Remington Model 700 7mm Express

Eric Sof

The 7mm Remington Express cartridge is the new name for what used to be the .280 Remington; dimensionally identical, the new version has improved ballistics, and Remington is promoting it as a long-range hunting cartridge. And the best way of doing that is to produce a good rifle to shoot it from, hence the Remington Model 700 in 7 mm Express.


The Remington Model 700 has been in production for some time in a wide variety of calibers from .17 to .458, so it is a thoroughly proven design. Elegantly proportioned and well-finished, with a Monte-Carlo stock and inlaid fore-end, the Remington Model 700 balances well and comes easily to the shoulder. The action is basically a Mauser bolt, amply strong for this loading, while the barrel is smoothly tapered and appears to be light in weight, which probably accounts for the good balance.

Remington Model 700 7mm Express
Remington Model 700 7mm Express (Photo: XY)

The front sight is a post set on a ramp, hooded to obviate glare, and can be drift-set to compensate when zeroing. The rear sight is open, adjustable for elevation and windage. The receiver has been factory drilled and tapped for mounting any telescope sight mount base or for the addition of more specialized receiver sights.

Remington Model 700 7mm Express with scope mounted
Remington Model 700 7mm Express with a scope mounted (Photo: XY)

The Remington 7mm Express cartridge generates some 2800 feet per second (853 meters/sec) muzzle velocity in this rifle, and 200 meters is the theoretical cross-over point at which bullet and sightline should coincide. As a result, the rifle shoots particularly well at that range and can produce better than four-inch groups straight from the box and with factory ammunition.

Technical specifications

Manufacturer: Remington Arms Co., Ilion, New York, 13357, United States
Type:  bolt-action, center-fire, magazine
Caliber: 7mm Remington Express
Barrel: 22 in (559 mm)
Weight: 7.25 lbs (3.29 kg)
Magazine capacity: 5 rounds

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11 thoughts on “Remington Model 700 7mm Express”

  1. it started out as a 7mm express then it was changed to .280 because people were confusing 7mm Express with the 7mm magnum.

  2. I am assuming four inch groups straight from the box means using open sights. A decent shooter should be able to easily match that. A good shooter will do even better. Like some already said, a Remington 700 with scope should shoot between 1/2 and 1 1/2 inch groups all day long. I have owned many 700 and Model Seven Remington rifles. Only one would not shoot under one inch with factory ammo.

  3. Actually, if you look it up, 7mm Rem Express was the original name of the .280, not the other way around. I own an early original 7mm Rem Express and a later .280.

  4. The 280 Rem came out 1957 changed the name to 7MM-06 in 1978, Later the same year it became the 7MM Express. In 1981 it once again became the 280 Rem .

  5. they dropped the 7mm Express name because people were getting it confused with the 7mm Remington Magnum, then it became the .280

  6. actually it started life as 280 Rem. Then went to 7mm express. Then back to, 280 Rem.
    There were also a few 700’s mis coded as 7mm06 back in I think late70’s.
    And now back to 7mm express.
    Why didn’t they just build a 280Ackley IMP.

  7. Hey Wally did you know dad big time he passed away and gave me his 7 mm Express not that I will ever sale it. Wondering what it’s worth

  8. I inherited a Remington model 700 ( 7MM EXP. REM ) and don’t know much about it. I’ve been told it’s a . 280
    I have yet to find some ammunition and I’ve been to multiple stores. What happens if I chambers a . 270 or is there alternative? otherwise it’s pretty much useless. I don’t reload and I can’t afford to take up a new hobbie with this bidenflation

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