This is a discussion on Rem 700 bolt handle? within the Rifles forums, part of the Sniping Related category; I've been going through some of my guns that are just taking up space and noticed that there is a difference in Remington bolt handles. ...
I've been going through some of my guns that are just taking up space and noticed that there is a difference in Remington bolt handles. They look tiny compared to most of my other rifles. I have become a fan of Savage rifles for off the rack best all around features. It seems to me that many manufacturers have simply painted their stocks black to join the current "tactical" fad. I can get numerous styles of bolt handles off the rack to replace my Savage bolt handles. Most of them came with big long bolt handles, nice adjustable triggers, and great barrels. My better savages come blueprinted from the factory, or so they claim. I think their results may tend to go along with that. I started shooting the 700 in various calibers in the early 60's and liked their new gun. Now 60 years later, the 700 is basically unchanged except for cosmetics or economy. I thought that one of the reasons for the larger bolt handles was to facilitate the ease of use for the guys in the black and cam suits with gloves. Has anyone checked on the price of changing a 700 to a different bolt handle? The price of machining a receiver is as much a rifle and the trigger usually has to be replaced with a better one. To me, a black stock does not make a gun. I know there are a lot of 700 purists out there like I once was, but why doesn't the 700 keep up? I'm sure that there are exceptions, but savage for the price seems to be the rule. Just another old man observation.
That's exactly what I was talking about. All but one of my savages have "tactical" bolt handles from the factory. I checked out a $7500 M24 at my dealer since I posted above, and sure enough it has the dinky bolt handle. I guess one size really does fit all.
The Rem 700 Magpul edition has the tactical bolt knob. As to the M24, I'm sure its that way due to it being a clone (unless someone got a real one from the military) and the contract with Remington dose not list a bigger knob.
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Nice looking gun. Probably designed by Magpul to their specs to use their name. They know better than to put their name on a bad design. What about the trigger? Is it a stock Remington? Please don't think that I'm on you case. I'm just stating my observations. I've been shooting Remington 700s since thy came out. I have a 1969 30-06 BDL. It has a fine wood stock, a beautiful shiny blue job, and the action is slick as owl ___. They built quality and innovation for their time. I just feel that I have moved on with manufacturers who care.
Im not sure why they do what they do. My friend just bought a 700 in 6.5 and aside from the tiny bolt knob, not so slick action and cheap stock it is accurate as can be. Plus this might just be for 6.5 or it could be them coming around I shot 140gr hand loaded bullets that can be mag fed and are .030 of lands out of it. Also it has under 100rnds and I put a nice tiny clover leaf on paper.
As far as bolt I just threaded my own and have been pleased with it. Plenty of clearance on big scope and a lot smoother bolt cycle than factory
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Do keep in mind that you can actually buy a brand new M24, not even the military turn in rifles. The price is not cheap (over $8500 for a complete kit), but if you have to have one and want it new...they are available. Just a bit of history. When the US Army did the original contract with Remington for the initial 5000 or so rifles, there was a clause that prevented remington from selling them to the public or LE, etc. But then when that contract was completed and the Army signed the 2nd contract with remmy, that stipulation was not in there, so Remmy started offering them for sale...of course, you will not see them on their commercial sales list...but they are available. And expensive. This all happened before the military turn in rifles that they rebarreled and sold to the public. We did a full review on one of the collector edition rifles here:
Remington M24 Collectors Edition - Full Review - Sniper Central
We actually have a brand new M24 we picked up about 5 years ago as well. But it is still new and unfired