I “tagged” the steel with the NASA-like digital optic, lined up the reticle on the red dot tag mark and squeezed off a shot. Hit! “Damn,” I thought to myself, “forget that 100-yard stuff—I’m center-massing steel at 326 yards with a rifle I’ve never shot before.”
I worked the bolt on the Remington 700 Long Range rifle, chambered another .30-06 round, retagged the steel and fired.And missed, the bullet blowing dirt a good foot to the left side of the man-sized target.And that, in a nutshell, is the reality of this newest offering from Remington Arms Company, a rifle system that pairs one of three rifles with a Remington 2020 Networked Tracking Scope.
The new system is the result of collaboration between firearms giant Remington and TrackingPoint, a tech company based in Austin, Texas. I recently spent three days using the three rifles and the Networked Tracking Scope in a variety of range and field conditions, and the system does what Remington says it will do—make consistent, accurate hits on game-sized animals out to 500 yards.
But it will do that if, and only if you either possess solid shooting fundamentals or are willing to acquire them. Also, the rifle system is not made for every hunting or shooting scenario.
On that second shot I got a little excited and jerked the trigger. I missed, even though the target was tagged, the reticle was working fine and the zoom function on the scope had the target just about in my lap.
I calmed down, breathed deep, reacquired my sight picture and slammed a couple rounds into the 326-yard target. I then made hits on similar-sized targets at 414 and 494 yards.