Rifles Misc All rifles not covered elsewhere!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-13-2006, 18:23   #1
Full Member
Points: 7,250, Level: 56 Points: 7,250, Level: 56 Points: 7,250, Level: 56
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 135
Remington 7400?worth buying?

Have been thinking about getting a 7400 for the last few years. Just wonder how well they work? Feeding problems during rapid fire? Are they picky on ammo? And how about the aftermarket magazines? I see Eagle makes a 10rd mag. Anyone with any info please let me know. Local man has both a .270 and 30.06 7400 and wants to sell both at $325 each.Thinking about getting at least the .270 maybe both.
WhiteWulf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2006, 20:02   #2
Full Member
Points: 6,702, Level: 53 Points: 6,702, Level: 53 Points: 6,702, Level: 53
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: sc
Posts: 518
I don't own a 7400 but looked at them. I read where several million have been sold. But as to rapid fire I find myself doing the opposite with 270 and 3006 rounds. These rounds are most accurate from cold barrels so I was curious myself about the semiauto design in these sizes. Got hooked on bolts though and never got around to the 7400.
Zen900 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2006, 13:46   #3
Full Member
Points: 9,622, Level: 65 Points: 9,622, Level: 65 Points: 9,622, Level: 65
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Kinslayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 113
I have one in 308 with a 18" barrel, scout scope, and ghost ring rear sight. It shoots very tight groups with factory ammo, but it won't run surplus ammo very well. I can shoot 5 rnds very fast, but it has to be clean factory ammo. A reloader who sizes his brass shouldnt have a problem. Its not a MBR its a deer rifle. It works well enough on fast movers in the thick timber though, just ask the venison in my freezer.
Kinslayer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2006, 18:37   #4
Full Member
Points: 4,548, Level: 42 Points: 4,548, Level: 42 Points: 4,548, Level: 42
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: East Texas
Posts: 62
I'm not as familiar with the 7400 as with it's earlier relatives, the 740 & 742. I have worked on dozens of those as they were very popular here in years past, particularly years ago when hunting deer with dogs was still legal.

Almost invariably, when one came into the shop because of failures to feed or jamming........it was chambered in .30-06, .270., or .280. The same guns chambered for .308 or .243 never seemed to suffer this problem.

Never really solved the problem totally, but one thing learned was that these guns must be spotlessly clean to operate. The slightest amount of dust and grit would result in jams.

My belief was that the gas system was working on the ragged edge to feed the long cartridges based on the .30-06. Just not enough power to move the bolt back far enough unless everything was perfect.

The shorter rounds didn't have the same trouble.

If I were going to buy a 7400 (which is basically a modified 742) and reliability was high on my list of priorities.......it would be a .308.

Just my experience.....ad opinion.
texasrick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2006, 20:07   #5
Full Member
Points: 7,250, Level: 56 Points: 7,250, Level: 56 Points: 7,250, Level: 56
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 135
I backed out on the .270 after looking at it. Just didnt look like it would hold for outdoor use around here. Looks like it would be fine for the hunters with only a few rounds fired per year. But as a target or backup survival weapon just didnt seem to fit what I was looking for. As dogging deer with beagles a good semi or pump 12 gauge works wonders with 00 buck and a high cap tube. Just dont let the warden catch you. Pretty big time fine here in western NC. I never really could understand why. We are well over populated with deer but in my county we dont even have a gun doe day. Anymore Iam more concerned with the two legged variety of deer anyways.
WhiteWulf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2006, 11:09   #6
Full Member
Points: 6,407, Level: 52 Points: 6,407, Level: 52 Points: 6,407, Level: 52
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 51
I'd be more apt to get the pump action one in either .308 or .30/06 if it were me.
TODD3465 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2006, 19:40   #7
Full Member
Points: 4,339, Level: 41 Points: 4,339, Level: 41 Points: 4,339, Level: 41
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: The Bay Area of California
Posts: 9
I'd have to agree. Ive seen lots of 742's, 7400 etc with problems, but I've never seen a 760 that wasnt a reliable tack driver.
slopemeno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2006, 19:53   #8
Full Member
Points: 5,586, Level: 48 Points: 5,586, Level: 48 Points: 5,586, Level: 48
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: plattsburgh ny
Posts: 266
huh my father bought a 7400 woods master in 270 has one in 30-06 hes had sevral throught out his years and id say the recent 7400 270 one the smoothest shooting guns ive ever shot follow up shots are nuthing with it along with rapid 5 shots on target
rick12337 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2006, 20:13   #9
Full Member
Points: 13,916, Level: 76 Points: 13,916, Level: 76 Points: 13,916, Level: 76
Activity: 1.4% Activity: 1.4% Activity: 1.4%
Last Achievements
 
FatDaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South GA
Posts: 868
My Bro has one in 30-06 that he bought in the early 80's with a Redfield Widefield scope. Both have been flawless and bring in the deer when called upon. Having said that, he has probably put maybe 60 rds through it.
There's another member here that has/had one that had the barrel shortend and a ghost ring sight of some sort with 10rd mags (I think) that looked pretty interesting.
__________________
"All elevators smell funny if your a midget."
FatDaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2006, 13:49   #10
Full Member
Points: 19,835, Level: 88 Points: 19,835, Level: 88 Points: 19,835, Level: 88
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: NC
Posts: 1,860
I dumped mine. My son was using my 7400 in 270. In "like new shape". We where hunting in WV last year. It was sleating and a little snow. A huge 8 pointer came out about 75 yards from my son. He put the cross hairs on the buck and pulled the trigger.....Click. He racked out that round, then next one went click. He did this untill the mag was empty. He picked up a round off the ground and looked. The primer was dinged. He put that round in and tried it again. Click. The whole time the buck walked slowly acoss the field. He brought the rifle to me. I gave it a good look over. It seemd fine. I unloaded it and took it into the farm house for 10 min to warm it up. Guess what. It worked great after that. The bolt was frozen. A few weeks later my father in law showed me a write up in American Hunter. It was about some guides in Canada that will not let there hunters use 7400's because of this reason. My son is now a proud owner of a Rem 700 ADL.....
Camera man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2006, 18:14   #11
Full Member
Points: 5,586, Level: 48 Points: 5,586, Level: 48 Points: 5,586, Level: 48
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: plattsburgh ny
Posts: 266
why would a bolt freeze up i have never physicly seen any problems what would it be caused by oil grease?
rick12337 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2006, 20:30   #12
Full Member
Points: 13,916, Level: 76 Points: 13,916, Level: 76 Points: 13,916, Level: 76
Activity: 1.4% Activity: 1.4% Activity: 1.4%
Last Achievements
 
FatDaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South GA
Posts: 868
I used to have a single shot New England shotgun when I was a kid that when it was really cold would occasionally just ding the primers. When the weather warmed up in the slightest it would be reliable again. I wonder how much of this problem could be caused by the volatility of the primers under extreme cold.
__________________
"All elevators smell funny if your a midget."
FatDaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2006, 18:10   #13
Full Member
Points: 4,339, Level: 41 Points: 4,339, Level: 41 Points: 4,339, Level: 41
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: The Bay Area of California
Posts: 9
It can happen to any firearm. My Ruger 77 in .30-'06 would do this if I fired surplus ball ammo thru in, until I added an extra power mainspring, and this was in a dry 30 degree day, not some frigid part of the midwest.

In my experience, the 742/7400 are nice packable guns that dont hold up to alot of shooting, or abuse. The 760, etc seem to tolerate bad maintenance better.

I always wanted to build a "rough duty" 760 back when I was a 'smith. I wanted to put scattergun technologies ghostring sights (or a Williams WGRS) on it, parkerize it, lop the bbl off to 18" or so, shorten the length of pull for some quick handling, etc. Looks like Remington has finally done that.
slopemeno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2006, 21:02   #14
Full Member
Points: 6,600, Level: 53 Points: 6,600, Level: 53 Points: 6,600, Level: 53
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
BusMaster007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: UPPER LEFT COAST
Posts: 28
Talking My 7400 Carbine .30-06 works perfectly.

I haven't shared this story for a while.
The 7400 I bought was the Y2K ( 2000 ) Carbine Synthetic / .30-06
It has the J-Lock on it, too...

The Remington 7400 was the first RIFLE I ever wanted, and one I didn't get for a long time.
When I got it, I had some ideas as to what it would be used for.
For FUN, I decided to do everything I SHOULDN'T do to it!
It was a 'long' cartridge and short bbl.
I put a big Leupold Vari-X III 4.5-14x40 AO scope on it in Redfield JR base and low rings; even had to push the rear sight all the way up to make the Butler Creek flip-ups fit...
I added a CHOATE 870 pistolgrip buttstock to the action by filing ever so slightly to make a good press fit.
I put on a Harris bipod adapter and Harris bipod.
Slapped in a Triple-K 10-rd. magazine and smiled!
NOW, I had a really cool looking little powerhouse that would get me down the street and into the woods...
This rifle, with the factory magazines, shot Remington Core-Lokt 180 & 220-gr. ammo to 1.5-2.0" at 100-yds. 220's shot a bit higher.
It has never jammed.
It raised many eyebrows at the range.
I was very happy with this performance.

The REALITY is that this gun wasn't ever intended for this role.
I've replaced the stock with a Bell & Carlson set ( kept the bipod attachment on it, though ).
I replaced the scope with a Redfield Widefield Lo-Pro 2x7.
I took the sights OFF; it now has the smooth bbl. look.
MOST IMPORTANTLY is I use the FACTORY MAGAZINES because they work!
The aftermarket magazines just did not work reliably, and the follower is the last shot bolt hold-open on the factory mags. The others don't work that way.
So, now it's a Hunting Rifle, as it should be. Lighter than it was, but still with a hint of wickedness having the bipod available...

Anyway, I've got this one picture from a few years ago that shows the gun in it's "Y2K" formation:
http://www.hunt101.com/img/353367.jpg


Last edited by BusMaster007; 06-22-2006 at 21:04.
BusMaster007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 21:17   #15
Full Member
Points: 6,600, Level: 53 Points: 6,600, Level: 53 Points: 6,600, Level: 53
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
BusMaster007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: UPPER LEFT COAST
Posts: 28
And a side view I just found:


Last edited by BusMaster007; 06-28-2006 at 21:19.
BusMaster007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 18:03   #16
Full Member
Points: 5,586, Level: 48 Points: 5,586, Level: 48 Points: 5,586, Level: 48
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: plattsburgh ny
Posts: 266
wow i actualy like the looks of that alot i never figured you could get a shotgun stock to fit a rifle, i think u gave the 7400 a lil touch of the evil black gun look .
rick12337 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 23:45   #17
Super Member
Points: 23,705, Level: 94 Points: 23,705, Level: 94 Points: 23,705, Level: 94
Activity: 1.5% Activity: 1.5% Activity: 1.5%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 6,124
I love it. I have a .270 that is very relaible. And I happen to have a Choate 870 stock laying up on a shelf that I got with a trade. I was wondering what to do with it, now I got me an idea!!!
__________________
"I have no issues with people of all types being here, I do have a problem with the more extreme ends of any spectrum trying to dominate and push out moderates and opposites." Bill Plein
gossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2006, 21:28   #18
Full Member
Points: 6,600, Level: 53 Points: 6,600, Level: 53 Points: 6,600, Level: 53
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
BusMaster007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: UPPER LEFT COAST
Posts: 28
Thumbs up

Just file it down ( slowly ) where it fits into the back of the action on the rifle.
It shouldn't take much and you'll get a nice press-fit, with a 'slight' overlap.
I sure liked the way it made my rifle handle.
Good luck. Have fun.
BusMaster007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2006, 21:50   #19
Super Member
Points: 23,705, Level: 94 Points: 23,705, Level: 94 Points: 23,705, Level: 94
Activity: 1.5% Activity: 1.5% Activity: 1.5%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 6,124
Thanks for the help, I am now looking at black handguards to make the switch to "evil black rifles"......ooops, now I got scared just saying that :0
__________________
"I have no issues with people of all types being here, I do have a problem with the more extreme ends of any spectrum trying to dominate and push out moderates and opposites." Bill Plein
gossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2006, 14:03   #20
Full Member
Points: 5,034, Level: 45 Points: 5,034, Level: 45 Points: 5,034, Level: 45
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
bubbagump's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Missouri
Posts: 175
I have nevershot/handled a 7400 or a 740. I have heard both good and bad things about them, but you can hear good/bad things about any firearm. As far as the bolt freezing, I had a M-16A1 freeze up on me. The problem was I used a lil too much break-free on it (dumb private at the time). Lesson was learned, go lightly when oiling the action in very cold weather.
__________________
when in doubt, use C-4 to fix it
DON'T forget Murphy's laws on combat!!
bubbagump is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2006, 17:34   #21
Registered Member
Points: 4,305, Level: 41 Points: 4,305, Level: 41 Points: 4,305, Level: 41
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: SE TX
Posts: 2
White Wulf, I bought a 740(pre 1960) in 30'06 a few months ago at our new Gander Mountain Store for $215. Its been great. It does stick a little after 30 -40 rounds w/o cleaning. With Rem 180 core locs I get about 1" - 1.5" at 100yds off a bench. It does open up a little with a warm/hot barrel. I have heard pros and cons about the 7400 too. The same store had 7400s, synthetics, for around 325-375. New stnd wood stock one are $569 retail. My sales clerk has his Dads old 742 also 30'06 and said hundreds of rounds have been shot thru it. Only had cycling probs with the so called factory mini mags. I'm looking forward to many more shots thru mine. By the way the recoil, or lack there of, is a joyful thing. Down right fun to shoot and shoot and shoot. No pain is a good thang !!!!
I might have to get me one of those 870 pistol grips though. I really like the extra control of a pistol grip.
Good luck whatever your decision to buy
3rd Plt Sarg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2006, 07:45   #22
Full Member
Points: 6,588, Level: 53 Points: 6,588, Level: 53 Points: 6,588, Level: 53
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 125
I always liked the 740,742,7400 rifle series. I think that is a pretty semi-auto. I have been tempted so many times to buy one in the past. A friend of mine had one of the 742's in 30-06. Pretty gun. Although I am not wild about the fact they only sell a Sythetic model now. The wood stock was part of the appeal.

A gunsmith could tell me if I am wrong, but I think that it is the way that the bolt locks up that gives it some reliability issues, but keeps it accurate. the model 742 that my friend has had a bolt similar to the AR. it had the locking lugs on the front of the bolt. The Mini has the locking lugs on the side of the bolt which make it more reliable, but less accurate.

I would love to have one, but I have my mind set on getting a Ruger No 1 Standard in 30-06, and it is hard to talk myself into also getting a 7400 in 308. When I also already have a Mini 30
I cant remember how many it had, but I remember reading when they introduced the 7400 they reduced the number of locking lugs on the front of the bolt and made them larger so you didnt have to keep the rifle spotless. The theory being if you had fewer larger locking bolts then trash could fall out of the slots the lugs locks into easier.
Leucoandro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2006, 14:55   #23
Super Member
Points: 29,384, Level: 99 Points: 29,384, Level: 99 Points: 29,384, Level: 99
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Western NC
Posts: 1,410
If I was looking to buy a new Remington, I would go for the new 750.

Here is a link.

http://www.remington.com/products/fi...oodsmaster.asp
rugmar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2006, 23:23   #24
Full Member
Points: 4,339, Level: 41 Points: 4,339, Level: 41 Points: 4,339, Level: 41
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: The Bay Area of California
Posts: 9
The issue with the Mini's accuracy are: Over powered gas system, which causes the barrel to pitch up as the gas pressurizes the system. The barrel bends up at the gas block, and the muzzel whips up slightly behind that. Minis benefit from reduced gas port bushings, and shortened barrels with compensators. I wouldnt mind to get one of the heavy aftemarket barreled Minis, but the price really isnt cost effective unless youre stuck with a Mini (i.e in CA)
The 742/7400 are decent shooters, but the 760 is usually better.
slopemeno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2006, 20:21   #25
Full Member
Points: 7,686, Level: 58 Points: 7,686, Level: 58 Points: 7,686, Level: 58
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Last Achievements
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Alabama
Posts: 308
Dad bought me my 7400 in .30-06 back the early eighties. I have the same scope on it after all these years. Shot only when hunting or sighting in. Probably less than 80 rds through it. I always use Rem 150gr cor lokts SPs and it has always functioned fine. Dad has a 742 in . 30-06 as well thats been reliable as well. These are our only deer rifles and have always served us well. A friend got a 7600 pump in .243 and he was pleased w/ it.
ventilator is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 14:14.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
All information is copyright by Perfectunion.com unless already under copyright.

This site is Gunny Approved