Upgrade Your Bolt Action Rifle

by Braxton Taylor

1. Made from reinforced polymer and featuring an integral aluminum bedding block, the Magpul Hunter 700 Stock offers Remington 700 owners an economical alternative loaded with practical upgrades, such as adjustments for length-of-pull and comb height, and other enhanced ergonomics that allow the stock to be custom fit to one or more shooters. Since the stock requires no bedding, it permits drop-in installation without the added expense of costly gunsmithing fees. The Hunter 700 is also compatible with the company’s versatile Bolt Action Magazine Well 700 (sold separately), which allows the stock to be used with detachable-box magazines and doesn’t require inletting. MSRP: $269.95; magpul.com


2. In addition to providing enhanced comb height for improved alignment of tactical scopes with larger objective lenses, the Blackhawk Urban Warfare IVS Performance Ventilating Cheek Pad helps you gain a positive and consistent cheekweld. Its compressed-spider design cushions recoil and minimizes perceived vibration, so your face takes less of a beating when firing large-caliber rifles. There’s even a zippered utility pouch and external cartridge loops for ammunition storage. Available colors include black and coyote tan. MSRP: $47.95; blackhawk.com


3. Timney’s Impact Remington 700 Trigger replaces the factory “bang switch” with an improved variant (at a cost-effective price) without compromising quality. It does so by using parts machined from billet steel that are then hand-assembled, calibrated and tested to deliver a crisp, 3- to 4-pound, non-adjustable, single-stage pull that features the company’s Sear Engagement Adjustment Lock Design (SEALd) technology. MSRP: $124.99; timneytriggers.com


4. Offered by Brownells, the Hawkins Precision M5 Detachable Box Magazine Rifle Bottom Metal is CNC-machined from billet aluminum
and crafted for precision shooting. It integrates a barricade stop in front of the magazine well and a drafted magazine port. The unit comes with pillar as well as action screws and is available for Remington 700-based actions in .308 Win. and .300 Win. Mag. MSRP: $198; brownells.com


5. Flatline Ops Halo-X Accu/Level helps you add an extra degree of precision to your shooting. The system is constructed from 7075-T6 aerospace-grade aluminum and fits scopes with either 30-, 34-, 35- or 36 mm-diameter tubes. Weighing less than an ounce and only 5/16-inch wide, the top features the Vial-Bridge. This built-in, two-position, articulating bubble level enables shooters to correct cant error at a glance. Designed for left-or right-handed shooters, the Halo-X contains high-visibility fluorescent fluid that ensures easy use in varying light conditions. MSRP: $134.99; flatlineops.com

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