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What exactly is going on with Remington Arms? A deer hunting pal just bought a slightly used 740 semi-auto in 30-06. Looks like brand new, wondered why the previous owner might sell it?? Any known feeding. firing, ejection problems with factory ammo? Parts and service availability "down the road"?? I'v only owned and shot one Remington rifle in my lifetime- an older 550 .22lr open sights and tube fed magazine, open sights- great rat shootin' rifle back in the Nifty Fifties, when lads could visit the County dump of a Sat. afternoon and shoot rats until Hell wouldn't have it-- RWTF


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You don't suppose do you that he couldn't hit anything with it?

They are not known for fine accuracy. They generally shoot well enough as in 'minute of deer'.

Remington in general made good serviceable products and parts can usually be found somewhere when needed. At some point though everything gets hard to find parts for.


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Ah yes, the 740 Jam-O-Matic, a classic. My brother has one, and it hasn't been fired in probably close to three decades because it can't empty a magazine without jamming. It was inherited, and he has other preferred rifles so he never bothered to have it repaired. A repair on these rifles is only a temporary fix, and the jamming problem with re-appear in short order.

Do a search for Remington 740/742 problems and you will have some good reading.


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RWTF, apparently, you aren't much on staying abreast of the latest industry news. Remington went bankrupt, again. There are some outfits with more money than sense who have bought the arms division.

A Remington rep at a SHOT show in the early 80's told me the 742 was designed to function for 500 rounds before problems would start. I believe that whether it was fact or not. The average deer hunter would hardly shoot more than five boxes of cartridges in his whole life, and Remington knew that.

They were laughably inaccurate. If you had one that would shoot a 6" group at 100 yards, you had one of the good ones...
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At the asset sale that Mr. Roberts mentioned above, Sturm, Ruger & Co. purchased Marlin; and I am very interested in what Sturm, Ruger does with their purchase. I suspect that it will be good for shooters and Sturm, Ruger alike.

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Originally Posted By: Run With The Fox
. . . I'v only owned and shot one Remington rifle in my lifetime- an older 550 .22lr open sights and tube fed magazine, open sights- great rat shootin' rifle back in the Nifty Fifties, when lads could visit the County dump of a Sat. afternoon and shoot rats until Hell wouldn't have it-- RWTF


RWTF,

Yeah, back in the Nifty Fifties, shooting rats at the town dump.

Ya gotta try it at night. You'd better bring lots of ammo. .22 Short Hollow Points in my Remington Model 510 single shot, the rifle my aunt and uncle gave me.

Dam, that was fun.

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Originally Posted By: bushveld
At the asset sale that Mr. Roberts mentioned above, Sturm, Ruger & Co. purchased Marlin; and I am very interested in what Sturm, Ruger does with their purchase. I suspect that it will be good for shooters and Sturm, Ruger alike.


Afaic, that was the best part of the whole shebang. Great fit for Ruger, Marlin. My off comment about the buying of the arms division was aimed at the Remington guns solely, although I hate to see the demise of the 700 if they fail to make it go.
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Originally Posted By: Flintfan
Ah yes, the 740 Jam-O-Matic, a classic. My brother has one, and it hasn't been fired in probably close to three decades because it can't empty a magazine without jamming. It was inherited, and he has other preferred rifles so he never bothered to have it repaired. A repair on these rifles is only a temporary fix, and the jamming problem with re-appear in short order.

Do a search for Remington 740/742 problems and you will have some good reading.


The “fix” to these guns was figured out, long ago, by people who shoot far more than five boxes of ammunition in a lifetime. The chambers have to be kept clean. If you get one that has the rusted chamber, you have an option. You simply convert them to pump action. Ahlman’s has been doing it for decades. They have a few tips for tightening up the groups, as well.

https://www.ahlmans.com/remington-742-pump-conversion.html

All that said, I’d buy a different rifle, if I was into that kinda’ thing. The little Ruger .44 magnum I bought my Dad when he complained about the weight of his 742 hasn’t caused any trouble, but, I don't use it, either. Dad, a Garand Marine, through and through, wouldn’t use anything but a semi-automatic.

I have different notions.

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Originally Posted By: John Roberts

A Remington rep at a SHOT show in the early 80's told me the 742 was designed to function for 500 rounds before problems would start. I believe that whether it was fact or not. The average deer hunter would hardly shoot more than five boxes of cartridges in his whole life, and Remington knew that.

They were laughably inaccurate. If you had one that would shoot a 6" group at 100 yards, you had one of the good ones...
JR


That's just plain dumb...dumb and dumber.

I've only owned one Reminton 742 and one 760 years ago...both shot and functioned just fine.
Over the years I had buddies that owned several of them...

I've sighted in several and saw more than one that would shoot a 1" three shot group at 100 yards...I dont recall a one that would not group into 1 & 1/2".

As far as function...

One needs to remember that Semi Autos are not for dummies.

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Oh sure JOe, they're real target guns. When I owned a sporting goods store, I sighted in dozens of guns for customers because I enjoyed it and knew how to make sure the little things were followed like proper scope mounting. Many were 742's. None shot as you describe, regardless of caliber. Just saying...
JR

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