Remington has just introduced a new rifle, the Model 700™ SPS™ Tactical chambered for the 300 AAC Blackout. The rifle pairs the company’s venerable Model 700™ action with a 16 ½” heavy contour barrel threaded to accept 5/8 X 24 accessories such as flash hiders or suppressors. Other distinctive features include a Hogue OverMolded® stock with a semi-beavertail fore-end and pillar bedding for greater accuracy. The rifle weighs in at seven pounds with an overall length of 35 ¾ inches.
This is a rifle that is going to make a lot of people happy. The 300 AAC Blackout is essentially a rework of the 300 Whisper with a few changes to make the cartridge work better in AR-style actions. While cartridges like the Blackout are designed for use with suppressors, they also have enough energy for small to medium game hunting — southern whitetails, perhaps? The rifle’s fast twist (1:7) will allow the owner to shoot heavy 30 caliber bullets in the 200-220gr range with good accuracy and very little noise with the addition of a suppressor. The rifle’s short overall length will make it a favorite for brush hunting or military applications.
Remington’s tried and true 700 forms the foundation of the gun, and coupled with pillar bedding, an adjustable trigger factory set at 3 ½ pounds and an inherently accurate cartridge like the 300 Blackout this rifle will probably thread a needle at one hundred yards. Rifles and cartridges built for use with suppressors are getting more popular every day as the modern world requires shooters to make less noise. The 700™ SPS™ is a rarity in the field because with or without a silencer it will be a very useful, accurate and low recoil rifle. With an MSRP of $817.31, Remington is going to be selling a lot of these.