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bpeezer
November 14, 2011, 11:17 PM
I'll start out by saying I know the 770 is a poorly made rifle. That being said, I have encountered one issue with the rifle that really does bother me. It has trouble cycling rounds from the detachable magazine. The tip of the bullet actually hits the lip at the end of the (feed ramp?) and becomes wedged between this and the bolt.

The problem gets worse with longer rounds. The attached picture has a snap cap (0 failures), Remington Core-Lokt 150 grain (1 failure in 20 rounds), American Eagle 150 grain (3 failures in 10 rounds), and Hornady 165 grain for comparison (didn't even try). It's hard to tell in the picture, but the American Eagle is slightly longer than the Remington round.

I like shooting the AE though because after putting 20 rounds of the Remington all over the paper I got two sub MOA groups in the 10 rounds of AE. (just shooting at 100 yards indoors, I'm no sniper to be sure :p). Any suggestions? Or am I stuck with loading a single round at a time until I can afford a real rifle?

P.S. I guess I left this out, I'm shooting .30-06 :o

Ridge_Runner_5
November 14, 2011, 11:26 PM
I had the exact same problem with mine. Eventually decided to just feed them manually into the chamber one at a time. Mine was .308

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b100/89Sunbird/Shooting/DSC_0006-2.jpg

bpeezer
November 15, 2011, 12:12 AM
That's a nice setup you got there! I'm sure it's an accurate enough so you don't need to worry about the extra time between shots. (especially if you only use it at the range). Does that cheek pad work pretty well for you?

RazorbackMac
November 15, 2011, 02:49 AM
Total shot in the dark here but how old is your 770? I remember hearing when they first went into production, there was a feeding issue caused by the magazine. Remington fixed the problem for future production after enough reports and I believe they let people send in the magazines to get beveled which fixed the problem. Even if you bought the rifle new recently, it could have been in the retailers stock for quite sometime so I wouldn't rule this out unless your magazine is already beveled. If you could post a pic of your magazine preferably removed from the gun and looking down at the top, I or someone else might be able to tell you if it looks like an afflicted mag.

Could be something totally unrelated but its all I can really think of.

RazorbackMac
November 15, 2011, 03:08 AM
Before I send you on a wild goose chase and make you jump through hoops, a very reliable source tells me the beveling of the magazine was to fix the issue of the bolt not opening with an empty magazine inserted so I apologize for my last comment.

troopcom
November 15, 2011, 04:15 PM
Not to be sarcastic, but why would anyone spend a dime on the 770 is beyond me. I have seen almost as many of these rifles returned to the gun store as the Mossbergs. Working the bolt feels about as smooth as turning a pipe with a pipe wrench. I know how tight money can be, but I would have just been patient and saved a little bit more for a model 700.

Ridge_Runner_5
November 16, 2011, 01:37 AM
I would have just been patient and saved a little bit more for a model 700.

Going from $300 to $800 is not a little bit more. It's nearly triple. My 770 might not have been able to mount to a $400 stock for whatever reason, but it shot accurate, and that was all I really cared about when I bought it.

Dragon52
July 16, 2013, 02:29 PM
My 770, chambered for 308, is on its way back to Remington, for the second time. the first time, the bolt wouldn't cycle. I had to tap it up and drop a rod down the barrel to tap the bolt back. When I received it back from repair, I shot four rounds and after the fourth round, the bold came apart, back of the bolt flew back over my shoulder and all the gas pressured back. Had I not been wearing eye protection, I don't know what would have happened. The bolt locked down again and after taping it up to recycle, and with a rod, taped the bolt back again, I found that the extractor was in two pieces. Such a shame. I've taken some nice animals with the 770, both Elk and Deer.
So, now I spent the extra $$ and have a Remington 700 on the way.

Comes down to your safety. Inexpensive or reliable?

Boomer58cal
July 16, 2013, 08:40 PM
I have one in 7mm mag. Never had any feeding issues of any kind. I mostly shoot hand loads though. I have heard of people finding a o-ring that fits tight around the mag to take the slop out and bring the mag down a few 1000ths. Never tried it myself.

If you want to make the 770 shoot you really need to float the barrel. Between hand loads and floating the barrel I've got my 770 down to 5/8's moa from about 11/2 moa stock with with factory ammo.

Boomer

Edit... Google "adjusting a remington trigger". I got my trigger down to 2.25 lbs. It was 7lbs stock.

ChaperallCat
July 26, 2013, 03:14 AM
the magazine needs to wear in a bit

you need to pay attention to lubrication of the bolt. I THINK the design suffered when they removed the nylon insert sleeve from the original design.

the cartridge. Dont you notice something difference about the remington cartrdige in that first photo that always cycled versus the ones that had issues?

Old Stony
July 26, 2013, 04:43 AM
Could this just be a problem with the feed angle of the mag?

Boomer58cal
July 27, 2013, 10:04 AM
The cheapest I've seen a new 700 go for in the last 10 months was $695, but I don't buy guns online. I've seen 770's for $249. If you're tight on money and still want to be a proud gun owning American I'd rather see you with a 770 than no gun at all.

I just don't get way everyone has to turn every thread that even mentions the 770 into a list of reason why you should have spent your last dime on 700 instead of buying a rifle you can afford.

That's a good way to shy people away that are just getting into shooting sports just because they didn't buy a high end rifle. Not cool IMHO.


Boomer

02bigdogs17
August 2, 2013, 08:26 PM
I had nothing but trouble with my 770 in 7mm mag. Had the worst feeling bolt on it i have ever worked on a bolt gun. After getting it back for the second time from Remington and still not fixed I had enough. I finally sold it and bought a savage axis. Love savage very dependable and accurate rifles.

taylorce1
August 3, 2013, 05:21 AM
Going from $300 to $800 is not a little bit more. It's nearly triple. My 770 might not have been able to mount to a $400 stock for whatever reason, but it shot accurate, and that was all I really cared about when I bought it.***

You can pick up M700 ADL package rifles all day long at the WalMart near you for $419 + tax in Colorado. Maybe not a .308 but .243, .270, and .30-06 are usually available. So I don't see a 700 costing nearly three times as much only around 1/3 more expensive.

The cheapest I've seen a new 700 go for in the last 10 months was $695, but I don't buy guns online. I've seen 770's for $249. If you're tight on money and still want to be a proud gun owning American I'd rather see you with a 770 than no gun at all.

I just don't get way everyone has to turn every thread that even mentions the 770 into a list of reason why you should have spent your last dime on 700 instead of buying a rifle you can afford.

That's a good way to shy people away that are just getting into shooting sports just because they didn't buy a high end rifle. Not cool IMHO.

Marlin XS/XL7 and Stevens 200 offer better quality rifles for the same price range as the 770. T/C Venture rifles can be bought for less than $500 and usually have a rebate on them around this time of year. All are American made as well, plus lets not overlook all the used gun racks out there full of decent rifles.

I have a buddy who won a M770 and uses it for a truck gun. He says he would never buy one even though his shoots well enough. He tried to trade it in on a different rifle but there wasn't a gun shop that would give him 20-25 cents on the dollar for it when it was NIB, so that's why it resides in his ranch truck.

Bezoar
August 3, 2013, 05:45 AM
Sure you can get decent used rifles, but they arent easy to find. And as for the 700 adl package at walmart, good luck finding a store that has one. And dont try ordering a gun from them either.

taylorce1
August 3, 2013, 06:48 AM
RR5 is from CO same as I am, most WalMart stores still carry firearms here. Plus he can be in Colorado Springs or Denver in about 30 minutes drive time if the rifle selection isn't that great in Douglas County. I can walk into most and pick up a rifle in one of the three cartridges I mentioned in a M700 ADL with cheap scope. I never meant to imply you could find one in your home state.

Decent used rifles are easy to find if you just look for them and educate yourself a little before you go. If you're looking for a specific used rifle you might have a tough time locating one. However finding a decent used Remington, Savage, Weatherby, or Winchester isn't all that difficult.