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bige37083
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8 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2005 :  8:54:16 PM  Show Profile
I have a question. I deer hunt with a Remington Woodsmaster 742 .30-06. I'm having a problem with spent shells jamming the action. I'm assuming this is a gas port problem, but hey, i'm no expert for sure. Any help would be appreciated.

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DBV
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USA
1442 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2005 :  9:25:35 PM  Show Profile
I have a 7400 on order which is the new version of your gun. I've done a lot of reading on these things. Apparently the chambers are very prone to corrosion and if you don't keep them 100% clean all the time this -- over time -- will result in the cases sticking the way yours is. I'd get in there with a brush and solvent and scrub, scrub, scrub..............and scrub some more. Get that action and chamber squeaky clean and lightly oiled and I suspect your problem will be solved. Good luck.
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allechalley
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USA
893 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2005 :  10:02:11 PM  Show Profile
We had this years ago and DBV is correct. Make sure also that if this happens in cold (like below 30) to thoroughly clean the whole action of gun oil, espec. if it was Rem Oil and lube with Break Free, TriFlo or other Teflon based lube. The trouble we had was the gun oil would thicken just enough to slow the action down. I had the same thing on a Beretta 390. Was told by company rep to hose down with Break Free. let sit a while and shoot. Worked A1 ever since.
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RadCat
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USA
690 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2005 :  10:43:11 PM  Show Profile
I bought my 742 BDL (30-06) in 1974 and used it in all kinds of weather including very cold Maine, Vermont and upstate New York temperatures. Never failed. Always used Triflow, Break-free or Hoppe's oil, after cleaning. Put it away for ten years or so, dusted it off, and went back to shooting like new. Moral of the story is: keep it clean and well lubed, and it will love you back.
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bige37083
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8 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2005 :  11:24:05 PM  Show Profile
Thanks guys. I sort of suspected that, too. My father-in-law gave me the gun last year. He bought it in 1974 I think. I cleaned it last year when I first got it. I'll give it a thorough working over.
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deerhntr
Senior Member

USA
1745 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2005 :  01:30:54 AM  Show Profile
You have a Dirty chamber...I had the same problem with a used 742 I bought last year,I Pulled the barrel and scrubbed the chamber. It shoots fine now after over a hundred rounds or so.

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Ray B
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9343 Posts

Posted - 01/15/2005 :  01:03:04 AM  Show Profile
I'm not sure exacly how your rifle is jamming. My dad's 740 will jam on occasion if reloads are used that don't cause the gas system pressure to be high enough. this will be because he was using some of the plinking loads, loaded for one of the bolt '06s. the symptoms are the bolt doesn't go quite far enough back to eject the spent case and pickup a loaded one from the magazine. If hand loads are used, the 740/742 gas system does seem to have a fairly narrow band of optimum pressure. Too mild or too hot and problems develop.
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LDThornton
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USA
31 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2005 :  11:51:20 PM  Show Profile
All of the above suggestions are great unless you have a worn ejector then the ejector will need replaced. Just my .02 cents worth.

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Supreme One
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USA
2655 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2005 :  11:59:08 PM  Show Profile
Hello, the Remington 740/742 has soft rails (what the bolt travels on) and it can cause excessive up and down movement of the bolt. This causes the shell to fall from the extractor and if not properly maintained it can cause the locking lugs on the bolt to dig into the top of the receiver totally ruining the gun. Have it checked out if you don't know what to look for or where to look for it.

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old single shots
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3125 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2005 :  05:51:57 AM  Show Profile
As Supreme One said.The 742 was known to have soft rails.At one time Remington would replace the receiver.They have long since run out of them.If this is your problem,the gun is pretty much useless.It may also be only a lubrication problem.Have a gunsmith look at it.In my area most dealers will not take a 742 in trade because of the known rail problem.Hope your problem is not that serious.p.s.The rails in the receiver should look smooth and straight.If they look rough and chewed up that is probably the problem.

Edited by - old single shots on 01/21/2005 05:55:22 AM
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TimothyP
Starting Member

USA
5 Posts

Posted - 01/30/2005 :  1:31:51 PM  Show Profile
Have a gunsmith disassemble your 742 and polish the chamber, and inspect the bolt face to make sure the extractor recess in the bolt face is not cracked or chipped. If the bolt head is OK, then the chamber polishing will probably correct the ejection/extraction problem. Rusty chambers in 742's is a real problem unless max maintenance is performed. Remember the dog-legged chamber brush that came with the gun? Buy a new one and use it religiously if the rifle is fired.

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