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Hello all,

Does anyone know what calibers the model 700 BDL Varmint Heavy Barrel rifle was offered in during its production period? I'd like to start a collection of these rifles and I'd like to see what different chamberings were offered.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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I'm positive it was chambered for most SA calibers, but you'll have to check, contact Remington
 

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Thanks Folks! From the information you peovided and other sources I have this list of calibers for the 700 BDL varmint rifle:
.222, .223, 22-250, .243, 6mm Rem, and .308.

Am I missing any from this list??? I thought about 25-06 but I think this is a long action cartridge, right?

Thanks again for the help with this!

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I suppose I need to add 25-06 to the line up after all. Take a look at this ad from 1979:



I guess I'll just work from this list. I think that it would make an impressive collection to have all of these rifles from 1979 or earlier. COOL! The quest has begun!

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i have the 788 in 308 and it shoots great!! i talked to 2 guncollectors here and both had similar responses-the 788 was built netween 76-81 and was desigened as a ranch rifle for farmers to throw behind the seat for varmits as a LOW COST option to the top of the line 700, BUT when it started outperforming the 700 they stopped production and opted to push the 700. anyway you put it i wish i had a truckload of them cause they are deadly accurate with factory 180 gr. win ammo. so if yall find one for sale and dont grabb it LET ME KNOW!!!!
 

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.220 SWIFT, one of the finest varmint calibers ever made.
 

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Hi Folks,
Bear with me as I'm just starting in the rifle section of the sport after being in the Bullseye Pistol Discipline.
I just bought a slightly used 700 with a 26" bull barrel in 22-250. It has what my shooting buddies call a "Lawyer Device" on the bolt.
I'd like to know what model designation it is in; ADL,BDL or CDL.
Serial# starts with a "G", followed by 63684*# and has a blind mag.
Please enlighten this mere mortal.
Thank you,
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Kix - I have all 8 of the right hand VS's that were produced in 60's and 70's. They were made in right and left hand models, with many more right than left. The calibers are .222, .223, 22-250, .243, 6mm, 25-06, 7mm-08, and .308. I have descent reloads for 22-250 and 6mm and asking forum for reload data info on other calibers. Hope this helps. Happy Holidays. DonT
 

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Kix - I have all 8 of the right hand VS's that were produced in 60's and 70's. They were made in right and left hand models, with many more right than left. The calibers are .222, .223, 22-250, .243, 6mm, 25-06, 7mm-08, and .308. I have descent reloads for 22-250 and 6mm and asking forum for reload data info on other calibers. Hope this helps. Happy Holidays. DonT
I've never seen or heard of the BDL VS from the 60s and 70s in a LH. Ever.
 

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Describe the Stock. The BDL Model has a Black Forend Tip.

I think the reason that the 7mm-08 was not listed as that was not a Pre-76 rifle as the OP was looking for. I think the .25-06 was the only long action 700 made as a "Varminter". I remember loading for that caliber in the early to mid 70s.
 

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First year of production (1967) they offered 222, 223,22-250, 6MM Rem, & 243. In 1971 they brought out the 25-06. 1976 was the 1st yr for the .308. and 1980 was the 1st yr for the 7MM-08. (information out of Lacy's book) Now my question. In the very 1st runs of 1967 were the bolts blued or silver in color????
 

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First year of production (1967) they offered 222, 223,22-250, 6MM Rem, & 243. In 1971 they brought out the 25-06. 1976 was the 1st yr for the .308. and 1980 was the 1st yr for the 7MM-08. (information out of Lacy's book) Now my question. In the very 1st runs of 1967 were the bolts blued or silver in color????
Hi there,

I just joined because I was looking around online for info on a rifle I just acquired, a model 700 BDL in .22-250. I believe it's one of the Varmint Specials because it has the 24" heavy bull barrel. The date code is RP making it a 1967, and therefore a first year production for this model if I'm not mistaken? Any info that you all can share with me would be greatly appreciated!

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I'm also glad I found this thread because I have a few Varmint Specials, including 7mm/08 and .25/06 and wondered if Remington ever offered a long action VS in any caliber other than .25/06. If so it might have .300 Win. Mag, because if its popularity for long range target shooting at that time. They made me a special order 40-X .300 Win Mag about then.
 

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The 220 Swift is one of the hardest ones to find the 7mm 08 and 25-06 are also some of the more difficult ones to find.
 
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