like Maine. Even with Spring not far off, it's cold and wet, with
patches of snow and promise of lots more in the weather forecast.
This morning my wife and I poured our cups of wake up coffee and
watched the resident flock of cranky turkeys successfully drive off
a small herd of deer from a shared food supply. Then, with my wife
waving goodbye, I headed out to the shop, slipped in a pile of fresh moose... signs and fell on my
butt. Not pretty. Not at all. But apparently, at least to my wife,
This was a tough review to write. Not
because of deficiencies in the gun, but rather because it is an
interesting rifle in a number of respects, which made it difficult
to assemble all of the information into a logical presentation. So
please bear with me.
The Remington Model 750, pictured
disappears into the Maine woods, as a good hunting rifle should. Satin
black metal finish, satin walnut stock... If I were writing a
catalogue narrative for a snooty firearms auction, I would describe
the Model 750 as having a look of understated elegance. Perhaps something to be expected from a
rifle model that has experienced over half a century of commercial
evolution under the watchful eye of Remington. This may also be why
a brand new Model 750 felt like a comfortable, well seasoned
firearm, the moment I took it out of the box.
In 1900, Remington purchased a patented
design held by John Browning and used it a the basis for their 1906
Model 8 introduction. The event marked Remington's first production
of a centerfire autoloading rifle, however, it was recoil operated
and its barrel was part of its considerable reciprocating mass. The
forerunner of the Model 750, Remington's first gas operated centerfire rifle, would not come along
until 1955 in the form of the
Model 740 Woodsmaster, with its then new Power-Matic
operating system*. This change from recoil to gas operation
was core to this design and allowed Remington's autoloader to handle more powerful cartridges
such as the: .30-06 Springfield, .308 Winchester, .270 Winchester,
the .280 Remington, and .244 Remington. The Model 750, representing
the latest evolution of this product line was introduced in 2006.
Does the Model 750 have GPS and All Wheel
Satin Finish - Walnut
||Polished - Blue
||Autoloader - Gas
lbs 2 oz.
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
There are a number of optional chambers
available for the Model 750: 243 Winchester, 270 Winchester,
30-06 Springfield, 308 Winchester, and the 35 Whelen. The last three
are also available in carbine lengths with 18˝" barrels.
The Model 750, when chambered for the .30-06 Springfield with a 22"
barrel has a 1:9⅛"
twist. In carbine length, 18˝" barrel, the twist is 1:10", the same
as the .308 Winchester in either rifle or carbine versions.
The Model 750 is available with a synthetic stock in rifle and
carbine lengths, however, absent is the .35 Whelen chamber with this
stock option at the time of this writing.
As noted earlier, the appearance of the gun is contemporary, an
example of understated elegance. Clean lines, nicely figured walnut
stock, satin finish walnut and satin polished blued hardware. This
particular gun scaled 7 lbs 10 ounces, or within a wood density 2
ounce difference of specification.
The Model 750 feels balanced and steady in
standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone shooting
positions...which is more than I can say for myself. The wide
forearm is hand filling, which makes for a good grip. The high
comb, moderate cheekpiece provide good support at a height
appropriate for both metallic and scope sighting. The pull
length and SuperCell recoil pad are comfortable.
Most recent model
The Model 750 incorporates a number of
functional improvements over the
Model 7400, the Model 750's immediate predecessor. The gas port on
the Model 750 is drilled at a 45° angle, rather than the 90° angle
of earlier models and moved aft. The change in angle of intersection
minimized copper fouling at the port and the aft relocation placed
the port in a consistently higher pressure area of the gun's bore
for enhanced cycling reliability. These changes not only improved
overall performance of the series, they also permitted Remington to
expand the range of cartridges offered in carbine length guns.
Additional changes - The
barrel extension that serves as the bolt lock up surface at the end
of the barrel was changed from machined to cast for the sake of
improved geometry and absence of tool marks. The bolt face
received a nickel/Teflon coating to ease bolt closing and camming. Finally, the drop at the stock's comb
increased to allow more natural eye/sight alignment.
A closer look...
Magazine loading is handy, reloading and for
carrying different types of ammo in a coat pocket. Insertion and
removal is positive, release is accomplished by depressing the
tab just aft of the magazine well on the right side of the gun.
Releasing the Remington Model 750's bolt to battery position is
accomplished by moving a sliding button that is integral to the
left side of each magazine. The gun's cross shaft safety is
embedded in the aft portion of the trigger guard, indexed with a
red ring on the left side to indicate when the safety is in the
"fire" position. Again, a positive control. Opening the action
with the operating handle requires a modest amount of effort,
but slams shut with enough force to assure a round will be
stripped from the magazine and fully chambered.
That's a pretty unique forearm profile,
but it feels good when shooting and it keeps the muzzle under
steadying control. Excellent checkering pattern and nifty Remington
The top of the receiver is...anti
snaggable, and tapped for scope mounts; most popular brands and
types readily available. The metallic sight set is on the barrel,
rather than split receiver/barrel, which is a good arrangement for
accuracy in a gun of this type. For the scope shooting portion of
the review I picked up a set of low profile Warne steel Weaver style
bases to use with ring sets for both 1" and 30mm tube scopes.
The buttstock is neatly checkered in an
appropriate pattern, the grip is capped and, again, swivel studs and
a quality recoil pad.
I've been spending a good deal of time
lately with AR 15 and AR 10 type and derivative firearms. Hard to
believe the Remington could have a very similar gas system, but look
this good. Hmmm, with a thirty shot mag...
Cleaning and Maintenance...the fun
Take down for maintenance
is a straight forward proposition. After checking to ensure the
firearm is empty, the bore is cleaned muzzle to chamber. No, I don't
mean every time you check the gun for empty you must follow with
cleaning. I'm just saying, if you're going to clean your gun, first
make sure it is empty. Capice? The chamber is cleaned through the
ejection port. Periodically, the action tube and spring and area
under the forearm can be solvent sprayed and wiped down by removing
the forearm. The front forend screw is removed and the forearm is
pushed forward and off. The simplicity of the operating system can
be seen above where the tube from the gas block, integral to the
barrel, pumps gas pressure back to the breech bolt.
assembly cleaning is easy. With the gun empty and trigger mechanism
cocked, the two trigger mount pins are pushed out and a little
downward tug on the trigger guard removed the entire assembly.
This is the only area that could stand
a little improvement. I believe I have gotten so spoiled by
Remington's X-Mark PRO Adjustable
bolt gun triggers, I have the same expectation of quality and
refinement in every Remington firearm I shoot. The Model 750 trigger
isn't bad, it just isn't perfectly crisp, clean and adjustable as is
the case with Remington guns fitted with the X-Mark
How does it shoot? Commendably
The Remington Model 750 is probably the
softest shooting .30-06 Springfield I've had the pleasure of
shooting, pushing 150 - 220 grain
factory and handloaded ammunition. It
was very easy to get off a fast second shot while staying on target.
I'm sure the SuperCell recoil pad had a lot to do with it, but I
could also feel the dampening effect of the gas system. There was
virtually no muzzle climb and the gun stayed in hold after each
The open sights are OK for those folks
who like to shoot with metallic sights rather than a scope. The
adjustments are precise, the sight picture is crisp, but I'd like
something other than a white bead for a front sight in this type of
climate and terrain. A good HiViz sight set up would be nice in
brush country of the type we have here in Maine. I want to save the
live fire results for the next installment as this proved to be
interesting and little too much to squeeze into this space.
Remington's Model 750 - Part I
Remington's Model 750 - Part II
*Standard Catalog Of Remington
Firearms, Dan Shideler, Paul Goodwin and Remington Autoloading and
Pump-Action Rifles: A History of the Centerfire Models 760, 740,
742, 7400 & 7600, Eugene Myszkowski