Remington 700 5R Review

Today we feature a review of the Remington 700 5R.  I purchased this Milspec 5R rifle back in November as one of my first firearm purchases. I knew that I would be buying a rifle, so I spent hours upon hours researching the possible rifle options before finally settling on the Rem 700 5R as my rifle of choice. So, the big question is, am I glad I bought it? Here is my review…

So, the big question is, am I glad I bought it? Here is my review…

Remington 700 5R: Specs

  • Barrel: Stainless Steel, 24″ Milspec 5R
  • Action: Bolt
  • Stock: Synthetic/Composite
  • Twist: 11.25″
  • Caliber: .308Win
  • Trigger: X-Mark Pro

Build Quality

There are a lot of things I love about this gun. The build quality is definitely at the top of that list. The Remington 700 5R is definitely not a featherweight. With the stainless steel barrel, this thing has some weight to it and is built rock solid. One of the many benefits of a bolt-action is the limited amount of moving parts (and parts in general).

The barrel is, as already said, stainless steel. The stock is made of a composite and is definitely not your standard “cheap synthetic stock” that you find on some cut-rate firearms. The bolt action is as solid as it could possibly be, and the trigger mechanism doesn’t look like it will break anytime this century.

This gun is a beast, and you know you are holding quality when you have it in your hands. This firearm purchase was no different than any other for me. When I bought it, I did so with the intention of handing it down to one of my children one day. I have no doubt that it will still be firing like new when that day comes.

Accuracy

Did I mention the Remington 700 5R uses the same barrels as military sniper rifles (M24)? The barrels that are used to make the Milspec 5R are said to actually be the barrels from the “discard” pile of the actual M24′s used by the military snipers.

The accuracy of this rifle definitely backs up that story. While my sniping abilities are still in development, I have talked to multiple owners of this rifle and seen many videos demonstrating the pinpoint accuracy of this rifle out to 600 and even 1,000+ yards.

When I purchased my Remington 700, I met a retired military sniper in the store as I was checking out. He told me that he had the exact same gun and routinely shoots less than dime-sized groups at over 600 yards. I also met a guy at one of the ranges I visit who also owns the same gun.

He actually has the same scope setup as mine, which was almost creepy to see an identical twin of my rifle. He told me that he sets up golf balls at 600 yards and puts on a show for people watching. These things are dead-on accurate. One thing that I will stress, which everyone over-stressed when I first purchased mine was BREAK THIS RIFLE IN PROPERLY.

What is The Barrel Break-in Procedure?

I received this procedure when I purchased my 5R. When reading various forums online, I saw many comments from people dismissing this info and stating that this procedure is not needed, etc. I will say this – Everyone that I have talked to that owns high-end rifles has stressed the importance of following this barrel break-in procedure.

The question that I had to ask myself was this – is it really worth it to find out your wrong? We are talking about 40 rounds of ammo.  You can use cheap ammo for this.  In my .308, that’s about $36 at Walmart to follow this easy procedure.

For me, I will gladly spend $36 to go along with what retired military snipers tell me to do, rather than find out I have ruined the accuracy of my $1,200 rifle.  It’s a no-brainer.

Without further delay, let’s get on to how to break in a rifle!

Barrel Break-in Procedure

You will need a total of 40 rounds.

For the first 10 rounds:

  1. Fire one round, run a wet patch through the barrel.
  2. Follow that with fifteen passes with a bristle brush.
  3. Then, run a wet patch followed by a dry patch through the barrel.
  4. Repeat this for the first 10 rounds.

For the next 30 rounds, repeat the above cleaning process after every 3rd round. When you have completed firing the full 40 rounds, the microscopic whiskers and voids that were left in the barrel will have been lapped smooth.

This will result in superior accuracy for the life of the barrel.

That is the complete barrel break in procedure. Again, don’t worry about the type of ammo you use. You can use the cheap stuff, since accuracy isn’t the goal here.

For our YouTube addicts, I have also created a video for how to break in a rifle.  It’s the same info – just made for the YouTube crowd.

Enjoy!

Remington 700 5R Summary

All in all, I love this gun. One modification that I will probably make to it is changing out the trigger. Whilst it is very solid and works great, I would like to replace it with something that can be more of a feather-touch trigger.

I have tried out a few other shooters’ 700 5R’s with customized triggers and I love how sensitive they are. That is definitely a preference thing though, and not everyone will want to do that. In short, I would not have a problem recommending the Remi 700 5R to anyone looking for an amazing rifle!