Talk about a blast from the past. I just noticed this thing today- it's funny to see these old posts bubble back up to the top.
I still have the gun on the wall in my apartment. It was originally my grandfather's gun, so I'm not going to part it out, and I can't bear to get rid of it, so it's really just a decoration.
I've had a couple of rifles since the one mentioned in this thread, but I've managed to avoid Remingtons so far, and I don't anticipate ever buying another. Their response just left a bad taste in my mouth.
Remington model 742 woodsmaster?
Posted December 19 2008 - 1:00 PM
Posted December 26 2008 - 8:09 PM
OK, I need some help. I finished a day of hunting with my Remington 742, and removed the mag, then ejected the round in the chamber. Next morning, I went to cycle the action to chamber a round from the mag - the bolt was jammed shut. Seems locked as I cannot even budge it. I have not had this issue before, anybody out there who has solved it without taking it to a gunsmith, or have an idea how to resolve? Thanks in advance for your input!
Posted August 09 2009 - 10:32 PM
hello everybody i was searching for a solution to my dads 742 problems and stumbled upon this site.the recent posts give good info.my father has had his 742 for as long as i can remember and im going on 30 in a month. it has taken many deer.last season we were sighting it in with the new lead free 180gr barnes federal bullets when we noticed it was shooting eratic pretty much one bullet would hit then the other be way off.so his cousin says he has a good gunsmith out of lake isabella and would fix it. after getting it back he said the barrel was loose and he sighted it in and it worked fine charged us for 2 boxes of bullets that he used to sight it in with total of 300.well we take it to the desert and fire the bullets he gave us and the first round failed to extract it got caught up about half way out.we try other brands of ammo same result. we take it back to him he replaces the extractor says its crackerd and its fixed now 40 more dollars we take it up to d8 and first bullet fails to extract again we fire several others with same results.i think it extracted one shell and just dropped it out the rifle did not eject it like others do.so we like this gun it has extreme sentimental value and would like to get it fixed.now is there a way he could have tightened the barrel too much?and does anybody know where to get a manual on how to do a takedown so i can clean the gas port and everything else?could it be the magazine?pretty much looking for anything that will help us out since hunting season is about a month away and the gunsmith is on vacation for a month.
thanks to all who help
i am glad i found this site i also do alot of fishing out of oceanside and san diego had good luck with some 50lb white sea bass this year out of oceanside money is keeping me from looking for the tuna untill work picks up.
Posted August 10 2009 - 5:03 AM
The 742, and it's kin have a definite and well documented service life, from less than 500 rounds with casual cleaning to 1000 rounds with vigorous and diligent service.
Contrary to what you, or others may believe, or practice, many deer hunters never fire 200 rounds through a single rifle in their lifetime. Thus, it is not uncommon for a 742 to last someone a "lifetime". The next guy buys/inherits it, shoots it a bunch, puts a new scope on it, shoots it some more, and then it breaks.
I can't recall exactly what fails, I believe part of the receiver that stretches, wears, or cracks. Since it carries the serial #, when it fails, it trashes the gun. It is well documented, I'm sure google points to 000's of articles.
Posted August 10 2009 - 8:11 AM
I'm not sure about that particular model, but being gas operated, and with the weak extraction you've described, I'd download the manual from remington online. I would then clean the gas piston assembly, it's gas tube and especially the gas port. Seeing a s you have a new extractor, the gas assembly is where I'd look.
As for barrel being to tight, I'm sure your gunsmith is competant, but you could ask him if he checked, or would check the head spacing of your gun. If the headspacing is too loose it could cause abnormal expansion of spent case that can cause difficult extraction, or at it's worst, a burst shell case.
Posted August 10 2009 - 12:34 PM
It's hard to believe Remington would not help. Personally I have never had a problem with the company.
Todays Remington Arms is not the Remington of old. It is now owned by Cerebrus(?) Conglomorate, which seems to feel it is not responsible for Remington's 'sins of the past'. That attitude may be great for the short-term bottom-line, but it does'nt exactly encourage long-term public brand loyalty.
By the by, the following link, should explain how to clean the 742 gas piston.
Posted August 10 2009 - 12:58 PM
thanks for the info fellas im going to get to scrubbing and hope for the best.
on a side note does anyone have any opinions of the browning bar safari if i have to purchase a new one i dont want it to be a remington.
Posted August 11 2009 - 6:31 AM
The BAR Safari is worth owning if you need a semi-auto. I have shot 2 (3006 & 338) from the bench , both functioned flawlessly and 3 shot groups were just over an inch.
All factory semi autos suffer from creepy triggers. With practice you can shoot good groups from the bench, but, accurate, off-hand shooting can be a challenge. That said, I would not let anyone save an authorized Browning service center attempt to tune it.
Posted August 11 2009 - 7:47 AM
I have a BAR in .308. It has been a pretty good gun for my purposes (deer in mixed woods, brush and old fields). It will shoot about 1 and 3/4 inch at 100 yards off the bench with Federal Premium 165 grain shells.
Only poblems that I have incurred was a broken floor plate spring (which did not stop its functioning) and a broken main action spring (which caused inconsistent feeding) When the gunsmith repaired it, he said it was in 3 pieces and he was surprised it was functioning as well as it was.
Cleaning consists of bore cleaning and using a chamber brush when it gets wet. Very wet conditions include using a hair drier and a light application of oil to the action. Every third year it goes to the gunsmith for a total diassambly and cleaning. Total disassembly is pretty tricky, even with the manual.
Posted August 11 2009 - 11:14 PM
thanks guys looks like were looking at a safari 30-06 with boss option.able ammo has them for somewhat reasonable price 1013.00.i cleaned up the remington but dont want to take a chance on it when there is a deer on the line.hopefully the boss muzzle break takes it easy on my fathers shoulder with the extra power of the odd6. lol
Posted March 04 2011 - 8:28 AM
I have two 742's (30-06) auto-loaders that I hope to sell at a gun show this weekend. Same problem - the bolt doesn't come forward with enough force to make a positive seal to fire the next round.
One gunsmith told me it would cost $800 to fix. I bought a 7400 to replace one and argued with a gunsmith about the scope and swing-away scopemount. He did it under protest and I can easily put ten out of ten in the kill zone at 100 yards with the new rifle. Most of my real-world shots are less than 50 yards.
A proper sized .308 shell is a decent brush-cutter, which is likely your situation in Maine. I have the same issue here in Wisconsin. I use a 180 grain soft point. Cuts brush and has plenty of stopping power.
I have an on-going "argument" with my cousin. He's using a .270. Great for long range due to it's flat trajectory. Not so hot in brush country. A puppy .30-30 would do better (no insult intended to .30-30 fans - I know several). He's got a .300 that I've been after him to put a scope on for several years.
The bolt on the 742 is a bad design. Sell it and get yourself a new deer-slayer. Best of luck to ya.
Posted September 29 2011 - 4:12 PM
MATT I HAVE A 742 REMINGTON SEMI- AUTO TO AND I HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT / Y BECAUSE>>> WHEN YOU SHOOT LOTS .USUALLY PEOLE AFTER HUNTING JUST CLEAN BARREL OIL THE GUN AND STORE IT/ THEN ON THE LONG RUN POWDER STICKS TO THE INSIDE WHERE YOUR BOTTLENECK OF YOUR CASSING GOES AND IT LEAVES A FILM OF POWDER THAT IS Y YOUR 742 WONT CLOSE / PUT GUN SOLVENT IN AND USE A POINTED NEEDLE AND REMOUVE THE EXCESS POWDER AND ALSO PASS A EMMERY CLOTH INSIDE WHERE THE CASSING GOES .PS> DO IT SOFTLY / JUST SAND VERY SOFTLY
ADD A LITTLE GUN OIL WITH FINGER THEN WIPE IT OFF BUT DONT PUT OIL ALL THE WAY IN TO THE BOTTLENECK>>THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM>>> NOW ITS SOLVED / THAT GUNSMITH IS NO GOOD JUST WANTED TO SELL YOU A NEW GUN / THE 742 IS ALL STEEL NO SPRINGS THE 750 HAS SPRINGS IT BREAKS EASY. IM A GUNSMITH TO AND THE 742 IS MY BEST RIFLE. I HAVE LOTS OF RIFLES BUT THE 742 IS EXCELENT. PS DONT GET RIDD OF IT / IF YOU WANT ILL BY IT FROM YOU >>>PS IN SUMMER OIL BUT JUST FROM THE END OF YOUR FINGER THEN WIPE IT OUT / WINTER OR COLD WEATHER NO OIL EXC.... ON SAFETY NO OIL WHEN ITS COLD BECAUSE IT WILL JAMM ON YOU FOR SURE . WANNA CHAT CALL ME IM PIERRE 1 613 833 2925 IN CANADA TC HUNTER MATT
(*edited - Matt, please don't use ALL CAPS when posting - it's considered yelling and makes it impossible to read what you've written TimS)
Posted September 30 2011 - 2:28 PM
Without reading all the other uneducated rhetoric and/or educated rhetoric, I will offer this... "note that I do not buy into the soft rail crap, not at this point exactly anyway".
First, I will give you $100 cash for it now.
Second, clean the hell out of it. Lube it, then try to wipe off all the lube, what is left is enough. Lesson one is: know how to take it all the way down, tear it apart, clean it, put it back together. Then give it a go. If it still don't work....go to:
Brownells and order new parts for your gas system....otherwise, I guarantee it's just simply fouled to all hell with gunk.
Remember, short of a fully automatic firearm, or a Vietnam era sniper rifle....most rifles have been fired less then 500 times. Point is, they have been cleaned only 0 times. Don't give up....clean the haites out of it, try it, then do it again. My grandfather's 742 is still kicking and I guarantee he never cleaned it!!!!! I have an SKB shotgun from him....the cleaing process took two days...but it still worked before I started.
Posted September 30 2011 - 7:02 PM
Originally Posted by WorcBoy
I would contact Remington directly. They are good to deal with. There was a recall on the 742 a few years back, do not remember details.By yourself a nice bolt rifle! Pre-64 winchester model 70.........270 cal with a leupold 4x12 scope......
ya that's an easy model to find .... let alone try to pry it from someone hands.... any Cal. pre 64 win. is a very sought after rifle....
Posted September 30 2011 - 7:10 PM
I don't know about you people, but if I had to take my rifle back because of a glitz that is common to the model I wouldn't by another one from that manufacturer