Remington also takes a step into the next century with the M-700 Composite, which has a barrel composed of a thin steel inner barrel encased in a dense wrapping of graphite fiber. Not only is the graphite super-strong and rigid, but it draws off heat faster than steel. This means a cooler and supposedly more accurate barrel during intense shooting sessions (prairie dogs anyone?). The bulky composite barrel makes the rifle look like a heavyweight, but it's actually about a pound lighter than the corresponding steel-barreled M-700. The price, though, is definitely heftier.