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Remington 700 Question. - update

dlrjjdlrjj Member Posts: 5,528 ✭✭
edited March 2006 in General Discussion
Ran onto a Remington 700, 7mm Mag. with a Bushnell Sportsman 3-9x scope (OK, not that great) for $300 over the weekend. It's probably going to rate in the 90-95% quality/finish range. The problem is that it has a barrel listed at 18 1/2 inches. I don't ever remember any barrels on those guns less than 20 inches, and even that is too short in my opinion to utilize the 7 Mag. effectively. The gun has no front or rear sight and I could detect some faint marks in the metal on the top of the muzzle end that I suspect are a rework where the sight was removed and the barrel possibly shortened for some reason. If that was done, the gun was recrowned and reblued well enough that I couldn't really tell in the brief couple of minutes I had to look at it before I had to heed the call of the wife to get back on the road. Does anyone know if this model was ever made in that length and/or is there enough gun there to be worth a re-barrel at that price if it needs it.?

(update)
I contacted Remington by e-mail (on their website) about the gun and got a reply in less than 24 hours. As I suspected, the barrel had been chopped, probably from 24 inches. The stock, action, scope, and hardcase that comes with it may be worth the $300 and the cost of a new barrel. If I go for it, I will hunt up a better scope for it than that one. Thanks for the help, and any other thoughts will be appreciated. (end update)
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  • GuvamintCheeseGuvamintCheese Member Posts: 38,932
    edited November -1
    run, RUN fast do not buy it ! A 7mm needs a longer barrel to effectivly twist a piece of lead at that speed.!
  • dlrjjdlrjj Member Posts: 5,528 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    That was my opinion, as I stated. I can't see how you could get a good burn in a barrel that short without excessive pressure, and you know the flash and blast have to be fierce.
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  • GuvamintCheeseGuvamintCheese Member Posts: 38,932
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by dlrjj
    That was my opinion, as I stated. I can't see how you could get a good burn in a barrel that short without excessive pressure, and you know the flash and blast have to be fierce.
    yep, gotta have a slow twist on a fast bullet! and a slow twist requires a long barrel. You got the gist.!
  • acdoddacdodd Member Posts: 1,314 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Jim Scoutin (sp) from American Shooter bought one for $300 with a broken stock and a rusted barrel.
    He wanted the action for a project gun.
  • tsavo303tsavo303 Member Posts: 8,656 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    labelled or measured 18"?
    a lot of clerks mislabel tags. if it is really a 26" or you want to rebarrell it is a good deal
  • dlrjjdlrjj Member Posts: 5,528 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by tsavo303
    labelled or measured 18"?
    a lot of clerks mislabel tags. if it is really a 26" or you want to rebarrell it is a good deal

    I had neither the time nor the tape to verify the measurement, but it was definitely a short barrel. I don't know if it was sub 20" (one of the factory offerings), but there is no way it was much longer than that. Too short in my opinion for a hot cartridge.
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  • He DogHe Dog Member Posts: 49,580 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    and not in my view such a great deal since you can buy a new barreled action for about $350.
  • dlrjjdlrjj Member Posts: 5,528 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by He Dog
    and not in my view such a great deal since you can buy a new barreled action for about $350.

    He Dog, I checked the Remington home page, but did not locate a barreled action for sale. Could you give me a website for them? Thanks.
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  • RugerNinerRugerNiner Member Posts: 12,636 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:barrel listed at 18 1/2 inches

    Sounds like an ASSUALT WEAPON.

    Was the magazine extended?
    Did it have a bayonet lug?
    How about a pistol grip? [:D] [:D] [8D]
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  • He DogHe Dog Member Posts: 49,580 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Normally Brownell's has them, but currently they are sold out. Even better, go to Legacy sports and get a Howa 1500 action. You should be able to get a price on a barred action through your favorite gun dealer. I am not sure if Cabela's or Gander sell them or not, but that would also be worth a look.
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