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Sportsman 78 vs 700 rifle stocks

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Tin_Man, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Tin_Man

    Tin_Man Well-Known Member

    I'm picking up a Remington Sportsman 78 in .270 (hopefully) and I was wondering if that would fit into a Remington 700 stock?
  2. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

    IIRC it should fit in a long action 700 stock with a compatible magazine style- I think the 78s were all blind box magazines. If it's what I'm thinking about, the 78 was a fairly short-lived economy offering from Remington, and was basically a less-cosmetically-refined 700. They did a Sportsman 12 pump 870 clone before they came out with the 870 Express line, and a Sportsman Auto version of the 1100 at the same time. That was about the mid-1980s IIRC.

    If I'm wrong (again), someone please correct me...

  3. nicholst55

    nicholst55 Well-Known Member

    Absolutely correct. I bought a SA M78 in .223 that now wears a McMillan stock for a SA M700. They are nothing more than a no-frills M700 ADL.
  4. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Well-Known Member

  5. ElToro

    ElToro Well-Known Member

    i thought the 870 was called the sportsman 48 ? i could be wrong.
  6. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

    Sorry for the thread drift...

    The Remington 11-48 (Sportsman 48, Mohawk 48 etc) was a streamlined receiver long recoil action semiautomatic shotgun that evolved from the Browning A5 clone, the old 'humpback' Remington Model 11. The 870 is a pump.

    The 3-shot Model 11 was the first Sportsman model- it was factory limited to a fixed 2-shot magazine, for 3 rounds total. I don't know if the Model 48 Sportsman was a 3-shot magazine or not.

    Remington started using the term Sportsman before WW2 to describe a limited magazine capacity repeating shotgun, as market hunters once used extended magazines on their Model 11s, before Federal limits on magazine capacity for migratory birds came along. In later years the term was applied to less expensive versions of several of Remington's flagship models.



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