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Remington Model 600

A user on Barfcom picked up a very nice Remington 660 the other day.

The Model 660 replaced the very ugly and despised 600, even though the 600 is known to be an accurate performer. The 600 had a rib on the barrel like a shotgun and that just didn’t go over too well with gun buyers at the time.

Very slick little sporters, they came in a variety of chamberings like the triple duce up to the .350. The bolt handle looks odd to younger shooters but it makes for some fast bolt manipulation. It may remind you of the Model 1917 service rifle. The action from the 600 went on to be used in the Remington XP-100 bolt action pistil. The gun that debuted the excellent .221 fireball cartridge.

If you get one, keep in mind that it is a Remington and there was a recall over the safety in 1979-1980 ish.

3 thoughts on “Remington Model 600”

  1. As Matt said, they’re under appreciated.

    By the early 60’s, the word “carbine” was lodged in the American gun buyers’ minds as meaning “short barrel, wimpy cartridge.” The Remington 6xx series of guns meant to change that. These carbines were chambered for everything up to a .350 RemMag, which is the equal of a .35 Whelen in a .308-length cartridge. The .350 RemMag packs a heck of a punch for such a small, light rifle. I think I heard a collector tell me once that the 6xx’s in the “mouse calibers” were the most collectible of the lot – the .223’s, etc. In other words, people bought these in big game chamberings.

    Basically, the 6xx series was an early attempt at the Cooper “Scout Rifle” concept before Jeff Cooper knew he wanted it. I’m going to assume that most folks here at LooseRounds know of Cooper’s “Scout Rifle” concept – if folks would like me to explain the “Scout Rifle” concept, please ask.

    As for the rib issue: A full rib on a rifle does look odd. A quarter-rib is done all the time on custom rifles, especially those with express sights. But… a full rib on a rifle used for dangerous, charging game has some merit as an idea – ie, the “point and shoot” rather than “aim.” One would have to have a rear sight that could fold down below the rib line, so as to allow the rib to be used as it is on a shotgun.

    It’s a funny business, this gun thing. 50 years ago, people were whining about the look of the Remington 600. Today, they think the Glock and AR-15 look “cool.” I meet youngsters regularly today who think that the Winchester 70 looks “just old” – thanks to the AR-15 and “tactical” mindset (which we might as well call “Gunowner Goth – all black, all the time”), they have no appreciation for flowing lines, artistic details, or anything where form and function can merge successfully.

    There’s no predicting or pleasing the American gun buyer.

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    • “all black, all the time”

      Except for when it’s flat dark earth. Or olive green. Or coyote tan.

      I don’t mind the black but don’t much get the colored plastic thing. Are guys trying to match these things to their nails or something?

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