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Old April 30, 2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Anybody feel like taking a crack at dating and valuing this rifle?

I just bought a Remington 742 woodsmaster chambered in 6mm rem. with 3 original 4 round magazines with the serial# B7109874 and it is in showcase condition. I bought it from an old guy who needed $300 bucks so I figured if it isn't worth that much at least I helped him out and got a functioning rifle out of the deal.
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Old April 30, 2013, 03:44 PM   #2
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That's about right for value. Those rifles don't get much demand - for good reason. When they work, they work OK. BUT, when they break they break big time. Parts are scarce and most gunsmiths won't touch them. The extractor is the truely weak part. Keep the chamber spotless and hopefully you'll get lots of service out of it.
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Old April 30, 2013, 03:59 PM   #3
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Dam it. I was hoping I could maybe make 50 bucks on it down the road. Maybe in 50 years when I'm old as dirt and guns are illegal.
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Old April 30, 2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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Yeah, they're "worth" $300-$350 - BUT I haven't seen a storefront or gunshow FFL in the past 6 years or so, who'd take one in trade, even at zero ACV (actual cash value) - because they know, it's just take up space for the forseeable future, until somebody unknowledgeable about them comes along (aka: there's one born every minute).

Those who don't think so are cordially invited to take theirs to the nearest FFL and ask if they could get $200 cash for it, and see what the FFL has to say.

I found out - the hard way..................

BTW - AFAIK, all Remingtons are date-coded on the LH rear of the bbl.



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Old April 30, 2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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http://remingtonsociety.com/rsa/questions/barrelcodes

You can probably figure out the date by using this link.

You might get your money back if it functions. Most work OK, but the 742's were never known as extremely dependable or accurate. The odd chambering will limit those interested in buying, but might add some value to someone who just wants the 6mm round.
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Old April 30, 2013, 11:23 PM   #6
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Getting the date is as easy as a toll-free phone call. Call Remington at 1 800 243 9700 (option7) (option1). They will tell you when it was made.
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Old May 2, 2013, 09:04 AM   #7
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Pops, the 742 Woodmasters are hunting guns for the typical 100-150 yard shot in woods. They won't hold up to high round count and they aren't super accurate. But if you've got one that feeds and fires reliably, you'll probably enjoy having it as long as you have realistic expectations as to what it can do.

I agree, the price was about right. For one in as good of a condition as you say yours is, $350 probably would have been reasonable too.
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Old May 4, 2013, 06:47 PM   #8
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I had one years ago that the receiver cracked on. Remington made the mistake of thinking they could put a rifle barrel on a shotgun and it hold up. (not really, but that is about how poor the design was.)
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Old May 5, 2013, 08:24 AM   #9
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The shotgun and rifle are pretty close.

I traded in a .30-06 model in this year. The LGS owner would not touch it but he knew a guy that collects them and who gave me $200 sight unseen over the phone for a pretty mediocre example. I felt good about it.

I am betting the lighter 6mm round will be kinder to the gun than the .30-06 was to mine. They are decent gun to take out of the closet, zero and hunt with in the woods a few times a year. Beyond that not so much.
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Old May 5, 2013, 11:41 PM   #10
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Bought one back in the 70's. Dumped it pronto after one hunting trip. Nothing but problems.
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Old May 6, 2013, 02:09 AM   #11
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Pops...My opinion is U got a deal....Showcase condition? 300? Yeah..U did good....There is one..only one in 6mm(U don't see 6mm very often) on Gunbroker right now.... Buy it now is $650....So far 6 folks have bid..It's up to $550....It is decent condition....

These are good guns if kept clean and used as a hunting gun only....I used to have one in 308..(wish I had it back)....I have a carbine in 30-06 now that I use as a hog gun....With 180 gr rounds..it is deadly....
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Old May 6, 2013, 06:14 AM   #12
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Repair parts are not available from Remington for the 742 rifle. I had to make a part for my 742 30-06 to get it to fire. If you shoot them very much a part will wear out.
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Old May 6, 2013, 05:36 PM   #13
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Keg thanks I hope so. I've got a feeling this gun was bought new shot enough to zero it and maybe taken hunting once then put in a dark dry closet for god knows how long.
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Old May 6, 2013, 08:00 PM   #14
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Ray Gregg aka Bearcreek Guns in Seleah, WA works on them.

If you remove the magazine on a 742 and hold the bolt open, you can inspect the grooved rail for wear. That is the weak link because the rotating bolt is too hard vs the frame.

I have owned three.. 308, and two 30:06 that were all accurate, say 2.5" at 100 yards.

Shops do sell them used, but a 6mm is something I have never come across. Just don't use it as a monthy target shooter.
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Old May 7, 2013, 05:19 AM   #15
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Pops.... As soon as u mentioned the condition and caliber I knew u did good.... If these guns are used as hunting rifles and not carried to the range and fired like an AR they will last for years....
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Old May 8, 2013, 04:43 PM   #16
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The 6mm rem chambering is the best thing its got going for it. That would add a little value IMO. I'd take a 6mm rem over a .243 win any day.
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Old May 9, 2013, 08:53 AM   #17
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The 6mm rem chambering is the best thing its got going for it. That would add a little value IMO. I'd take a 6mm rem over a .243 win any day.
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Caliber selection is always a factor..and can be a major factor...The $300-350 amounts mentioned would be for a standard rifle in 30-06..of which they made many of em and are the cheapest of the lot....
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