• Caliber: 338 Lapua
  • Barrel: Remington hammer forged 5R
  • Barrel Length: 27" (685.8mm) with 2" (50.8mm) muzzle brake
  • Twist: 1:11.5" RH
  • Magazine: 5 Shot detachable box magazine.
  • Trigger: 40x adjustable
  • Stock: HS Precision, adjustable for length of pull. (Same as M24 SWS.)
  • Weight: 15.75 lbs (7.16 kg)
  • Overall Length: 47" - 49" (1193.8 - 1244.6mm)

The SR8 was an experimental rifle project by Remington and now falls into the historical reference section of Sniper Central. The current Remington 700P MLR project is based on things learned from this prototype.

The SR8 was designed in response to a request that the Italian Army was looking to buy new sniper rifles in .338 Lapua. So the boys at Remington came up with a rifle based on their M700 Long Action, and utilizing the trigger from the M24. The rifle is distantly related to the M24, it shares the same stock and trigger. The barrel even has the same 5R rifling, but 1 twist in 11.5″ compared to 11.2″ on the M24. The bolt face had to be modified to to accept the wide rim of the .338 Lapua, so the standard extractor would not work, so Remington used a Sako style extractor instead.

Of course, I have had no direct experience with the rifle, but from what I hear, its a real shooter, as they should be because the prototype rifles are all custom made.


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Hello: The rifle is a great rifle but being a prototype it does have a few things that should of been thought of. When the drilled the barrel for the muzzle brake they drilled for a full 360 degrees so when you shoot it you get a face full of dust. It is a great rifle to own since there are none out there.

Mel Ewing

Ultimately this lead to the 700P MLR in 338 Lapua… which, funny thing, has the same style 360 degrees of brake, which still kicks up dust.


I was involved in the SR8 development for the first discussions in early 1997 through production and then demonstrations at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and to various Military and Law Enforcement organizations in Chile, Argentina, and Italy. The picture shown on this page was taken by myself during the demonstration in Italy.

I concur completely on the comments regarding the muzzle brake and as a matter or fact recommended deletion of the brake. Since a great amount of “perceived recoil” is caused by noise level I always felt the rifle with reduced noise (no brake) was no worse than a 300WM. Unfortunately a lot of things at the big gun companies are determined not by engineers but by the marketing departments. As an example; the prototype Remington LTR (light tactical rifle) was built on the Model 7 action but the marketing guys said it needed to be on the 700 action because the Model 7 was not going to be as accurate…


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