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Old March 12, 2013, 09:34 PM   #1
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Trying to identify a 30-06

I am trying to identify a 30-06 rifle that my dad gave me over 30 years ago. Unfortunately, it was stolen about 2 months after I got it. I lost my dad a few years ago and I have now decided that I would like to replace it with a similar gun.

All I remember is that it was a Remington pump action 30-06 with a weaver scope. My guess is that it must have been made sometime in the 1960's. Is the Model 760 the only Remington 30-06 pump made at the time? So far that is all that I have been able to find, and I was just wondering if there are any other options.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old March 12, 2013, 10:01 PM   #2
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Trying to identify 30.06

I cannot say for sure about other pump actions besides the Remingtons but I know Rem made a M14 and another model that were prior models to the 760. They were chambered in .30 Rem and .35 Rem, maybe even .25, not sure about the 30.06 chambering in the pre 760's tho. I have seen the 760's chambered for 30.06. G/L with your search. Tom L
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Old March 12, 2013, 11:02 PM   #3
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Probably a 7600. They are quite common now days. They had two in stock the other day at my local Cabela's with beautiful wood for $700. I've seen good used ones for as low as $250. I have the auto version(7400) in 30-06 and love it. I've had it over 15 years and it has never failed me.

Good luck with your search. Boomer
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Old March 13, 2013, 12:57 AM   #4
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The 760 was produced 1952-1981, the 7600 was introduced in 1982 and is still in production, the Model 6 was introduced in 1981 and produced 1987. All three models look vaguely similar, but there are some differences. Do you remember what the wood looked like? The 760 had either smooth wood or that really awful reverse diamond stamped checkering, the 7600 and Model 6 had machine cut checkering or rolled basketweave checkering. There was also the Sportsman 76, a basic, no-frills version of the 7600 with stained birch stocks and matte bluing on the metal.
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Old March 13, 2013, 07:37 AM   #5
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FWIW, This is a typical 60's Remington Model 760






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Old March 13, 2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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The pic from PetahW is exactly what I know to be a 1950/60's 760 version. My father had one in .35. The pre 760 had a spiral groove cut in the slide tube as I remember and I beleive its function was to unlock the bolt when ejecting the empty, it is very obvious if one turns the rifle upside down and looks at the slide tube. The forearm was nothing like the 760 in appearance so if you remember its appearance that might help in your search. I had the pleasure of using my Dad's 760 many times and it was a very deadly rifle on whitetail and black bear using the standard 200 grain psp. TomL
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Old March 13, 2013, 12:19 PM   #7
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Tom,

The spiral in the previous version of Remington's pump action rifles was to avoid bullet tip to primer contact. They had a tubular magazine similar to their pump action shotgus of the day. They were also only chambered for mid range cartridges, 35Rem, 30Rem, 25Rem, etc. When they brought out the 760they were box magazine fed and they added the -06 class of cartidges. I have never owned one, but recently made a foolish decision to pass on a clean, solid 760 chambered in .257 Roberts for only $200. Went back the next day and it was gone. Hindsight is 20-20 as they say.
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Old March 13, 2013, 05:10 PM   #8
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"I have never owned one, but recently made a foolish decision to pass on a clean, solid 760 chambered in .257 Roberts for only $200. Went back the next day and it was gone."

I'd have had to open an artery..........

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Old March 13, 2013, 07:56 PM   #9
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bull bob, thanks for the info on the pre 760. I was not sure about the spiral nor did I know they were tube fed. To bad about the .257 Roberts/760 that was a rare find. TomL
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Old March 14, 2013, 08:27 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the info guys. It looks like it must be the 760. Now I just have to start saving my pennies so I can buy one!
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Old March 14, 2013, 11:22 PM   #11
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Bull Bob, I just noticed a model 760 in a 257 on Gunbroker.com. Not for $200 though
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