SOLD FOR: $4104
Model: 700 BDL, Custom M40A1 Sniper
Serial Number: E6342224
Year of Manufacture: 2000s
Caliber: 7.62×51 NATO
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Hinged Floorplate Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “U.S. / E6342224” at the breech and “Remington / MODEL 700” at the midsection. The left side of the barrel is marked “7.62 NATO”. The left side of the scope base is marked “6342224”. The bolt body is marked “2224”. The bolt handle is marked “2224” twice, once on the back and once on the side.
Barrel Length: 26” Heavy, 25″ to Recoil Lug
Sights / Optics: The barrel has no provision for iron sights. The left side of the receiver has a pair of drilled, tapped, and filled holes. The receiver is installed with a custom one-piece Redfield style base. The base secures a pair of rings holding a Leupold Mark 4 1-10 power scope. The scope has some scattered light handling marks. The scope has a MilDot reticle and the glass is clear. The scope rates in Excellent condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a McMillan composite M40A1 sniper stock with a textured forend, textured pistol grip, monte carlo comb, brown rubber buttpad, sling mounts, bipod mount, and McMillans Forest camo finish. There are a few little spots of thinning and little marks through the finish. There are some draglines and light handling marks. The texturing is strong. The LOP measures approximately 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad which has some light wear. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Black
Finish Originality: Original to Build
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are some little nicks through the finish. There are a few scuffs and rubs which have lightly thinned the finish. There are some scattered handling marks. There is light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are strong. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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: Included are the previously described scope, a Brownell’s leather sling, and a Harris 1A2 Ultralight bipod.
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.
The M40 Sniper came about during the Vietnam War when the USMC wanted a standardized sniper platform. They had been using the Winchester model 70 and even some Springfield 1903s, neither of which were optimized to the combat they found themselves in. The 1903 is a fantastic rifle and so is the Model 70, but the 1903 was not set up as a sniper and the Model 70s they were using were often old reconditioned match rifles. Neither filled the role of a purpose-built combat sniper. As combat evolved and the U.S. realized the true needs of an effective sniper. They set about finding a rifle that was up to par, and in 1966 they made their selection. Just four years earlier, a legend was born and the first Model 700s rolled off the line. They obviously impressed the USMC who purchased seven hundred Remington Model 40s in 1966 after finding that they were up to snuff. The Remington Model 40 is the target/match version of the 700 as we are sure you know. The rifle was given the military designation M40 and the rest is history. They have gone through numerous rebuild and upgrade programs, today they are still in use and are on the M40A5 designation.
The original M40 went through Vietnam, and in the 1970s, some of the weaknesses were identified. The biggest flaw was that the wood stock was prone to warping which would cause performance issues. Sometime in the early 1970s, the USMC armorers at MCB Quantico began rebuilding the original M40s into M40A1s. The process involved, among other improvements, replacing the original wood stocks with McMillan A1 fiberglass stocks, as well as replacing the original 3–9× Redfield variable-power scopes with 10× Unertl fixed-power scopes.
This one is a clone M40A1 sniper rifle. The rifle is a clone and not a replica, the barrel is not 24″ but many of the key features on this rifle have been aced. The receiver has received modification and been reprofiled at the rear of the ejection port and been modified with a pair of drilled, tapped, and filled holes at the rear which was never a feature on E-prefix guns. Since it’s all about details, the receiver bridge has also been slotted for stripper clips, it may not be useable with the scope mount installed…or even visible, but it is what is correct for this sniper. The bottom metal is now upgraded to steel, like the real thing…when Remington made their SSA M40 commemorative they themselves didn’t even use steel! The floorplate is also secured with hex head screws, an upgrade from the flatheads. The barreled action is bedded in the correct McMillan M40A1 stock with the forest camo and it even has the Wichita sling swivels. This is a great opportunity to get your hands on a great looking USMC inspired build that will shoot as good as it looks. The M40 is one of Remington’s most historically significant guns and now is your chance to own a fine clone of one of the most significant snipers in U.S. Armed Forces history. Please see our photos and good luck!
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