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New For 2010: The Remington Model 700 XCR II

February 18, 2010.

The Remington Model 700 XCR™ (Xtreme Conditions Rifle) bolt-action rifle was introduced in 2005 and soon became a key player in Remington's lineup of hunting rifles.

The XCR is at heart a good-old stainless rifle with a synthetic stock, but differentiated itself from the market by incorporating a proprietary weather-resistant finish ("TriNyte") and a distinctive stock from Hogue with molded rubber grips. Offered in a good variety of calibers at a reasonable price, the XCR has always been a good candidate for a no-nonsense working rifle.

For 2010, Remington has announced the next generation of the XCR - the Model 700 XCR II. In a nutshell, they've changed the color of the finish on the metal to black, and made the stock olive drab. The new color scheme — which they started playing with in their triangular-barrel VTR rifle last year — is a nice change from the black and silver standard we've lived with in synthetic stock rifles for so long now, and a more practical color choice for field use.

 The Remington XCR II

The TriNyte coating is the same coating that's been on the market since 2005, and is well-described by Remington's marketing materials:

"A base layer of electroless nickel plating is applied, followed by a satin-finished black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) layer. Though micro-thin, this protective barrier provides virtual elimination of corrosion and superior abrasion resistance, comparable to the Rockwell Scale rating for diamonds. All exposed metalwork wears the TriNyte finish – barrel, action, bolt, bolt head and trigger."

The stock, too, seems to be the same stock that Remington has used on the original XCR since 2005, just OD green with black overmolding instead of black with gray overmolding. The stock has a distinctive feel to it, and while some hunters don't care for it (including me), it does seem to be a very practical and weather-resistant offering.

Other standard XCR II features include:

  • Clean 24-inch, hammer-forged 416 stainless barrel (26-inch barrel length on the Ultra Magnums and 7mm Remington Magnum, iron sights on the 375 chamberings)
  • Receiver drilled and tapped for scope mounts
  • Hinged floorplate
  • Sling swivel studs
  • Remington's proprietary SuperCell™ Recoil Pad
  • Remington's X-MARK PRO™ trigger, factory set 3 ½ pounds

Remington also decked out the rifle with some nice finishing details, including a “Stainless” designation on the left side of the receiver and a barrel marked with “XCR II”. Continuing the recent trend we've seen on the 2009 versions of Winchester's Model 70 and on recent Limited Editions from Remington, they've included floorplate engraving that includes both the model name and the “TriNyte” logo.

The XCR II is available in 13 calibers, including some really solid big game workhorses.

Chambering Barrel Sights Weight
25-06 Remington 24" Clean 7 3/8 lbs
270 Winchester 24" Clean 7 3/8 lbs
280 Remington 24" Clean 7 3/8 lbs
30-06 Springfield 24" Clean 7 3/8 lbs
7mm Remington Mag 26" Clean 7 5/8 lbs
300 WSM 24" Clean 7 3/8 lbs
300 Win Mag 24" Clean 7 5/8 lbs
338 Win Mag 24" Clean 7 5/8 lbs
7mm Remington Ultra Mag 26" Clean 7 5/8 lbs
300 Remington Ultra Mag 26" Clean 7 5/8 lbs
338 Remington Ultra Mag 26" Clean 7 5/8 lbs
375 H&H 24" Iron sights 7 5/8 lbs
375 Remington Ultra Mag 24" Iron sights 7 5/8 lbs

No short-action non-magnum offerings are available, so fans of the .308, 7mm-08, .338 Federal, etc., are out of luck.

The MSRP on the XCR II is $930 for standard chamberings, $956 for magnum and Ultra Mag chamberings, and $1,005 for short mag chambering — pretty attractive for such a well-appointed stainless hunting rifle.

Engraved floorplate on the XCR II Bone Collector edition.

If the green stock doesn't do it for you, you may want to consider one of the two special editions of this rifle.

The Model 700 XCR II Camo Bone Collector Edition is emblazoned with Michael Waddell's flamboyant Bone Collector logo and includes Realtree AP HD camo on the stock. It's got a 24" barrel, and is only available in .30-06.

The RMEF Model 700 XCR II is the 10th Limited Edition Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation benefit rifle. Like the Bone Collector, it also has a stock dressed in Realtree AP HD camo, and is chambered in 300 Remington Ultra Magnum with a 26" barrel.

The Bone Collector and RMEF Edition support the same camo stock.

If you want an XCR with the more traditional black and silver look, move quick — the original XCR does not appear in the 2010 Remington catalog.

The only obvious bad news about the rifle is its weight — 7 3/8 pounds for standard actions, and 7 5/8 pounds for magnums. That's fairly industry-standard, but becomes pretty heavy when you cover a lot of ground on a typical western hunt and a real drag on a sheep or backpack hunt.

The XCR II is another very serious offering from Remington. Coming out of the box with a clean trigger already set to hunting weight and with great weather-resistant features, this is a real-deal hunting rifle. Throw in a solid selection of effective big game calibers and a retail price that's within reach of a whole lot of hunters, and you've definitely got a rifle that should be on the short-list when looking for your next gun.

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