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#4912392 - 02/07/11 03:54 PM Left Hand Remington Model 700's?
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Anyone know what year Remington started production of the Left Hand 700's?

Thanks in advance.

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#4912942 - 02/07/11 06:00 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: Huntr]
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I bought mine in 1975.

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#4913005 - 02/07/11 06:12 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: USAFA71]
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Really, that early? I was thinking they came out around '77.. Interesting. Thanks for posting.

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#4916199 - 02/08/11 02:50 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: Huntr]
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Bought my in 77.

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#4916535 - 02/08/11 04:23 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: stumpy]
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After doing some research, it appears that the Left Hand Model 700's were introduced in the 1973 catalog.

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#4916575 - 02/08/11 04:36 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: Huntr]
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Yes 73. I had a bud that got an 06 in 74. I'd like to find a first year production.

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#4917443 - 02/08/11 07:52 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: gmack]
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I have a Rem 700 BDL .270 Left Hand made in 1973 First Deer Rifle my dad bought me.

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#4920601 - 02/09/11 04:11 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: gmack]
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Originally Posted By: gmack
Yes 73. I had a bud that got an 06 in 74. I'd like to find a first year production.


Yep, same here!

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#4920606 - 02/09/11 04:12 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: bwitty72]
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Originally Posted By: bwitty72
I have a Rem 700 BDL .270 Left Hand made in 1973 First Deer Rifle my dad bought me.


Have any pics you might want to share?

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#4921345 - 02/09/11 07:08 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: Huntr]
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sure. I'll get some up here soon

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#4921425 - 02/09/11 07:27 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: bwitty72]
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Always wanted an old press-checkered BDL 7 Mag.Did Remington ever make the LH 7mm Mag. with the blued stainless barrel? They gotta be out there but I've never found one for sale!

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#4921463 - 02/09/11 07:38 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: HUNTNFISH]
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I have a LH BDL Rem 700 in 30-06. They are pretty.
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#4921684 - 02/09/11 08:57 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: JustLucky]
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Here are some crappy pics of my 73' LH 270. Just threw her up on the stand to shoot em.





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#4922152 - 02/10/11 05:45 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: bwitty72]
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Fantastic, thanks for posting.

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#4922478 - 02/10/11 07:25 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: Huntr]
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Apparently 73' was the only year for the pressed checkering. I got a 700 in 270 Win. in 1974 as a Christmas gift from my parents and it is cut checkering. I've only ever seen one other LH BDL in an 06' that had the pressed checkering.

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#4922663 - 02/10/11 08:11 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: 2Seventy]
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Need to replace the Scope and Rings on it, but it still shoots well and kills deer just as dead as any of my other rifles! That old Simmons Red Ring came on it when my dad gave it to me. which was over 20 years ago.

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#4922750 - 02/10/11 08:36 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: bwitty72]
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This thread brings back memeories! I was riding my motorcycle in Spring 1975 and stopped at a big local gun dealer. Was looking at the relatively new LH Rem 700's. I wanted to see one so I asked the dealer which one he had in stock. Have'em all, he said, which one do you want to see? I've always been one to want something different, so I said let me see the 7mm gun. He brought one out, cut the tape on the box open and pushed it towards me. I opened the box, saw the wood, threw the lid on the box down and said I'll take it. He said " Wow, that gun has beautiful wood." I made him write it up on the spot with that serial number until I could return with a car to pick it up. He did so grudgingly because he was also left handed. LOL.

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#4922845 - 02/10/11 09:01 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: XLTFX4]
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Thats absolutely Georgeous....wanna sell it?


Edited by bwitty72 (02/10/11 09:03 AM)

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#4922917 - 02/10/11 09:22 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: XLTFX4]
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And in early 1975 a middle manager in Ilion approached a packing/shipping clerk asking, “Hey, have you seen that specially stocked LH Model 700 I ordered the custom shop to make up for me?”

Oops…

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#4922918 - 02/10/11 09:22 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: bwitty72]
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No, I can't sell it, that was the 3rd firearm that I ever bought and I bought it new. My FIL saw the rifle and couldn't believe the wood. To this day, he maintains that someone ordered that stock on a Custom Shop rifle and they screwed up some dimension so that the customer didn't want it, so they just put the wood into the regular production line.

Could be, I don't know. Unbelievably, the other side of the wood has better fiddleback. It was just one of those things and I'm a total fool for nice wood so I slammed the top of the box shut and said, "I'll take it!" LOL.
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#4922923 - 02/10/11 09:23 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: Jim in Idaho]
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Originally Posted By: Jim in Idaho
And in early 1975 a middle manager in Ilion approached a packing/shipping clerk asking, “Hey, have you seen that specially stocked LH Model 700 I ordered the custom shop to make up for me?”

Oops…

wink


As funny as it sounds, it could be true! LOl.
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#4922941 - 02/10/11 09:28 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: XLTFX4]
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Remington, in that vintage put tape seals with their logo on each box. Well Ralph, the store owner, was left handed so he stocked a lot of left handed equipment. I would be reasonably certain that if he had opened that for a customer and the customer didn't take it, it would have been his, period. Lol.
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#4922951 - 02/10/11 09:32 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: bwitty72]
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I purchased my first LH 700's in 270 & 7mm Mag in 74 or 75 just can't remember. The 270 is still in the family gave it to my son and the 7mm is now a 25 STW. I already had a LH 788 in 6mm i purchased in 72 .
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#4923440 - 02/10/11 11:55 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: XLTFX4]
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XLTFX4,
That is absolutely the nicest wood I have ever seen on a factory Remington production rifle. I have an ADL made in '88-89 timeframe and it doesn't compare.

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#4923587 - 02/10/11 12:35 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: devnull]
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Thanks, devnull. Remington always used nice looking wood in my observation. Even the wood without added "figure" was always quality wood. Better quality than a lot of other manufacturers used.
This was just a case of being in the right place at the right time and getting very lucky.
Believe it or not, there is a downside. This stock is as heavy as a lead bar! I hunted with the rifle for one or two seasons and that was enough lugging for me. I haven't used it in 30 years. Nowadays, my go to gun is a Remington 700BDL LH in .30-06 made in 1984 with a nice quarter sawn plain stock of American Walnut that weighs WELL over a pound less than the 7mm!
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#4924037 - 02/10/11 02:42 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: XLTFX4]
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Originally Posted By: XLTFX4
This thread brings back memeories! I was riding my motorcycle in Spring 1975 and stopped at a big local gun dealer. Was looking at the relatively new LH Rem 700's. I wanted to see one so I asked the dealer which one he had in stock. Have'em all, he said, which one do you want to see? I've always been one to want something different, so I said let me see the 7mm gun. He brought one out, cut the tape on the box open and pushed it towards me. I opened the box, saw the wood, threw the lid on the box down and said I'll take it. He said " Wow, that gun has beautiful wood." I made him write it up on the spot with that serial number until I could return with a car to pick it up. He did so grudgingly because he was also left handed. LOL.

Made 12/74, Buehler scope mounts, Leupold 2-7 scope, most beautiful American Walnut Fiddleback stock I've ever seen.



Wow, that truly is a beauty!

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#4924381 - 02/10/11 04:06 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: HUNTNFISH]
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Originally Posted By: HUNTNFISH
Always wanted an old press-checkered BDL 7 Mag.Did Remington ever make the LH 7mm Mag. with the blued stainless barrel? They gotta be out there but I've never found one for sale!



The stainless/ blued 7mm only made it to about 67. I've owned two RH, 63 and 67 and my buddy has the 264. After 67 I think Remington figured out they didn't need SS for these over bore rounds. I have a 67 LH Savage 110, not marked but I'm relatively certain that it's blued SS.

Now I see even more why I want a 73, love the pressed checkering

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#4924481 - 02/10/11 04:29 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: gmack]
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I see a lot of nice rifles on this forum. Usually I console myself with, oh well, it's right-handed. No consolation for that gun, XL. That's the nicest wood I've seen on a left hander, that I can think of. Jealous as heck.

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#4924555 - 02/10/11 04:45 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: HUNTNFISH]
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Originally Posted By: HUNTNFISH
Always wanted an old press-checkered BDL 7 Mag.Did Remington ever make the LH 7mm Mag. with the blued stainless barrel? They gotta be out there but I've never found one for sale!


Yep, I bought a lefty 700 7mag with the pressed checkering outside a Baltimore gun shop for $210.00 which included 1 box of rem 150 gr ammo with 4 shells missing. I got 3089 with H-1000 and the old Nosler 162 gr solid base. I don't have it any longer but I think it was blued stainless.

The gun shop had 3 lefty rem 700 in 7mag in stock and did not want to take it in trade so they let me buy the rifle in the parking lot. The fellow went back in and bought a shotgun.

Doc


Edited by Doctor_Encore (02/10/11 04:54 PM)

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#4924583 - 02/10/11 04:50 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: XLTFX4]
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Originally Posted By: XLTFX4
This thread brings back memeories! I was riding my motorcycle in Spring 1975 and stopped at a big local gun dealer. Was looking at the relatively new LH Rem 700's. I wanted to see one so I asked the dealer which one he had in stock. Have'em all, he said, which one do you want to see? I've always been one to want something different, so I said let me see the 7mm gun. He brought one out, cut the tape on the box open and pushed it towards me. I opened the box, saw the wood, threw the lid on the box down and said I'll take it. He said " Wow, that gun has beautiful wood." I made him write it up on the spot with that serial number until I could return with a car to pick it up. He did so grudgingly because he was also left handed. LOL.

Made 12/74, Buehler scope mounts, Leupold 2-7 scope, most beautiful American Walnut Fiddleback stock I've ever seen.







WOW!!!!!!!!!! no wonder you have kept it all these years.

Doc


Edited by Doctor_Encore (02/10/11 04:52 PM)

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#4925300 - 02/10/11 07:46 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: Doctor_Encore]
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$210.00 was a steal! The press-checkered stocks had that "squared" fore end that just fits in your hand.My grandfather had a 270 that I used to stare at in his gun cabinet when I was about 8 yrs. old.Just a young rifle loony then.Good memories!

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#4925424 - 02/10/11 08:31 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: HUNTNFISH]
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All 700's had pressed checkering until '72 or '73. I'd like to see the date code on bwitty72's 270 LH.
It's just ahead of the receiver on the left side of the barrel. Two letters together. If it is 1973 the second letter will be X
'72 would be W

A few years ago I tore apart a stainless barreled 7 Mag that dated 1970
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#4926447 - 02/11/11 07:51 AM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: rembo]
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Its a '73. I called Remington and verified as well.

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#4928361 - 02/11/11 03:48 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: bwitty72]
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Originally Posted By: bwitty72
Its a '73. I called Remington and verified as well.


'73 was obviously the change over year...my records show I had a 700 Varmint in 25-06 with a XX date code...Dec. '73, it had the solid cut checkered stock....they changed to skip line checkering about 1980-81,..I've owned 700 BDL's that dated to both '80 and '81 with both styles of checkering.
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#8355710 - 12/14/13 01:02 PM Re: Left Hand Remington Model 700's? [Re: Huntr]
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Hi,
Doing a search on 700LH models I found this forum, so I signed up! THIS IS MY FIRST POST!

Here's my 700LH, indeed an early BDL variant and made in October 1973, the same month I got married! Forty years later I have full intentions to keep both of 'em around for another forty years, the Good Lord Willing!

As you can see, mine's surely got some good ol' evidence of a little tree rash, as she's no safe queen! Nope, she's spent many a beautiful morning enjoying the sunrise high in a climber, but I've taken care of her.

She's also a tackdriver (for a .270), consistently under 3/4" @ 100 yds with her favorite round (Winchester's now-discontinued 140gn. Failsafe). I still have a couple of hundred bullets though, so I'm good for quite a while I hope! Additionally, I mainly hunt with a handgun, using the .270 only if the shot can't be accomplished humanely with the Model 29 .44 Magnum, so I think I'm set ammo-wise for a while.

Thanks for "looking and listening!" - Tom



Edited by tomturner (12/14/13 01:13 PM)

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