First Year Remington 700 BDL .30-06 Sprg 20″ Bolt Action Rifle MFD 1962 C&R

Sold for $2016.94

Make: Remington

Model: 700 BDL

Serial Number: 31245

Year of Manufacture: 1962, First Year, C&R

Caliber: .30-06 Sprg.

Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Hinged Floorplate

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number at the breech and “Remington / MODEL 700” at the midsection. The left side of the barrel is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO., INC. ILION, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A. / PAT. NO. 2,473,373 2,514,981” followed by “30-06 SPRG” and “UKJ” at the receiver. The right side of the barrel is marked with magnaflux, proof, and test marks at the breech. The bolt is matched to the rifle and the bottom is marked “31245”.

Barrel Length: 20″

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a serrated ramped base that is screwed to the barrel. The ramped base is slotted for a protective hood (none included). The rear sight is a “U” notch flip up elevator sight with a white alignment triangle, it is fixed to a ramped base that is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation. The left rear of the receiver has a pair of drilled, tapped, and filled holes. The top of the receiver has two pairs of drilled, tapped, and filled holes.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is press checkered wood with fleur di lis accents with a fluted monte carlo comb with a cheekpiece. The nose and butt of the wrist are black-capped with white spacers. There are sling swivel studs front and rear. There are some scattered compressions, draglines, and light scratches. There are a few dings into the wood, the most noticeable are on the belly. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is intact. The LOP measures approximately 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the checkered alloy buttplate. The plate has some light wear, mostly at the heel and toe. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There are a few spots of faint surface erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are some scattered light marks. There is some finish loss on the edge of the muzzle. There are a few little marks through the finish on the bottom metal assembly. There are a few small spots of discoloration from previous oxidation on the bolt body. There is standard operational wear. There are a few scattered light marks. The markings are strong, the screw heads are sharp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The bolt is locked when on the safe position and cannot be cycled. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Remington 700 needs no introduction, it has been one of the most popular bolt action rifles in America for decades, seeing use in target shooting, hunting, and in law enforcement. Remington had been producing sporting rifles for decades, but their Post-WWI Model 30 Sporter took too much time & money to make and required too much milling. After WWII they designed the Model 721 which used a receiver made of bar stock, meaning it could be turned on a lathe, cutting production time & cost. The basic design of the 721 went through further developments under the direction of engineer Mike Walker, and Remington went on to produce the Model 722 and Model 725, and finally, in 1962, the Model 700 was born. With the design, Walker desired to increase accuracy over previous designs so tight bore & chamber tolerances, a short leade, and fast lock time were used. Since its inception in 1962, it has been produced in just about any caliber and configuration you could think of. If it hasn’t there are custom parts and gunsmiths out there to get it exactly how you like. This one is a first year C&R example with the pre-1970 square safety selector, different profile bolt handle, charging notch in the receiver bridge, and a one-piece sear. This example is chambered in .30-06 Springfield which is easily found and you may even have a few boxes in your gunroom. This is a classic C&R rifle and would be a great addition to a Remington collection and will be a great target shooting rifle for years to come! Please see our photos and good luck!