Remington Unleashes 300 Yard Muzzle Loader at SHOT Show

This Model 700-based Black Powder Rifle Ain’t Your Daddy’s Smoke Pole

Oh, great.  Another Remington 700 variant.  Yawn; keep moving.  Wait a second… that’s a front-loader?

RemingtonUML_01That’s pretty much what happened that got the GunLink crew to double back for an unscheduled visit as we strolled past the huge product art adorning the exterior walls of the Remington booth at SHOT Show 2015.  Of course, we had planned to stop in to the Freedom Group booth anyway to visit various members of the family, but this new rifle caught our attention.

The .50 caliber Remington UML appears to have a good start on living up to its name:  the Ultimate Muzzle Loader.  As much as the term may be overused, by all accounts the UML is a game changer in the black powder world.  And it is sure to further ruffle the feathers of traditionalists who already don’t like the current crop of fast, powerful modern inline muzzle loaders that blur the line between muzzle loaders and centerfire rifles.  In fact, unlike some other muzzle loaders, the UML is considered a firearm and is subject to the same regulation.

UMLballisticBased on the Remington 700 bolt-action, the inline UML is a true magnum – capable of handling 200 grains of powder, making it an accurate 300-yard rifle.  250 grain projectiles scream from the UML at 2,400 fps with nearly 3,200 ft lbs of energy.  At 300 yards, it is still supersonic at over 1,300 fps, delivering 966 ft lbs of energy.

Remington UML ignition system cutaway

All that powder (and power) is touched off by Remington’s new UML ignition system, which consists of a brass case primed with a No. 9 ½ magnum rifle primer is fed into the breech plug like a live round would be fed into the chamber of a Model 700.  Unlike inline systems that use 209 shotshell primers, since the primer is housed in a brass case, it is also able to be extracted and ejected from the UML’s 700-style action like a spent cartridge would be.  Further, booth staff told us that the breech plug is designed not to be removed often for cleaning, since the brass case expands to fill the breech plug, creating a seal that prevents gas and powder from entering the action or the rear of the plug.  This allows routine cleaning to be done completely from the muzzle end.

Remington UML case holder in floorplate

Inline muzzleloader hunters may be used to fumbling to pull 209 primers from their holders and then struggling – especially in gloves – to seat the primer.  Not only does the new UML ignition system make it easier to seat and remove the primer, but the UML takes advantage of the 700 chassis’s floorplate to provide a convenient storage for three of the primed cases.

For now, the UML will come in two variants.  The first is the $949 LSS model that we handled, which comes in a great looking, silky smooth laminate stock.  The extra $50 for its sibling gets you a Bell & Carlson Medalist M40 synthetic stock.  Both models are equipped with 26″ fluted stainless steel 1:26R barrels and come in a hard case with 24 primed cases and projectiles.

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