As a YouTuber in the gun industry I get to do some fun things, like taking a 6mm Creedmoor Remington 700 Magpul Enhanced Tested to class. The class would test both the rifle and me. Located in Finger, Tennessee, the Precision Rifle class was put on by K&M Precision Rifle Training, LLC.
Intro to Long Range Shooting
This was my first time shooting at targets from distances as far as 800 to 1,100 yards. Prior to this training, I’ve had very little long range rifle shooting experience. Honestly, not knowing where or how to begin the process, I just knew that I wanted to experience the training and practice necessary that would hopefully lead to competent precision rifle shooting.
Pay to Play
Most of us have the same question when considering a new firearm adventure: “How much money will it take to pursue this?” I read articles and watched videos of people explaining the cost of their amazing precision rifles.
High end precision rifles can cost the shooter more than $3000. Rifles approaching $10,000 aren’t exactly rare either. As much as I wanted to commit to long range precision shooting, a man has his limits. So I began searching for what other options might be available.
Remington 700 Magpul Enhanced Precision Rifle
For decades Remington has manufactured their bolt action Model 700 rifles in a variety of chamberings that will go the distance. The Remington 700 models have an long standing reputation for ruggedness, reliability and accuracy. They are also affordable, a key for this project.
I decided to go with the Remington 700 Magpul Enhanced rifle chambered in 6mm Creedmoor. The Remington 700 Magpul Enhanced has a flat dark earth “Hunter” Magpul stock with spacers to adjust the length of pull to fit the shooter. I removed one spacer and like a magic trick the gun fit me perfectly. What a difference that adjustability made!
My 700 Magpul Enhanced uses a 20 inch fluted barrel threaded for suppressors or muzzle brakes. I noticed that many of the custom built precision rifles had barrels that were a couple inches longer. Some say that the extra couple of inches are critical to velocity and accuracy and that’s probably true at some level. For me, well, keep reading and watch the video. I’m pretty happy with how it all worked out.
The 6mm Creedmoor Remington 700 was able to reach out 800 to 1,100 yards with ease and given my level of expertise is just as capable as the custom built precision rifles.
My Rifle Kit
Several long distance shooters in my class had their trigger weights dialed down to less than three pounds. Some even had theirs set to bread at a mere two pounds. The Remington 700 Magpul Enhanced sports a trigger called “X-Mark Pro” and is adjustable externally from 3.5 to 5.5 pounds. I felt my “beginner” skill level was well served with Remington’s externally adjustable stock X-Mark Pro trigger set for a 3.5 pound break.
For support, the Remington 700 uses an M-LOK bi-pod mount and a folding bi-pod. The fact that Remington 700 Magpul Enhanced rifle includes a folding bi-pod is very much appreciated. It’s “one of those things” that shooters do not have to search out and purchase separately when preparing for a long range shooting adventure.
Not surprisingly, the 700 Magpul Enhanced comes with a 10 round Magpul magazine. In most of my shooting experiences, a shooter will burn through 10 rounds rather quickly. In long range precision rifle shooting it can take a while to empty that magazine. It’s a process, getting the range to your next shot, dialing your scope for that distance then getting on target and precisely pulling the trigger.
For the shooter to tag a long distance shot, a quality scope is a must. A scope with high magnification power will be required. Mounting to the Remington Magpul Enhanced precision rifle is easy since it comes with a picatinny rail for optics mounting. The way I see it, the cash saved on the cost of the Remington 700 is best applied to purchasing the best glass available within the shooter’s budget.
Final Thoughts on the 700 Magpul Enhanced Remington
To summarize, the Remington 700 Magpul Enhanced precision rifle comes with everything needed to hit the range with the exception of a scope, scope mount and ammunition. Combined with a quality “high end” optic and some ammo I successfully completed the K&M Precision Rifle Training Class.
I spent four days training, learning and adjusting to the environmental conditions. Whether it was rain or shine, 400 yards or 1,000 yards, the Remington 700 kept up with the expensive custom built precision rifles my training partners used.
At a fraction of the cost, the Remington 700 rifle did everything I needed it to do to be successful. The MSRP for the Remington 700 Magpul Enhanced series of rifles is $1,249. The rifle that I trained with was chambered in 6mm Creedmoor however it is available in several other calibers. 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester are some of the more popular long distance rounds. The average gun store price is selling the rifle in any caliber offering between $750 – $850. Along with the precision rifle, get yourself a quality scope, some ammunition and intense long range training and you are good to go.
About the Author: Dan is a strong 2nd Amendment advocate and friend of SHWAT™. He is a gun enthusiast and collector who loves showing off his firearms on his YouTube Channel called, TheFirearmGuy