Best Remington 700: Buyer’s Guide to Variants

For me, there’s something about a classic Remington bolt-action rifle that can’t be beat.  

These days, Remington has more of a mixed reputation thanks to the lukewarm performance of the Models 770 and 788, and some of the issues with the early run of the Model 700 after Remington was bought out by Freedom Group.

But you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who badmouths a classic Model 700, and the newer 700’s, especially the SPS lines have been doing just fine.

That’s because the modern Remington 700 has been tried and tested for virtually every type of scenario.  And everywhere the Model 700 has been used, it’s come out on top.  It’s not a coincidence that this bad boy has been a favorite sharpshooter’s rifle in law enforcement and has seen military action from the Army and USMC in the form of the M24 and M40.

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Shooting instructor Todd Hodnett looking through the scope of an M40 sniper rifle.

In addition, all Remington Model 700 variants are equipped with Remington’s patented X-Mark Pro trigger system.  It’s a good trigger overall with about 3 1/2 pounds of pull weight straight out the box. But the real benefit of the X-Mark Pro is that you can adjust it externally.

Simply put, the Model 700 is a jack of all trades… and a master of every last one of them. It’s versatile and easy to adapt to virtually any type of scenario, which is precisely why there are so many variants of this iconic gun floating around on the market.

So, with that out of the way, let’s look at some guns!

Model 700 CDL ($799.00)

The Remington 700 CDL ($799.00) is a premium hunting rifle that’s based off the traditional design of the Model 700 which was introduced in 1962. It’s hailed as being an incredibly accurate and dependable rifle, which is why it’s become one of the most favored guns among hunters and collectors.

When it comes to an American classic, the CDL can’t be beat.

When talking about the top general hunting rifles, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Model 700 comes up at some point during the conversation.  Straight out of the box, the CDL is ready for virtually anything you throw at it.  After you mount your favorite scope, you’re ready to go.

Also, all CDL models come with an American walnut stock with a satin finish, which really gives the gun an elegant look.

Current calibers available:

  • 243 Winchester – 24” barrel
  • 25-06 Remington – 24” barrel
  • 270 Winchester – 24” barrel
  • 7mm-08 Remington – 24” barrel
  • 7mm Remington Mag – 26” barrel
  • 30-06 Springfield – 24” barrel
  • 300 Winchester Mag – 26” barrel

Model 700 CDL SF ($929.00)

The Remington 700 Classic Deluxe SF ($929.00) has the vintage Model 700 design that we’ve all come to know and love. It’s one of the higher-end sub-models because of the stainless steel fluted barrel (hence the name SF).  Aside from that, it’s virtually the same as your standard Model 700 CDL.

The CDL SF is a beautiful and exquisitely crafted gun

The benefits of the stainless fluted barrel include better shooting consistency and weight reduction.  Depending on the caliber of the gun, the CDL SF will weigh anywhere between 7 1/2 to 7 5/8 pounds.

Current calibers available:

  • 35 Whelen – 24” barrel
  • 257 Weatherby Mag – 26” barrel
  • 270 Winchester – 24” barrel
  • 270 WSM – 24” barrel
  • 7mm-08 Remington – 24” barrel
  • 7mm Remington Mag – 26” barrel
  • 30-06 Springfield – 24” barrel
  • 300 WSM – 24” barrel

Model 700 BDL ($799.00)

remington 700 BDL model with iconic Monte Cristo stock
Pictured: BDL model with iconic Monte Carlo stock

The Remington 700 BDL ($799.00) is a deluxe model that’s functionally similar to the CDL but with a slightly different stock.

While made out of the same American walnut finish as the CDL models, the BDL’s Monte Carlo design brings a different look by providing a slightly lighter finish, different checkering pattern, and a raised cheek piece.

Also, the BDL is one of the few Model 700s to have a sight already built in.

remington 700 bdl with scope

The other major difference between the BDL and the CDL models is barrel length – the BDL has significantly shorter barrels.

Current calibers available:

  • 243 Winchester – 22” barrel
  • 270 Winchester – 22” barrel
  • 30-06 Springfield – 22” barrel
  • 7mm Remington Mag – 24” barrel

SPS Varmint ($599.00)

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SPS Varmint has a basic design but still shoots like the best of em

One of the reasons why the Remington 700 SPS Varmint ($599.00) is cheaper than other Model 700 types is because of the stock design. Instead of sticking with the traditional wooden stock that gives the Model 700 a classic look and feel, SPS sub-models are equipped with a synthetic stock.  For people who aren’t big on aesthetics, this is a great way to get the quality of a Remington 700 without paying a grand for the gun.

Aside from the synthetic stock and matte black finish, the SPS Varmint doesn’t have much else that makes it stand out. All of its barrels are 26” long.

Current calibers available:

  • 204 Ruger
  • 22-250 Remington
  • 223 Remington
  • 243 Winchester
  • 308 Winchester

Varmint SF

The Remington 700 Varmint SF ($899.00)  is essentially the same gun as the SPS Varmint with a couple of minor upgrades. Instead of the matte blue barrel, you get a polished stainless steel finish that gives the gun a sleeker look.  Also, the Varmint SF’s barrel has six flutes that are designed to reduce weight and improve cooling.

The Varmint SF’s iconic two-tone stock.

The biggest difference between the SPS Varmint and the Varmint SF is the dual swivel studs at the front of the SF’s stock, which allow you to attach a bipod with relative ease.  Like the SPS Varmint, the Varmint SF also comes only with 26” barrels.

Current calibers available:

  • 22-250 Remington
  • 223 Remington
  • 220 Swift
  • 308 Winchester

Model 700 VTR

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The Remington 700 VTR (which means Varmint-Target Rifle) is an excellent long-range rifle that’s designed to give you maximum precision.  Smaller than the other Varmint variants, the VTR calibers all come with a 22” barrel, making them easier to carry around.

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The VTR gives a tactical advantage over other Varmint sub-models.

Some other differences that set the VTR apart from the Varmint sub-models include its triangular barrel contour and its ported barrel design. According to Remington, the change in barrel contouring helps to reduce recoil and muzzle rise in VTR sub-models.

The VTR’s stock is similar to the SPS Varmint, but with a “Dark Earth” color scheme instead of black.  There are also black grip panels over parts over the front of the stock.

Current calibers available:

  • 223 Remington
  • 22-250 Remington
  • 260 Remington
  • 308 Winchester

Model 700 VLS ($899.00)

The Remington 700 VLS ($899.00)  is functionally similar to the SPS Varmint, except for one obvious different… it has a laminated stock.  Instead of the matte black synthetic design, the VLS (Varmint Laminated Stock) gives you a laminated woodgrain finish that gives the rifle a vintage look.

The VLS with trademark woodgrain finish and Monte Carlo stock design.

The VLS also has the same elevated cheek piece design as the BDL model as well as a beavertail fore-end.  Aside from that, there’s not much different.  All barrels are 26” in length and even the calibers are the same as the SPS Varmint.

Current calibers available:

  • 204 Ruger
  • 22-250 Remington
  • 223 Remington
  • 243 Winchester
  • 308 Winchester

XCR Tactical ($1,540.00)


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XCR Tactical in Ghillie Green color.

There are a few perks to the Remington 700 XCR Tactical ($1,540.00) that make it worth the price difference.  For starters, the barrel has been given an extra layer of protection with a TriNyte PVD coating that protects it from corrosion and scuffs.  So, don’t worry about babying this gun too much.

The XCR Tactical also comes with a different type of stock (synthetic) provided by Bell & Carlson. It’s got an olive drab color with black webbing, giving the gun a really menacing look. Some other cool features include its extended grip, dual sling studs on the front of the stock, beavertail fore-end, and a recessed thumb groove just behind the pistol grip for additional comfort when lying prone or shooting off the bench.

All calibers of the XCR Tactical are 26” long and have a contoured barrel with three flutes.

Current calibers available:

  • 308 Winchester
  • 300 Winchester Mag
  • 338 Laupa Mag

XCR Compact Tactical ($1,540.00)

xcr compact tactical
XCR Compact Tactical is almost the same as the XRC Tactical but with different stock

The Remington 700 XCR Compact Tactical is essentially the same as the XCR Tactical…but compact.

Instead of a 26” barrel, it has a 20” one and is only available for 308 Winchester calibers, although I’m told that there used to be a sub-model for 223 Remington cartridges as well.

Model 700 Long Range

The Remington 700 Long Range sub-model supports long-action calibers, making it a great choice for all of the big game hunters out there.  It comes with a Bell & Carlson synthetic stock, aluminum bedding block, and an extra swivel for when you want to mount a bipod.

Model 700 Long Range with blue stock design

Every Long Range version has a 26” contoured barrel with a concave barrel crown. Overall, it’s similar to the SPS Varmint but designed for long-range shooting.

Current calibers available:

  • 25-06 Remington
  • 7mm Remington Mag
  • 300 Winchester Mag
  • 300 Remington Ultra Mag
  • 30-06 Springfield

Model 700 SPS ($649.00)

The Remington model 700 SPS ($649.00) is pretty much the same as the SPS Varmint except that its barrel lengths and overall lengths are a couple of inches shorter.  

remington 700 sps

There are also more calibers available for the SPS than the SPS Varmint.

Current calibers available:

  • 223 Remington – 24” barrel
  • 243 Winchester – 24” barrel / 20” barrel
  • 260 Remington – 24” barrel
  • 270 Winchester – 24” barrel
  • 270 WSM – 24” barrel
  • 7mm-08 Remington – 24” barrel / 20” barrel
  • 7mm Remington Mag – 26” barrel
  • 30-06 Springfield – 26” barrel
  • 300 WSM – 24” barrel
  • 300 Winchester Mag – 26” barrel
  • 308 Winchester – 24” barrel
  • 300 Remington Ultra Mag – 26” barrel
  • 6.5 Creedmoor – 24” barrel

SPS Compact ($539.99)

Like the SPS, there are no extra features that make the Remington 700 SPS Compact ($539.00)stand out.  It’s a very basic 700 sub-model that’s just a smaller version of the SPS – they even look identical, so no picture!

All barrels are 20” long and the only calibers currently supported are the 243 Winchester and 7mm-08 Remington.

SPS Tactical ($699.00)

700 sps tactical

The Remington 700 SPS Tactical ($699.00) is a slightly upgraded version of the SPS which includes a beavertail fore-end, a contoured barrel, and is slightly smaller for added maneuverability. The SPS Tactical also comes with a cool looking Ghllie Green stock.

You have the choice between a 20” barrel and a 16.5” barrel, and the current calibers available are the 223 Remington, 308 Winchester and the 300 AAC Blackout.

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Tactical Chassis ($2,900.00)

If you want a gun that’s strong enough for military and law enforcement personnel, the Remington 700 Tactical Chassis ($2,900) is the rifle for you.  Built with a Magpul adjustable stock and pistol grip, this 700 sub-model delivers 100% consistency with every type of scenario.

remington 700 tactical chasis
The Tactical Chassis is a downright beast.

The coolest part about this gun is its aggressive design that’s similar to the AR-10. It comes bipod ready, has a Picatinny rail mount on top, and even has an AAC suppressor mount. But the best thing about this gun is its detachable box magazine with a five-round capacity.

Current calibers available:

  • 308 Winchester – 24” barrel
  • 300 Winchester Mag – 24” barrel
  • 338 Lapua Mag – 26” barrel

Model 700 Magpul ($999.99)

While the Remington 700 Magpul ($99.99) might be a slightly tamer version of the Tactical Chassis, it’s still an incredible gun.

It doesn’t have the rail mount, suppressor support, and bipod swivels like the Tactical Chassis has, but it does have an incredibly comfortable adjustable stock and a detachable box magazine capable of holding five rounds.

remington 700 magpul
If you don’t want the excess of the Tactical Chassis, the Magpul variant is the next best thing.

Overall, the 700 Magpul is a great rifle to have if you want an optimized long-range rifle without paying an arm and a leg for all of the AR-10-style features that come with the Tactical Chassis.

Current calibers available:

  • 308 Winchester – 22” barrel
  • 260 Remington – 22” barrel
  • 6.5 Creedmoor – 22” barrel

That’s a Whole Lotta Rifles

There you have it, folks.  That’s the bulk of the Model 700s still in production.

Now remember, the Remington 700 has been in production since the 1960s.  That means that a lot of different sub-models have been made during that time, including various calibers that have been added and discontinued over the years.  

This list is by no means a comprehensive guide of all Model 700s in existence.

So, what type of 700 are you shooting?  Which one do you want?  Let us know in the comments below!

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I have a left hand Mod 700 BDL 30-06. Beautiful stock, and Barrel has Iron sights. I can shoot 3 inch groups all day at 120 yards. my particular gun was made in the early 80,s. I strongly recommend finding one for your own collection and use. Should be able to find in great condition for around 600. Newer rifles really don’t come with iron sights and are set up for optics. love open sights myself. Everything ive bagged hunting have been within 200 yards, and taken with open sights. just my preference

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The first time I handled a Model 700 was at Whittaker’s and it was a VTR model. I absolutely fell in love with the gun and the action, but not the price tag. A few months later I spotted an ADL model in .308 with a 24″ barrel at Academy Sports for a steal at $350 and bought it that day. While the stock may leave a lot to be desired, the rest of the rifle doesn’t. Its still a Model 700 after all. It is a tack driver.