The Remington 783 is made of a nylon-fiber-reinforced synthetic stock with a SuperCell recoil pad at the butt and two aluminum pillars beneath the receiver. The stock has sling-swivel holes, which is an excellent idea. The receiver is cylindrical and has a tiny ejection port, both of which improve stiffness. Cartridges are fed by a robust detachable magazine that can hold up to four rounds in standard calibers and three in magnums.
Instead of soda-straw barrels, Remington has installed No. 2 contour tubes (22 inches for standard cartridges, and 24 inches for magnums). They are button-rifled but that does not imply they are superior. I’ll show you why.
My test rifle, a .30/06, was delivered with an interior that looked like a coal mine. I inserted a borescope into it and discovered more annular rings than a redwood tree could form in several millennia. It was covered in bookmarks and there were lengthy, hefty swaths of copper residue.
The trigger is a two-stage mechanism similar to the Savage AccuTrigger. My rifle had a creepy 5 pounds as the first stage, and Remington claims it can be lowered to 21⁄2 stages. This isn’t one of them. I got it down to 3 pounds 12 ounces, which is enough for me, but an AccuTrigger it isn’t.
The 783 weighs approximately 7 pounds, which is about average. It’s available in calibers ranging from.270 to.308 and in black, green, or camo tints. A camouflage version will be offered in 2014.
The Model 783’s trigger is distinct. The Model 783 comes with a 5.5-pound trigger pull, but the adjustable CrossFire trigger system allows you to reduce it as low as 2.5 pounds (according to Remington). I wasn’t able to achieve my goal of a 3-pound, 12-ounce trigger (only), but the option to alter it is remarkable for a rifle at this price. The trigger had a light, crisp break and felt rather than feeling heavy and gritty like much inexpensive hunting or survival rifles do. The plastic trigger guard (not as robust) and odd-shaped (trapezoidal) were two of the problems I encountered. Overall, Remington did a fantastic job with this trigger.
It doesn’t make a difference how cheap a rifle is if it can’t hit the target straight. Fortunately, the 783 Model is able to shoot accurately—surprisingly precisely. Despite the fact that there were numerous tooling marks on the barrel, the rifle scored three-shot groups at 100 yards within an inch every time. That’s exceptional accuracy for a hunting rifle. The Model 783 hit targets as far away as 300 yards after being correctly sighted. Stiffness is the key to accuracy in guns: without bending, warping, or twisting of the weapon as it fires, the bullet will fly straight. The 783’s minimum headspace from the barrel nut system, as well as the magnum profile barrel, contribute to making it a solid weapon that shoots straight at long distances for a fraction of the price of other weapons.
The synthetic stock on the Model 783 is the thickest of comparable weapons. The recoil pad is squishy, and the plastic is sticky (though some people preferred it to be softer). There are two settings for loud and clunky safety (safe and fire), as well as a manual bolt lock. I discovered that the safety wasn’t as handy as the tang safety (which slides up and down rather than clicking back and forth). The bolt (which is spring-loaded with a one-way release) comes with a flat handle that I found to be comfortable to use. There was little or no recoil. The sling of molded plastic unfortunately studs felt and looked very low in the price (and are sustainable to break than steel studs). The Model 783 may not be as pleasurable to shoot as a high-end marksman’s rifle, but the weapon proved to be well-balanced and (in my opinion) outperformed its price.
Length & Weight
The Model 783 is 42 inches long and weighs 7 lbs, 10 oz. (with the magazine installed). When you add rings, a rifle scope, a loaded magazine, and a sling, the weapon should weigh around 9 1/4 pounds in the field. This length and weight are typical for a hunting firearm.
I discovered no technical difficulties while examining Model 783. The Remington 783 is made entirely in the United States and has a clean finish (especially for a low-cost rifle). The rifle’s stock is made of nylon-fiber reinforced synthetic material in one model and walnut wood in the other (more expensive) version. The synthetic stock was equally as robust, although the walnut stock was more durable. The push-action bolt was difficult to turn, but I expect it will loosen up with time. Overall, the 783 impressed me with its dependability throughout my testing, and no other testers or critics reported any problems.
The Supercell Recoil Pad is included in the Model 783. Remington claims that the pad reduces felt recoil by 54 percent. I found it sufficient to take the edge off of a 30-06 hunting rifle’s strong kick, but others felt it was too rigid for their liking. The recoil pad’s comfortability is a matter of personal taste. The rifle is a soft shooter at 30-06 caliber. The weight of the rifle reduces some of the force. Overall, the Model 738’s recoil management is comparable to or superior to its competitors.
The Model 738’s greatest selling feature is its price tag. For $399, you’re getting a trustworthy hunting rifle at a great price. This weapon is just as accurate and dependable as more expensive guns. You might be wondering how Remington can produce such an effective instrument while keeping costs down. Higher-priced guns are often enhanced with higher-quality finishes and metal components, but the Model 738 lacks these features. These characteristics, however, do not impact the weapon’s accuracy or dependability, so Remington can create a basic, working rifle for less than most. The Model 738’s factory scope isn’t the finest. I recommend upgrading yours to a Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9×40, which is ideal for hunting.
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Thomas Boseman is the author of Pawnbroking.com. A pawn shop owner by day, blog writer by night. When not writing, he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his dog, Roman. Thomas received his bachelor of arts in film from the University of Arizona. A Brooklyn native, Thomas is a lover of filmmaking, motorcycle, and coffee.