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Old 01-16-2012, 09:03 AM
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So I recently inherited a Remington 742 woodsmaster 30-06. everything on it looks great despite its age. Even came with an original leupold scope! I was told it was only ever used to bag deer and had maybe 30 rounds through it in the last 30 years or so.

I'm aware of the problems this rifle is supposed to have, so I'm wondering if anyone with any experience with this particular model could give me some pointers for care and prolonged life. It'll probably only be used for deer and the occasional hog.

any input from those who know would be greatly appreciated
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So I recently inherited a Remington 742 woodsmaster 30-06. everything on it looks great despite its age. Even came with an original leupold scope! I was told it was only ever used to bag deer and had maybe 30 rounds through it in the last 30 years or so.

I'm aware of the problems this rifle is supposed to have, so I'm wondering if anyone with any experience with this particular model could give me some pointers for care and prolonged life. It'll probably only be used for deer and the occasional hog.

any input from those who know would be greatly appreciated
My dad gave me one. Shot nice, a little ammo sensitive. Mine like Federal American Eagle ammo better than my hand loads.

The real issue was the point of impact would change as the barrel heated up.
Mine would climb 8-10" at 100 yds after shooting 10 rounds or so. Accuracy would degrade as well when hot. The 742 is really more of a hunting rifle than a target rifle.

Let things cool drown and the POI and accuracy is back to where it started.

As long it is not worn and you don't shoot long strings at paper targets, it should work fine for you.
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no experience with the 742 but I did get my hands on a Rem 721 in 30/06.

that things a tack driver. Really like shooting it.
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I dont intend to target shoot with it, except to try and make sure the scope is still sighted. I realize that while it is semi-auto, its a one shot one kill kind of gun (except with hogs....then the semi-auto capabilities are almost required)

thanks for the input. it's really clean and I see no signs of wear yet, so I'll just be sure and baby it.
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Great hunting rifle, had two 243 and 06 no problems. Of course I never shot more than 10 or 15 times in a session. Clean it and love on it and you'll leave it to your kids kids...
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I've got a 7400, which basically is a 742 with a slightly re-designed gas system.
These rifles were made for hunting. At the beginning of the season a few rounds to zero the scope, then a few more rounds to fill your deer tag. At this rate the rifle will last a looooong time.
Some people think by adding one of the aftermarket 10 round magazines they will have a battle rifle. Instead, it fouls (because it's not kept clean), or the reciever wears prematurely trying to do something it was never designed for. And then these people moan that the rifle is a peice of junk. It's not!
Keep the old girl clean, resist the desire to dis-assemble the gas system, and be reasonable about how many rounds you fire thru her.
Mine likes plain ol' Remington Core Locked ammo.
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It is a "hunting" rifle

Not a battle rifle

Not a target rifle

It will do a fine job on deer and hogs!
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I had one a long time ago , also in 30-06 . I think it was the softest shooting 30-06 I have ever fired . It was kind of heavy and not to easy to clean , but accurate enough for deer out to 300 yards or so .
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Just wanted to follow up; this morning I got out and got to take the 742 for a spin. really smooth and the scope was dead on at 200 yards with no problem. I'll be keeping this rifle for a looooong time! thanks everyone!
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Just wanted to follow up; this morning I got out and got to take the 742 for a spin. really smooth and the scope was dead on at 200 yards with no problem. I'll be keeping this rifle for a looooong time! thanks everyone!
If coyotes are a problem where you live, that Remington works real well on them, too.
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I've got a 7400, which basically is a 742 with a slightly re-designed gas system.
These rifles were made for hunting. At the beginning of the season a few rounds to zero the scope, then a few more rounds to fill your deer tag. At this rate the rifle will last a looooong time.
Some people think by adding one of the aftermarket 10 round magazines they will have a battle rifle. Instead, it fouls (because it's not kept clean), or the reciever wears prematurely trying to do something it was never designed for. And then these people moan that the rifle is a peice of junk. It's not!
Keep the old girl clean, resist the desire to dis-assemble the gas system, and be reasonable about how many rounds you fire thru her.
Mine likes plain ol' Remington Core Locked ammo.
Major difference in the 7400 from the 742 is the three-lug bolt, versus the 9-lug system that the 742 used. It's a sturdier system, but still, as you point out, it does not turn a hunting rifle into a battle rifle. I am partial to the 7600 myself, as I like a pump, but it is also afflicted with the wandering zero problem, though not as bad as the autoloader.
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I have a 760 pump 30-06 and that is one beautiful rifle. The pump is about worthless shooting prone but it's really not intended for that anyways. I would like to get a 740 or 7400 at some point.
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