Remington 700 Sendero SF II 300 Win Mag Review

Remington-700 Sendero SF II 300 Winchester Magnum.

Remington-700 Sendero SF II .300 Win Mag Review

Featuring a 26″ fluted, heavy contour, free floated, 1:10 twist, stainless barrel (.820″ OD at muzzle), stainless steel action, recessed target crown and HS Precision stock with aluminum bedding block; the Remington-700 Sendero SF II is designed to give hunters an accurate platform for taking long range shots at game.  Currently available in 7mm Remington Magnum and .300 Winchester Magnum, our test rifle was a .300-WM.

The black fiberglass stock has double palm swells and a wide, beaver tail fore end.  Equipped with two QD studs, the rifle is capable of accepting a bi-pod and sling.  The webbing on the stock provides  added texture to the rifle.   A wide rubber recoil pad aids in soaking up recoil.  The Sendero SF  II has a standard, hinged magazine floor plate and holds 3-rounds.

The bolt has an attractive jeweled finish.  Overall, this is a clean looking rifle.  Having not checked the specified weight prior to handling the rifle, we were quite surprised by how quickly it handled for such a long and heavy barrel. Weighing in at 8.5 pounds, it is 1/4 pound lighter then the Weatherby Accumark Mark V .340 Weatherby I hunted Africa with and 1/2 pound lighter then the 700P .300 Win Mag.

We mounted a Leupold Mark-4, 3.5-10x40mm TMR scope on a Badger Ordnance Maximized 20-MOA rail and maximized scope rings and headed to the range.  With a full value wind between 5-10 miles per hour, we bore sighted and gained an initial zero at 50-yards, then fired three round groups for accuracy at 100.  All shooting was prone, from a front rest and rear bag.  Brownells supplied us with Federal Gold Metal 190-Grain SMK to test accuracy.

Groups averaged approximately 1MOA with a cold bore.  As the barrel heated, the rifle quickly opened up to nearly 1.6 MOA, perfectly acceptable, and quite impressive for a relatively light, long range hunting rifle.

For more information on the Remington 700 Sendero  SF II and Model 700 rifles, visit Remington.  For ammunition, scopes, mounting accessories and everything you need to shoot, visit Brownells.

 

A view of the test set up. The weather was 90F with high humidity.

Close up of the action. The bolt is jeweled and looks quite sharp. The Leupold Mark V 3.5-10x40mm TMR is equipped with the M3 1-MOA cams calibrated for .300 Win Mag/190 GR SMK, the load we were shooting.

Post zeroing (4-rounds), this is the first group fired with a warm barrel. It measured .904″

Even though the barrel was quite heavy for a hunting rifle, the .300 Win Mag heated it up quickly.  As the rifle heated, the groups opened up a little bit, as expected.  This is the largest group we fired. It measured 1.567″

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