Many of the Remington 700 5R rifles are on sale! Some of the sales end this month, others may extend into the following month. At $100 or more off, now is the time to buy!
Remington 700 Police 5R Stainless Exclusive, (SKU: 86594)
By Scott Powers
The History: Several years ago a Remington LE Rep called to ask if I would be interested in selling a Limited Production “Sniper Country PX” rifle based on the Model 700. He had noticed over the years I had been quite involved in the success of another exclusive sold by one of the distributors I had dealt with and that rifle had proven an outstanding performer. He suggested I give him a set of requirements that I thought my customers would prefer and this new Model 700 would be made to my specs, meet my customer’s accuracy requirements and even have my shop name on the rifle. A Sniper Country PX Limited Edition Model 700 Police or Target Rifle. It would be exclusively available only through my business. I loved the idea, but under no amount of dreaming could I afford the number required to build this exclusive for my customers. Saddened by my continual poverty, I did mention the exchange to one of the distributors I use for Law Enforcement products. I felt the tried and true 700 Police line could use a facelift and I thought maybe his company could follow through with their own exclusive using similar specifications. As a result of that almost forgotten conversation, things began to happen at that company and much to my joy the result was released in mid-2016! An entirely new Model 700 Police rifle with everything I or this distributor felt the line could use in these modern times. The rifle, as spec’d by this distributor, has most of the features one looks for today when considering a new tactical rifle!
The Rifle: So, I am proud to be perhaps the first writer to introduce the new Remington 700 Police Rifle part number 86594. With 5R rifling, a 20” stainless steel barrel and a twist rate of 1 in 11.25”. This setup features everything one could ask for in an affordable long range or sniper rifle including a military grade scope mounting base, top quality trigger and hard core trigger guard that will take abuse. It comes with Remington’s current Tactical oversized bolt knob and muzzle thread protector, the latter of which can be found on all Remington rifles with threaded barrels. To keep the price reasonable it foregoes a detachable magazine system and frankly, although this is a popular feature, it seldom lends any real world use on the civilian market while driving the price up several hundred dollars on the initial purchase price. I’ve always felt it was something better added after a shooter determines he really needs the feature.
Stock: Many standard 700 Police shooters will be thrilled to know this new Police model also comes with a full length M24 style HS Precision stock, same as the one used on the normal full length Model 700P (Remington SKU: 25709). This stock set the standard in the 1980’s-1990’s when introduced on the Army’s M24 (with its Adjustable Length of Pull) and on the then new Remington 700PSS (without the adjustable LOP). With its wide beavertail forearm and ambidextrous palm swell in the pistol grip, this stock has several advantages over slimmer hunting profile type stocks. The pistol grip swell made training shooters to position their trigger finger correctly very easy, as it positioned the finger so that the pad of the trigger finger fell naturally on the trigger shoe. While I like the thin and handy 700 LTR stock, (I admit its hunting profile makes some sense for police use where lighter weight can be a benefit), deep down I’ve always preferred the wider forearm of the standard Police stock for its ability to ride well on a bag or balance well in my hand. This new rifle uses the same HS Precision stock as found on the current production full size Remington 700 Police rifle. Stock fitment is excellent with the barrel centered perfectly in the barrel channel. Remington LE rifles undergo a triple quality control check system that is a step above Remington’s normal civilian CQ procedure. The stock widens forward of the recoil lug and tapers from 2.2 inches down to 2.175 inches at the tip. The forearm is oval in cross section. Under the receiver, the stock is 1.968 inches wide, then tapers slightly at the pistol grip, before swelling out to create the palm swell as mentioned above. If you are a former Army Sniper, the stock will feel intimately familiar, as its profile is identical to your M24 rifle. The only difference is that the stock is cut for a short action receiver, and it does not have the adjustable length of pull feature found on the M24 version. Standard length of pull is set at approximately 13.5 inches. The stock comes with the standard three sling swivel studs. Two on the forearm, one on the buttstock.
Trigger: The new rifle has the excellent Remington 40X Trigger. From the Remington LE branch, this trigger breaks at a very crisp 4.5 pounds on my scale. While people always think they “need” something lighter, I have to tell you, for police work this weight makes perfect sense and keeps the lawyers happy. When you find yourself pointing your rifle at the exposed point of aim below a hostage takers nose, and that point is only an inch and a half from the hostage’s entire face, you best not be playing around with a hair trigger. Naturally if you’re not a police sniper, or if you are and your department allows a lower weight, you, your gunsmith or your armorer can adjust this trigger weight down quite a bit to suit whatever game you are playing. From target plinking to long range target competition to the serious work of the tactical operator, the 40X trigger has long been a standard bearer on the line.
M24 Trigger Guard: The new Remington 700P 5R 86594 rifle also addresses something many of us have felt needed fixing, but few of us have ever experienced. Many have long felt that the Remington aluminum BDL style trigger guard could prove to be a weak point. Be it hard hunting or in the tactical environment, people have argued that hit hard enough the aluminum trigger guard might fail. Having said that, I’ve not yet met anyone who’s broken one, though I’m sure someone will write me to say they have! Whether a real or perceived issue, for those who worry the new rifle solves this debate once and for all as it comes equipped with the very same Steel Trigger Guard as the Army’s M24 rifle. Having once seen an M24 dropped on a boulder I can tell you, you are NOT going to hurt this sucker. This rifle takes advantage of the Army’s decision to replace the M24 with the M2010 and uses several available important parts from the M24 production line. I can say that at this price point (Approximately $1200 in October of 2016) this rifle is as close as one can get to a new M24 without forking over at least three times the coin. There’s simply nothing else on the market today that can offer these features, this level of performance (see accuracy results below) in this price category.
20 inch Police Weight Barrel with 5R Rifling: As mentioned earlier, The new 86594 has a Stainless Steel 5R rifled barrel (powder coated black) which is the same rifling type used in the US Army’s famous M24. Its barrel however is kept to a more reasonable police weight tapering from 1.236” at the chamber to approximately .865” at the muzzle. While I love the M24, the reality is that its straight taper “bull” barrel and the resulting weight penalty is not really needed for long range accuracy and especially not for police work. Police and civilian marksman also benefit from a varmint or police weight since there’s little to be gained by the excess weight of a full on straight taper bull barrel. In my past experience, the thickness of a barrel doesn’t necessarily give any indication of accuracy. It’s part of the equation certainly, but there appears to be a threshold at which point going any thicker in diameter does not seem to make a bit of difference in precision shooting accuracy. It’s also worth pointing out that I’ve had thin barreled rifles, straight taper bull barreled rifles and varmint weight barrels all shoot sub half minute with the right load. There are many factors involved and lugging around a rifle with a massively fat tube doesn’t really benefit the user, especially if he / she can find something with a varmint weight tube that will shoot as well. In the case of comparing a Model 700 M24 and a Model 700 Police 86594, total accuracy on target is nearly identical (dependent on load). This is not exaggerating. This new rifle, during my testing, was holding five shot groups within .355 inches. That is not a typo, the first five shots after break-in (more on this later) punched a beautiful group that measured .302 inches. My old M24 was beating that when new, by maybe a 10th of an inch! Close enough that it’s inside the statistical range to be one and the same and certainly inside my ability to hold consistently.
The new Model 700P 86594 5R has the ever popular 5R rifling with the 1 turn in 11.25 inch twist. The twist rate is a proven performer and handles projectiles from below 150 grains all the way to over 180 grains. It simply loves the 155 to 175 grain weights. I personally prefer heavy for caliber bullets so in testing I used the Sierra 175 grain projectiles as they have proven time and again to perform well out to beyond 1000 yards, while retaining sufficient energy.
In our experience at the PX, this rifling profile appears to shoot a given projectile slightly flatter at the same velocities than standard square cut rifling does. I’ve seen as much as a half minute difference at 1000 yards. This is said to be a result of the reduced drag created by the rounded edge of the engraving left on the bullet jacket by the rifling. Some argue that the 5R rifling profile is also easier to clean, although frankly, my cleaning method is the same for both types of rifling be it square cut or radius cut. Some claim it fouls less per given shot, but I have no actual data to prove this one way or the other. All I can tell you is that this rifling has proven to be a performer and over the past 12 years, has given custom level accuracy out of over the counter rifles.
Does The Shorter Barrel Matter? As stated, the new rifle came with a 20” barrel. I’ve gone back and forth about barrel length for decades. In the .308 Winchester/7.62×51mm NATO Class, I have always felt that 24” was ideal and I’ve stayed with that length for the most part, but have always understood that for many operators, it’s just too long as is the 26”. Let me be clear here. In many calibers, a longer barrel does not necessarily mean more accuracy and never has, but people still tend to equate length with precision shooting. A real argument can be made that a short fat tube can be more accurate than a long fat tube of the same diameter, its simple physics, but a lot has to do with barrel harmonics. The 20” barreled Remington 700 Police LTR (SKU: 25739) has long proven the case as it’s out of the box accuracy performance at 500 yards sometimes exceeds that of the longer 26” version of the 700P. We’re splitting hairs here, as the difference is minor. The one thing you do gain with a long tube, in most cases, is velocity. You retain a little more energy as well, but that is not pertinent to this particular conversation. In theory and to some extent, higher velocity means shorter time of flight. Shorter time of flight means the wind has less time to work against the projectile in flight. As a result, shorter time of flight means you “may” miss “less” if you blow a wind call at 500 to 1000 yards. Alas, a long barrel doesn’t guarantee a hit any more than a shorter one guarantees a miss in wind. On the other hand, at extreme distances a longer tube may allow a hit on the edge of the target in wind compared to a clean miss with a shorter barrel with a longer time of flight. I’m splitting hairs again, as the time itself is less than 0.10th to 0.13th of a second. How does all this translate into real world shooting?
To start, the shorter barrel is definitely handier and possibly balances better in the offhand. On a 55 degree day with a chronograph five feet in front of the muzzle, the 20” rifle using Federal GM2 (the 175 grain Match load) will have a velocity of 2497fps. My 26” varmint rifle on the same day was posting a velocity of 2640fps. Drop at 1000 yards for the 20” rifle was 41 M.O.A. Out of the 26” barrel it was 37 M.O.A. So a difference of four minutes at 1000 yards. Easily dialed out on a modern tactical Scope, as the majority today have at least 75 minutes of total adjustment. In practical terms, it’s no wonder that the shorter barrels are becoming popular these days. Snipers have, for decades, done yeoman’s work with barrels from 18” to 28”. Their skills determined the outcome far more than the overall length of the barrel. In recent times, a real movement in the community has been toward shorter, handier rifles. The realization was that for the penalty of slightly slower flight time and slightly more drop the shooter could carry a handier, lighter rifle that under the right conditions may yield better accuracy. If you’re a police sniper and have to hump a full length rifle with an overly fat barrel and a stupidly large scope up five flights of stairs to take a 90 yard shot…well, suddenly you’re looking at the this new breed of shorter tactical rigs and thinking, “what’s not to like?” Even at 500 to 700 yards, the old Remington 700 Police LTR can kick some serious ass. In the Police world, a shorter barrel has always made sense. For a time police (the lucky ones not stuck with deer rifles) were strapped with military grade rifles designed for 1000+ yards that were seldom employed in the real world at anything over 400. Few (zero really) police snipers are asked to shoot at ranges that require high energies at or beyond 10 football fields. The statistics still lean toward shots at less than 100 yards for the majority of police snipers. This does not mean that police snipers do not or should not practice at long ranges. To be precise at short range, you really need to practice and train at longer ranges. All too often civilian buyers mistake those statistics to mean that if you want to shoot 500 yards and beyond, you need a 24” or 26” or longer barrel to be accurate. It’s simply not the case! In the end, it’s your money, so hey, whatever floats your boat. But when a plain-Jane 700 Police LTR with a 20 inch barrel can shoot a 2.5 inch group at 500 yards and still hold MOA at 900 yards, one must ask, do I really need anything longer?
I am spending more time on barrel length than I planned here, but it bears discussion when considering a new long range rifle. Long barrels have a place, certainly. If you are trying to take down an enemy combatant, terrorist or otherwise at a distance that leaves one relatively safe from direct return fire, you bet, that long tube ain’t a bad thing in the combat environment. Combat in the desert or across massive distances? Yup, give me a long tube. Some of the shots made in the Gulf wars, across massive distances, have been truly extraordinary. What about combat in Europe where you might have wide open spaces or shorter wood terrain? Maybe a long barrel has some advantage. Then again, a fair bit of sniping was done with shorter rifles all though WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Other than retained energy and the aforementioned higher velocity, humping around a long spear isn’t going to make much difference in the world of hunting or target shooting to 1100 yards, particularly if shooting beyond your own skill sets. And having a long 24” or 26” barrel for police work simply makes no sense at all given the statistics involved.
So what about Civilian Target shooting (steel or paper) from 100 to 1000 yards? Here’s where the debate really comes to the fore. As civilians, we get to play with EVERYTHING. No oversight in terms of what we carry. Whim and fancy and thickness of wallet rule the decision process, but here is something to think about. I’ve seen guys shoot amazing groups with 20” barrels just as I have done so myself with my favored 24”. I’ve never seen a guy gain much advantage going with a longer 26” or 28” barrel, although I have seen some with similar skill score equally well. In all cases, it came down to the skill of the shooter more than the rig he was carrying or the length of his barrel. Yes you perverted cretin, I said “the length of his barrel”. Dutch, if you are reading this, yes, I meant YOU. LOL. So, bringing us full circle and back to the new 86594 rifle. The above is why I wanted to see a 20” Police model with better specs than the current standard Police line. Its time and it makes sense.
To put the current trends and success of these shorter barrels into perspective, I attended a sniper competition four years ago and only four people, myself included, had a 24” barrel on their rig. The other 200 highly skilled competitors all had short handy 20” rifles of various makes and models, both custom made and over the counter. The winning team that year cleaned our clocks and did so with 20” barreled rifles. Shots for score were from 75 yard to 980 yards. Not once did barrel length inhibit the shooters. Lack of sleep, long marches between shooting positions, brutal sunlight shining directly in your optics at dawn, crazy winds switching back and forth across the valleys, bad range calls, you name it and the shooters suffered it. Personally I nearly hopped on the “truck of shame” when my tendon committed serious treason on day two and caused me to limp my way through miles of ridge to valley to ridge trekking. At which point I starting saying to myself, “Self, why in the hell are you still carrying this long-assed spear when everyone outshooting you has short, lighter rifles?” I may be an idiot, but idiots can learn too!
So here we are. Its 2016 and there are now an abundance of tactical and varmint rifles available with 20” police or varmint weight barrels. Life is good in the shooting world. You want a 24” or 26” tubed spear? Someone makes it. You want handy? Someone makes that too. You want a perfect combination of precision, weight, balance, feel and wallop? We now have this new entry into the Remington Police line-up. It features a 5/8-24” thread on the muzzle to accept a wide range of muzzle brakes, suppressors or muzzle brakes that accept suppressors. Interestingly enough and included in the price, she comes with a military grade scope base, the Badger Ordnance 306-06F which retails for over $150 if purchased separately. This is one of the best Picatinney rails one the market. I have abused Badger rails for over a decade, exposing them to insane levels of humidity, sealing them up afterward for weeks and finding no surface rust to speak of. I’ve mounted them on countless rifles and always had outstanding fit and return to zero when removing and remounting a scope/ring combo. In short, I am a fanboy of everything Badger Ordnance. Sounds kind of silly to phrase it that way, but they are really that good. In this case, the base chosen for this rifle has a flat taper, meaning there is no forward cant to the base. This makes the most sense for Law Enforcement snipers due to the range limitations and restrictions imposed upon them. I might have liked the 306-06 more, with its 20 M.O.A. taper, but since my scope has 75 minutes of adjustment, it doesn’t matter. With this rifle and the scope in question, I can dial out beyond 1100 yards. So the flat base makes sense for Police. But what if you are a civilian shooter? Just make sure your scope of choice has at least 55 to 65 minutes of internal adjustment and you will still be able to get out to 900 to 1000 yards with this rifle in .308 Winchester.
Seeing how this rifle is short enough to use effectively with a suppressor, yet still retains the ideal twist rate for match level accuracy, I was curious about how long a projectile I could load. In the .308 chambering, those wishing to do a lot of subsonic work prefer very heavy for caliber bullets with long bearing surfaces. Weights in the range of 180 to 220 grains are not uncommon. Bullet weights over 190 grains really need a faster twist, like 1:10, this rifle seems to settle on match grade accuracy versus the ideal twist rate for heavy subsonic loads. I actually prefer this myself, as shooting non-subsonic, but highly accurate match loads through a suppressor still gives LE and military shooters the advantage of masking their signature without giving away anything in accuracy or energy department. This rifle strikes a nice compromise. Upon checking the length of the throat, it appears that one can still use very heavy for caliber, long bearing surface projectiles without having jam them into the rifling. At the same time, the throat is not so long as to negatively affect normal match grade ammo in the 168 to 175 grain range.
At the Range. So now that I have made you wade through paragraphs of anticipation, one assumes I have you screaming, “oh you wordy bastard! HOWS IT SHOOT?” After all, no amount of yakking about specs will mean much if this thing shoots like a bent arrow in the wind. To be thorough, I decided to do a complete break-in process. Firing 10 rounds and cleaning between each. I recorded these 10 cold bore shots on one target before moving to the targets for group size with a known load, the above mentioned Federal Gold Medal GM2. During break in, I used some old hand loads I had, which also used the Sierra 175 grain MK projectile. I was struck silly by the first five individual shots. Keep in mind, this was not a load designed and tailored for this rifle. Five shots went into .127” at 100 yards. The second string of four shots during the cleaning process went into a .048” circle. This second, distinct group was about a half inch to the right of the first group. I was fairly impressed because I couldn’t really tell you what load I was using. I simply pulled some old loads out of my garage that I had developed for several target rifles maybe eight years ago. The final shot of the break in process, which posted a wild velocity excursion on the chronometer, opened up to a 1.0 total group size, taking all three clusters into account. So I had three distinct clusters on paper. I wanted to quit because frankly, I wasn’t sure I could repeat this with my actual test load!
However, you, the readerneeds real information so I cleaned the barrel one last time and took a short break. Once the barrel was completely cool, I cracked open a fresh box of Federal GM2 and proceeded to shoot for record. There is a reason I used the Federal 175 grain GM308M2 match load for testing. It has proven very consistent over the years and I love to use it at long ranges. It did not disappoint. The conditions were thus: Temp. 55 degrees. Altitude, 450 feet above sea level. Five shot group fired with about 30 to 60 seconds between each shot to allow my aging eyes to rest. Let rifle rest for five minutes. Shoot second five shot group. The scope used was a Leupold Mk4 M5 8.5-25×50 with TMR Reticle. Distance was 100 yards. More testing at longer ranges to come as time allows. The results were as follows:
Group 1: widest portion of group, center to center, .302 inches.
Average Velocity: 2496 FPS.
Group 2: Widest portion of group, center to center, .355 iinches.
Average Velocity: 2499 FPS.
Group 3: Widest portion of group, center to center, .746 inches
Average Velocity: 2493 FPS.
On the last group, group 3, four shots went into .280 inches, and I think I got so damn excited that I totally threw the last shot. Ah well, we all have a bad day at some point. In short, this new rifle appears to be another success for Remington at turning out Sub-Minute, non-custom made, over the counter rifles able to perform like the custom rigs we all begged for back in the 1980’s. If you’re looking for something new, something you can use for both precision shooting and suppressed work, assuming the national hearing protection act ever goes into effect, you could do a lot worse than this new rifle!
Remington 700 Police 5R (SKU) 86594
Caliber: .308 Winchester/7.62 NATO
Overall Length: 39.75 inches
Rifle weight: 8.75 pounds.
Trigger Weight: 4.5 pounds.
Barrel length: 20 inches
Barrel Profile: Police/Varmint Weight
Rifling Type: 5R
Twist Rate: 1 in 11.25″
Muzzle Threads: 5/8-24”
Stock: HS Precision PST012 Tactical
Bolt Knob: Remington Tactical
Trigger Guard: Steel Model M24
Scope Base: Badger Ordnance 306-06F Picatinney Rail.
Where to Buy? http://www.snipercountrypx.com/product/remington-700-police-5r-w20-inch-barrel-wbadger-rail-a-308-win/
I want shoot to 1000 yards, how much Internal Adjustment do I need in a riflescope to get there?
This of course depends on caliber, but to use a few examples. A .308 Winchester launched at 2600 FPS will need about 38 to 39 minutes of UP travel to dial up from a 100 yard zero to a 1000 yard zero. This of course will change with barrel length and bullet type. But using a Federal 175 grain match bullet, from a 26 inch barrel, 38 minutes should do it – at least around here at 500 to 800 foot elevation. The same bullet out of an M14/M21 with a 22 inch barrel may need about 42 minutes due to the slower initial velocity. A .300WM from a 26 inch barrel will only need about 31 to 33 minutes. Again, it depends on conditions at the site, but on average, that’ll do.
What this means is that any shooter wanting to scope a rifle for 1000 yards will usually need between 35 and 45 minutes of UP travel available on their rifle scope. So any scope with a TOTAL adjustment range of 60 to 100 minutes is appropriate. You can get away with 55 minutes, but 60 minutes is truly the working minimum. More in this in at the end of this article.
“Only 60 minutes you say?” YES. Consider. That means, mechanically speaking, the scope has 30 minutes of UP travel and 30 minutes of DOWN travel from its mechanical ZERO. 30 minutes will get you to roughly 875 to 900 yards using the above .308 Federal 175 grain match bullet/rifle combo. If you use a 20 minute scope base, which is common practice on most long range tactical rifles today, that 60 minute of angle scope will now allow you to dial all the way out to 50 minutes of UP travel from your 100 yard zero. How? By tilting the scope down 20 minutes of angle, The tapered base allows you to use more internal adjustment solely for UP travel. And 50 minutes of UP will get you out to about 1150 yards with that scope!
So, if your game is true long range shooting, just make sure that when buying a scope that it has between 60 minutes and 100 minutes of angle of internal adjustment and you are golden. You do not actually NEED a 100 M.O.A. capable scope to shoot to 1000 yards. A scope with less internal adjustment, when combined with a modern tapered base, will suffice nicely. One should match the scope/base/CALIBER. For instance, it would be pointless to have a scope with 120 minutes of travel, AND a 20 minute tapered base, on a .308 Winchester rifle. The Maximum Effective Range on the .308 is considered to be approx 800 meters. It has been used effectively out to 1300 meters in combat. Effective range of course, has nothing to do with the ability to hit a target, but everything to do with what happens to the target at that range. So for PAPER or STEEL gong shooting, the max range of the .308 Winchester certainly exceeds its combat effective range. Even if it is running out of steam at 1000 yards, you can still, with skill, shoot a sub-minute group at that range with that caliber. Still, wasting money on a scope with tons of internal adjustment that you will never use, may not be the wisest route to go. In truth, the extra money would be better spent on AMMUNITION. For to practice is to make perfect. We often say there is no $5000 rifle on the planet that will make a poor shooter into a good one. Even if the rifle is capable of quarter M.O.A. groups, it takes a skilled and practiced hand to be able to shoot to that level. The best long range shooters are the ones that actually SHOOT at long range a lot. That takes a lot of ammo.
So to the point, when buying a scope, try to match it well with your final goal. Keep the goal realistic. Keep it smart. The same scope that is perfect for a .338 Lapua Magnum will certainly work well with a .308 Winchester, but if you are actually shooting a .308, you probably do not need to be paying for 125 minutes of internal adjustment when 60 to 75 will be plenty for that caliber. The money saved can be used toward that which you DO need! PRACTICE.
Finally, on the opposite of end of the scale. There are scopes designed for benchrest shooting that have very limited adjustment. Some as little as 26 minutes TOTAL. Even with a tapered base, these scopes are not appropriate for the longe range shooter, regardless of advertising, appearance, or price. Most won’t even allow a 100 yard zero using a tapered base. Generally your zero bottoms out somewhere around 250 yards. So avoid this choice no matter how attractive it seems. Look closely when you see a “varmint” scope. These too often, but not always, have very limited travel. Seems counter-productive, but there you have it. Also, don’t go crazy on objective size. I’ve discussed this in other articles but it bears repeating. Massive scopes are better suited to short range bench competition. Their image often falls apart at long range as soon as you introduce MIRAGE, which is to say EVERY time you go out in anything but winter! So scopes over 25x really need not apply for true long range marksmanship.
On the lack of product and ammo on this shop and across the nation: Essentially, what you are seeing is a situation where there is practically zero product in the distribution pipeline, which has led of course, to empty shelves in dealer stores. Due to panic buying, every dealer and wholesaler sold out of practically everything in January, as a direct result of the bullshit the democrats and the media are trying to pull on the issue of gun control. The panic their anti-constitutional stances have caused has resulted in a buying frenzy that has wiped store shelves dry. In short, people no longer trust their government to protect their individual liberties unless those liberties are aligned with a far left agenda.
The resulting panic has caused a complete lack of product availability and until the manufacturers can catch up, many dealers across the nation will struggle to find product for customers or even make their monthly rent! Both dealers and manufactures were unprepared for the cynical political fall-out of Sandy Hook and what the Obama administration and the Progressive Democrat party would try to pull in its after math. We want to trust our politicians to take logical, well thought actions, not irrational, intrusive, and cynically aggressive acts that are designed to limit our rights. But as the current administration has said, “NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE”. Keeping true to their left wing course, they’ve decided that your right to self -defense should be limited to antiquated and politically correct firearms. You can stop them, but it is going to require you to get off your complacent posteriors and contact your political representatives and make it unquestionably clear that should they support Dianne Feinstein’s over reaching anti-gun legislation, or ANY new gun legislation, you will do everything in your power to stand in the way of their reelection. We know that the last so called assault weapons ban did nothing to stop or solve crime. There is a reason it sun-set. It was proven pointless. But that matters not a bit to the political left. To achieve their goal of so called social justice, they need an unarmed populous and will use any excuse to make that happen. Let them know their policies failed the last time the banned firearms and you will not tolerate a re-visitation of their stupidity again.
So, until the manufacturers can catch up, distributor shelves are literally empty. This means dealers cannot get the guns or ammo you desire. Currently, nearly every product is allocated and rationed out to dealers as the distributors see fit, to assure at least every dealer gets something to stay afloat during this period. Things will get better but it’s going to take several months for the manufacturers to catch up. Until then, we apologize for the lack of product availability. Our level of frustration is equal to yours. A business cannot survive on air alone and needs product to exist. At this time we would like to thank you for your patience and remind you that come the next election, you should remember who did this to you, who so little values your liberties, and finally, who believes you do not have the right to defend yourself or your family with anything more than a double barrel shotgun.
They don’t trust you to eat what they want you to eat, they didn’t trust you to make your own choices for medical care, and now, again, they refuse to trust you to protect your freedoms. Lets show them once and for all what we think of a government that forgets that it is not our father or our beneficent care taker, but our employee. Individual liberty must trump the entitlement state above all else, or we will soon be nothing more than slaves to that state. Remember 2013 when you have the next opportunity to vote these people from office.
Badger Ordnance “Maximized” Scope Rings and 20 moa Tapered one piece base set. Many of my customers have asked about scope mounting options for the tactical rifle and I can say without a doubt that the Badger system is probably one of the best on the market. It is certainly one of the strongest, if not the strongest I have personal experience with. Combined, this ring and base set provides a totally aligned system. The tolerances are so close in fact that the rings are actually serial numbered by pairs.
This 30mm ring set is visually similar to the well known Mk4 ring set, but the comparison ends there. The Maximized Scope Ring is built to the Picatinny Optic Rail specification, Mil-STD-1913. The level of finish is outstanding and quite a step above some of the competition. There are no machine marks to speak of and the precision of construction is obvious. Where the MK4 ring has a rough cast finish, the Badger ring reminds one instantly of a finely crafted and machined watch. Each ring is sold numbered to its mate. This is the result of the way Marty Bordson mils the rings in pairs. They are affixed to a mount and trued up so that if mounted on a squared base, they will need zero lapping. This is unlike the Mk4 system where any two bases are probably grabbed from a group lot and tossed into a package. When I mounted this ring set and checked for concentricity and alignment I could find no deviation worth mentioning. They were in near perfect alignment. A totally new experience for me!
Made of aerospace grade steel of proprietary mix, the rings come in three heights. The Standard mount (#306-08) measures .823 from the base to the center ring and is sufficient for most applications such as a 30mm scope with a 42mm objective. The High mount (#306-09) measures 1.25 to the center ring and will work well with most large objective scopes up to 56mm. The last ring height is the Ultra-high (#306-10). This ring is best used on the AR-15 flat top, SR-25 and AR-10 Flat tops. It measures 1.40 high. All three rings measure 1.75 inches across and .625 inches wide. A one inch reducer can be purchased to adapt the rings to standard 1 inch scopes. These rings have four 8-40 Torx head screws in the cap. The threading is very precise and these screws went in without any problem, something I have not found to be the case with some of the competition. The rings will function on any Mk4 or Weaver style base. The weight for the standard ring set is 6.6 ounces and the Ultra-High comes in at 10.0 ounces. They are hefty and very strong. All rings are secured to the Picatinny rail via cross bolt and 1/2″ hex nut torqued to the standard 65 inch pounds. All rings can withstand the recoil of the .50 caliber rifle.
Also available is the Maximized Scope Ring, Max-50 (#306-11). This massive ring set is designed specifically for the hard kicking recoil of the .50 caliber rifle. The rings are a full one inch wide and 1.75 inches across and utilizes three Torx head screws per side. These rings are .823 from base to center ring with a total weight of 10.4 ounces.
A special note from both Marty Bordson and Andy Webber, who had a small hand in the creation of this design: Both gentleman warn against the use of multiples of rings when mounting a rifle telescope. In separate conversations, both, who have quite a bit of engineering experience, disavowed the use of four rings per scope saying that it is not necessary and if done with less than precision, will cause damage to the scope tube. They assured me that this trend is nothing more than a trend and a costly one at that. Two quality rings properly installed are more than sufficient to hold the scope in place. If you really feel the need for more contact area, by all means consider the Max-50 for your mounting needs. This ring has plenty of surface area for most hard recoiling applications.
Badger also offers an excellent one piece tapered base for long range applications. This is a Picatinny spec one piece rail machined from 4142 prehardened (28-32Rc) steel. It has a MIL-STD-1913 slot pattern that extends out over the recoil lug on a standard Remington 700 action. This length allows quite a versatile range of optical options. The base has an integral recoil lug and is canted forward to provide a 20 moa increase in maximum scope adjustment. In fact with this base, my Leupold Vari-X III 3.5-10x Long Range M3 will reach all the way out to 1200 yards and beyond! Not that I could actually hit anything way out there mind you, but it is nice to have the extra elevation. Prior to this installation, the best I could get with a standard mount and this scope was 40 moa elevation before running out of internal adjustment. Now I can dial in a full 60 moa!
The scope base is of the highest quality construction. Again, like the rings, it is precise and crisp. There are no unsightly machining marks to mar the surface and it has the appearance of total strength. I am very tempted to try driving the base into a car door with a sledge hammer just to see if it would bend. My impression is that it would not be fazed at all. The base comes in two sizes for the Remington M 700 action. The Short rail (#306-06) and the Long action (#306-07).
Badger also offers a complete line of products for the tactical rifle. A precision ground recoil lug, a heavy duty trigger guard for the 700 action and many more quality machined items to improve you rifle.
The listed retail price for the 20 moa tapered base is $145, well worth every penny when compared to the alternatives. The rings will retail somewhere in the $150 range but as in all things, it is best to find a dealer willing to cut you some slack. These prices, when compared to that of the Mk4 system are not at all out of line. The extra quality and precision is instantly noticeable.
In recent years a movement has been afoot within the police sniper community to shorten their sniper rifle to better fit the environment in which they serve. Clearly there is little need for a full length field rifle nor must an officer put up with the extra weight and cumbersome handling of the typical 26” barreled sniper rig. Statistics have proven time and again that most police snipers will face an adversary at an average distance of 75 yards. This of course is the median. He may have to engage targets from as little as 50 feet to as far as 200 yards away. Beyond these distances it becomes not only a matter of not being able to assure an instant incapacitation, but it also can turn into a legal battle. Without going into all the details, let it suffice to say that few police snipers will willingly take a shot beyond these distances and in many cases it would prove irresponsible to do so.
The question begs then, why carry a full length field rifle if you never will need or be allowed to engage a target at 800 yards? The answer is obvious. Don’t! For many years the Remington 700 PSS was the rifle of choice for law enforcement. Localities with a budget to burn may have opted for higher dollar systems, but the PSS was the rifle by which all others were judged. It has served well and still carries on to this day. However, in 1994 Remington updated the rifle with a 26” barrel. Prior to this time, the 700 Police rifle was issued with a 24” hammer forged tube. Even at that length it was really more than was necessary. The new 26” barrel made the rifle less than ideal when used in urban environments and the weight, while not excessive, was more than necessary. To counter this problem, Remington released the excellent LTR, or Light Tactical Rifle in 1997-98. With a short 20” fluted barrel and an HS Precision stock of much reduced weight and redesigned contour, Remington seems to have found the perfect compromise for the police sniper’s needs.
Today’s review examines the stock Remington chose to use on the LTR. The HS Precision Urban Police, model PST59. The stock is a departure from the heavy PSS stock (HS model PST12). Weighing in at only 40 ounces, this stock is equivalent in weight to a loaded handgun. HS precision did away with the palm swell in the pistol grip area, opting for a thinner and more sporting style grip. This grip fills the hand nicely without being overly thin. Sharpshooters will appreciate the shape of the grip. It has a good universal feel to it that will prove comfortable both in prone and in off hand shooting. Unlike the vertical grip stocks currently flooding the market, a standard style grip has ergonomics more suited for overall general use. As any sniper will tell you, prone shooting is not always an option and a grip in a sporting contour is often more usable in most situations.
It is light and handy with excellent ergonomics
Length of pull is standard at about 13.5” and the stock’s overall length is a short 28.25” long, a full 4.5” shorter than the PSS stock. It is perfectly suited to short barreled tactical rifles and is quite handy, balancing out nicely. At 2.25” wide, the bottom of the forearm is as wide as the PSS but HS chose to create a reverse concave midway up the side wall. This effectively saves weight and allows the hand to more naturally fall on the fore grip. The fingers naturally tend to fall into place in this concavity and the feel is quite comfortable. The bottom of the forearm is slightly rounded and proved quite stable over several forms of support. The butt stock is capped off with a thick pliable recoil pad to absorb the extra recoil you can expect to find in a carbine length rifle. The overall package is very pointable and light, the perfect thing for an urban rig.
In typical HS fashion, the CAD/CAM designed and CNC machined aircraft aluminum bedding block is full length, spanning from just aft of the tip all the way back to the pistol grip and slightly beyond. The stock is a true “drop-in” design and will readily take any Remington 700 BDL short action. Construction of the stock surrounding the bedding block is composite mix of woven Kevlar, fiberglass cloth, unidirectional carbon fiber and an epoxy based gel coat and laminating resin. The core of the stock is injection molded with a fiberglass reinforced polyurethane structural foam. This is the same system of construction as used on the Army’s M24 SWS and judging from its record, can be considered proven and quite successful.
The overall construction of the test stock can be considered quite excellent. However, I did find one nit to pick. HS provides two sling swivel studs on the forearm. While this is greatly appreciated on a tactical stock for some reason HS chose to place them too close together in my opinion. Center to center, the studs are 1.75” apart. This makes it quite hard to fit a Harris or other brand bipod to the rifle. The standard Harris goes on fine, but the Swivel model is just about out of room. To use it comfortably I had to remove the second stud. Not a great issue, and one can make the argument that only one stud is needed anyway so HS did you a favor in giving you a choice of where to mount it. Still, I would personally like to see more space between the two studs.
With each stock HS provides new action screws in the form of heavy duty Allen head bolts. These screws may prove slightly long and in need of trimming. HS does this to allow for variations in action thickness. The screws provided with the PST59 were just about right. The rear screw could have used a hit with a grinder to knock off a 1000th, but it did not obstruct the manipulation of the bolt so I left it as is. HS Precision recommends installing the action screws with a torque wrench, set for 65 inch pounds. You may wish to experiment with lower settings but for a quick installation 65 inch pounds works and will retain zero if and when you need to remove the action from the stock. For the test I installed the PST59 on my 700 PSS action, which is a little long in the barrel for this stock. I have however, handled the PST59 when mounted on shorter barreled actions and found it to balance naturally with just a bit of welcomed nose heaviness with a medium 20” tube. The barrel channel is contoured for the Remington standard varmint weight barrel contour as found on the LTR, PSS, and P-DM. By the way, the Urban Police stock is also offered for the P-DM in the form of the PST-51. The barrel channel leaves approximately 5/32s of side material in the stock if you wish to open the channel up for a straighter taper barrel. By way of the TLAR method (That Looks About Right), I would guess you could go with a barrel contour 1/8” wider before worrying about the strength of the side wall.
Range time proved the HS method of bedding. My PSS, in its current form, will shoot 175 grain Federal Gold Medal into an average of .6 moa. Groups usually consist of three or four shots cutting one almost single caliber hole with the remaining rounds going wider and opening up the average. These groups are generally concentric and typically shows lobes falling out of the shot center in a nice clover leaf. Installing the PST59 on the PSS barreled action and torqueing to the recommend 65 inch pounds proved that HS is pretty consistent in their CNC machining method. The rifle showed no unusual traits and grouped pretty much as expected. Zero shift between one stock and the other was minimal, although I could have fine tuned it a very small bit if I had a mind to. Testing was shot from a Hart rest and I had to remove the sling swivel studs to facilitate smooth recoil. Average group size remained in the .6 moa region with no stringing or flyers. In all an excellent showing! I found myself looking at that long 26” barrel and contemplating taking a cutter to it, but thankfully common sense won the day. After all, if I really want a handy short barrel tactical rifle, I have an old 700 hunting rifle I could rebarrel…hmmm… it would make an excellent deer rifle with a short tube and this stock… ”Honey, where’s the Check book?”
So what does it all mean? If you have the need for a short barreled tactical rig and have been looking for a way to stock it, look no further than the Urban Police. Its simple design, excellent ergonomics and moderate price points to one undeniable fact: reality and function often override perception. The perception for years was that a police sniper was limited to gear better suited to a long range field sniper. With the new trend toward 20” barrels, one now finds that you are no longer limited to heavy, ungainly tactical rifles. Best of all, accuracy testing of these shorter rifles has shown that out to 500 yards and beyond you do not even suffer a performance penalty. The day of the handy sniper rifle has arrived.
OTIS Technology, Inc. of Lyons Falls, NY, is known as an innovative and successful manufacturer of weapon cleaning systems. As part of their success, OTIS has had several of their cleaning kits adopted by the United States Armed Forces. An OTIS kit has also been adopted by the Marines for their M40 series of sniper rifles. OTIS also produces an improved butt stock cleaning kit for the ever lasting M16 series and now the M4 series. Word has filtered down that the M40 kit will also become the M24 cleaning kit of choice for the Army.
Many of you know how to clean a rifle. We have come to expect high quality specialized tools that help us maintain our firearms while avoiding the pitfalls that can damage them. We have adopted one-piece coated cleaning rods and long abandoned those old segmented steel rods we first saw issued to us in the military – and woe be unto the poor soul observed trying to clean his valuable rifle with a segmented department store aluminum rod! If he survives the derision of his fellow marksmen, he may not survive the tar and feathering to follow – or the bill he’ll receive for replacing his now ruined barrel. We have action cleaning tools, specialized solvents for removing copper, high quality bore brushes, non-abrasive bore cleaning compounds, and top-notch coated one-piece cleaning rods. Unfortunately, none of these things are helpful in the field environment!
It is quite easy to keep a high level of maintenance on your weapon system back in the comfort of an armory, garage or living room. Large bulky tools like a one-piece rod are not an issue under these circumstances, and one can create a fully developed cleaning box the size of a medium portable tool kit! My current box is an adaptation of a tool box found at Wal-Mart and it must weigh a good 30 pounds! With it I can clean every single firearm in my collection. It is a real armorer’s kit in every sense of the word. It is universal and comprehensive. Obviously this thing, and the accompanying rods for all the various caliber’s I shoot, is NOT going afield with me. In steps OTIS.
OTIS has developed a complete line of dedicated and universal cleaning kits for the field. Each round ballistic nylon pouch kit measures roughly 4 inches in diameter and 2.25 inches wide. In this small space, they have managed to assemble everything you could possibly need to maintain your system under real field conditions. You no longer have to cob together a kit or rely on an M60 or M16 pouch kit for your field duties.
OTIS has taken an old idea and applied modern technology to the equation. In WWII for instance, many armies fielded cleaning kits with segmented pull chains or even strings. In use, these would be fed though the breech of the rifle and pulled through to the muzzle. One problem of these systems was the accumulated crude that would build up in the chain or rope. This debris would then damage the bore on the second pass. Wiping down the chain helped, but many troops would forgo this and in any case, being awash with segments, it would be impossible to get all the debris out of the chain. However, being all they had at the time, these self-contained kits did the job and got the troops through another day. The convenience of these kits was paramount. You could take all the necessary items into the field with you and even though not ideal, the systems allowed the average grunt to keep his life blood (the rifle) operating when it hit the fan.
OTIS has recreated the pull-through system by using a multi-strand braided and coated wire they call OTIS memory flex. It has a pull strength of 750 pounds! Besides being field portable, it has obvious advantages over modern one-piece rods. When cleaning with a modern single piece rod, one has to contend with the occasional rod flex caused by a tight patch jamming in the bore. This problem often results in the bore being damaged when the rod contacts the lands and groves. A pull-through system by its nature cannot jam in this manner as the patch is the last item to pass through the bore. OTIS also has developed a new patch system that is very unique. Each round patch has three slits in it. Upon each pass, you lock the patch onto one of the slits and the end result is a fabric cone that makes complete contact with the bore. This is a great improvement over the old way of using the eyelet patch holder or the wrap or punch jag. The OTIS method forces the patch material into the deepest crevices of the bore assuring a complete contact and cleaning. Testing has verified that one pass of the OTIS system is equivalent to 20 passes under traditional methods! It is no wonder the military has adopted the OTIS kit line.
Standard patches can be used. You need not have the OTIS patch on hand. One can adapt the typical .30 caliber or 5.55mm patch to the OTIS system so you need not restock or replace your current patch collection until it is depleted. With each OTIS kit comes a complete set of directions. In use, the kit is quite simple and the dullest troop to the highest trained sniper can learn the system in a few minutes. Both will appreciate the improvements it allows over the old field cleaning kit. Time lost to cleaning chores is greatly reduced.
A typical OTIS kit includes the following (items may vary depending on actual kit):
- a ballistic nylon soft case with several ingenious and dedicated compartments for the included tools. The case has a heavy duty zipper. It may, depending on model, have a web strap to facilitate attachment to your belt or it may have standard military attachment hardware as found on current load bearing equipment;
- an OTIS memory flex cable pull through. These “cleaning rods” are coated with a heavy duty flexible covering and capped with brass threaded ends for attachments. The length is appropriate to the kit;
- a short length of OTIS memory flex cable for chamber cleaning or for lengthening the main rod;
- a fiber optic bore reflector. This is a unique little gadget that allows you to use ambient light to check the state of the bore. It has an amber/reddish color. This color is used because your eye can better distinguish problems in the bore than it can with a clear white light which tends to wash out the view! The bore reflector can also be fitted to a battery operated bore light if you prefer and most unique of all, it can double as a empty chamber indicator on the firing line!
Other items may include:
- a brass chamber cleaning rod, brush and T-handle. A small pick-like device for scrapping tight, hard-to-get-to areas and a toothbrush attachment;
- an obstruction remover. In practice, this is attached to the long rod-cable and can be tapped against a stuck case to drive it out of the chamber;
- a forged brass cleaning tip (eyelet type) for dragging patches though the bore;
- a flat scraper for getting hard carbon off of bolt faces;
- brass cleaning brushes constructed of brass wire and a brass core. The brushes will last quite a long time because you are only using them in one direction, avoiding the bending forces exerted on the normal brush when pulling it in both directions as done with a one-piece rod. These brushes are of very high quality and their design is well thought out;
- The kit also may include an adapter for adapting the commercial 8-32 thread to the NATO spec 8-36 thread, plus several other adapters that help facilitate the use of the tools. OTIS patches are included of course, and some kits have complete lens care kits included for scoped rifles. A CLP type cleaning fluid is also included in the kit as well as pipe cleaners or cotton swabs.
The kits are so well thought out that one could essentially use them for all their cleaning chores. In some cases, I am tempted to use them exclusively because they would seem to offer better protection for an expensive bore. The cone-shaped patch for instance is self centering and will not allow the cable or brass fixtures to touch the bore at all. It also is used to clean the chamber, shoulder area and throat. You simply rotate the cleaning rod when the patch is in these areas and due to the conical patch’s “filling” nature, contact with the fouled surfaces is assured. As you pull the patch through, solvent is pushed ahead of the patch instead of being dragged along behind. The obvious advantage is that the trailing portions of the patch mop up any left over debris and that results in less passes required for a complete cleaning.