Eliphalet Remington founded Remington arms in 1816 – he made a flintlock rifle with a firing mechanism. Their products, rifles model 700 and 870, are among the best selling firearms of all time. Remington is also known for producing more cartridges than any other company in the world. Remington arms, currently a part of the Freedom group, is known as America's oldest gun maker. Furthermore, they still manufacture their original product firearms.
Remington 700 is a series of bolt-action rifles. It's important to know that these rifles have been in production since 1962 and are still in production today. There are various models on the market but all are based on the same centerfire bolt action. They come with three, four, five or six round internal magazine which depends on the caliber used. Its action is designed with two forward dual-opposed lugs and uses a C-clip extractor. All models are equipped with externally adjustable triggers, hammer-forged barrels, and supercell recoil pads. The rifles weigh about 4 kg, and are available in barrels length 16,5'', 18,5'', 20'', 22'', 24'' and 26''. There are four holes drilled and tapped for the purpose of mounting. There are many model 700 rifles on the market and they are made for various calibers. Short-action models are chambered for the following calibers: .17 Rem., .222 Rem., .223 Rem., .22-250 Rem., .220 Swift., .243 Win., .257 Roberts, .260 Rem., 7mm-08 Rem., .308 Win., .300 Rem. SA Ultra Mag. and 7mm Rem. SA Ultra Mag. If you are looking for a 20 MOA Picatinny rail for short-action models, click here.
SA stands for short action. When a rifle is available in more than one action length, only two-piece mounts are interchangeable between these rifles (a two-piece mount made for rifles Remington 700, 78 short-action (SA) can also be mounted on rifles Remington 700, 78 long-action (LA)). One-piece mounts will only fit a rifle with a specific action length (a one-piece mount made for rifles Remington 700, 78 short-action (SA) will not fit rifles Remington 700, 78 long-action (LA)).
Remington 700, 78 SA (short-action) has a similar action as rifles Mauser M96, Mauser M97, Sauer 100, Sauer 101, Roessler Titan 16, Bergara B14 LA, Haenel Jäger 10 and Sabatti Rover LA. The radiuses of the mounting surfaces are the same but there is a difference in B distance (see the picture below). This is why two-piece mounts made for Remington 700 SA (short action) will fit rifles Mauser M96, Mauser M97, Sauer 100, Sauer 101, Roessler Titan 16, Bergara B14 LA, Haenel Jäger 10 and Sabatti Rover LA while one-piece mounts made for Remington 700, 78 SA (short-action) will not fit those rifles.
A: 21.9 mm
B: 92.3 mm
C: 15.3 mm
BHU: 2.9 mm
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Fixed ring mounts cannot be detached from a rifle without tools. They come at an affordable price and offer high reliability. In most cases, they are not difficult to install on a rifle. Being fixed means that the user cannot quickly switch scopes, which limits the usability of a rifle. For this rifle, the fixed ring mounts are available in two options: one-piece or two-piece. In some cases, the buyer has an option of buying bases and rings or bases only.
In this category, there are mounts that can be removed without tools or other instruments; they can be removed with the use of bare hands. Usually, they do not offer full repeatability. The mounts in this category are advantageous in terms of transport – the riflescope and rifle can be transported individually. When reattaching the scope on the rifle, the point of impact shifts up to 10 cm on 100 m. Usually, they are marked with QR (quick release) or QD (quick detachable) abbreviations.
Detachable ring mounts are designed with simple metal levers which are used for quick removal from the rifle. The final position of the levers can usually be switched without changing the clamping force. This offers the possibility to adjust the position of the levers for a better visual appeal (both levers pointing in the same direction) once the mount is positioned and fixed on Remington 700 SA. Some detachable ring mounts such offer windage adjustment. Usually, detachable mounts are marked with QR (quick release) or QD (quick detachable) abbreviations. For this rifle, they are available in a two-piece version.
Detachable scope rail mounts for Remington 700 SA are available in a two-piece design. The lower part of the mount is fixed on the rifle's receiver while the upper part clamps on the scope rail. There are four different scope rail mounts available: LM rail, Zeiss ZM/VM rail, Swarovski SR rail and S&B Convex rail. Sometimes, they are designed with a windage adjustment – in this case, they are commonly more expensive. Usually, detachable mounts are marked with QR (quick release) or QD (quick detachable) abbreviations.
Repeatable mounts are the most sophisticated mounts available. They offer the possibility to remove the telescopic sight from the rifle and mount it back again without the need of re-zeroing. Repeatable detachable mounts are basically the same as detachable ring or scope rail mounts with a difference in mounting mechanism. Repeatable detachable mounts are designed with a precise clamping mechanism where the same clamping force is achieved in every attachment with the help of a lever – the same position of the mount is guaranteed. Usually, detachable mounts are marked with QR (quick release) or QD (quick detachable) abbreviations.
Pivot mounts fall into the category of repeatable detachable mounts. Detachment and re-attachment are very easy – the scope is inserted into the notch of the front base under a 90 degrees angle to the barrel. After that, the scope is pivoted until it is locked by the rear base. Pivot mounts are durable, elegant, light, and small. They are usually quite expensive in relation to other types of mounts. The installation on the rifle should be done by a skilled gunsmith. Most of the times, pivot mounts are higher than 14 mm.
Pivot ring mounts guarantee 100 % repeatability. They allow simple installation of multiple riflescopes or red dot sights on a single rifle.
Pivot rail mounts are available in either one-piece or two-piece versions. They allow simple installation of multiple riflescopes or red dot sights on a single rifle and guarantee 100 % repeatability. These mounts are almost the same as pivot mounts with rings but are intended for mounting of scopes with Zeiss ZM/VM rail, Swarovski SR rail, S&B Convex rail or traditional LM rail. Such setup tends to be a bit higher than with ring mounting but this is usually not a problem for scopes with a 50 or 56 mm objective lens. One-Piece Pivot mounts for rails clamp on the rail of the scope and provide a very reliable mounting solution.
The Picatinny rail is on a good way of becoming a global standard for mounting since it was invented in 1995. Developed on the Weaver template, the biggest advantage of the Picatinny rail is that it can be used throughout its entire length, unlike Weaver which has predesignated slots for mounting, limiting its usability and versatility. Ease of use and interchangeability are also its assets. A Picatinny rail has slots evenly placed, namely 5.23 mm from one another. The slots are 3 mm deep. Because of this, the mounting is identical on all firearms using the Picatinny standard. Picatinny rails are usually available in 0 MOA or 20 MOA inclinations. A Picatinny rail can accommodate all types of mounts, also those designed for the Weaver standard. Full-size mounts of this type are designed for mounting of modern optics such as thermal or digital devices.