2 MOA from factory. Available also in Ti and Carbon fiber Barrel for a reduction of weight at a premium price

  • Giolli Joker

    A nice concentration of Tacticool applied to hunting… it’s like tactiFudd… or Fuddycool?
    Proof barrels for what I understand are excellent, but they don’t seem to give extreme weight reduction and their main advantage over a thin steel barrel is probably in holding tight groups over repeated shots.
    AFAIK mountain hunting in Europe is mostly done with single shot rifles that can be lighter and more compact while packing longer barrels and without the use of fancy materials.
    The FAVS Stradivari that was posted once here comes to mind.
    To each his own, but choices like the aluminum firing pin are quite perplexing…

  • Blumpkin

    Remington stinks yo

  • Mel

    Kimber already has rifles that are cheaper and lighter, Did the guy who designed this not look at the other options on the market as a target weight to shoot for?

  • Lostcoast

    The Savage Lightweight Hunter in 6.5 Creedmoor comes in at 5.5 lbs and can be bought new for $730 or less. It is a tack driver of a rifle.

    • Hunter

      HI’ve got a savage light weight in 3006 at 6lbs. I glassed beded it and linseed the stock three times. Loves 150gr. Federal factory .working on 165 partition hand loads. Great new elk gun

  • Bierstadt54

    I am definitely a KUIU fan. LOVE the outdoor wear, Jason really knows what he is doing there. This seems like a flop, though. I think he made a mistake partnering with Remington on this.

  • feetpiece _

    I’m no fan of the 700 action but unless you’ve humped a “normal” rifle on a sheep hunt, the utility of this rifle will elude you.

    Having said that, a 22″ T/C Contender in 6.5CM and a 4″ 329PD for social work would be significantly cheaper and more practical.

  • gusto

    If you care about a pound here or there will you not shoot the biggest ram because it weighs more?

  • Devil_Doc

    Tikka T3 is less than $700.

    • Richard Rubner

      There’s the T3X superlite coming in at only $800 and 5.9lbs. I’d say it’s a damn fine deal comparatively. Is 0.3lbs worth ~$5k?

      • Devil_Doc

        Exactly. The T3X is about $100 more than i paid for my T3, too.

  • Gary Kirk

    One name at that kind of price.. Cooper Rifles.. That is all

  • Enongene Priesly

    i like the camouflage color. it looks awesome

  • teesquare

    I am hereby founding a new organization: The NPGSORF
    (Never Purchase George Soros Owned Remington Firearms)

  • David Hill

    $4000 more than a Kimber ? Don’t hold you breath waiting for these rifles to sell.

  • hendrik kiliaan

    Not sure what the luminaries at Remington were thinking? Where is the market for this rifle at that price?specially with the competition out there from Kimber, Savage just to mention a few. Even if the gun is accurate, works flawless and is durable.

  • dltaylor51

    For almost 6 grand I could buy a whole flock of sheep and hunt them with a 22.I have a model 1892 Win.44-40 that weighs 5#9oz so Remington needs to put their gun on a diet.

  • Dual sport

    When one considers the 700 action Remington is putting out today is nowhere near the quality action Remington was selling just two to three decades ago this thing is really overpriced.

  • Richard Lutz

    Nice. Hard to complain at the price. Good that the noisy brake can be removed – ideally replaced with a sound suppressor that also works as a muzzle brake.