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Found one locally for sale with six (new) ten round mags and the original four rounder.

I suspect it will sell for cheap, and a shortish ought six semi-auto kinda gives me tingles.

We all know of Remington's QC issues, but anyone have experience with this model that can weigh in on reliability?
 
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They are horrible in the accuracy department. I have one and have only shot it a few times. It was my fathers. They were popular for a short time and will work for close range, but don’t expect MOA. I also don’t expect the 10 round mags to be reliable.

Replacement parts are hard to find. The actions are rough compared to the Browning BAR.

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Posts: 3438 | Location: USA | Registered: February 13, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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My Dad and I each bought one close to 40 years ago. Dad has taken a few deer with his, I haven't shot mine in at least 35 years, it's still in my Dads gun cabinet. I don't remember ever having any issue with the OEM magazine that came with it.




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They are literally called "742 Jam-Masters."

That said, they have probably been responsible for killing 10 million deer in the 60 years since it was introduced. My Dad is responsible for 100 or so of those but he hasn't shot that gun in nearly 20 years probably.

Not particularly accurate and are known for malfunctions, though not sure it was because of the mag design. If they have been shot a lot, the aluminum rails bolt rails wear out. The extractor is also known for being kind of weak and leaving spent shells in the chamber.



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I inherited my dad's 740 carbine. I had all kinds of thoughts of taking it hunting, those quickly diminished after the first trip to the range with it. It ran without any hiccups but the accuracy is atrocious. First round is constantly 8" low at 100 yards with the 2nd and 3rd rounds actually producing something resembling a group.




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Alrighty then, that should do it.
Thanks for the warnings, I'll pass.
 
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Poor accuracy. Poor reliability. Poor durability.

A poor choice for a rifle.

If you're just wanting a cheap hunting rifle, there are numerous good options for modern budget (~$300ish) bolt rifles that offer excellent accuracy and better reliability/durability.
 
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one local gunsmith I know loves to hate them,


they will run like a top all day and twice on sunday IF you keep them clean, , very clean, and lubricated,


so he makes a good part of his income fixing them each hunting season cause no one seems to clean them like they need,



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My dad bought one back in the 70's. It was his only rifle for deer and elk hunts until he got a 7mm Ruger bolt action. I used it on a few elk hunts in the early 90's. It was well maintained so we never had any reliability problems but it was nothing special in the accuracy department. There are far better options out there.


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I thought they were nearly impossible to take apart to clean, so that’s why people don’t keep them maintained. It’s that rifle that is built on the 870 pattern, right?



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There is a pump version that somewhat mimics the 870.
Model 760. Later 7600.


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I thought they were nearly impossible to take apart to clean, so that’s why people don’t keep them maintained. It’s that rifle that is built on the 870 pattern, right?

Built on the 1100.



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There is a pump version that somewhat mimics the 870.
Model 760. Later 7600.

I inherited a 760 in .257 Roberts which sits in the veeeery back of the closet. Great cartridge, but sadly the lack of accuracy keeps it from seeing the range often.




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Run away from that junk,I still have scars on my right arm from one that blew up thirty years ago
The bolt failed to completely close and when I fired it it lit off two additional rounds in the mag.
It is one me that sighting from bench I was suppose to look at each bolt closing.
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My shop will not take them in trade. The chamber gets dirty or rusty and the extractor will pull off leaving the case in the chamber. I can replace the extractor, which is riveted in . but no guarantee on repair. It is a pain to fully dissemble. The barrel has to be removed to take the bolt out. Then things start falling off the bolt. It can be reassembled without the cam pin. The plastic dust cover will break. etc.
 
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I've had good luck with mine. I bought it in the 80s from the MI DNR. It was a poachers gun. I did have issues but if I run it with one in the chamber and two in the mag I don't have problems. Not the most accurate of my guns. Mine groups 1.75 inches at 100 yards.

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First time I've ever seen these posted here. I have hunted with the 06 auto and a .308 pump both. Kinda liked the .308 better. I recall the 06 rifles front sling swival giving way as I was walking with it shouldered and its bead front sight plowing into the ground. I fired 4 rounds across a open field, I bet 500 yards and a buck just stood out there with others looking back at me. The rifle was loaned to me by a high school friend. The .308 pump was more accurate and reliable. Also had a neighbor who tried to trade me his 06 auto for my unfired Vangaurd. Nope.
 
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I must have the only good one ever made lol.

It was the first gun I ever bought from a guy back in 1997, but it was quite a bit older than that.

I've not had a single issue with my little 742. The thing is built like a tank and shoots good enough groups for deer in Michigan (3" or so) at 100 yds.

I've heard lots of bad about them, but it's always my go to gun for deer season. It's compact, recoil is decent, and it always hits it's mark.

Must be a few good ones out there but I guess it's a gamble finding one.




 
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Well I done jinxed myself.

I took my 742 to the range today for it's post cleaning pre hunt function check.

First 4 shots were good, on target in a few inches of one another at 100 yds. Decided to shoot a few more and that's when things went wonky. Next magazine wasn't even on the 10" target! Put up a larger target and found they were down and right about 12".

Have a couple possible culprits as the second magazine was a different box of ammo, and also did some pretty big temp swings with the gun today as it was quite cold out today.

Going to re-check it tomorrow, but hope it was just a fluke.




 
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^ make sure that bolt is closed 100% each time you fire it.
They will fire with it 3/8 inch open on every one I have seen.Debre in locking lugs are the cause of it and almost impossible with this design to clean.
Do this test on yours Just to be safe
 
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