Ride The Wave

CHAM­BERED IN 6.5 CREEDMOR, REMINGTON’S 700 PCR SCORES IN PER­FOR­MANCE, AF­FORD­ABIL­ITY

Firepower - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY MIKE SEARSON | PHO­TOS BY BEN DAVIS

With the new Remington 700 PCR, think looong range and smaaall groups

Anew trend in pre­ci­sion ri­fles has been bloom­ing over the past few years: the chas­sis stock. Rather than us­ing a bolt-ac­tion ri­fle with a tra­di­tional hunt­ing-type stock, next-level shoot­ers have been uti­liz­ing these light­weight alu­minum stocks that fea­ture a ver­ti­cal pis­tol grip more of­ten as­so­ci­ated with their semi-au­to­matic coun­ter­parts.

In Jan­uary 2018 at the an­nual Shoot­ing Hunt­ing and Out­door Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada, Remington un­veiled their ver­sion of the chas­sis ri­fle: the Remington 700 PCR (Pre­ci­sion Chas­sis Ri­fle). When they asked us if we wanted to demo the ri­fle, we could not an­swer fast enough!

The ri­fle was cham­bered in 6.5 Creed­moor. In case you have been liv­ing un­der a rock for the past decade, this round is be­com­ing the king of long-range shoot­ing. We were slow to get on the band­wagon, but the round is break­ing and set­ting new world records for ac­cu­racy and dis­tance al­most every other week.

Let’s now take a look at this ri­fle.

The Build

At first glance, the forend ap­pears to be Key Mod, but in ac­tu­al­ity the teardrop-shaped holes are what is known as Square Drop.

This was a sys­tem de­vel­oped by Ad­vanced Ar­ma­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (AAC), a di­vi­sion of Remington a few years back. It is com­pletely com­pat­i­ble with Key Mod, but it has its own dis­tinc­tive look. Per­son­ally, I find Key Mod and Square Drop eas­ier to work with for in­stalling and re­mov­ing ac­ces­sories. There is noth­ing wrong with M-LOK; I just find these other two sys­tems a bit more user­friendly for at­tach­ing lights, bipods, sling swivels and other ne­ces­si­ties.

For a stock, Remington wisely chose the Mag­pul PRS Gen 3 stock. I have been us­ing a first-gen­er­a­tion model of one of these stocks on a pre­ci­sion AR for al­most a decade and have noth­ing but praise for it. The cheek piece height and length of pull are com­pletely ad­justable should you need to

change shoot­ing po­si­tions.

The pis­tol grip is a stan­dard Mag­pul MOE type which works well for test­ing, but the beauty of the chas­sis is that you can swap out to an­other grip if you pre­fer.

The knob on the bolt handle is threaded to give the shooter the op­tion of chang­ing this out at a later date. This is not some­thing that I would have thought of, but I am glad that Remington went this route, as hav­ing a gun­smith cut, thread and re­place a bolt handle is eas­ily a $125 job.

Mov­ing down to one of the most critical com­po­nents on a pre­ci­sion ri­fle, we come to the Remington X-mark Pro trig­ger. This is a fac­tory pre­ci­sion trig­ger that has been ship­ping on most 700 mod­els for nearly a decade. The X-mark has vir­tu­ally no creep and “breaks-like-glass.” There is an ex­ter­nal ad­just­ment for trig­ger-pull weight with a 2-pound range of ad­just­ment. The fac­tory set­ting is 3.5 pounds, so you can take it down to about 2 and go as high up as 5 pounds.

Ac­ces­sories

De­spite these cus­tom fea­tures, you still need to add a few things to the Remington PCR in or­der to shoot it.

“That last group rep­re­sents a .73inch MOA, which was much bet­ter than our ini­tial groups at 100 yards.”

Ob­vi­ously, we needed an op­tic, and Remington was gra­cious enough to sup­ply us with a Le­upold Mk IV and a set of 34mm rings. Mount­ing the scope was rel­a­tively quick, but bore sight­ing gave us a bit of a headache when it came to the el­e­va­tion tur­ret. We had to re­move it and set it back to zero, once the crosshair was lined up with the bore sighter.

There is no swivel stud for a bi­pod, but to squeeze the last bit of ac­cu­racy out of the Remington PCR, we knew that we would need one. Although we run Har­ris bipods on most of our ri­fles, we wanted some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent, and reached out to Accu-tac.

The Accu-tac HD-50 is a rock-solid bi­pod that was de­signed for use on .50 BMG sniper ri­fles. It has the abil­ity to cant, the legs are tele­scopic and in­stantly re­tract, the feet are re­move­able with­out tools, the stance on the bi­pod is so wide that it is im­pos­si­ble for the ri­fle to tip over and this ro­bust piece of Cnc­ma­chined alu­minum is backed by one of the best life­time war­ranties in the in­dus­try.

Accu-tac bipods in­stall on M1913 Pi­catinny rails, so we added a short sec­tion of Key Mod com­pat­i­ble rail to the un­der­side of the forend and were able to add our bi­pod.

We are firm be­liev­ers in sup­press­ing every ri­fle with a threaded bar­rel that comes our way, so we reached out to Si­lencer Shop for a Bow­ers VERS 30T.

The Bow­ers Group has been a long­time man­u­fac­turer of sub-gun and large bore sup­pres­sors. Tom Bow­ers took his ex­pe­ri­ence from the “spe­cialty” arena and into the .30-cal­iber realm for a 15-ounce pre­ci­sion can.

The VERS 30T is a ti­ta­nium-tubed si­lencer fin­ished in matte black Cer­akote. The in­ter­nals are based on the long-stand­ing (and high-per­form­ing) Bow­ers baf­fle stack. Also adopted from the ven­er­a­ble VERS line of si­lencers is the Ver­sadapt in­sert sys­tem, which brings the re­li­a­bil­ity and con­sis­tency of a di­rect-thread sys­tem but the ver­sa­til­ity of an abil­ity to change thread pitch. In this in­stance, we ran it di­rect thread.

Di­rect-thread mount­ing is typ­i­cally the way most long-range pre­ci­sion shoot­ers mount their si­lencers. The pri­mary ad­van­tages of di­rect-thread sup­pres­sors are sim­plic­ity, in­creased ac­cu­racy and more re­peat­able point-of-im­pact shifts. The pri­mary dis­ad­van­tage of di­rect-thread sup­pres­sors is that they can tend to come un­screwed on their own if you're do­ing a lot of shoot­ing. This is more of­ten when used with a rapid­fire weapon as op­posed to a bolt-ac­tion ri­fle or sin­gle-shot ri­fle.

The Vers 30T is quiet, due to its con­struc­tion, as well as the fact that the bolt-ac­tion de­sign is closed off and pre­vents any gas leak­age that might be en­coun­tered with a semi-auto.

At the Range

For test­ing, we used a va­ri­ety of am­mu­ni­tion types by Remington and

Barnes. By far the best per­former was Barnes Pre­ci­sion Match Am­mu­ni­tion 6.5 Creed­moor 140-grain Open Tip. We clocked it at 2,717.5 fps us­ing our RCBS chrono­graph and tak­ing a 5-shot av­er­age.

Our four 5-shot groups at 100 yards mea­sured 1.1 inch to 1.45 inches. That may sound un­der­whelm­ing at first, but the beauty of 6.5 Creed­moor is that the groups get rel­a­tively tighter at greater dis­tances.

Mov­ing out to 300 yards we knew we had to ac­count for about a 12-inch drop, and the ri­fle shot true to point of aim. The two 5-shot groups mea­sured 2.85 inches and 3.53 inches, re­spec­tively.

“… the Remington 700 PCR is still the low­est­priced fac­tory chas­sis ri­fle avail­able.”

Un­for­tu­nately, the smoke from the lo­cal wild­fires cur­rently plagu­ing North­ern

Ne­vada kept us from us­ing our ex­treme long-dis­tance ranges so we had to set­tle for 600 yards for our fi­nal test. We did have a steel bar­rel to ring at 900 yards at this par­tic­u­lar range, but we had to be con­tent with just hit­ting the steel on that one on our shoot­ing day.

At 600 yards, our drop was es­ti­mated to be al­most 90 inches. That is 7 feet, 5 inches, if you want to get a more re­al­is­tic idea by step­ping out­side mils, MOA, etc., for a few sec­onds. Our first group was a few inches higher than we an­tic­i­pated. This might have been due to the haze from the wild­fire smoke cre­at­ing mi­rage, the 600-yard walk back from our tar­get in the smoky air, or it could be that we are not the ex­cel­lent long-range shoot­ers we once thought our­selves to be.

Our first group was 6.62 inches, but the sec­ond one shrank down to 4.38 inches af­ter we took a 10-minute break. That last group rep­re­sents a .73-inch MOA, which was much bet­ter than our ini­tial groups at 100 yards.

Per­for­mance Pleaser

With per­for­mance like this, the Remington 700 PCR is still one of the low­est-priced fac­tory chas­sis ri­fles avail­able. Many times, an af­ter­mar­ket stock will cost as much as this ri­fle it­self costs. While we were very pleased with the ri­fle’s per­for­mance, we are sure that a bet­ter shooter could achieve bet­ter re­sults than we were able to ac­com­plish.

“… the beauty of the chas­sis is that you can swap out to an­other pis­tol grip if you pre­fer.”

Bow­ers VERS-30T proved to be a ver­sa­tile, rugged and quiet sup­pres­sor.

We tested the Remington PCR with the es­sen­tials, such as an ex­cel­lent bi­pod by Accu-tac, Le­upold scope and aBow­ers sup­pres­sor. A ded­i­cated shooter can take this fur­ther by chang­ing the pis­tol grip or bolt handle with a few turns of a wrench.

While AAC'S Square Drop rail sys­tem re­sem­bles KeyMod and is fully com­pat­i­ble, it has a bolder and more dis­tinc­tive look.

The er­gonomics of the Remington PCR are more like an AR-15, as op­posed to a tra­di­tional bolt-ac­tion ri­fle, mak­ing it pleas­ing to the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of shoot­ers.

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