View Full Version : Remington 721 30.06

April 4, 2012, 07:39 PM
I was wondering, how do I go about replacing my bolt on my Remington 721 30.06?

April 4, 2012, 07:51 PM
By replacing your bolt, to you mean to obtain a new one, or to re-insert it in the rifle?

April 4, 2012, 08:41 PM
He needs a new one. or at least a reputable source for replacement parts

April 4, 2012, 09:13 PM
Personally I have heard you can use a 700 model and it works just fine figured I would ask around. And stainless is right, I need the whole thing. Mine still works, the extractor is denting the rim on the back of the casings.

April 4, 2012, 10:09 PM
you may be able to order one here, but they appear to be sold out right now:


Otherwise I would contact remington to see about returning the rifle to them for repair. I am unsure about using a remington 700 bolt in a 721. It would be best in my view to contact remington direct and see what they advise.

April 4, 2012, 10:18 PM
Thank you, i appreciate you insight on my problem. I love this gun, it was assembled in 1950 and to this day at 30 yards will remove the bulls eye from the target.

4V50 Gary
April 5, 2012, 12:25 AM
Why not have the extractor replaced or adjusted?

April 5, 2012, 01:05 AM
I was told they don't make the part anymore? Can you tell me how to have it replaced?

April 5, 2012, 08:29 AM
You've got extractor problems, take the thing to a competent 'smith and have it repaired. Replacing the bolt involves checking the headspace which may not be correct. Correction will involve either deepening the chamber or setting the barrel back and correcting the chamber. Either way you need a gunsmith and potentially spending a lot more money than just getting the extractor repaired. Here endeth the lesson. Goatwhiskers the Elder

April 5, 2012, 10:20 AM
First determine if your extractor is retained by either 1 rivet type fastener or is it a newer style snap in w/no rivet and fairly easy to replace. In either case contact Rem. customer service and try to buy one (a gunshop might have to buy it for you). I don't believe it to be a restricted part. The bolt body is restricted. I would not send the whole gun back as there is a good chance they would keep it sending you a voucher as PARTIAL payment for a new rifle. The problem being that the 721 is obsolete and they (Rem.) want it out of circulation. This is what they did to my dad when he sent his 721 back to be rebarreled. I would try to buy the parts. Where are you located?

April 5, 2012, 10:34 AM
I read your post again and got to the part about denting the rim. The extractor fits into a recess machined into the bolt. If there is enough crap BEHIND the extractor (in the cutout) it may not be allowing the extractor to move out of the way of the rim as the cartridge is chambered. Clean with an old tooth brush really good. With the bolt out of the rifle fit a case under the lip of the extractor and pivot it into the bolt. The extractor should move out of the way a tad allowing the case to seat against the bolt face. Just a thought.

April 5, 2012, 10:50 AM
I'm located in Davison, MI. The rifle is clean front to back, even the bolt. This is why I'm concerned. You can see the extractor is worn. I take real good care of this rifle, out of my three guns it is my favorite.

April 5, 2012, 12:07 PM
I'm not saying the rifle isn't clean. You cannot see the recess into which the extractor fits and that is why I suggested a very thorough cleaning and pushing on the extractor to see if it would move into the recess. Attached are pictures of the old (L) style and the new (R) style extractors. Can you tell what you have? On the old style the rivet head would be visible on the inside wall adjacent to the bolt face. Can you take a good close up of your bolt face?

April 5, 2012, 12:45 PM
I don't think either one of those are like mine. Give me a minute and I'll pull my and send you a picture of it.

April 5, 2012, 01:12 PM
I think I figured it out, I didn't remove the extractor, and mine doesn't have a rivet holding it in. It's under spring tension and if I remove it it's not suppose to be put back in. I moved it around though and can noticeably feel a build up behind it. I 'm going to clean it real good and but another extractor from Brownells. I'll remove the old one then.

April 5, 2012, 04:05 PM
The first picture you posted the one on the right now all I need is to know where to get one?

April 5, 2012, 04:40 PM
I called Remington customer service inquiring about a new extractor and representative I spoke with told me "we don't carry anything for the 721 model, there is not compatible extractors, and that they won't even touch the gun", wow wonderful service.

April 5, 2012, 04:57 PM
That's the last straw for me. I wont buy anything remmington, not even ammo.

I reload, and the primers are often undersized too.

April 5, 2012, 05:40 PM
Come on guys , production of the model 721 stopped in 1961 for Christs sake . That was 51 years ago , how long do you expect Remington to stock parts for obsolete guns ? There are extractors out there , you just have to find them , instead of whining like little girls ! I have three in my inventory at the present time . :mad:

April 5, 2012, 05:53 PM
Compared to the customer service and warranty at Springfeild Armory, Remington looks like a fly by night Chinese internet company.

April 5, 2012, 05:58 PM
I didn't say much about Remington themselves, I didn't like the tone I was given when I spoke to the representative over the phone.

April 5, 2012, 11:18 PM
I ended up with dad's 721 after his passing. The thing that really worried me was the trigger/safety after doing some reading up on them. Had the trigger assy replaced and a zillion years of gunk cleaned out of it. And yes the bolt does have some wear, but has never let me down.

April 5, 2012, 11:41 PM
Its a nice gun, OneForAll did a great job bringing it back up to standard. It had the wrong stock on it, now it is all black, with a new optic, and bipod. The thing looks great. Im not sure it was cleaned thoroughly until he got it.

Its just too bad that a company that can put together such a nice rifle doesnt do as good with its customers as it should.

As far as discontinued parts go, in this day and age of computer aided design and manufacturing, there is no reason that a company, espacially a large one like remmington cant punch some numbers in a cad cam machine, and make a new extractor in a few minutes for a customer like this.

April 6, 2012, 12:14 AM
I have done everything that I could possibly do to put this gun in its best working condition. I am hoping to come across a bolt extractor that does not cost $50.

April 6, 2012, 06:31 AM
Somewhere in the basement of that Remington factory probably sits a bag of those sucker's that a geezer like me had the foresight to put a few back, just in case,,,,, Sounds like Remington folk have become bit sirly, and lazy.!

That why Savage and Weatherby and Howa and Winchester and Marlin and.....should I keep going? outsell them.;)

It sucks dude but your going to have to keep an eye out at gunshow or the like to get another one.:(

April 6, 2012, 09:15 AM
the extractor is not working properly right?? So you really can't make it worse right?? Mark on your bolt its location then REMOVE it, determine what you need and then clean your bolt, reshape yours if it is bent up (the pics I posted are new extractors) then re-install and try (no money spent) or ask Oneoldsap very nicely if he would sell you one of his inventory or would install it if you sent him the bolt and some bucks. I would make the offer but I only have one of each style and none for sale. I would venture that a Rem. 700 extractor (not the whole bolt) is worth checking into as it might be a suitable replacement.

April 6, 2012, 11:19 AM
I checked around and a lot of people are saying that the Remington 700 rivet less extractor doesn't work right. I notice that when you shifted the extractor around in my bolt that you could noticeably feel something built up behind the extractor. I dis-assembled the bolt only to find out I don't think this thing has ever been cleaned, or oiled. I spent the better have of yesterday cleaning the bolt inside and out without removing the extractor until the extractor moved freely and what little rust that started forming on the firing spring had been removed. The thing operates better than the day I got it, so I'm Pretty happy. I'll keep an eye out for a new extractor and when I find some, I'll buy them all. Thanks for all your advice Tango1niner.

April 6, 2012, 12:03 PM
I generally don't agree with alot of people because generally alot of people are full of crap. Self proclaimed experts and such. I am not a gun expert by any means but have been around them a long time. I am a retired machinist/toolmaker and have seen alot of broken things that weren't broken but just dirty. As far as the Rem. 700 rivetless extractor goes I would would have to disagree with alot of people. While they might not be as robust and positive as the Mauser, Springfield rifle, M70 Winchester claw extractors when they are maintained as they should be they work fine. Just my $.02, glad I could help.

April 6, 2012, 12:16 PM
No, thank you, sincerely. I was really worried about the gun, it was my first gun I owned. I like it when you find honest people still exist in the world today who are willing to help and are so nice about it. Thank you once again, if I have gun trouble question, I look forward to any advice you'll have for me. Thanks :)

April 6, 2012, 03:11 PM
What about this OneOldSap member, did you see if he has one?

April 7, 2012, 01:09 PM
I think oneoldsap was right. And he says he has them, so PM him.