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December 23, 2009, 06:42 PM
About a month ago my grandfather gave me his Remington 700. I tried to date the gun but was unable to get the exact date but I believe it is from October of 1963. I has a full wood stock and a 22.5" blued barrel.

I was told that there was 2 models that year. One with a mag and one without a mag. Mine does not have a mag.

I was wondering what or if there was a model type. Like the new ones are the DBL and whatnot. Also if there is a place or website that sells accesories for a rifle that old.

Thanks alot.


December 23, 2009, 06:52 PM
IIRC, there were four different versions, in two "models".

Both models were/are made in a "long" (.30-06 ) length and a "short" (.308) length.

The 700ADL had what's referred to as a blind magazine, being loaded/unloaded through the top of the action - with a free-standing trigger guard.

The 700BDL had what's referred to as "bottom metal", i.e. a magazine that has a metal floorplate ILO the wood of the stock like the ADL.
In the case of the Model 700BDL, the metal floorplate is hinged, with a latch in the trigger guard bow allowing emptying the magazine easily before removing the round in the chamber.

Some ADL owners, like me, bought a BDL bottom metal assy from the Remington Parts dept, cut out the wood from the bottom of the mag well, and inletted it into the bottom of their ADL stock, discarding the original TG.

Later BDL's were somewhat more fancy than the earlier ones, mosty in the type of impressed stock checkering.

It sounds like you have a Model 700ADL - but since you didn't post it's chambering, I don't know if it's a short or long action.
Any two-piece scope base(s) for any Model 700 will fit - but if you want to fit a one-piece bridge mount type scope base, the action length needs to be specified to obtain the correct base.


December 23, 2009, 07:58 PM
it is a 30-06. right now i have the a Bushnell Sportview 3x9 scope on it. its a little old but works just fine. to me this seems like one small gun for a 30-06. my brother-inlaw has a winchester 70 in a 30-06 and its alot bigger of a gun. longer barrel and stock. mine is much lighter as well so when i shoot it, it has one hell of a kick i think.

December 23, 2009, 08:04 PM
oh and i ment to say 1965 not 63

December 23, 2009, 08:42 PM
i shoot it, it has one hell of a kick i think.

My 700 with synthetic stock in .30-06 is like that too. Nobody believes me about the recoil, but the gun with scope doesn't weigh 8lb.

December 23, 2009, 08:46 PM
It sounds like a family heirloom deer slaying rifle.

Its probably not a range plinker, but you'll appreciate the lighter weight when your out and about in the woods with your grandfathers rifle that was given to you.:)

December 23, 2009, 09:18 PM
The truth is it's a very good rifle and makes an excellent deer rifle but the 30-06 with the right bullet weight can hunt anything in North America. You can reduce the recoil by having a gunsmith install a quality recoil pad like a Pachmayer decelerator. You will also notice that when you are hunting you are so focused on the game that you will hardly notice the recoil.

December 23, 2009, 09:40 PM
haha yes i would say it was quiet the deer slayer.

i looked into the recoile pad and it will only be $100 to get it put on. i was just shooting it to try and get use to it for the next season.

December 23, 2009, 09:47 PM
You can reduce the recoil by having a gunsmith install a quality recoil pad like a Pachmayer decelerator.

If you need a gunsmith to install a recoil bad, then I probably should let you know that the pointed end of the cartridge goes towards the muzzle(that's the front).............lol

December 24, 2009, 05:52 AM
Check out www.remingtonsociety.com You can use codes on the barrel to determine the date of manufacture. I have an older (1974) ADL 30-06 that has a better trigger and outshoots most all of the newer guns.

December 24, 2009, 01:35 PM
yea thats what i used to date it. but theres something weird with my gun. with the markings on it the gun should have never been sold. like not all the markings are on the barrel or they are a little different. but the date i believe is from october of 65. my grandfather says that sounds about right but he dosent know for sure.