Remington model 742 woodsmaster?
Posted December 19 2008 - 01:00 PM
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.
Posted December 26 2008 - 08:09 PM
Posted August 09 2009 - 10:32 PM
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 - 05:03 AM
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 - 08:11 AM
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
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 - 06:31 AM
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 - 07:47 AM
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
Posted March 04 2011 - 08:28 AM
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 - 04:12 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 - 02:28 PM
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 - 07:02 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 - 07:10 PM