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Bold/bolt-action leader surprise

Remington Bolt Leader

One would expect that bold industry leaders like the Freedom Group companies and in particular Remington Arms, would be on top of every projectile category, from rocks to the latest commercial AR platform. Indeed, their new Model 783 bolt guns with synthetic stock, priced at $451 MSRP looks like a winner in the shoot-once-and-reload-the chamber by hand category... Certainly for the terrific price.

Here's what Remington says about the 783: new trigger system factory-set at 3.5 pounds but adjustable from 2.5 to 5.0; a carbon steel magnum contour button-rifled barrel; and pillar-bedded stock with free-floating barrel. This new rifle has three barrel lengths and multiple cartridge sizes: 20-inch (.243 Win and .308 Win), 22-inch (.243 Win, .270 Win, .308 Win and .30-06 Springfield) and 24-inch (7mm Rem Mag and .300 Win Mag).

But the Remington surprise this year is their re-entry into the airgun market. Remington's Kevin Graff says this shouldn't be such a surprise however because Remington was formerly — okay, a number of years ago — in the airgun business and "hot air" is a growing market segment. Remington, after all, acquired airgun manufacturer SMK in 2013. So, now you can check out the Remington name in break-barrel air rifles (in .177 and .22) and a couple of CO2-cartridge pistols (.177 only) that are dead-ringers for your 1911 pistol.

With the 783 and the new R51 concealed carry semi-auto pistol, Remington is certainly covering the shooting and projectile field. Perhaps rocks isn't such a far-fetched category after all.

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