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By Bob Shell

Remington Model 783 Rifle

Remington Model 783 Rifle

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Apache Junction, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- While it goes back quite a way, low price good shooting rifles have really come into their own in the last few years.

Most of the larger companies have economical rifle offerings to complement their high price gun line.

I have tested and reviewed quite a few over time, and except for minor complaints, they perform very well. Frequently they are as accurate and reliable as the more expensive rifles.

The main differences are in the cosmetics and methods of manufacture. A high price gun has a nice looking wood stock and has a better looking blue job, neither which makes the gun shoot better.

Remington has been selling plain Jane rifles for many years. They came out with the 721 and 722 years ago and they performed well above their price line. I have owned and shot quite a few of them in calibers from 222 to 300 H & H mag and never had any problems.

They are strong, safe, reliable, and accurate what else can you ask for?

Later on the 788 made its appearance which is another low price and high performing rifle. Throughout the years, Remington has brought out other plain rifles to supplement their fine model 700 line. For info on their extensive line of products you can go to www.remington.com

A new one is the model 783. I received one in 30-06 which in my mind is the best all around hunting caliber. This gun is one of the plainest looking models I have ever seen though it has clean lines. The only thing in the box except the rifle is the ever present safety lock and the owner’s manual. I do wish they would include a scope mount, which would add very little to the cost of the rifle. I did get some Weaver two piece mounts and rings as I want to keep away from high dollar accessories to see what an average hunter on a budget can expect. And what a buyer should expect from this rifle is good accuracy, absolute reliability, and ease of use. And this rifle measures up to those requirements. A game animal doesn’t care about what the rifle looks like. The safety manual is pretty detailed and should be read by anyone buying this rifle. I left the trigger at the factory setting as it was just fine, not being too heavy. I don’t like a trigger under 3 LBS. on a full power hunting rifle.

Bob Shell testing out the Remington Model 783 Rifle

Bob Shell testing out the Remington Model 783 Rifle

I obtained a Hawke HK 3032 4 X 12 scope to mount on the 783. It is a moderately priced scope but has a lot of features that hunters should like. Among them are a green and red lit reticle and various other useful adjustments. The reticles are adjustable for brightness in both red and green a feature useful in less then ideal hunting conditions. I have used Hawke scopes in the past always with good results. Shooting with the Hawke scope proved to be a pleasant experience and I always look forward to testing their products. I shot it at various ranges and power settings at our local shooting range and the optics are very clear. That of course makes it easier to shoot groups at the tested ranges. A definite thumbs up on the scope well worth purchasing.

They have a great lineup of optics well worth looking into for more info you can go to www.hawkeoptics.com .

Various types of ammo will be used in this review. It seems that most info put out these days is focused on high tec bullets. Make no mistake, they work and work well. However, for those on a budget the old standby cup and core bullets work in most situations. They have brought home the bacon for generations and will continue to do so.

Winchester 30-06 180gr Ammunition

Winchester 30-06 180gr Ammunition

If I was going on a hunt for a real large animal such as a moose or large bear I would go with one of the high tec slugs. For deer and similar I would not feel bad taking a cup and core bullet. A good friend of mine uses a Remington 180 grain Core Loc in the 30-06 and always has good results. The animals in question are deer and elk. I have both factory and handloads in this review to let the reader know what is available. Some of the factory fodder is Barnes www.barnesbullets.com Double Tap www.doubletapammo.com and Hornady www.hornady.com .

30-06 Ammo

30-06 Ammo

All of these brands of ammo work well and are well worth buying and using. One advantage to owning a 30-06 is the endless choice of ammo bullet weights and styles. You could spend a year finding and testing the verities of factory and handloads. Then you would have to start over because of all of the new stuff introduced. I shot a variety of ammo at our public range with most loads doing well. This gun seems to like the 150 grainers a little better then the 165’s and 180’s though they all shot well enough.

The Hornady interlock 150 grain loads were the most accurate though some of the others were close. There is a price difference of $10 or so between the Interlock and the fancier bullets. With this setup I can expect 3 shot groups at 100 yards of an inch which is good performance from a hunting rifle. The crosshairs on the Hawke scope made shooting at all ranges easier. Once gun was sighted in hitting the 300 yard gong wasn’t a big challenge again thanks to the Hawke.

Like all rifles it has, it’s preferences on ammo.

LOAD                                          BULLET                                     VELOCITY                                     COMMENT
65 X Super Performance   150 grain Rem soft point           2911                                         consistent
51 X WC 744                      150 grain Rem soft point             2710                                          Garand load
Double Tap                        150 grain Barnes TTSX                 3072                                           fast
Hornady                             150 grain Inter Lock                     2836                                           deer
Hornady                            150 grain SST                                  2793                                           ok
60 X Super P                    165 grain AP                                   2865                                       high es
12 X Herco                       165 grain cast                               1440                                         nice
60 X Super P                   168 grain Barnes                            2838                                        very consistent
Barnes                               168 grain TSX BT                           2741                                          consistent
Hornady                            180 grain SST                                2764                                          good load
Winchester                     180 grain Power Point                   2715                                   very consistent

Hornday American Whitetail 30-06 Ammo

Hornday American Whitetail 30-06 Ammo

Barnes Vor-Tx 30-06 Ammuntion

Barnes Vor-Tx 30-06 Ammuntion

The market has a few good low price hunting rifles and if you are shopping for one, I would suggest
that you give this one a good look. I give both the rifle and scope a two thumbs up.

Bob Shell

Bob Shell

Key Features:

  • New Crossfire trigger system, factory set at 3 1/2 lbs. and user adjustable from 2 1/2 to 5 lbs.
  • Carbon steel magnum contour button rifled barrel
  • 22″ standard chamberings and 24″ on magnums
  • Pillar-bedded stock and free-floated barrel
  • SuperCell Recoil Pad
  • Model 783 accepts two Model 700 front bases
  • Available in 270,308, 30-06 and 7 mm Rem mag.
  • MSRP starts at $439.00

About Bob Shell
A Custom Reloader of Obsolete and Antique Ammo, Bob Shell, writes about the subject of Guns, Ammo, Shooting and Related Subjects. Visit: www.bobshellsblog.blogspot.com

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  • 5 User comments to “Remington Model 783 Rifle Review”

    1. Gary Grimm on August 22, 2013 at 8:21 PM said:

      Mr. Shell,
      thank you for the review of the Remington 783. I am going to purchase either the Remington 783, the Ruger American or the Savage Axis, in .308.

      I purchased a Mossberg ATR 100 in .308 four years ago. The only feature I am not pleased with is the internal magazine. Loading from the top is a struggle for me at 64.

      Between the Remington, Ruger or Savage in comparable models, which would you choose as a working man’s deer hunting rifle? I will put my Zeiss Conquest 3 x 8 x 40 scope on it.

      Thank you,
      Gary Grimm
      Blythe, California

    2. The savage axis is a fair gun I have it in .308 the only problem I have is the trigger pull is much like a handgun I personally like a lighter trigger pull but the magazine on it is very easy to use , the bolt on the gun is very nice it almost looks like galvanized steel.

    3. I have a Savage Axis, Remmy 700 (not 783) and a Ruger American all in .308, if i could only take one with me, I’d take my Ruger. Damn accurate rifle and always dead on with the first cold bore shot! On paper the Ruger wins again, go figure…I paid over 2,000.00 for my “custom” Remington :(

    4. I hunt with a remington model 742 in a 308. I have been reading a lot about the remington model 783 for a while when it came out in dicks sporting goods in August i got the first one they had in a 30 06 model, this gun is everything they have said about it. i used the remington solid scopes well worth the money, very happy with this rifle.

    5. I have always been a Reminton fan until about 3 years ago. Then I noticed a serious slide in quality and found that the customer service could care less. I am to the point that I am afraid to try anything new the company comes out with because two out of three Remingtons I have bought in the past three years, from 3 very reputable dealers have let me down. I purchased a new model 700, and it worked fine. I still have it in my hunting collection. I also purchased the 887 pump. The plastic coating started chiping then broke off of the barrell after about the 6th shot. Then I also purchased the model 770. I like the design of the stock and forearm and it was cheap so I figured I would give it a shot. 2 shots later the synthetic stock cracks. Customer service was way less than helpful in both events. Before I am asked about reloads, no I was shootin Remington factory core locks in the rifle and Winchester factory ammo in the shot gun. They were handled with care and never roughed when I had them, and I purchased them new from reputable bealers who had not even displayed the particular firearms I purchased. I cover these items because I recieved simular questioning in contacting the company. I wanted a versamax, but instead purchased the new browning a-5. I figured if I was going to drop over a thousand bucks on a firearm I needed to make sure it was one that would at least work.

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