Classic Remington Rifles 721-722
One of the best Remington rifles ever to be produced. The Remington Arms company started production of its models 721 and 722 in 1948. This was a totally new concept in bolt action gun design. The action was a total makeover of the traditional bolt guns before World War II. The rifle triggers would be a completely redesigned system.
They would be the granddaddy of the Remington 700 series introduced in 1961. It also introduced the concept of a short and long action. This in my opinion was a great concept of Remington’s engineering at the time. They were drilled and tapped for scope mounts from the start of production. This also was good engineering concept at the time. The Remington Arms Company was on the move.
The Remington firearms in the 721 and 722 were in direct competition with the Winchester model 70. A standard grade model 70 Winchester retailed in 1954 for $120. The Remington rifles in the 721 standard grade retailed for $88 in 1954. They were both great guns, and had a great following at that time. For the extra money I believe the Winchester 70 was a better looking gun with a little better styling.
But I doubt the Remington firearms in model 721 or 722 would take a back seat when it came to accuracy. The 721 and 722 are probably a couple of the most accurate out-of-the-box bolt action rifles ever produced.
The Remington Rifles 721-722 have over the years been noted for their great accuracy.
The model 722 in the 222 Remington cartridge was one of my favorite guns to shoot. It was very accurate, and a nice gun to carry. I also think the 721 in the 280 Remington cartridge was one of the best deer rifles ever produced.
The gun shop I worked in was located in northeastern Pennsylvania. The 721 and 722 Remington firearms were very popular in that country. We bought and sold many of these guns at our gun shop. There always seemed to be one or two of these guns on the rack for sale and we had some hunters and shooters who would only buy the 721 or 722.
This is also a gun that I did work on while a gunsmith at the shop in Pennsylvania. I know I blued many of these guns in the 1980s and 90s. They were heavily used and therefore the bluing would be worn and require a new finish. I would also install recoil pads on these Remington firearms in the 30-06 calibers. They were a simple design and the gun was therefore easy to take apart and reassemble. So I rather enjoyed working on them. Very few Remington Arms Company firearms had factory recoil pads installed on them in the 50’s and 60’s. Make sure you know before you buy as it does effect the price.
Finding the Remington rifles 721-722 in excellent condition is beginning to get very difficult. They were guns that were made to use and that is what they did with them. Finding them in original condition, and not altered would be a very good find. Those in excellent condition, would be rated as excellent for collecting and investing in.
Any of these guns are excellent choices for hunting and shooting. They may not be great collectors guns, but they would still outshoot most of the new guns of today. I will discuss some of the issues with repairs for these guns in articles under alterations.
Remington Arms Company Rifles in 721-722 Overview
• Nice classic design
• Very accurate
• Easy to work on
• Nice caliber selection
• Very collectible in great condition
• Solid work history (I would hire one)