The Remington Model 700 has grown to be one of the world’s classic rifles. I like them enough to always have one or more in my collection. But from a predator hunter’s perspective, there’s always been one thing wrong with it: The 700 has never been available with a detachable magazine for .223 Rem. and similar sized cartridges.
When hunting predators, I’m in and out of the truck constantly, loading and unloading my rifle a dozen times a day. Doing this with a detachable magazine is so much easier that I’ve come to insist on them whenever possible. A current Remington 700 XCR Tactical in .223 Rem. is a good example. It shoots .5 MOA groups, but I sure miss the detachable magazine.
Recently, a friend pointed me towards a solution—the detachable magazine conversion from Wyatt’s Outdoor. It looked good, so I put down some cash for the10-round unit and installed it in my rifle. The kit is essentially a drop-in conversion. All that’s necessary is to remove the two action screws, take out the old bottom end, insert the Wyatt version and retighten the screws. I did that, but it wouldn’t feed the last round quite right, so following the troubleshooting directions, I added a supplied spacer washer under the bottom metal at the rear screw. With that done, everything worked smoothly. It feeds so well, I’m sure it’s smoother with this system than the factory one. I suspect the magazine would work with .204 Ruger cartridges as well, but I haven’t tried it.
A 10-round kit includes replacement bottom metal, a magazine and a mag loader.
Wyatt’s bottom end is machined from billet aluminum, making it very sturdy. The built-in magazine catch is steel. The magazine is steel, too, but with a polymer follower. It’s available in four- or 10-round versions, both of a single-stack design. The 10-round kit I purchased came with a device to assist magazine loading, a handy gadget for inserting those last few cartridges in a 10-rounder. Finish on everything is a matte black and construction quality on all of it is first rate.
There’s enough room in the magazine to accept cartridges as long as 2.8 inches.
Price on a complete conversion is around $300. You can order direct from Wyatt or from a number of online vendors who carry his goods. Midway USA has the best price I could find with a quick search. For my readers in Canada, it’s available; just have your local dealer contact the northern distributor, Plenty O’ Patches, in Alberta.
From my perspective, this conversion vastly increases the usability of the .223 Rem. 700s. It gets an A grade from this professor. Now, if they would just make it in .22-250 Rem. as well.
The Wyatt conversion looks and works great for the Remington Model 700.