In 1962 Remington announced the new model 700 ADL (Average Deluxe) and BDL (Better Deluxe) and within a year or so even Remington management was stunned by the rifle’s success.
Remington would follow this success with the 700 Classic, a straight stock with no monte carlo or cheek piece and satin finish. In 1981 Remington offered the 700 Classic in a limited production in caliber 7mm Mauser and every year there after the Classic was only offered in one special caliber.
Sometimes nostalgia can be used as an excuse for being lazy and not wanting to investigate new products or ideas and admittedly my age group tend to be some of the worst offenders. But old is not necessarily better and to prove my point, here are a few examples of times when, in a sport steeped in history and nostalgia, looking forward is better than looking back.
The last five years or so have seen many offerings in the 224 and sub 224 bores, such as .204, 17 Fireball, 17 HMR, etc.; so, it seems quite paradoxical the way companies are chambering in the old big bore cartridge 45/70.