Remington 783 Rifle Review: It’s accurate, but don’t buy it.

This is the Remington 783.

Now, it comes scoped but we do not have it on there right now, which I will talk about later in this review. This is a gun I really wanted to hate–not that I came into the review biased, but I wanted to hate it right when we took it right out of the box. There were just some things about it I did not love. 

Before we get into it, I should mention this is our in-depth review of just this gun. But, we also have done a much broader review of the best five guns $350 and under. So after you read this post and you understand this gun, you should go check out that larger review as well

Remington 783 Chambering

  • .22-250 Remington 
  • .223 Remington
  • .243 Winchester 
  • 7mm-08 Remington 
  • 7mm Remington Magnum
  • .270 Winchester 
  • .308 Winchester 
  • .30-06 Springfield
  • .300 Winchester Magnum 

Build Quality

So we pulled the Remington 783 out of the box and right away, it was at the bottom of our list. I hated the build quality. For a composite stock, it feels like cheap plastic. It feels like a BB gun stock. We own air rifles that are way better than this. 

Also, the plastic sling studs should definitely be metal. Please give me a metal sling stud and make it feel like a grown-up gun! We were very frustrated with the quality of the sling studs.

The stock is cruddy and just feels crappy. The magazine seems fine, but we did have some major issues with loading. We also had issues with the bolt. The bolt has a nasty catch that gets better as we shoot it more, but it still catches. We have shot it a lot and it still catches.

The bluing when you take the rail off is nasty chipped. It is honestly as cheap as you get. 

This has happened with some of the other guns, but you can get the magazine in and you can get it to clip, but if the back is not all the way clipped in, it struggles to grab the shell, the bullet itself as it moves forward.

We shot some Winchester ammo where we had a round that was dangerous. In the video clip below, you can see that there was a live round in the gun and the bolt was completely frozen. That was a very dangerous situation. It was stiff the whole time and I had to manhandle it to get it. It was completely unacceptable. It was the eighth round through with the gun and I could not get the bolt to open.

At that point, I did not even want to keep shooting the gun because there was such a nasty bolt catch. It was stuck and you cannot get a live round out, which is dangerous. But, what we did learn is it is not Remington’s fault. That was Winchester, the ammo itself. That ammo in this gun is just a bad combo. To be fair, I have tried Winchester shotgun shells and they get stuck in my gun as well. I am not too sure about the Winchester ammo. 

Once we started trying different loads, it fed better. It would catch,  but it would not get stuck. Eventually, it would probably work out to be okay, but it still bugs us that out of the box it is that bad. It was just at that moment that I was nervous, but it ended up being okay.

The safety on the Remington 783, out of all the guns we bought, ticked Rickey off. It is on black metal. It has a black punched S & F. It is hard to tell if the safety is on or not. We know that it is pretty standard that when it is pulled back it is on safe, but it is easy to get confused. It really feels unsafe compared to other rifles. 

The recoil pad is far too stiff and it is going to do nothing to reduce the recoil. This one was chambered in 7mm mag so you want that recoil pad. It is just too stiff. 

The gun came with a 4 lb adjustable trigger but it was actually nice quality. You definitely want to adjust it down, but it is okay. 

The Remington did redeem itself pretty well and made its way back up the list when you look at the out-of-the-box trigger pull compared to other guns. It would be nice if it came out of the box a little lighter.

Out-of-the-box Trigger Pull

  • 2.5 lbs – Mossberg Patriot
  • 4 lbs –  Remington 783
  • 4 lbs – Savage Axis
  • 4.5 lbs – Ruger American 
  • 5.5 lbs – TC Compass

Accuracy

As much as I did not like this gun, we then took it out on the range and my opinion quickly started to change. It shoots. It is a good shooter. The trigger is pretty decent.

We shot eight groups with two different types of ammo from 100 yards, bench rest. The median of our three best groups, because we are going to make mistakes on some of them, was 1.243 inches. That is not bad at all! I was happy with it. In our testing, compared to others it was not the best, but it is a very solid performer on the range. That is what it really comes down to. It did fine. 

Median Size of Best Groups at 100 Yards

  • .8995” – Ruger American 
  • 1.035” – Savage Axis
  • 1.243” – Remington 783
  • 1.3485” – Thompson Center Compass
  • 4.785” –  Mossberg Patriot

Ricky said that if he had $350 and he was going to buy a hunting rifle, this is not the one he would buy and I completely agree. From an accuracy standpoint, and this is the gun you own, you are going to be fine. But if he has a choice of what he is going to buy, this is not the one he is going to get. 

We are also curious to see how the gun will hold up.

The Scope

Another reason I would not pick this gun is that the scope is trash. You may as well throw it away right when you get it. I was very nervous to take the first shot because you have to get really close to the gun to see in the scope. I was about an inch away from the scope and it felt a little dangerous. You can see in the video below how nervous I was.

We measured the eye relief with a tape measure, and on all of the other guns, you had a full view through the scope about 2 ¾ inches away. With the Remington 783, I was only 1 inch away to get a full view. If you have a 7 mag, and one inch from your forehead, you are going to get scoped. Ricky has been scoped and it does not feel good.

Luckily, it did not hit us, but I thought for sure it would. It was too close. 

Conclusion

Buy the gun, replace the stock, throw away the scope and you have got a shooter. At that price point, maybe you should just get a different gun.

That is our totally unbiased, we bought this gun with our own money, we do not have a horse in the race review. That is the Remington 783. Now go check out our five gun review of the all the  best guns under $350. 

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15 Comments

  1. I have one of these in a 22in varmint .223 Had a minor issue the barrel wasnt fully floated but I sorted that out and now its 1 tac driver with 55gr PPU head and 25gr of RL 15 behind it.

    excellent rifle

  2. Or just buy the Remington 783 varmint… I got mine in .223 2019 for $440.. and the build quality is outstanding and with the barrel beats the shit at long range than my M&P sport 2… I will never sell it.. never!!

  3. Also, laminated stock is stiff and sold.. plastic is only good for kitchen tools.

  4. Not going to lie, this reeks of sponsorship (and by savage no less, barf)

    This is either some ticked off Rem 700 owner who is pissed to find out that his precious rifle is 500 dollars of furniture, and only 250 dollars of barreled-action.

    Orrrrrrr

    Someone sponsoring savage

    1. Jim Harmer says:

      Uh… nope. Backfire has no sponsors whatsoever at this point. And actually, I’m surprised you think Savage is sponsoring Backfire because I recently gave them a very negative review in my recent videos on “8 guns I regret buying.”

  5. David Sydney Lever says:

    Bought an old cheap used one in .223 Remington, replaced the mainspring because I had the occasional failure to fire (all primer indents looked fine) but the spring was obviously well used and was 1/2 inch shorter than the new one; I have not had a problem since. Accurate, easy to carry, I put a Bushnell 3-9 scope on it and it shoots perfectly. I have no issues other than the safety makes a loud click when you take it off safe.

  6. Ronald White says:

    Sorry boys. I just can’t agree with your findings. I have owned a Remington 783 270 for several years and it is great. I did have to put a Nikon scope on it and the safety release has a loud click. But that is it. I am not used to the finer things in life, like very expensive rifles. So I can’t judge them, but I have had 270 rifles that will tear your shoulder off. Not this one , it has a very good recoil. I am 73 years old and so far I always get my deer. My best shot was a heart shot at 190 yards with this rifle. Sorry that I can’t agree with you. Thank you.

  7. Mark Lawson says:

    Our gun you can’t put 3 shots on the paper first shot at 100 dead center next two you have no idea where it hits

  8. J. Herrington says:

    Bought a used 783 in 30-06 that prints 5 shot groups at 1” or sub using Remington 180gr. Cor Lokt ammo. Yes, the scope is crap so replaced with a Athlon 4x14x50mm. Love the 4+1 capacity using drop box magazine. No tool marks on barrel or receiver. Not a fan of the molded stock sling points but Harris bipod secures nicely regardless. Trigger is at 3.5lbs and feels great. Might lighten up 1/2 lb. not a fan of the flattened bolt knob but allows plenty of room to cycle bolt without contacting scope magnification ring. Nice rifle that as I carry weighs 9.7lbs loaded with bipod, scope and sling.

  9. Mario Beaudry says:

    yes i have changed the scope, but for the rest i had no issue with 3 diff. brands of ammo.
    winchester 100gr power shot
    federal 100 gr and hornady 95 gr sst
    this gun shoots 1 moa at 100 yards all day
    it is a 243 win.

  10. I have had the Remington 783 chambered in 30.06 for 7 years. Replaced the scope with a Vortex Diamondback 4-12 x 40. I am not a great shooter nor am i a bad shooter. I am a pretty decent shooter. After several hundred rounds I maintain a group of 2.5” at 200 yards. No problems.

  11. Clinton Layne says:

    I bought my Remington 783 chambered in 308 Win.back in 2015. If memory serves me correctly it was on Clearance at my local Walmart for $250. Fast forward to 2021 I took it out to the range after mounting a Nikon Pro Staff 3 x9 x 40 on it. Yes it sat in the gun safe for a few years lol. It shot decent groups. Around 1 inch to 1.5 inch at 100 yards. I have not hunted with this rifle yet. Maybe this year I have a Doe tag.

  12. Wish I read this b4 buying my 783 Dammit Jim! Mine has problems also. @200 yd., was missing target out of box!! ?

  13. Mike Richter says:

    I got to shoot one in 30_06 that my cousin picked up for this underprivileged guy who helps him on his farm,he too got rid of the scope then installed a 3_9 Leopold vs 2 knit adjust ed the trigger down a little it would shoot 1_1/4 inch groups at 100 yrs most of the time with federal fusion 150s not bad for a cheap gun he gave away

  14. So it says to replace the stock but I’m having trouble finding stocks for this gun any advice?