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Old June 18, 2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Remington 600

Any others like the 600 from the mid 60's?
I traded for this one the other day.


Took it out today and only shot a few rounds to check function more than anything.
Not as loud as I thought it would be. But it had more kick than I thought it might.
Draw backs are the hidden bolt release to remove the bolt. And only holds 4 rounds.

Shoulders well even on my weak shoulder. Balance is good. Weight seems to be around 6.5 pounds.
The factory trigger is short and sweet.
I forgot about the cold brass shooting a bolt gun.

Next time out Ill see how accurate it is.

Sorry it is a 308
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Old June 18, 2012, 07:06 PM   #2
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YES, in both .308 and in 350 Rem Mag.

Very few know that this is the rifle that got Jeff Cooper thinking about the Scout Rifle concept.

It's a sleeper, and is one of the nicest practical rifles ever built.


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Old June 18, 2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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600s + 660s (788s, too) are a love 'em or hate 'em kinda rifle, with their backwards bolt handle, vented rib and failed 6.5 Remington Magnum cartridge. I love 'em! The .350 Rem Mag never really caught on, but never really went away..
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Old June 18, 2012, 08:07 PM   #4
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they are a beautiful rifle(for some reason they always remind me of the old M1917s. the last one I saw was an interesting custom build with a thumbhole mannlicher(yes you read that correctly) stock that was done in quilted maple. a beautiful piece for sure but I could never justify taking a gun like that out of it's case for fear of ruining it.
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Old June 19, 2012, 06:49 AM   #5
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Nice rifle, it's one that I keep my eyes open for in the used gun racks. I've never understood why Remington put that vent rib on it, but heck, it sure is eye-catching.

Wear it well.
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Old June 19, 2012, 10:09 PM   #6
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You could have mentioned which caliber it is......

Standard caliber hold 5, magnums 4.

IF you remove the action from the stock, be careful putting it back in, the sheet metal mag box can easily pop out of its fully seated position, and if you tighten down the action screws you can warp the plastic floorplate.

Best method of reassembly is to invery the action, fully seat the mag box, then lower the stock down on it.

Never had an issue with the hidden bolt release/bolt stop. Sure, not quite as convient as a button, but there's always a screwdriver, allen wrench, or pocket knife around (even a twig will work). And that bolt will never accidently come out...

My first deer rifle was a Model 600 in .308. Not a sub moa gun, but plenty good enough for the field, even for woodchucks and smaller critters at moderate ranges. Just don't expect tiny groups on the range. THe skinny barrel heats up fast, and they tend to walk what that happens.

I Have 600s in .222 Rem, .243 Win, 6mm Rem, .308 Win, and .350 Rem Mag. One of these days I'll get my hands on a 6.5mm Rem Mag. I also have an XP-100 pistol, .221 Fireball. Its a 600 action, too!
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Old June 20, 2012, 08:00 AM   #7
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I bought my 660 in .308 back in 1973. It's a keeper!

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Old June 20, 2012, 10:29 PM   #8
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I don't like the look of the bolt, but if it functions right who cares? I always liked the look of the vent rib though. but a handy carbine none the less, they can be pricey out here!
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Old June 21, 2012, 04:33 PM   #9
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Jeffsig:

I'm not sure of the modle number, but in 1969 I purchased what I think was a Remington 660 in 6.5 Rem mag. It shot one inch groups right out of lthe box. I foolishly traded it for a Winchester Modle 70 XTR in 264 Mag.

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Old June 21, 2012, 09:49 PM   #10
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Back in the 60's I always wanted one but never did. That's a super nice looking version you've got.
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Old June 24, 2012, 12:28 PM   #11
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Even though many don't care for the look of the bolt handle, there is a real world avantage to the dogleg. It puts the bolt handle right above the trigger, instead of a couple inches behind it.

Your hand just has to come straight up off the trigger to work the bolt. With a little practice, this is noticably quicker than a regular bolt action. Not a lot faster, but enough you can tell, if you shoot both kinds regularly.

Taking a look at them today, and realizing that the 600s were Remington's "budget gun", they're still pretty fine rifles. The plastic (Xytel nylon) was a big thing in the 60s, anything space age was popular.

Unfortunately, shooters tended to be a very conservative group, even waaay back then, and the 600 was either loved or hated. And the love just wasn't enough to keep in going, for what it cost to make.

The 600's replacement in Remington's line, the 788 is to me a particularly ugly gun. 600s have style! You may not like it, but you can't deny it.

The 788 is a mud fence. It works, but its just plain, with no style. It could have been a very stylish rifle, but that would have made it more expensive, and the budget market is tough enough already.
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Old June 26, 2012, 05:27 PM   #12
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I talked to a guy at a gun show a few weeks ago that was carrying a perfect .308 Model 660 for sale. He was looking to trade for a 600 in .308 or sell for $650. The only mark against the gun was the plastic trigger guard was warped. Did anybody make an aftermarket version out of metal? He also told me that almost every 600 he's seen lately has cracks where the vent rib meets the barrel. Any other 600 owners/buyers notice this?
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Old June 26, 2012, 09:15 PM   #13
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There have been both aluminum and steel replacement trigger guards for the 600 series. I believe some of them are still on the market.

Haven't noticed any cracked ribs like you mentioned, but then, outside of the ones in my personal collection, I haven't seen any at the shows or in shops in my area for a couple years now....
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Old July 2, 2012, 08:29 PM   #14
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I like them but despise the plastic trigger guard. Been looking for a steel/aluminum replacement for my Dad's.
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Old July 2, 2012, 10:17 PM   #15
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I ordered one from Ebay
Fits like a glove and looks very nice.
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Old July 25, 2012, 06:07 AM   #16
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I have a really nice 600 chambered in .35 remington. Don't know much about the rifle other than it looks like new,
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Old July 25, 2012, 08:00 PM   #17
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The .35 Remington was one of the least produced calibers in the Model 600 rifles. To a collector that would be worth something extra. Not sure how much, but worth more than the common chamberings.

As far as I know, the rarest are those factory chambered in .223. Have seen them go for thousands of dollars. One can find a fair number rechambered .222s but factory original .223 is ultra rare.
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Old July 25, 2012, 08:24 PM   #18
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.350 Mag.

I bought a 600 in .350 Rem. Mag . in 1967 . I used it one season and went into the army . That thing was downright unpleasent to shoot , you didn't want to lay your thumb on the side of the stock . You'd poke your eye out with it . I gave it to my brother when I went to Nam and he sold it for beer money !
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Old July 25, 2012, 09:19 PM   #19
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XP-100 action

It is my understanding that the original XP=100 221 Fireball action is one and the same as the Remington 600 action. Nice pistol.

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Old July 26, 2012, 01:12 PM   #20
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The model 7 is the same action with a differnt bolt !
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