Charming in both looks and performance, the Remington Model 700 CDL is the one to take to the field during big game hunting or target shooting. As with the Remington rifles that were made before it, the Model 700 CDL boasts the same famous action and unparalleled accuracy, making it a favourite among hunters and gun enthusiasts. The Model CDL comes in a wide range of chamberings, with the 270 Win, 30-06 Sprg., and 7mm Remington Magnum as the most popular.
Basic Specifications (depending on calibre):
- Length – 43.625” to 46.5”
- Barrel Length – 24” to 26”
- Weight – 7.375 to 7.625 lbs.
- Rate of Twist – 1 in 9.125” to 1 in 10”
- Magazine Capacity – 4 rounds
The Remington Model 700 CDL, or Classic Deluxe, is manufactured by Remington Arms. This particular model was preceded by the Model 700 BDL. Same with its predecessor, the CDL is a centrefire bolt-action rifle that is recommended for general hunting, but with a more traditional design as the other Model 700 sub-models.
Developed upon the proven Model 700, this rifle includes the high-quality features that many hunters and gun enthusiasts look for in a firearm. It comes with a traditional straight comb American walnut stock with raised cheekpiece, cut checkering, and satin finish. The stock has a black fore-end tip and pistol-grip cap, recoil pad, and sling swivel studs. The carbon steel barrel of the Model 700 CDL has a beautiful blueing. The 1-piece receiver is machined from a solid steel bar stock to make it more durable, and its cylindrical design provides a stable bedding area for uniform shock placement.
This rifle has a bolt knob with 2-panel checkering for a better grip especially when cycling the action. It also has a hinged floorplate to allow for easy and safe unloading of the magazine, and drilled to accommodate scope mounts. Furthermore, the rifle comes equipped with the patented X-Mark Pro trigger that has a pull weight of 3.5 lbs. with 2 lbs. of adjustment, which can be done externally. This enables the shooter to select the pull according to their liking.
The Model 700 CDL has an action design that holds the cartridge in alignment with the bore. An integral extractor is placed in a groove in the bolt face rim, supporting the cartridge head. When enclosing the cartridge head, the recessed bolt face, the barrel’s chamber end, and the front receiver ring form the “3 rings of steel” to provide strength and produce remarkable accuracy. Moreover, the 2-position safety at the action’s rear is easy to operate even with just the thumb. A simple grip of the thumb and forefinger moves the action to fire position more quietly.
Remington’s Model 700 CDL is currently available in the following calibres:
- 243 Win
- 25-06 Remington
- 270 Win
- 7mm-08 Remington
- 30-06 SPRG
- 7mm Remington Mag
- 300 Win Mag
- 300 Remington Ultra Mag
Right out of the box, the first thing users like about the Model 700 CDL is the slimmer fore-end and grip, and the less glossy finish it has compared to the BDL. It also is highly regarded due to its superb accuracy, something that all rifles under the Remington 700 are known for. On the field, the Model 700 CDL stays muzzle down after release, and follow-up shots come quickly. And while some recoil can be felt, the built-in recoil pad helps lessen the effect.
One thing that seems like a downside to the Model 700 CDL is the lack of sights. Remington made it such to cater to hunters that choose to install scopes; however, some still want sights integrated on the rifle. Another is the issue of the trigger, which went under much scrutiny after allegations of misfiring. The company has since addressed the matter, and the love for the brand has not diminished.
Nevertheless, many gun enthusiasts still believe that the advantages outweigh the negatives. In terms of toughness, accuracy, and beauty, the Remington 700 CDL is still one of the best choices for general hunting rifles today.