When God screwed me together he must have used a few spare parts. Who else but an ill fitted man would spend a little under $1,000 on a rifle but place upon that rifle a $3,000 scope?
This is a 4X16 scope with 56mm objective using a 34mm steel tube. Made by Zeiss, Hensoldt is sold to European military forces. I decided on the Hensoldt primarily because of its’ weight: 2 pounds. The Remington 700 XCR II on which this will be mounted is a light-weight 7.5 pounds. I need the extra weight for recoil control.
Mounting will occur using a Murphy Precision picatinny rail and Murphy mounts. I’ve purchased a standard picatinny as well as with with 10 MOA forward slant. I think the Hendsolt will mount without the slant, but we’ll see while I’m taking my pounding sighting this thing in at 300 yards.
Oh, caliber. This is a Remington 375 Ultra Magnum. Recoil? It’s a rifle silly so why are you concerned with recoil. I want to kill the damn bear not see him eye-ball to eye-ball before his noon meal. The bears first swipe will hurt a whole lot more than that recoil.
While on the topic of a Remington 700, I’d like to mention what amazing quality can be had for so little money. Remington as with most Northeastern U.S. manufacturing companies never cared to battle its’ unions and their egregious practices. This is today in Remington’s past. Weapons are now manufactured in Kentucky and the original Remington factory in Ilion, New York. Owned indirectly by Cerebus Capital Management, the day of button barreling 20 barrels and spending the next 6 hours in the break room awaiting the end of the shift are over.
Quality of the rifles from my observation is on par with the Weatherby Vanguard’s manufactured by Howa in Japan. This is high praise indeed. These two makes are economical rifles. Don’t fret that you do not have a Browning pointed at that bear, because when the primer fires, you’ll have similar accuracy to your Browning.
The Remington 700 XCR also accels in the Alaskan climate that can often be miserably wet. This model is machined from stainless steel with working parts also of stainless. I’m happy with a Weatherby or Browning in Africa’s dusty plain, but give me a synthetic Remington in Alaska.
Don’t mistake me to think I do not own and enjoy other rifles. My Merkel and Kreighoff drilling and double are awesome. I dearly love the McMillan and Dakota Arms, especially the later in 450 Dakota. Kimber makes an excellent hunting rifle but it is a toss of the coin as to whether it will take 6 months or 6 years for Kimber to deliver one. (Kimber and Florida bound KelTec are simply not reliable gun makers of you need a weapon.)
The landscape of hunting rifles will be changed forever the day Glock decides to service the hunting market and build rifles.