This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
A new Rifle Chassis from Magpul will make this year’s spring warmer and more welcome than ever.
The name is Magpul Pro 700 Rifle Chassis and it’s based on a full billet aluminum skeleton clad in polymer. The idea was to make chassis full of features, as uncompromised as possible, for the Remington 700 short actions (and similar footprints).
As usual with Magpul products the end result looks really nice, but looking at the pictures and solutions below I think even Magpul might have superseded themselves with this chassis.
Below: Flat Dark Earth
Perhaps this is why Magpul can charge a grand for a chassis and get away with it, where firearms companies charge about the same for a complete rifle?
Yes, the list price for this chassis is $999.95.
For instance the list price of a Ruger Precision Rifle is 1,599 USD, including both the firearm and a “chassis”. Remington’s own and new Precision Chassis Rifle – The Model 700 PCR – is around the corner as well – for 1,199 USD.
The Magpul Hunter 700 Stock is the polymer option for 259.95 USD.
However, note that the new PRO 700 is an aluminum chassis, not just a polymer solution, so that you compare apples with apples. Still there are plenty of competitors available already, in the 750 USD range.
I like the aggressive angle of the pistol grip. I use the Magpul K2+ on most of my AR15s, and where I can I use that grip on my long range bolt-action rifles as well.
Below: Olive Drab Green. Top picture is Black.
Magpul are known for describing their products well, and the PRO 700 is no exception. See below, in Magpul’s own word:
The Magpul Pro 700 Rifle Chassis is an uncompromising, full featured precision rifle chassis for short action Remington® 700 actions and other Remington® 700 footprint actions. The Pro 700 combines innovative engineering, precision machining, Mil-Spec quality finishes, and an extensive list of purposeful design features with complete adjustability to provide demanding end users with the most comprehensive available precision rifle platform solution for true out of the box performance.
Based on a full billet aluminum skeleton and clad in Magpul polymer for environmental comfort, noise mitigation, and ergonomics, the Pro 700 is also fully ambidextrous. Capable of fitting both right and left-handed actions with the simple swap of a bolt-cutout plate, and with a reversible cheek riser and reversible hinge on the folding version, “lefties” haven’t been “left out.”
Type III hard anodized machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum V-bedding block, body, adjustment knobs and forend with high strength injection molded polymer body covers.
Ambidextrous bedding block can be changed by swapping the QD sling swivel plate and bolt cut out plate for left or right hand actions using a 1/8” hex wrench
Folding stock with push-button activated durable steel hinge with Melonite® finish is reversible for left or right folding capability with the use of a 5/32” hex wrench. A fixed stock adapter is available for a non-folding stock solution
Folding stock is also designed to capture the bolt handle when folded and is compatible with a large variety of aftermarket bolt knobs and handles
Optional inline mount for clip-on night vision and thermal imaging devices
Overall LOP adjustment range is 13.25” – 15.125”.
Butt pad height can be adjusted up 1.33” and down .90” and is adjustable left or right 5 degrees.
Comb height adjustment has a 1” range with a secondary locking knob to eliminate movement in the cheek riser
Cheek riser features a 3-position fore/aft adjustment of +.375”, 0” and -.375” which can also be changed for left or right side usage.
Injection molded polymer grip with 5 degree forward edge sweep and enlarged palm swell with 7 degree aft edge sweep, with a .75” fore/aft trigger reach adjustment.
Additional grip option included with a more aggressive forward sweep (8 degree forward / 20 degree aft edge sweep).
Durable steel rotation limited QD sling swivel mounts with Melonite® finish fits up to 1.5” push button swivels.
M-LOK® slots for accessory mounting on the forend (left-6/right-6/bottom-7) and the stock (bottom-2).
Integrated AICS pattern magazine well optimized for PMAG® 5 & PMAG® 10 7.62 AC™ magazines as well as most other AICS pattern short action magazines.
Large trigger guard allows for use with gloves and accepts most factory and aftermarket curved or flat triggers
Low-profile, anti-snag ambidextrous magazine release is made of Melonite® treated steel for wear and corrosion resistance.
Ambidextrous thumb shelf for firing hand thumb placement.”
Everything is Made in U.S.A.
SPECIFICATIONS (based on factory configuration).
Weight – 5.4 lbs
Height at Butt Plate – 5.2”
Max width – 1.86”
Length – 32.7” – 34.6” (23.5” when folded)
Below: The chassis with the stock and bipod out versus folded together for transportation.
Below: Has your R700 action been waiting to marry this?
Below: The chassis is capable of fitting both right and left-handed actions with the simple swap of a bolt-cutout plat.
If you like, you can change the fold-able stock to a fixed.
Also, if you’re a lefty you can reverse the hinge. Now that’s really clever. Perhaps small things like that makes it easier to charge a premium.
Below: The cheek riser is reversible.
Note that the chassis is an ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) controlled product.
Magpul claim to have been in design, prototyping and testing for several year, guided by Magpul CORE (check here for details) as well as several shooters from military, law enforcement, and competitive backgrounds. You get an idea in their video below:
Sniper’s Hide LLC posted these pictures on Facebook, which gives you an idea of what the Magpul chassis looks like outside of the marketing department’s photo box.
Looks like a very rigid construction.
Magpul’s own page about the chassis can be found here: https://www.magpul.com/products/pro-700
I’m sure there’s plenty of opinions about Magpul’s solutions and pricing, please let them out below.
I’m assuming there will a chassis for the Remington 700 long action as well, but this just a personal guess.