Remington 742

Discussion in 'Rifle Opinions' started by Drop-Shot, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. Drop-Shot

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    Guys I just traded for a remington 742,BDL in basket weave,It's a great looking gun,but I've been told that keeping the gas ports clean is the awnser to all problems,My question is how do you clean the gas port?Drop-Shot
     
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    Hey 8point,take a look at www.accuracysystemsinc.com They have a 7400 that shoots 1/2 inch group,they modify ruger ranch rifles and remingtons and guarenty 1 minute of angle from a 30/06 with 5 shot groups.7400 auto that shoots 1 inch groups normaly but 1 2 shot group was 1/2 inch.WOWDrop-Shot
     

  3. Drop-Shot

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    8point,I re-read the information and they make a remington 7400 shoot 1/2 moa !WOW I emailed about my ruger 77 because I can't stand the noise the brake has,I want to keep it 30/06 but with there barrell they guarrenty 1/2 moa.I'm not sure I can shoot that small a group,but check them out.They offer a shroud that is fitted on a 742 or 7400 that is a brake and a harmonic stabelizer with out the noise,no kick but reduced noise.It's carbon fiber so only ounces are there.I hope these guys are for real.Drop-Shot
     
  4. MarlandS

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    this past weekend a guy dropped off a 742 just like you describe for a little fix em up. Seems like a nice rifle.
     
  5. Drop-Shot

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    Say Marlands,what do you know about this rifle?I have not even shot the one I got,but the guy at the gun show(I promised to look him up if the gun don't cycle)said he bought it for his son ,and his son decided he wanted a armalite 308 assult rifle instead.He used the gun for 3 seasons and put it up for sale.I traded for it and don't know how to clean the gas system,how about you?Tell me what you know about the rifle.Drop-Shot
     
  6. MarlandS

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    Watch the extractors, they have atendancy to break... the bolt wears hard for some reason, check the rails for burrs , if it hasn't been shot a lot (like over 1000 rounds) you'll be ok because at about 2000 the locking lugs will need fixed. Treat it more like a bolt action with slow shots banging off 4 real fast can cause the chamber to hea up gripping the casing tighter which can cause the extractor problem I mentioned above. The guys that get into trouble are the ones who take a serious hunting rifle and bang it like an AR-15

    It's a good rifle but Rem did have an exchange program for it some years back, the 742 and $180 and you could get a new 7400.

    I'll take thisone apart tonight and step by step it for you (I'm tooold and might miss something going off memory)
     
  7. Drop-Shot

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    Thanks buddy,the one I used to own was only shot with light loads,21/2 inch groups with 180 gr,loaded down to 2510 fps gave super groups,around 1 1/4 inch groups as I recall.Folks on this site gave me the idea to use 165 gr bullets and it has made wonderfull difference,I bet it would help the 742 also.If you get intrested you can see a 7400 that shoots under 1/2 inch groups at www.accuracysystemsinc.com They are not cheap but they have me intrested in a barrell for my ruger 77.Drop-Shot
     
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    Well I am here . I didn't look here before because I am not a great fan of the 742. I do loke the 7400 better but its a whole different animal. I have seen some really good 742s and I have seen some really bad ones. The 7400, I havent seen any bad ones.
     
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    I like the squared looks of the 742 with basket weave and black part on the fore stock,I had one 20 years ago and thought I wanted another.I've seen composite stock models at walmart for 399.00,I probebly should have gone that way.But mabe this is a shooter,it looks good and not worn out,we will see.Drop-Shot
     
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    Now 8point you have to tell me something positive about this 742,cause one day you will see it and mabe even hunt with it.I already owe Marlands big time.Drop-Shot
     
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    I more post,8point do you want to see a 7400 semi-auto that shoots under1/2 inch?accuracysystemsinc.com
     
  12. MarlandS

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    I guess I should have said I'll take it apart SOME night and post the steps.
     
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    DS, those guns are way out there :shock: they hardly look like 7400's to me.The one thing about 742's is that you have to keep them clean and dry and if you do that they should give you good sevice..
     
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    Take your time marlands,I'm barely getting around these days so I'm in no hurry.Hey 8point,I haven't looked at the 7400 real close but this 742 has a rotating locking lug that holds the reciever real tight,more than the 7400 I looked at Walmart yesterday,while this might be a nightmare to work on,I may be able to get some good groups with it.There has to be a reason remington got rid of it though and replaced it with the 7400 so I don't know.Drop-Shot
     
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    Hey Marlands did you give up on that 742?It has to be a sin or at least a crime to own guns that you don't shoot,I need to feel better so I can try out this 742.I have a couple boxes loaded for my ruger so when I can I will try them first.Drop-Shot
     
  16. MarlandS

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    Drop-shot,I should just go ahead and tear that 742 down , I was waiting for the owner to bring me the new mag and scope and do all that at once, but he didn't even pick up the 11-87 I worked on for him, get this , you'll love it. His boss stopped by the house on his way to the woods 30 minutes before deer season opened, was going to meet the owner there and give him the gun. It's not any wonder why he gets skunked every year. :roll:

    I've got a guy who has 2 8 shot mags for the 742, so once he gets back from Utah Elk hunting I'll catch him and grab one of the mags. I also think I'll see if I can find a bolt buffer for it.

    Did I tell you I had a couple of "experts" tell me not to shoot over 165 grain bullets out of it? Said anything bigger was too rough on the action.
     
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    I'm glad to hear that before I shoot it.I have some 165 gr and some nosler 150 gr ballestic tips loaded at 50 fps less than factory loads.I've had them for years now,I owned for a short time a BLR in 30/06 and the ballestic tips in 150 gr worked great,but for some unknown reason I traded that rifle.It was beat up a bit from riding behind the seat of a pick up truck,so it wasn't a pretty rifle.I'll find them and try them in the 742,thanks.Drop-Shot
     
  18. Anonymous

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    i have a 742 in 308,bought it new in 1973 its 1 great gun,flawless fucntion and dead accurate.