Impact Airguns
Impact Airguns
Available from whsmith and all good newsagents
The official website for Gun Mart Magazine, What Gun? and Shooting Sports Magazine.
Previous Page

Remington 770

Pete Moore checks out the upmarket version of Remington’s bargain basement 710 bolt-action; a rifle that is definitely not a Model 700 but can shoot like one.

Over the years I have looked at possibly thousands of guns, and you start to get a feeling for what’s good and what’s not. Occasionally you can get it wrong and this was brought home to me a few years ago when Edgar Brothers (Remington imports) sent me the Model 710.

You may not be aware of the 710, as you would not for a second think it was a Remington. It was however aimed at a very specific market - the occasional US hunter. There are thousands of these people, they buy their deer tag, hunt once a year and have no real interest in guns as regular shooters do. But they want a scoped, fullbore rifle that can knock down a white tail or two… Then they go home and stash the gun somewhere and forget about it, only to start the same process next year. Most of these people don’t even go to gun shops, instead the sporting goods section of their local K-Mart or similar super market, where you can buy rifles and ammo as easy as you can tennis rackets.

Build a cheaper rifle

Remington obviously realised that there was a market here and set about addressing it! The end result was the Model 710; probably the ugliest and most unlovely sporting rifle I have ever seen. However, it offered a good detachable magazine, solid action and came fitted with a workable 3-9x40 scopes, so you got it all in one cheap and apparently nasty package. Typically it was chambered in 270 Win or 30-06…

Edgar sent me a 710 in 270 Winchester and I have to say I pretty much wrote the article even before I fired the gun, the trip to the range was merely to confirm how badly I ‘knew’ it was going to perform. Boy, did I feel stupid when I shot it. With 130-grain Remington Express ammo that damn gun was pulling in 5/8” groups at 100 yards off the bench. I kid you not, as a friend was with me who also knows a few things about accurate rifles and his initial comments matched mine. So I went back to fill in the blanks and ended up re-writing the article as despite its homely looks the 710 had some serious potential. It also taught me a thing or two about jumping the gun and humility; lessons that can benefit us all…

Shoot the stylist

I would imagine that the 710 was a big success, as Remington has recently introduced its replacement, the 770. It is essentially the same rifle though they have made the stock look a little different with accents of their new SPS range crossed with Winchester’s old Super Shadow about it. It works OK in terms of hold, but whoever designed the trigger guard wants taking outside and… well, you know what I mean. The length of pull (LOP) is 13 3/8” and drop at heel and comb are both 1 1/8”.

Apart from the standard black stock/blued action they also offer a stainless/camo version in the new Realtree AP (All Purpose) camo pattern. I have to say that this does make it look a deal more acceptable. They have also sensibly increased the calibre range considerably with we Brits now being catered for with numbers like 243 and 308 Winchester, plus 7mm-08, 7mm Rem Mag and 300 Win Mag. Though still a cheap rifle I now feel Remington are aiming it more at serious shooters who want a good gun at a fair price.

At 8 ½ lbs the 770 is no lightweight, which is attested to by its long-action only, tubular receiver and medium weight barrel. Obviously just having one action length simplifies production though means the mutha' of ejection ports and I would imagine the barrel profile is identical on a 243 or 300 Win Mag, just the length differing with 22 and 24” accordingly. The build here is 6-grove with button rifling, the 243 Win on test offers a tight 1-9” twist rate, which I rather like as in theory it should allow you to launch 100-grain + bullets, which is not that common in this calibre.

Heavy synthetics

This medium/heavy build is taken into the stock, as it’s a heavy piece of synthetic. With the barrelled action removed the sides of the action void do not flex under pressure. Likewise there is a lot of fullering in the substantial forend to give good rigidity. The butt shows a low comb and cheek piece with a thick rubber recoil pad. Extra hold is provided by a textured panel at the front of the pistol grip and a rather fanciful if efficient design along the forend. Unusually this finish is even applied to the cheek piece. What I did not like (though I can see why it was done) is the cast-in sling points that will accept QD swivels. Meaning if you want to fit a bipod; buy the screw and do it yourself.

The recoil lug is simple – it’s a steel plate integral with the inside of the stock, with a corresponding slot cut under the receiver, this is how Tikka do it with their T3 and you wouldn’t bad mouth that would you? The action screws are unusual, as the two that do all the work are placed either side of the recoil lug, with the one to the rear of the trigger guard just acting as a stabiliser for the rear of the action.

The magazine is nice and dare I say it a better design than the standard Remy 700/SPS unit with its twin integral catches. Here the box locks at the front by a single latch and at the rear by a lug in a cut-out. It free falls away easily enough but must be inserted base-first so that the rear engagement locks up.

The bolt is a simple 3-lug unit that offers a reasonably low lift angle; the head is pinned on and shows the classic Remington fully supported design, complete with plunger ejector. The handle is a simple, bent bar with a ball end and a far cry from the familiar cranked, dog leg design of the 700. The safety is the same rolling lever – forward FIRE, rear SAFE with bolt operation. The shroud is a nasty plastic moulding and the bolt release a swinging lever on the rear left of the receiver.

The 770 comes with a 3-9x40 Bushnell with Dual-X reticule on a one-piece dovetail base with rings. Remington say it’s bore sighted before leaving the factory. Generally a bit homely but not a bad looking piece, with the exception of that hideous trigger guard.

Solidarnosk…

Though looking a little homely the overall feel is one of solidity; the forend fills the hand nicely, the rifle comes up and offers a good eye/scope and cheek weld and the length of pull is adequate. The only thing I do not like is the effort required to lift the bolt to cock the action and shut it again, as that is a bit on the heavy side. The trigger is also good with the mid-width, grooved blade breaking at around 5 lbs, but in a predictable manner.

I used Remington ammunition in the form of 100-grain Express soft point and the 75-grain ballistic tipped Premier AccuTip. These two very much cover the top and bottom weights favoured by shooters in the UK. The AccuTip at 75-grains strikes a good compromise for a fox/deer bullet, where you are looking for a flat shooting round. The 100-grainer; a heavier option for the pure deer shooter.

The solid build of the 770 did not disappoint, shot off a range bag with butt support the rifle was printing about an inch with the AccuTip and ¾” with the Express. Not really surprising as the faster twist probably favoured the heavier bullet slightly. But give this is a purposely cheap gun performance is very good indeed. More than enough in fact for your average deer shooter, though I would imagine reloading could get more out of it. However, given the potential user, then why bother reloading? If a box of Express, which is Remington’s cheapest can do that, surely it’s a done deal?

I like the 770, as it’s an honest and surprisingly capable design, and it includes a scope, so it’s good to go straight from the box. With performance like that it makes you wonder why we spend so much money on guns that yes can do a bit more and look better, but at the end of the day not that much more given what we are using them for… I wonder if guns like this are the shape of things to come?

We reckon:

A solid shooter
Good accuracy potential
Comprehensive package

Technical Specifications
Name Remington 770
Calibre 243 Win (on test)
Capacity 4 (DM)
Barrel 22” (1-9” twist)
Weight 8.5 lbs
Extras Scope and mounts included
Price £474 (inc VAT)

All Prices Are Guides Due to the Changes in US & European Exchange Rates

Distributer information
Gun Mart Shooters Forum - Get Involved in the Discussion!
User Comments
  • In your test you failed to say why the Remington 710 was replaced by the 770 the 710 had bad flaws - the magazine release button snapped off and the bolts was hard to close and open and some bolts have broke off, the bolt is very sloppy in the action and shave,s filings off when closed.
    The Remington 770 they replaced the mag release with a more stronger version but the bolt on the one I tried stainless with Nickle plated action in 300 Win Mag you could see the nickle being scraped away when the bolt was closed.
    They are accurate guns that still have faults this gun cheap or not for the price you pay in the UK for this gun you are being fleeced it sell,s here in Canada for 264 pounds you pay 474 pounds not a good buy dealers here will not stock them and them that do cannot sell them due to the bad press.

    Comment by: David Burgis     Posted on: 30 Dec 2009 at 04:36 AM

  • My wife 770 remington rifle, the trigger guard broke. Is it possible to rebore for a new, maybe steel guard. or can i replace the entire stock. please advise.

    Comment by: ruben bolivar     Posted on: 14 Nov 2011 at 05:32 AM

  • I have to say the first part of the article about the target market is a bit off. I'm in rural Oklahoma and need a main gun to fit my budget. But not me or any of my friends have tennis rackets. And this gun may be inexpensive by some standards but is barely in my budget.

    Comment by: Charlie     Posted on: 20 Nov 2011 at 03:14 PM

  • Im looking for a .270 bolt action rifle because i just started going deer hunting in south Texas and was looking at the remington 770 and the mossberg 100 ATR and to tell you the truth I really want the remington because of the history but cannot find any good reviews on the 770 and yes I only go ones a year and i put it away until the following year, but i want the best that I can afford and let me tell you the mossberg is far from perfect but its looking better than the remington, eventually i will get the $3,500 rifle but until then i have to settle for a $300 to $400 rifle.

    Comment by: Lazaro Ramirez     Posted on: 01 Dec 2011 at 08:15 AM

  • Just a newbee today.I have read the above comments and wonder maybe if the bolt breaks or the mag button breaks you should look at using your hands to do the work and not your size nine foot. I have the 710 in .270win and hunt in New Zealand with this rifle for the last 8? years with no trouble at all.I use factory loads with no problem with it being accurate.Head and neck shots no problem at all,25m out to 150m. I use my rifle to shoot deer and pigs not chop wood.I know it is at the cheaper end of the scale but they still fall over for me.Maybe in the future I will upgrade but for now she is still doing the business.Dennis

    Comment by: kiwidennis     Posted on: 03 Jan 2012 at 09:35 AM

  • I got to pick out a rifle as a christmas gift last year. I chose a 770 chambered in .270. The stainless barrel and synthetic stock combo is what drew me to it, less to rust. I also bought a Leupold Rifleman 3x9x30 at the same time to replace the chinese crap that came on it. I am well pleased with both the performance and acuracy of the rifle. As I am not one to caudle my guns, (dragging them around in rain, mud, dust, snow, hail, locust, Etc.) I was very impressed with the finish and quality of the steel. Other than a little rust on the blued magazine box there was none anywhere else after back to back huntiung trips in pouring rain. Simply firing a LOT of rounds through it and using quality grease on the contact points of the bolt really helped with the smoothness of the action. During the summer I burned a bunch of various bullet weights and manufacturers through it to see what it liked and didn't like. Most deer rifles have fewer rounds fired through them during their entire lifetime. The practice and break in where well rewarded though. I have made three successful pasture kills at or just beyond 300 with my 770. this year. I am happy with that as a max distance and feel the rifle performed well. I do hate the asthetics of the trigger guard and I also wish there was a real front swivel for a bipod mount though.

    Comment by: Kenny Yates     Posted on: 05 Jan 2012 at 05:54 AM

  • Ugly as sin but it does the job and you can't argue with that...

    PM

    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 05 Jan 2012 at 10:00 AM

  • don't waste your time with this gun......or your money.

    Comment by: Emmanuel Gray     Posted on: 13 Feb 2012 at 05:43 PM

  • I received a 770 30-06 for Christmas and was not thrilled with the sloppy bolt. I trouble with it catching so I went to the gunsmith and he said it's not a great gun but to polish and then lubricate the bolt.

    I went hog hunting with the gun this past weekend and it was a solid performer with two clean kills from 200yds and a head-on from 235yds. Guess I'll keep the gun and save the $2000 i was about to spend on a "better" one.

    Oh, I was using Hornady 165 gr GMX rounds. Very impressed with the ammo.

    Comment by: Steve H.     Posted on: 05 Mar 2012 at 08:54 PM

  • I recently bought a Remington 770 270 bore and was very disappointed right from the start, not only was the bolt sloppy but at times the shell wouldn't go into the chamber it kept pushing it right back into the clip. The scope was said to be bore sighted at the factory but at 50 yards it was shooting nearly 2 ft low and also if you get close enough to get full glass in the scope you are so close the scope hits your nose when shooting, don' t know where these guns and scopes are made but it makes me want to think twice about buying another Remington

    Comment by: Robert S     Posted on: 26 Nov 2012 at 02:10 AM

  • I purchased a 30-06 770 this past spring, I know it is a low end rifle but it is the biggest piece of junk I have ever purchased, The round will not chamber properly I called remington and remington sent another clip which did not solve the problem. I am very dissapointed in remington for manufacturing such a piece of junk. I will thin twice before buying another remington.

    Comment by: Creel Little     Posted on: 12 Dec 2012 at 01:55 PM

  • Like most other commenters above, I was searching for a cheap rifle that I could take to the range once in a while and eventually do some hunting with. Knowing this, I chose to get a 770 as I'm not willing to fork out the extra cash for something I use maybe three times a year when the weather's right. I am the market that Remington was looking for.
    It is true that the rifle is 'cheap' and it is obvious that it has received a lot of bad press. I, for one, had an issue the very first time I attempted to load and fire my rifle. I chose the .300 WinMag, so the rounds are not very small and you can only get three in the magazine. I went to chamber the first round, the bolt picked it up and attempted to chamber it, but it got stuck halfway out of the magazine. I am well aware of how to clear a malfunction, but didn't follow any of those procedures. I continued to apply forward pressure hoping that the round would 'unstick' itself and chamber. Well eventually it did, the round gave way, fully chambered, and my bolt handle went flying forward of the firing line. Apparently the handle is only soldered on.
    As you can imagine I was thoroughly irritated and vowed to never purchase a Remington ever again. But, I also realized that this is a clear case of 'you get what you pay for'. I knew it was cheap and that Remington makes much better rifles. But my livelihood doesn't rely on my hunting tools and my wallet isn't that thick.
    Bottom line: It is a cheap rifle and will never be of the quality of more expensive rifles out there, but it performs just fine for the market it was intended for. Remington repaired my bolt for free and I've put around 40 rounds through it since without issues. It wasn't dead on out of the box, but my adjustments to dial it in were minimal. Keep your expectations of this rifle moderate, since it has never been touted as a high quality rifle, and you won’t be disappointed.

    Comment by: Jeffrey W.     Posted on: 29 Jan 2013 at 01:16 AM

  • Cheap hunk of junk with sloppy bolt, breakable stock, worthless plastic mag ? YES IT IS.
    Did I get it for $ 200 from a gun snob who had just bought it new? YES I DID.
    Does it kill every deer I squeeze one off at because it is just as accurate as my $ 5000.00 c
    ustom built .270? OH YES IT DOES !

    Comment by: William     Posted on: 17 Feb 2013 at 08:07 AM

  • I bought a used 770 30-06 that hadn't even been broken in yet. I fired a box of Winchester 150 grains through it at a 50 yard target. It's as accurate and reliable and I didn't even have to adjust the scope everyone says is a piece of crap. All 20 rounds hit the exactly where I placed them. The action was rough at first but with some cleaning and Rem oil it cycled like a champ.

    Honestly I don't know why everyone hates this rifle. it's still an American made Remmington. 1 box of ammo proved it's value to me.

    Comment by: Chris     Posted on: 28 Jun 2013 at 12:17 PM

  • ive owned several name brands,models, and calibers of rifles,for 300 dollars for a rifle and scope a 770 is hard to beat,i got a 30.06,a little oil on the bolt helps a lot,and mine shoots just as good as my buddies 1000 dollar rifle,i use Remington 150 gr bullets in mine,,i like mine and im keepin it

    Comment by: wayne hunt     Posted on: 26 Aug 2013 at 09:59 PM

  • Just bought mine used for $240, and it included 2 full boxes of rounds! Shot 4 rounds through it. Chambered nicely and hit "dead nuts" all 4 shots! Best $240 I've ever spent!

    Comment by: Rob Schools     Posted on: 19 Sep 2013 at 12:59 AM

  • Well i just bought a Remmington m 770 in the 7mm mag it is dead on well built.To many rich guys that don't know the value of a dollar.

    Comment by: kasey     Posted on: 11 Oct 2013 at 12:06 AM

  • True enough...

    Comment by: Pete Moore     Posted on: 11 Oct 2013 at 09:30 AM

  • a couple of christmas's ago i got a 770 in 30-06,no name scope was on it.i cleaned it,sighted it in,and shot a deer at 254 steps from the fence row i was hunting from.last year i upgraded the scope,and shot another nice deer from the same fence post.that one was at 309 steps.i dont have a rangefinder.my neighbor,who has a $900 remington 700 with a $400 scope has trouble hitting a deer at 150 steps.mine,i tracked both to less than 50 steps..... his we tracked it almost a mile.he shoots twice a month and shoots 2 boxes each time.i shoot a box a year, and i keep the last 4 rounds for hunting season.i think my cheap rifle does a better job at getting the task at hand done.atleast that is this country boys take on it.back in the day,my grandpa bought a single shot 12 ga. from Sears,and his neighbor laughed at him cause he had a new pump gun.grandpa took more deer,quail,rabbit,and squirrel then his neighbor.those with more money doesn't always have the best stuff.

    Comment by: scott golisch     Posted on: 14 Oct 2013 at 04:05 PM

  • I just purchased a 770 Remington 270 cal. they sold me 270 Winchester rounds for the gun. On the side of the barrel of the gun it says in abbreviation 270 win. I could not get the rounds to go into the chamber from the clip so I called a guy from cabela's and he could not tell me the answer so I figured the bullets were to long , so I ground one eight inch of the end and smoothed them up and it now works perfectly never hangs. If you have one of these guns you need to use the right ammo . I think Remington ammo would be a little shorter so I plan on trying some of it and measuring it by the way I worked on the Winchester loads. I hope this helps because I heard a lot of people loading one round at a time and when you are deer hunting that stinks. good luck 770 users

    Comment by: gbeverly@foothills.net     Posted on: 03 Nov 2013 at 05:02 PM

  • Very unusual, as all factory ammo should be made with a COL (cartridge overall length) that suits all, standard, production rifles of a specific calibre. Filing the nose of then bullet down may have solved your problems but I bet it did not do a lot for accuracy.

    Comment by: Pete Moore     Posted on: 04 Nov 2013 at 08:13 AM

  • My wife gave me a stainless 770 in .270 for Christmas in 2010. I must admit I was disappointed in it being a 770 because I have several other rifles including a 700 Remington in 30.06. My wife simply saw that it was a Remington, and that I was wanting a stainless rifle.

    I sighted it in quick at 50 yards on a rainy day rested on an open car door shortly before the end of deer season. It wasn't sighted perfect but good enough for the 50 yard shots my stand at the time afforded.I have killed a deer and a couple of hogs with it since. It performed flawlessly, and did everything it was supposed to do. The trigger is crisp, however heavier than I like.

    Just this last weekend I was able to do some "formal" target shooting on a table with a bipod and the butt on bags. I was shooting Federal 130 grain. That rifle was shooting a half inch at 100 yards with that cheap ammo!!!!

    My 700 or either of my Ruger 77s cant shoot that tight. I am going to spend the money to have the trigger adjusted or stoned. My 770 is definitely a shooter!

    Comment by: Tommy     Posted on: 08 Jan 2014 at 03:48 PM

  • Hi i just bought the 770 in 270 and it wont feed the rounds, the tip of the round is hitting in the chamber. After like 2 or 3 tries it will feed but the tip of the round id shaved and messed up any one have this same problem or know what i can do, thanks

    Comment by: mike     Posted on: 06 Apr 2014 at 06:37 AM

Leave a comment

Keep it polite and on topic. Your email address will not be published. Please do not advertise products, all posts of this nature will be removed. We do not stock or supply any of these products, we independently review these products.

Remington 770
Remington 770
Remington 770
Remington 770
Remington 770
Remington 770
Remington 770
Remington 770
Brand New - Video Reviews

Latest Video Reviews NEW!