American Rifleman | An Affordable Field Gun: Remington’s Model 783
Achieving Moa accuracy from a rifle doesn’t have to cost a fortune these days. I firmly believe that this yardstick has become more of a standard than the luxury that was just a few decades ago. All it takes is good machinery, a dedicated crew and a century or two of experience. The last one isn’t mandatory, but it certainly seems to help in Remington’s case.
The Remington Model 783 Heavy Barrel with a double-stacked four-round magazine, removed and loaded with Black Hills 168-gr. Match ammunition.
After discontinuing the Model 770, Team Green had to fill the budget-friendly void with bolt action rifles, and with the replacement came an improvement in the form of the Model 783 series. Although it is available in different configurations, I was particularly fascinated by the synthetically tipped model with a heavy barrel. As you may have guessed, this listing features a high nylon plastic stock and a heavy barrel that measures either 24 “or 16.5” depending on your preference.
It is also offered in a variety of chambers including .223 Rem., .308 Win., .300 Blackout., 6.5mm Creedmoor, and even .450 Bushmaster. Years ago I was told that shorter barrels would attract attention for better accuracy compared to their longer counterparts. This phenomenon is due to the inherent stiffness of the shorter design, which is reflected in reduced running harmonics. In essence, it is an extension of the same physics that is behind achieving greater accuracy through the use of a heavy barrel.
A closer view of the Model 783’s latch handle.
Because of this, I requested one of the 16.5-inch versions that are included in the classic .308 Win version. to see how the new product fared. I also got my hands on a Bushnell Elite Tactical DMR II rifle scope. I chose this optic because the dwarf measurements matched the carbine footprint of the upcoming rifle, thus helping to maintain balance. I also liked the 3.5-21X range that were out there and felt that it would go very well with the role of the final package.
With a total length of just under 36 inches, this rifle is ideal for deer hunting in a mixed terrain environment and for ringing steel up to a distance of 800 meters. When the Model 783 arrived I thought it was exactly as described: a well-working rifle. The rifle looks sleek and clean, with no frills. It’s the kind of rifle that doesn’t make you feel bad about dragging through the woods, but at the same time looks pretty in its own way. Every dollar of the $ 482 MSRP made this the best shooter there could be.
The 16.5 “barrel of the model 783 is threaded and comes with a thread protector.
Double column bedding was used to properly connect the action to the shaft while allowing the barrel to float freely. This extra stiff heavy barrel has also been threaded to make it easier to install a muzzle brake or muzzle suppressor. An enlarged latch handle was used to speed up the scrolling of the action and allow easy gloved hand manipulation. It was fed through a detachable, double-stack, four-round magazine that was filled by simply pushing it down instead of placing each round under the feeder lips.
In our sample, two two-piece telescopic sight bases were installed. However, current series models contain a one-piece Picatinny rail that is suitable for an optics of your choice. Before we reached range, we took the rifle apart to get a better look at the nuts and bolts that made up the trigger group. The 783 series all include the user adjustable Crossfire trigger system, and our system was no different. Out of the box it measured 5 lbs., 2 oz., So we turned it all the way down to 2 lbs., 15 oz.
A closer view of the trigger shoe of the Crossfire trigger system included in the Model 783.
A nut and a set screw were loosened before the original nut was tightened again to secure both to the trigger housing. The process is simple but involves removing inventory, something I’m never a fan of as it takes a couple of rounds to get everything done. After this process, we clapped the Bushnell optics and went straight to the area. The range conditions were pretty warm on our test day, 92 degrees with 85 percent humidity, to be precise.
From a bench position, we did a typical 100-yd. Accuracy test consisting of five five-round groups. For ammunition we chose the Black Hills 168-gr. Match offer and SIG Sauers 175 gr. Adjust load. After zeroing, we let the rifle cool down and got it right too. Both laps provided good accuracy, with the lighter Black Hills load displacing the heavier SIG Sauer load by 0.4 inches when the best group was compared to the best group.
The accuracy results from the model 783 with SIG Sauer 175-gr. and Black Hills 168-gr. Match ammunition at 100 yds.
While the SIG load gave an average accuracy of 1.82 inches, Black Hills produced an aggregate of 1.42 inches. It is important to note that although the lighter 168-gr. Bullets are devastating at 100 meters, the heavier 175-gr. Bullets will likely outperform them at further distances, which is the dilemma that most .308 win. Protect face. As for shootability, the recoil wasn’t half bad. The 783 Fit me well and gave a substantial push rather than a violent blow.
Mind you, I didn’t shoot a muzzle device that day so there is room for improvement. The advancement and ejection went relatively smoothly, although I did notice that cycling the bolt involved a bit of technique. If you cycle too fast, the case slips off the extractor and ends up in the action. The same thing would happen if it was done too slowly. After group testing, I shot down some structures that hung around the line of fire to get an idea of how it would feel in the wild.
Shoot the Remington Model 783 Heavy Barrel off a barricade.
I found that the reduced barrel improved balance better and saved some weight, while the rubber recoil pad kept the shooting soft in its original configuration. If you’re looking for a fun little rifle with a lot of utility, this type of setup works very well. You can no longer find these 783 models direct from the factory since Remington’s bankruptcy, but they are still easy to find in the used market. We’ll have to wait and see if the new Remington goes into production of this budget-friendly, easy-to-use field weapon.
Magazine capacity: 4
Overall Length: 36.12 “
Weight: 8 lbs.
Barrel length: 16.5 “
Barrel material: carbon steel
Barrel Twist: 1/10 ”TPI
Train length: 13.37 “
MSRP: $ 482.00