Remington knows bolt action rifles. I was quite taken with the new Remington Model 783 Varmint. For years, Remington Varmint rifles have been a mainstay of long-range shooters looking to get every bit of performance out of the rifle that they can. The 783 Varmint ups the ante though with features that most people spend extra money for.
The Model 783 has a cylindrical action but a reduced ejection port to keep the action stiff and help with accuracy. The Varmint is further topped off with a Picatinny-style rail so that you can easily mount your favorite long range optic. The enlarged bolt knob helps you grasp it a little more easily and really rack that bolt for a fast follow up shot.
The heavy, 26” barrel is perfect to tame the barrel harmonics and soak up the heat for those long days when going after prairie dogs or finding the perfect load for accuracy. Like other Model 783’s, the Varmint comes fitted with Remington’s Crossfire trigger, a user adjustable trigger that broke cleanly at what felt to be about 3-4 pounds.
The laminate wood stock felt great in the hand and the wide beavertail forend would provide plenty of support when shooting off a rest or sandbags. Three sling swivel studs are installed on the stock with two up front and one in the rear. This lets the shooter set the rifle up with a bipod and sling right from the get-go, something I’ve seen quite a few manufacturers neglect to think about.
At the back of the stock is Remington’s SuperCell recoil, which in my experience is a very effect recoil pad that is a nice touch on this kind of stock. The Model 783 Varmint also features a detachable box magazine that is flush with the bottom of the rifle, which carries some practical advantages when shooting in the field. The smooth bottom makes it easy to carry and place the rifle so that the center of gravity can be closer to the support for more stability. The detachable box magazine also makes switching out ammunition types or unloading the rifle safer and easier compared to a typical DBL set up.
The Model 783 Varmint is available in five calibers: .223, .22-.250, .243, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 Winchester. The .223, .243 and .22-250 have relatively slow twist rates, no doubt meant for lighter varmint weight bullets. However, the .308 and 6.5 CM feature faster twist rates that will easily support the heavier match bullets for those times you want to stretch it on out there. Remington is doing some really great things with the Model 783 to make it more appealing to those that are on a budget, the MSRP for this rifle is only $625.00.
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