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Old September 3, 2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Rem 700 fail to fire

First things first, I'm pretty new to guns and I have a brand new VS SF II .223 that won't fire. This is the first time I've tried to shoot it. The bolt cycles just fine, I tried two different kinds of ammo, several bullets each. Nothing. I can't see any primer strikes?

Pulled those SAME bullets out, loaded them in the AR and they went bang, with no problems. I'd like to fix this myself if it's something simple I could do, before sending it in under warranty, if that's possible.

What should I be looking for?

Thanks for the help.
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Old September 3, 2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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Try pulling the bolt out and looking for damage.
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Old September 3, 2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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A firing pin ??
Take the bolt apart thoroughly clean and inspect bolt spring and pin , making sure ther are no burrs or other things to stop pin movement .
You should get an exploded drawing as you're new to guns to check all the parts. Is the gun cocking ? Don't take the trigger apart as that's not for a newbie and Remington gets upset if you do.
If nothing is obvious send it back.
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Old September 4, 2012, 08:37 PM   #4
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Leupold scope base screws are different length and were inserted in the wrong order keeping the bolt from closing 100%.

Learn from my newbie mistakes!!!
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Old September 4, 2012, 11:09 PM   #5
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Is it one of the 700s with the J-lock?
Have you had the bolt out lately?
Have you noticed the problem since you last tightened the action screws?
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Old September 5, 2012, 07:46 AM   #6
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No j-lock
I've had the bolt out several times to check firing pin, etc
I've only touched the screws on the scope base
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Old September 5, 2012, 02:08 PM   #7
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There's a resounding "click" when the sear lets go?
...and you have a spring in the firing pin assembly? (don't laugh)



http://www.gunsumerreports.com/revie..._aac-sd_p4.php

...last check (although the cartridge/primer should have told all), can you put cleaning rod with jag down the
barrel up against the bolt face -- and see it jump from the firing pin protruding upon pulling the trigger?
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Old September 5, 2012, 08:01 PM   #8
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I had the scope base screws mixed up, I had one of the longer screws in the wrong spot keeping the bolt from locking in all the way. I have no doubts about it firing now.

Thanks for the replies!
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Old September 6, 2012, 06:28 AM   #9
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Happened to my brother once.

I disassembled the bolt, cleaned it (of the gummed up oils), oiled it and it was good to go.
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