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Old November 23, 2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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Remington Sportsman 76 hammer strikes magazine

I picked up a Remington Sportsman 76 in 30-06 that was not well maintained by the previous owner. This thing was covered in rust on the outside, copper fouled on the inside and at some point had a lubricant used that gummed up and made the action difficult to work.

I tore the weapon completely down cleaned everything up, Duracoated it with a cammo pattern I liked, properly lubed the action and reassembled.

Now that I have a complete functioning weapon I noticed the when dry firing the hammer strikes the back of the magazine. Is this normal for this model or is it something I should be concerned about?
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Old November 23, 2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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If it is not denting the magazine I can't see what it would hurt. Is it marking the mag. or do you hear it rattle?
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Old November 25, 2012, 04:23 PM   #3
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I don't know what might be hitting your magazine , but it's not the hammer ! That's not physicaly possible , even with the bolt removed .
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Old November 27, 2012, 02:43 PM   #4
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It's just scuffing the mag.

It is with out a doubt the hammer striking the magazine, I reassembled the weapon without the dust cover and observed the hammer striking the mag.
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Old November 27, 2012, 11:27 PM   #5
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From what you describe it is normal. The pivot point of the hammer is very close to the mag well. If it does not cause misfire then it is ok.
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Old November 28, 2012, 08:17 AM   #6
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Thank you for your advise it is appreciated. I guess I never noticed it before because I never dry fired my rifle before and the condition of the magazine was not the best. With the Doracoat on the mag I noticed the slight scuff and that prompted me to investigate.
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Old November 28, 2012, 08:36 AM   #7
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reminton 7600/drt fire

Why dry fire, buy snap caps. Dry firing could eventually break the firing or on a rim fire break the firing pin,peen the chamber or both. keep in mind The cartridge acts as a shock absorber. This my opinion . Cliff
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Why dry fire, buy snap caps. Dry firing could eventually break the firing or on a rim fire break the firing pin,peen the chamber or both. keep in mind The cartridge acts as a shock absorber. This my opinion . Cliff
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Thanks for the advise, I don't usually make a habit of dry firing. I have snap caps for all my guns except 30-06 and just wanted to do a quick function check because I wanted to use it for deer season that started Monday here in PA. I have been under a heavy load at work and didn't get it put together until Thursday evening and was to leave Friday morning. I should have been patient and just let it sit this season out. Fortunately no harm caused.
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