Remington 783

The new Remington 783: bolt-action on a budget

by Max Slowik ,  |  published on January 6, 2013

Remington, a company almost synonymous with the working-class, service-quality bolt-action rifle, has developed a new bolt gun, the Model 783, for people who are interested in shooting a gun, not spending money on a gun.

The Model 783 sits between Remington’s Model 770 and their bare-bones Model 700s, yet it has the sort of features that you’d expect from premium rifles, including a pillared, bedded action with a free-floating barrel and an adjustable trigger, which can be set between 2.5 and five pounds.

It will be available in four chamberings, .270 and .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield and 7mm Remington Magnum. The magnum has a 24-inch barrel while the others measure in at 22. All models weigh between 7.25 and 7.5 pounds, which is a comfortable balance between recoil-mitigation and being just plain heavy. They also all use the same “Magnum profile” barrels, even for the non-magnums.

Shooting Illustrated got some hands-on time with Remington’s upcoming rifle and had a few nice things to say about it.

“I’ve sighted in enough rifles to know those that are not consistently capable of shooting sub two-inch, five-shot groups at 100 yards can become a nightmare. We did not have that problem. We zeroed four rifles with only one box of ammunition.

“After that I got behind one of the 783s and fired six shots using the same point of aim. The first shot struck a bit high and I’ll blame that one on first shot unfamiliarity. The next five printed a nice 1-inch group with Remington Premier ammunition loaded with Swift A-Frames bullets. For what it’s worth, I’ve never had a lot of luck getting Swift bullets to print sub-inch groups in any rifle.

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