SOLD FOR: $2525
Model: 700 CDL SF Limtied Edition
Serial Number: S6636997
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Caliber: .17 Rem. Fireball
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Barrel Length: 24″ Fluted
Sights / Optics: There is no provision for iron sights. The top of the receiver has two pairs of drilled, tapped, and filled holes.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is checkered wood with black caps, pistol grip, two capped recoil lugs, and a fluted straight comb with a cheekpiece. There are some compressions. There are some marks through the finish. There are a few little nicks. There is light handling wear. The checkering is mostly sharp. The LOP measures approximately 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the Remington SuperCell buttpad. The pad has some light wear from use. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There are some spots of stubborn fouling. There does not appear to be any erosion. In my opinion, this bore is a 9.5 out of 10. Once cleaned I think it will be 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are some spots of finsih wear on the trigger guard. There are a few little spots of dark discoloration on the barrel. There are a few minor scuffs that have caused smooth spots. There are standard operational marks. The markings are clear. The screw sockets are strong. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The bolt is serial matching. The action functions correctly. The bolt is serial matching. 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 and money to make, plus it 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 and 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.
The Remington 700 was introduced in 1962 and was accompanied by a new Remington round, the 7mm Magnum. The duo were a supernova the industry was not ready for, but the people were. In 1963 Winchester launched their counter-offensive and put out the .300 Winchester Magnum. Remington had already been crushing it with sales of the 870 and had introduced a philosophy, which is still used today, of parts interchangeability. Perhaps the Remington 700 was the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back” for Winchester. It likely didn’t hurt that the 700 was new and nobody had preconceived notions of what it should be while the Model 70 was already beloved and was being changed for the worse, but nonetheless, Winchester zigged and Remington zagged. A year after the .300 Win Mag was put to market, the onslaught from Remington was too much, Winchester cut costs and streamlined manufacturing across the board (most collectors already know this as it spurred the Winchester collecting terms Pre-64 and Post-64) while the Big Green scaled up and had out three variants with numerous calibers in the early 1960s. The ADL, BDL, and BDL Magnum. Introductory prices for standard calibers were $114.95 for the ADL and $139.95 for the BDL. Prices for magnum versions of the BDL were $154.95 for the .264 Win. Mag., 7 mm Rem. Mag and .300 Win. Mag. and $310 for the .375 H&H Mag. and .458 Win. Mag. In the first three years alone, rifles in the hot new 7mm Rem Mag outsold the tried and true .30-06 and .270 Win…combined! With other companies cutting costs, Remington did something different and went the other way…completely on brand for them, ha! The old Magnum 700s were made of stainless steel due to hunters of the time not wanting anything but blued finishes, something that sounds funny today. Sportsman of the time wanted nothing other than a traditional blued finish, and as the old adage goes “when money talks, people listen.” Remington sure did listen and went to great expense to layer on coats of different material so that the blue would adhere to the stainless guns. They have gone through many changes and updates over the years and will likely continue to do so.
The 700 is a classic in the truest sense of the word and has seen its fair share of use in just about any role you could imagine a bolt action rifle being used for. It has shaped firearms history as mentioned above and has been a mainstay in movies, TV, and videogames. It shows no signs of falling out of favor after its meteoric rise, and even after Remington filed for bankruptcy and restructured, new models can be found on their new website. This is a piece of history, both firearms and American, and something everyone needs at least one of. If you don’t have one yet, why not? This one is the CDL SF Limited Edition, or Classic Deluxe Stainless Fluted, it is truly a beauty and a truly sharp looking rifle. After seeing this I am reminded of fond memories of being a young kid and looking at the Remington catalog and fantasizing about owning this very model! I thought, and still think, this is one of the classiest models Remington has ever put to market. For this limited edition, Remington produced a special caliber for one year only, just like their earlier Classic Limited. The caliber chosen for 2007 was the .17 Remington Fireball. The floorplate has special limited edition markings that feature the year and caliber chosen amidst scroll engraving. This one is sharp and the lucky winner will undoubtedly make some good memories of their own with it! Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!