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Range Report: Remington 770 Economy Rifle

Remington 770 .30-06 bolt-action rifle on an MTM K Zone rest on the tailgate of a truck

I fire and test a lot of firearms. Some are impressive, and I cannot shoot up to their accuracy potential. Some, well, I get the measure of pretty quickly. At a range session on an outdoor range, an older gentleman walked by the table. ‘770 Remington?’ he said. I replied in the affirmative, figuring he was going to bash my economy rifle.

‘I got three… they’re alwrite.’ I suppose that recommendation is as good as this humble rifle gets. There aren’t a lot of functional rifles selling for less than $400, much less one with a bore-sighted scope. The 770 is one of these package guns designed to offer good value at a fair price. Pride of ownership may not be in the cards. Then again, if something does the job and takes the meat home without much expense, that is something to be smug about.

Remington 770 .30-06 rifle with Bushnell scope and synthetic stock, right, profile
A package gun is a gun supplied from the factory with a bore sighted economy optical sight.

Remington 770 Features

The Model 770 bolt-action rifle was designed as an economy rifle. During the past 10 years or so of production, the rifle has gained a reputation for steady accuracy. There are no major faults or problems with the rifle. It is competitive among the least expensive rifles offered by a major maker.

This is a hunting gun designed to take home medium-size game. Deer, boar, even larger game may be taken by a Remington 770 in the appropriate caliber. Let’s look at the rifle’s specifications in my favorite bolt-action rifle caliber, the .30-06 Springfield.

Specifications

Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action: Bolt-action
Overall Length: 42.5 inches
Barrel length: 22 inches
Weight with Bushnell scope: 8.9 pounds
Magazine capacity: 4 rounds

The rifle is a bit plain with a black plastic stock. The bluing, however, is actually pretty nice. While it is an economy rifle, Remington has a certain standard to keep up. While the 770 is perceived as a beginner’s rifle, my range buddy is an example of an experienced shooter owning more than one.

Another fellow, who has killed more deer than I, purchased his son a 770 when the young man turned 16. Kind of like the first car, it will get dinged up and banged around, so an economy model was a logical choice. The rifle isn’t scrap at all. Even a discerning shooter will have to admit the 770 is a useful rifle, even if it wasn’t their first choice.

Remington 770 .30-06 rifle with Bushnell scope and camouflage synthetic stock, right, profile
This is a seldom seen camo version of the 770.

Package guns come with a bore-sighted scope. My rifle was set up with a Bushnell 3x9x40. The scope is a good value and offers relatively clarity. It was easy enough to adjust the windage and elevation setting.

The rifle may arrive with a good 100-yard zero, but probably not exactly dead nuts on. All package guns are intended to be close to zero, with the end user providing fine tuning. Sometimes you are dead on depending if your rifle left the factory on a Wednesday.

This rifle demanded a little adjustment to my preferred 1.5-inch-high point of impact at 100 yards. If you are hunting beyond 100 yards, you are OK with this scope but probably not at 200 yards. A beginner’s rifle, remember?

close up of two target groups on a paper target showing touching bullet holes
When initially sighting in, the author begins at 25 yards to ensure the gun is ‘on the paper.’ Then, he sights the rifle high. That way, he will be at least on paper at 100 yards.

The trigger isn’t the best or the worst. My example breaks at a relatively clean 4.0 pounds, no grit or gravel in that mechanism. Bolt lift isn’t difficult. The bolt isn’t the smoothest, but it doesn’t grate and stick. The bolt travels to a stop and then demands little extra push to lock up. This isn’t much different than the old Remington 788, a decent economy rifle.

A detachable magazine is easier to load than a fully-enclosed magazine. Loading from the top is more difficult when you have a scope mounted, so a detachable box magazine is a good choice. The Remington detachable box holds four rounds of ammunition and is easily loaded.

To make the rifle safe, removing the magazine, opening the bolt, and then checking the chamber is all that is needed. The safety is a simple two-position type located on the right side of the receiver. It is positive in operation and works as designed. On close examination, the cheap stock isn’t as cheap as it first seems. The texture is slightly pebbled and there is a cheekpiece molded in. Of course, firing the rifle is what counts the most.

power adjustment ring on a Bushnell 3x9 scope
Bushnell offers good value with all its optics. Note the easy-adjust magnification knob.

Range Time!

On hand, I had a number of handloads using the Hornady 168-grain A-Max and Varget powder. These are middle-of-the-road loads at about 2,600 fps intended for long-range practice and certainly capable of taking deer-sized game. I fired a couple of these to be certain I was still sighted in at the 50-yard line, and then set the rifle at a measured 102 yards in a solid firing rest.

I fired two groups of three shots each. Three shots went into 1.9 inches on the first try, and 1.76 inches on the second try. Two of the bullet holes were inside of 1.4 inches on this second try. This rifle will shoot, and this type of accuracy will put meat on the table.

I also wanted to confirm performance with one of my favorite deer loads. The Winchester Deer Season 150-grain extreme point is a 2,920 fps 2,840 foot-pound loading that does the business on deer-sized game well past 200 yards. Loads like this are the reason I don’t need a .300 Winchester Magnum.

This is a modern polymer tip bullet. This load struck just a tad — an unscientific but well used measurement — higher than the 168-grain load, due to the 150-grain bullet’s higher velocity. Three bullets went into 1.65 inches.

Next up was a heavyweight loading. The Winchester 180-grain Power Point was designed for deer, elk, and wild boar. This one runs about 2,700 fps and did not strike to the same point of aim. It was higher on the target. That’s fine; I was checking accuracy. Three of these heavyweight loads went into 1.8 inches.

Two boxes of Winchester .30-06 ammunition
Winchester offers diverse loads in sporting calibers.

The rifle will run and run with the other package guns. It is well worth its modest price. The 770 is available in a host of calibers including .270 Winchester and 7mm Magnum.

What accuracy do you look for in a basic hunting rifle? Does it have to be MOA or better at 100 yards? How does the Remington 770 compare to your hunting rifle? Share your answers in the comment section.

  • Remington 770 .30-06 bolt-action rifle on an MTM K Zone rest on the tailgate of a truck
  • Two boxes of Winchester .30-06 ammunition
  • Remington 770 .30-06 rifle with Bushnell scope, right, profile
  • thumb safety on the Remington 770 bolt-action rifle
  • Remington 770 bolt-action rifle with box magazine detached
  • power adjustment ring on a Bushnell 3x9 scope
  • Bushnell 3x9 scope mounted on a Remington .30-06 rifle
  • close up of two target groups on a paper target showing touching bullet holes
  • Remington 770 .30-06 rifle with Bushnell scope and camouflage synthetic stock, right, profile
  • Remington 770 .30-06 rifle with Bushnell scope and synthetic stock, right, profile
  • Remington 770 .30-06 rifle with Bushnell scope, left, profile

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.


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Comments (17)

  1. Gentlemen,
    I noticed quite a few posts on the Rem Mod 770. I have owned one for about 7 years. (243 Cal.) I set the scope at 100 yds. useing a 6 o’clock sight picture. ie, hold the Crosshare
    at six o’clock with point of impact dead center. Same Rifle and Scope at
    200 yds. Is point of aim, is point of impact. With minimum practice, one can take that on out to the 400 / 500
    Yd. range. It shoots great. Love it…
    At present I own Rem 760, 35 Whelan, Rem 740, 30.06, Rem 700 243, Rem 597, 22 Mag, 597 22lr. and
    a Rem R-51 9mm with Crimson Trace
    Laser which can drive a Tack at 50 ft.. you may say I love Rem Arms.
    And to Colonel K. Yes I am interested in a R-51. Have your friend contact me at 843 nine zero 8 five one 2 three.. thanks…

  2. GVance13: I’m glad somebody else besides me is not satisfied with a 1.5 inch group in hand loads. My Remington 760 30-06 would lay three shots under a dime at 100 yards with 165gr Spitzer boat tails. Both 150gr And 180gr bullets held .75 inch groups. Anyone happy with a 1.5 inch group may as well not bother with the expense of handloading equipment.

  3. Chris, you are quite correct. I meant to type 783. I have no qualms with the 788. It is a fine, if homely, rifle and a noted tack driver.

  4. Colonel K, you might want to re-watch that video, as he used a 783 and not the 788. I have a few 700’s and while I love them, I tend to grab my 788 in 7mm-08 carbine more often. I’ve had it since the early 80’s and it always will have a spot in my safe, but so will my 700 BDL in 25-06 and 700 ADL in 270, however they have both been tweaked. The 788 is bone stock and they all have Leuopold scopes. I have a new goal though, to try Omusha ammunition.

  5. Big Green 770 30-06 was the first “big cal” rifle I bought. Got one in 2007 and have plenty of notches in the stock. Take it out each year in November and drill a comically prefect bull on the first shot. Wrap it back up and wait for the season to start. No frills, just kills.

  6. I am intrigued by your Range Report on the Remington 770.
    Several years back I purchased a Remington “710” in 30-06.
    It wore the same “Bushnell” 3-9×40 Optics as your 770 and had a Gray, Pebbled Stock and Matt, Parkerized finish, rather than the Black Polymer Stock and Gloss, Blued Steel.
    It was just as you described the 770 as a good “Big Boy” Starter Rifle.
    I have since traded it for a vintage Remington XP 100 in 221 “Fireball” and was fortunate enough to purchase another vintage Remington 700 in 30-06.
    Your review of the 770 makes it rather attractive as my Go To “Brush Gun” for Wild Boar over in Paso Robles.

  7. I am certainly intrigued by this offering from “Big Green”!

    Some years back I bought a similar Package Deal (Remington 710 in 30-06).
    This Rifle wore their Gray, Pebbled Polymer Stock and the same “Bushnell” 3-9×40 Optics as your 770. Although it had a Matt, Parkerized finish rather than the Gloss Bluing of the 770 it was just as you described as a fitting “Big Boy” Starter Rifle.

    My only addition to it was a Harris Bipod and a Shoulder Strap. I have since traded it for a vintage Remington XP 100 in 221 “Fireball” and just last year was fortunate enough to replace my 7100 with a vintage Remington 700, also in 30-06.
    I just may have to investigate the 770 as my “Brush Gun” for Wild Boar over in Paso Robles.

  8. I bought a Remington 770 in a 30-06. The bolt keep’s snagging / hard to close do to what I think is to much play or some thing else. I was told by the Remington company that I need to break it in, so I play with the bolt opening and closing it about 1000 times then shoot 300 round through it. cleaned the gun and bolt and still had the same problem. I called the Remington company again and all they can say is that’s what it is and there is nothing wrong with it. Also after the 300 rounds the scope broke too. After some research I found out that this is a normal thing with the bolt. I don’t think I would ever buy an other Remington gun again .

  9. I’m an old guy who has had limited opportunity to hunt in my life. I’ve brought home deer, boar and even a bison once. One of my favorite things in the world is a beautiful, walnut-stocked hunting rifle. I have several of those in various calibers. While they are wonderful to shoot at the range, I found myself fretting and fussing over them while out in the wild hunting with them, and distressing over every inevitable nick and scratch. I finally broke down 10 years ago and bought a Remington 700 SPSS, stainless with composite stock, .300 WinMag for the elk I chased but never got a shot at. I had to have warranty work done on that rifle because the bolt wouldn’t extract a fired case, or even unfired cartridges in some instances, a known problem with that vintage Model 700s. That got fixed and now this rifle is a sweet shooting, accurate rifle with a built-in recoil pad that is the best I’ve ever used (my .270 beats me up worse!) With stainless barrel and action, and the synthetic stock, this rifle is dog-butt ugly to begin with, and the stock is harder to scuff up than a pretty walnut stock anyway. I found my hunting to be much more enjoyable without the constant worry about scuffing up my “pretty” rifles. A lower cost tool that one is not afraid to use can be a real blessing indeed.

  10. I enjoy Bob’s reviews, no fluff and no marketing hype. Not bad for an auto didactic. I can also claim self-made status, and find it comforting to read things from a fellow in the same club.

    Very relatable article, and I’m wondering how this rifle would do next to my Savage 110, also chambered in .30-06?
    There is always just the slightest craving for better range performance, but it will definitely put meat in the freezer.

    Keep up the good work, fellow gray beard, and I’ll keep an eye open for the next article.

    1. Dan,
      Keep an eye out. I just talked to Bob today and approved a review of Savage. Should be up in the coming weeks. ~Dave

  11. I have 2 of these rifles. One in stainless with a camo stock in 300wm that has been my bear rifle for years (probably a dozen deer with it as well), and a .308 that I gave my son as his first deer rifle. Great guns for the money and you don’t have to worry about beating them up. I’ve taken game out to 350 yards with my rifle and it’s been flawless.

  12. I’ve never owned one, having read too many negative comments about it and its predecessor, the 710. Remington’s earlier budget rifle, the 788, always received rave reviews for its accuracy, but I never owned one either. I prefer the elegance of the 700 and Model 7. I did once own a 600 Mohawk. It was handy, but the bolt was sticky, so I got rid of it. Most recently Paul Harrell tried to use a 788 in his latest video upload (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BryHPzYbAg&t=80s). I am not endorsing his actions, but I suspect his frustration has been felt by many owners who can still recall the time when Remington built high quality firearms. By the way, does anyone need a Remington R51? I’m asking for a friend.

  13. I’m a bit surprised it’s not holding at least MOA. I picked up a 783 in 308 several years back and it was shooting just over MOA with Tula. Match and hunting ammo brought the groups down to subMOA. I played with it on some Fclass matches (better optics) and was able to place “in the money” with hand loads.

    The downfall of the 783 was the plastic trigger guard that there are no off the shelf replacements for at the time. Ended up having to put an aftermarket “lower” with a box mag on it to correct that. The 770 looks like the same trigger guard.

    Both of these guns look to be what my grandfather would have looked for in a gun. Affordable, effective and something your can toss into the truck and not worry about scuffing up. In the tools world they are hammers not micrometers.

  14. While the Rem 770 may lack the fine machine work of more expensive guns, it is a very good gun.

    I purchased one for my daughter-in-law, and with hand loads we were able to get the 270 caliber, 130 grain pointed soft points to a good 1/2 MOA.

    That’s more than good enough for just about anything walking on this side of the planet, providing you can shoot good enough to make a good heart/lung shot.

    The only problem we had with the factory setup was the scope, which we switched out for a more accurate Burris 3X9.

  15. Modern manufacturing methods means that tighter tolerances are possible that even just a few years ago were not practical to hold. Not so long ago, to get the same level of fit, a great deal of hand fitting was required. A rifle that would hold ~1 1/2″ at 100 yards is now considered the norm, not the exception. Think that if one would try several different factory loads, using a “modern” rifle. like the 770, could maybe find more than one weight/style bullet factory load that will hold this 1 1/2″ group. P.S. – My model 770 is an older WINCHESTER 30/06, and I had to handload ammo to get a sub 2″ group.

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