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I picked this rifle up at a local auction. I was thinking it is a Remington 700 FS. The rifle is chambered in 35 Whelen, stock is similar to my 700 KS but in camo pattern, metal is Matte black, barrel is drilled and tapped for sights.

From what info I could find I didn't see where Remington chambered the 35 Whelen in the FS model. Is it a FS or is it a restocked rifle. If restocked what woukd the original model be?
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Your date code says 1988 and the C prefix is the right prefix for that date.

The only version the of the M700 chambered in 35 Whelen that year was the limited Classic. Plus your rifle is now a blind box ADL. So that’s not the original stock for the rifle.

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Originally Posted by alpinecrick
Your date code says 1988 and the C prefix is the right prefix for that date.

The only version the of the M700 chambered in 35 Whelen that year was the limited Classic. Plus your rifle is now a blind box ADL. So that’s not the original stock for the rifle.

Doesn't the classic have a gloss finish to the metal?

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Doesn't the classic have a gloss finish to the metal?[/quote]

Yes classic is gloss. I saw that one too , was kinda wondering what it was

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You’re right, the bluing is more of a matte than the higher sheen finish of the Classics.

My guess is previous owner has had it reblued and installed either a FS or RS stock. The FS stocks were either gray or a different camo pattern than the OP’s stock. But the stipple looks similar to the FS or RS finish. The RS was painted a solid gray, as were many of the FS stocks.

More RS stocked M700’s were sold than FS rifles. Also the AS stock replaced the FS and RS stocks a year or so later, but I don’t think they were painted, instead were left in the raw like the later tupperware stocks.

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Both of my 35 Whelen LE Classics serial #s start with C628, so it was most likely refinished & restocked somewhere in the last 36 years.


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Restocked and given a matte finish is my guess. Still a cool find!!

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Cheek piece or not? Any sign of a grip cap? And what’s approximate weight?

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I would wager that it came out of Remington's Custom Shop. My dad is from Ilion and a childhood friend of his worked in the Custom Shop around that time. I dunno how much they still correspond but I can ask him.

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Originally Posted by 444afic
I would wager that it came out of Remington's Custom Shop. My dad is from Ilion and a childhood friend of his worked in the Custom Shop around that time. I dunno how much they still correspond but I can ask him.

Barrel markings are not consistent with what the custom shop was putting out at that time. If it was a custom shop rifle, it would simply have the chambering stamped on the rear left just in front of the serial number.

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Hoping the OP returns to tell us if this rifle has a cheek piece.

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Stock has a cheek piece and no grip cap. It feels very similar to my 700KS that I have. The rifle is currently at my dads where I keep most of my rifles so I can't get a weight. It's not a very heavy rifle, once again similar feel to the KS.

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Interesting. Thanks for updating.

So it’s not an fs, as, or rs. And I don’t believe it to be a ks based on the ejection port. So likely not a takeoff; but another aftermarket stock from that era (80s/90s). Next time you have it in hand, grab a weight and a picture of the channel/inlet if you can.
That’s a neat one.

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Krylon paint. Is that overspray on the top of the recoil pad in the last pic?


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Krylon paint. Is that overspray on the top of the recoil pad in the last pic?

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Originally Posted by AKwolverine
Interesting. Thanks for updating.

So it’s not an fs, as, or rs. And I don’t believe it to be a ks based on the ejection port. So likely not a takeoff; but another aftermarket stock from that era (80s/90s). Next time you have it in hand, grab a weight and a picture of the channel/inlet if you can.
That’s a neat one.

I was finally back at my dad's place and took the action out of the stock. The stock is fully bedded and weighs 34.8oz. The front action screw also has a metal insert / bushing that I don't think I have seen before.
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I like it ! Best of luck with it .

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The metal bushing is called an eschutcheon. It's a factory Remington piece that is pressed into the stock from the factory....that's why it's ribbed. Most after market stock makers used the factory Remington eschutcheon in ADL style stocks. It should not be loose or able to be removed unless it's driven out. You can epoxy it into the stock with JB Weld, etc.

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Neat rifle.

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I can't say whether it's a factory offering, but you'd likely spend $2-3,000 to build anything close to it today.

Modern data from Speer (https://www.speer.com/reloading/rifle-data.html) and others lets it run neck-and-neck with the 338 WM.


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