8mm Remington Magnum 700 BDL


April 4, 2010, 10:42 PM
My cousin is thinking about selling his 8mm Remington Magnum 700 BDL. From the pictures the gun looks in real good shape and knowing him he has kepted it clean. He told me to make him an offer. I don't want to low ball and make him made, just pay a fair market value. So what does this gun go for. Don't figure in the scope.

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April 5, 2010, 12:26 AM
do you know what you're getting into w/ the 8 rem mag?

around here that rifle in that condition (appears to be excellent) would go for $450-500 to the right buyer (8 rem mag is certainly not a high-demand chambering). i'd offer $450 and see how that makes him feel.

when was the rifle made? the last new bdl i bought was probably in 2003 or so and i paid $450 for it then.

April 5, 2010, 12:09 PM
Somewhere around $450-$500 for the rifle alone, if in very good condition. The optic is the variable here. He'd probably have a hard time unloading it in a gun shop very quickly, because 8mm mag, while a VERY good all-purpose cartridge, is nearly impossible to find factory ammo for today.

That said, I've wanted an 8 mag for a long time, so I'd probably snatch it in a heartbeat for a reasonable price.

April 5, 2010, 01:01 PM
Try this for comparison<http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=163720499>. Keeping in mind that that is a STARTING price and there are no bidders yet.

April 5, 2010, 05:53 PM
When he told me he was thinking about selling it, I had no idea about the cartridge. Several hours pouring over reloading data and internet searching, I was satisfied with what I had found out.

I did some checking on ammo and it is special order and expensive, $75/box. So I will be reloading with either Barnes or Nosler. The ballistics are pretty impressive. A Barnes copper 180 gr. TSX leaving the muzzle at 3200 fps and zeroed at 200 yds. there is 6" of drop at 300 yds. still going 2472 fps packing 2442 ft/lbs of engergy. A 200 gr. Barnes TSX leaves the Barrel at 3000 fps and zeroed at 200 yds. drops 6.7" at 300 yds. with 2492 ft/lbs. of energy. That my friends is some knock down power.

Comparing it to my 30-06, a 180 gr. TSX has a muzzle velocity 2650 fps maybe 2700 fps. drops 9" at 300 yds. with 1760 ft./lbs of energy. The 200 gr. TSX muzzle velocity is 2500 fps and drops 10" at 300 yds. and has 1660 ft./lbs of energy.

April 5, 2010, 05:57 PM
Check out the different cases, left to right:

8mm Remnigton Magnum, 30-06 Spg, 308 Win

April 5, 2010, 06:10 PM
to clarify my earlier post... i am w/ mach4 here... i've wanted an 8 rem mag for about 4 years now. it is an outstanding deliverer of whoop-ass, but keep in mind, all those ft-lbs come w/ a price: recoil. if you don't mind a little recoil, i think you would have a tough time finding a better chambering for hunting all things.

April 5, 2010, 07:11 PM
You might better snatch that rifle up because it is a niche rifle, made for a fairly short time, and will only increase in value as time goes on. It will be like the Rem 600 magnum, they didn't sell a lot, but now people are paying 4 or 5 times what they cost new.


April 5, 2010, 07:29 PM
I have a 8 MM mag and would not sale it. I reload so buying ammo is not a problem. The loads I use with 220 gr. sierra bullets and Imr 7828. I get about 4000 ftlb of ME.

April 6, 2010, 05:54 AM
I have been looking at Gunbroker and some other sites to try a get a value on the gun. Thanks for everybodies replies. My cousin told me to make him a offer, I hate horse trading. I think I'll offer him a $1.00 :D and tell him now you counteroffer.;)
Keep the ideas coming.

April 6, 2010, 06:25 AM
I bought my 700 BDL in 1978 and that is when the 8mm was available. I paid $235 for mine at the time.

April 6, 2010, 10:18 AM
As mentioned it's a niche rifle, but one that a lot of people will pay some extra for. There are some out there being offered at crazy prices, the one's being sold are in the 600-700 dollar range.

If you could get it for 500.00 or even less you'll be in very good shape.

Some of them are pretty fickle about what loads they like (from what I've read, and I've read a lot on them) but it's a hell of a caliber if you find something it likes.

April 11, 2010, 11:31 PM
My wife bought me an 8mm magnum last year. It was used but I made up some great loads for it. I used the nosler 180 ballistic tip with 86.0 grains of Reloader 22 under it and CCI 250 magnum primers. I was sending them out at just over 3300 fps and I got great groups with 3 shot moa at lest than 1/2 inch. I shot the sierra 220 Bt also with 74 grains of IMP 4350 at just over 2800 fps. Not a terribly fast load but very accurate. I was sending the bullets through the same hole! I really love my "big 8" and I will never part with it. It is the Remington 700 BDL. I bought a Boyds thumbhole laminate stock and it fit in it perfectly and it handles super! I have seen these things go for around 7-800.00 or more. If you can get it for $500.00 you will then have a great gun! I used mine of elk last year and will this year. I have to confess I used it on mule deer last year. I have 220 acres I hunt on and I was using the Sierra 200 grain BT and I shot a 4 point at 165 yards according to my leupold range finder. I hit the deer right in the heart...it took it off it's feet and never even squirmed an inch. The bullet went right through him and didn't ruin any meat at all. I have seen deer destroyed with the 300 win mag with the 165 grain bullet and it was a mess. Seen it on elk also. My load was for elk, a bit of over kill, but It didn't do anything to the deer but put it down where it stood and very quickly. It didn't know what hit it! I will use this gun again this fall! I have wanted one for over 20 years, I retired from the Air Force and my wife bought it. I am very happy with it. I wish you well if you buy your cousin's gun. You will love it! email me to let me know if you like it! at cindymario@plmw.com. Good luck!

Lloyd Smale
April 12, 2010, 08:31 AM
the 8mags do command a bit higher price then most bdls. I would say that 6-700 is about right. I wouldnt part with mine for twice that much. Not just because it has some sedimental value but because it kills like a lightning bolt and shoots partitions into less then an inch at a 100 yards. To me its allways been a perfect gun. It hits harder then a 300 mag and shoots flatter then a 338.

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