I had to throw a post up on the Magpul Hunter 700 as soon as I saw it announced. I’m a fan of Magpul products and I’m not ashamed to say it. I don’t buy every offering they have but of the Magpul products I have purchased I’ve yet to be disappointed in any of them. I’ve not had my hands on one of the Magpul Hunter 700 stocks yet as it was only just announced. However, from what the company has released as far as information so far and what I can see in their video I think it’s worth posting about. Particularly when you remember that I try to cater to the newer shooters as much as possible. Precision Shooting is a great sport but our grass roots process needs some work. I think as I explain what I’ve learned already about the Magpul Hunter 700 that you will see why this might be very appealing to a newer shooter.
Magpul Hunter 700 Stock
As we can already tell from the name of the product, the Magpul Hunter 700 is being marketed towards the hunting crowd. That should not come as a surprise as Hunting is an American past time and tradition, not to mention in the rest of the world. That’s a lot of potential customers so it shouldn’t be surprising that Magpul wants to appeal to them. They also know what’s going on in the Precision Rifle scene. While it may not be specifically marketed towards competitive or professional tactical marksmen, I see a lot of features that should get a lot of people excited. For starters, the price. Magpul has stated these will be retailing for $259.95 USD for the stock itself. That’s an extremely respectable price for a stock upgrade. It gets better though! For an additional $69.95 USD you can buy Magpul’s Bolt Action Magazine well that you can bolt into the stock and replace the standard Remington bottom metal. Here’s the result!
Magpul has stated that the new Magpul Hunter 700 utilizes an anodized aluminum bedding block. That alone is a big step up from the standard rubber overmolded stocks that most Remington 700s are mounted on from the factory. The importance of a bedding block lies in a repeatable foundation for bolting the action in. Since it isn’t made of plastic or rubber there is no flex in the mounting surface and that leads to consistent pressure on the action when torqued into the stock. Consistency is the precursor to accuracy so that isn’t an insignificant feature by any means. They manage to pack that block and the features below into a 2.9lbs package. That keeps the weight down for the Hunting crowd that has to lug their rifle into the woods, and for the Tactical crowd that might be serving overseas or trying to shave time off a stage in competition.
Magpul Hunter 700 Features
That’s nothing short of stellar! For a cost of $330 USD you can take your factory Remington 700 stock, pull the action out of the rubber or plastic BDL (box drop latch) stock and drop it into a Magpul Hunter 700 stock that will immediately give you a number of advantages at a very attractive cost. Obviously, a magazine fed system is huge. It typically costs around $500 on the low end for a new chassis system that already works with Accuracy International magazines. If you just were to inlet the stock you have and add a new set of bottom metal that will accept the magazines you’re looking at anywhere from about $150-350 USD depending on who makes the bottom metal. The ability to use Accuracy International magazines is probably the best feature of the Magpul Hunter 700, but it’s not the only new feature you get!
Additionally, the Magpul Hunter 700 also accepts Magpul SGA cheek risers and LOP (Length of Pull) spacers. This means that you can take a few minutes and with some accessories you can actually fit the new stock to your body properly. You can pick the height you need with a cheek riser so you get the perfect cheek weld each time putting your eyeball directly behind the ocular lens of the rifle scope. We talked about how important that is when discussing sight picture! Here are a few photos of the SGA riser and LOP spacers.
I have an SGA stock on my Remington 870 and there’s a bunch of nice features there. For starters you can see there’s a slot for threading a sling through the stock that is already molded in. You can also see, just in front of the standard sling slot, a small circular flush cup for using a sling equipped with QD (Quick Detach) sling attachment points. That’s my preference since you can move slings around quickly and easily between multiple rifles. Or if you just happen to be punching paper and don’t need it, you can remove it and keep it completely out of the way. My only gripe with Magpul QD adaptors thus far as been that they are free spinning, perhaps we will finally see a limited rotation model at the SHOT show?
In the same vein as the Magpul Hunter 700 the guys at Magpul are announcing a new five round, AICS (Accuracy International Chassis System) compatible magazine with an anti-tilt follower. Given the reliability of the Magpul magazines in the AR15 world I have no doubts these will be excellent magazines. Those are going to be priced at $34.95 USD. That’s a solid $30-50 USD cheaper than the Accuracy International magazines depending on whether you go with a five or a ten round version. The new Magpul mags are said to come set up for a 5 round capacity to comply with hunting restrictions but with a simple switch of the follower to a different slot, you can convert it to a 6 round capacity. The name itself, the PMAG5 7.62 suggests we might see a PMAG10 as well. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if that shows up at the Shot Show along with the stock!
More Magpul Hunter 700 Features
The list of goodies offered by the Magpul Hunter 700 continues! You thought we were done, didn’t you?
The Magpul Hunter 700 appears to have 3 of the new M-LOK slots on each side of the front end of the stock. That can be useful for adding sling mounts, lights, or if you’re really high speed you could put a NV Illuminator or Laser for low light shooting. The news from Magpul states there are multiple points for adding swivel studs for traditional sling mounts as well as QD sockets and those are listed in addition to the M-LOK slots. In the next couple photos I want to point out some things that are nice, but aren’t actually listed as a feature per se. For starters look at this photo…
A few things jump out at me. One being just behind the tang of the action you can see a flattened out spot on the edge of the Magpul Hunter 700, right where your thumb would go. I think we are looking at what’s called a thumb shelf there. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s often the small details that really sell a product, particularly a new product. All we are talking about is a small spot where your thumb will find a comfortable place to rest while firing the rifle. Not a big deal, but it’s a nice touch and a small detail they made sure to include. I like that sort of thing, attention to detail is important.
Obviously a magazine fed rifle must have a way to release the magazine. Putting that release directly in front of the trigger guard is nothing new. Its tough to tell with the shadows but I believe this is more the paddle style release than the traditional lever style. The difference is being able to push the ears of the paddle forward to drop the magazine as opposed to have to break your grip with your firing hand to move fingers underneath the trigger guard and forward to move a lever. I don’t know if its going to change your life but again, it shows there was a lot of thought put into this and continuing attention to small details.
The only thing I see here I want to point out is that the Harris Bipod mounted on the front is attached not by sling stud, but by some kind of adaptor. I think it might say Larue on the side but it’s really hard to tell with the shadowing and the screen grab from the video. In any event, the significant thing to point out is that there are likely either M-LOK slots on the bottom, or different attachment points for accessories of one sort or another. My bet would be more M-LOK slots as that is the direction that Magpul has been starting to move. I think that’s worth mentioning because a lot of stocks don’t afford the user any way of attaching a rail to the bottom of the stock for a rail mounted bipod.
Here’s the video Magpul released! Enjoy!
Updates on the Magpul Hunter 700
I’m cross posting some photos here from our buddies at Jade Precision that took a few photos of the new Magpul Hunter 700. The interesting one being a really good view of the aluminum bedding block. It does not appear to extend into the forearm however I don’t see that as an issue. Rubber stocks are a lot more flexy than polymer and I’m sure they made sure to thicken things up to avoid any flex up on that end especially for bipod people. The whole free world is aware of that issue with rubber stocks on Remingtons I can’t believe Magpul would be oblivious. If you look at the middle of the recoil lug well there may actually be a slim line of aluminum running up the middle on the bottom of the fore end but its difficult to tell from photos!
Here’s an excellent video by the guys at AR15.com with the Director of Magpul’s Precision Rifle Program that walks through and highlights the features of the new Hunter 700 Stock!