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June 17, 2012, 11:16 AM
I have a rem 7400 in .280 remington that shoots just over an inch @ 100 and 3"-4" @ 200. I took two Pronghorns in Wyoming last fall with it @ 175 & 125 yds.
picked it up for $200 bucks because of a cracked stock so I threw a synthetic stock on it for $75 bucks and it's good to go. pics won't load.

June 17, 2012, 11:39 AM
I have my Father's 742, and I have a 7400 Carbine...Both are 06...

I have inspected the internal rails on the 742, and they are in excellent shape compared to some I have seen over the years...Dad was not a shooter, he was a hunter...It will outlast me...

The 7400 I have is a Carbine, and is more accurate than I ever will be...

I read somewhere in the early 90's that the carbine barrel was inherently more accurate out of the box than the longer barrels due to 'stiffness, and harmonics'...I believe that from my experience...

I do know that mine loses some velocity over Dad's, but I can live with that at my age...

I took the scope off the 7400, and it is my go to when I will be where the shots will be less than 100 yards, but there is the chance of encountering black bear, or a ticked off Mama moose (mainly when I am in the Northeast Kingdom of VT)...If I am on a clearcut, or a power line, I will carry the 742 with it's 3-9X Redfield...

If I am hunting where there is no chance of upset moose or bears (down here in the Valley), I carry the Wife's Marlin 1894S in .44 Mag...

June 17, 2012, 07:30 PM
My coyote hunting buddy in AZ bought a beat to heck 740 or 742 in 243 Winchester, and I helped him with some loads. It shot repeatable genuine 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards with 42 grains of Accurate 4350 and the 85 grain Sierra bullet, and he killed a LOT of coyotes with it. He was a really good shot and poetry in motion on running dogs. It never jammed or otherwise malfunctioned on him either. I bought a brand new 7400 in 243, and never could get mine to shoot as well as his, but it still did about an inch at 100, and it did jam occasionally.

June 17, 2012, 08:07 PM
My 7400 has never 'jammed', but I tried shooting some WWII vintage M2 Ball a couple of times that would cycle the action so fast, it would not strip the next round from the mag...

Accurate (and corrosive); it liked the bullet a lot...

I ended up pulling the rest of the bullets, dumping the mil powder in the garden, storing the capped brass, and loading the bullets over a decent amount of 4350 in once fired Federal cases that would cycle fine...Less cleaning, and great long range 'plinkers' (back when she wore glass)...

Still have the primed cases in a Tupperware container in the shed...

June 20, 2012, 12:26 AM
I have never had a jam in mine either. I have reloaded 130's, 140's, 145's, 150's, 160's & 162's from 2900fps down to 2500fps. That gun has never bobbled, not once!

Art Eatman
June 20, 2012, 09:45 AM
From what I've read here through the years, the 740 series do okay if not used as range toys and are kept clean--particularly the chamber. And lubed. If used for hunting, durability is no real problem.

June 20, 2012, 11:24 AM
All I know is that my father took untold numbers of deer over the years with his 30-06 742 until it was stolen in the mid-90s.

June 21, 2012, 06:47 AM
The only gun I've ever hated to hold, shoot, or own was a late-model Remington 7400 in 270. The lack of a receiver-mounted BHO made clearing the action a significant pain, and sadly my 7400 was not adept at feeding anything with a HP or RN. I had fewer issues with my earlier 742's, but I still had quarrel with them on occasion and never really felt like they were as fun to shoot as they were a joy to point. I suppose how you feel about them is likely to be directly proportional to how reliable they are in feedin' your chosen hunting rounds.

I <heart> the 760/7600, tho - all of the virtues of the 740/742/7400 with a manual repeater action.

July 30, 2012, 09:31 PM
I just picked up my brother in law's 742 and I can't get the bolt to open on that thing. I don't what the deal with that bolt is but it's starting to become fustrating. I'm hoping to use it for this coming season but now I'm not so sure.

July 30, 2012, 10:25 PM
I own a 742 carbine in 06...It is very reliable and accurate..but is a huntin gun only....4 shots and 3 pigs down this mornin...

July 30, 2012, 10:33 PM
What would make the bolt lock up?

July 30, 2012, 11:44 PM
I must of got lucky with mine, I have hand-loaded and shot bullets from 130, 140, 145, 150, 160, and 162grns, without a bobble or jam.
They all shoot pretty darned well, (1-1/2 to 2-1/4" @ 100yds) with 150grn core-lokts shooting exceptional, 7/8" @ 100yds with IMR3031 powder.
This is a semi-auto hunting rifle, so I ain't complaining. It shoots better than me, I just point, close my eyes and pull !! hehehe:D

July 31, 2012, 04:22 AM
tahoe..I shoot 180 gr win supremes in my 06...I would like to find a good 308.

July 31, 2012, 07:54 AM
Any of y'all find a good 10 round clip that would actually work I've bought two of them and can't get either one of them to work

July 31, 2012, 09:30 AM
It may not be the fault of the magazine, itself.
Some brands won't seat in the receiver well, without changing to the correct mag release.
The release should have come with the mag.

Ben Towe
August 1, 2012, 09:26 PM
I've still got Dad's old 742. It has the square forearm with basket weave checkering (I don't see many around with square forearms), and still wears the same old Bushnell Scopechief IV it has for at least thirty years. I've never had any real issues with it, though it doesn't feed well with 10 round magazines if I recall correctly.

August 3, 2012, 01:25 AM
I inherited my uncle's 7400 in 30-06. I have had jams, but the mags are not in great condition. My brother took a buck at 350 yards with it, so it will get the job done.

August 3, 2012, 09:24 AM
I tried using the 10 rd clips....I went back to factory clips and have no problems....

August 3, 2012, 12:59 PM
My very first deer rifle was the 742 woodmaster in a 30-06,I bought it new at Walmart 76'? I had problems with the locking lugs on the bolt becoming disfigured and would not bolt up enough to fire. I've had a 7400 Rem 30-06 for the past 20 plus years without a problem with the gun,I will have to say it doesn't get shot much at all since buying a 700 rem 7mm rem mag 20 plus years ago those bolts just have better triggers.

August 4, 2012, 11:20 PM
clips (magazine) for the 7400, all I've ever used are the 4 shot originals, 1 in the gun and two in my pocket. If that ain't enough I'm in more trouble than I thought!!:eek:

August 5, 2012, 07:10 AM
tahoe..I use mine for hogs....Generally the one 5 shot magazine is enough...
But if there are 20 or so hogs..10 rds would be nice without reloading....

August 5, 2012, 09:16 AM
Make sure you check your local game laws...

I know Vermont doesn't allow hunting with an auto-loading rifle or shotgun with a magazine capable of holding more than 6 rounds...Only exception is .22 Rimfire...