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Old November 25, 2011, 10:41 AM   #1
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can't put my Remington 700's safety on

newbie here. I just purchased a brand new 30-06 Remington 700 BDL. I have not loaded or chambered any bullets yet. I am concerned because I can not put the safety in safe mode unless the bolt has been lifted and the gun has been cocked. Is this normal for the Remington 700? This is a brand new gun straight out of the box.
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Old November 25, 2011, 02:14 PM   #2
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That's normal.

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Old November 25, 2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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Old November 26, 2011, 08:58 PM   #4
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Be sure you fully understand the workings of the "J" Lock integral safety locking device. The device must be fully in "Lock" or Un-"Lock", and the key device can be removed while the lock is in-between the to modes which can also lead to confusion and inoperative condition.
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Old November 26, 2011, 10:38 PM   #5
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That is normal for a 700. It must be cocked to engage the safety.
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Old November 28, 2011, 07:44 PM   #6
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When you think about it, there would be no reason to engage the safety if the rifle isn't cocked.

BTW, do NOT try to uncock the bolt with a round in the chamber. Not only could you slip and the rifle will fire, but if the bolt is uncocked, the firing pin will rest right on the primer, not a good idea even though the new 700's shroud the rear of the cocking piece so it is unlikely to be struck by anything.

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Old November 28, 2011, 08:03 PM   #7
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Your 700 is functioning normally. You cannot engage the safety with the firing pin down. I have two and have hunted with them for many years. Enjoy your rifle.
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Old November 29, 2011, 08:10 AM   #8
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Read Manual

Your brand new Model 700 came with a manual that says to read it before using this product . It even says it right on the barrel !
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Old November 29, 2011, 01:28 PM   #9
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Read the manual.
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It is a book.
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I notice that some of the younger folks can't read anything unless it is on a screen of some kind, and the smaller the screen the better.

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Now you've done it. How long until a lawyer will demand LCD screens in every stock with the warnings continuously scrolling. Try to color match that with oiled walnut.
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