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Old 01-18-2013, 9:57 PM
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Default REMINGTON 742 Semi 30 06

why is my fathers remington 742's bolt so hard to charge? my dad shot a buck last season and he thought he would need a second shot and was surprised his bolt didnt charge.

Happened after i shot wolf 30 06 through it.



NOT THE ACTUAL RIFLE, found this on the interweb.
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Clean the chamber and remove the crud and rust.
Also check that the mount screws are not too long.
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Clean the chamber and remove the crud and rust.
Also check that the mount screws are not too long.
i cleaned it, used break free and later S&W barrel cleaning liquid. nothings changed, the gun is about 17 years old... maybe 20...
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Does the rifle work correctly with non-Wolf ammo?
Does the action cycle live ammo into and out of the chamber?...easily?

~ Check the fired cases for signs of rust.
~ Gas system may need cleaned.
~ Ejector may be binding.
~ Cam Pin and channel may need cleaned and lubed.
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Not sure if this applies to the semi-auto, but the pump is more difficult to charge using heavy / longer ammo.

Using lighter / shorter rounds does free it up to hit the ramp after releasing from the mag lips.

Maybe the mag lips got bent? Dropped maybe? The pump seems sensitive to mag lip variations.

Does this 742 have the original chambering? Or was it changed from a shorter cartridge? May need the rear of the bolt altered to cycle farther for the long 30-06.

The screws that hold the scope / base on can protrude about a thread and a half with no problem in most cases. Check yours for marks where they may be dragging.

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It's a semi, it's just so hard to charge, I've cleaned it and everything. I don't know how to completely strip it if that's a good idea in the first place
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Well if you didn't completely strip it you didn't clean it. All you did was knock the rocks out of it.

It should be serviced cleaned, oiled and checked for proper operation. Then find out what this rifle was originally built for in terms of bullet weight and velocity and stick with loads in that range. Semi autos in 30-06 are a finicky bunch. The reason is the wide range of ammo out there now and the rifle was built to cycle with just a small range of bullet weights. I bet if you ran M2 ball ammo it would function just fine after a good cleaning. These rifles were not meant to eat the ammo for bolt actions I can tell you that.
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This is a good video on cleaning the 742 autos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvml8dV8Cq8
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thanks man, ill check that out.
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Had one, ended up selling it. This was a common problem with the model and led to it being discontinued. The most common fix I found was bypassing the gas system and making it into a pump gun. I have the link somewhere of a place back east that does it for about $150.00, I'll see if I can find it.
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Had one, ended up selling it. This was a common problem with the model and led to it being discontinued. The most common fix I found was bypassing the gas system and making it into a pump gun. I have the link somewhere of a place back east that does it for about $150.00, I'll see if I can find it.
oh yea? well im probably just going to buy my dad a Browning BAR and convince him to sell it.
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This is a good video on cleaning the 742 autos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvml8dV8Cq8
Does anyone know what the blue barrel rest tool is and where to get one? It looks like it makes it easier to work on guns than just using a block of wood.
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when you go to sell it call me. I'll make a serious offer.
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http://millergunsmithing.com/Rifle_Work.php Here's a place that converts it. That rifle has a lot of life left in it...
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I have that gun's predecessor, a Woodsmaster 740 semi-auto chambered in 30-06.

When I got it from my dad, the gun hadn't had a round through it in more than 40 years. After a cursory cleaning, I ran some 155 grain Remington rounds through it. The first 4 cycled ok.

It stovepiped the 5th round. The remaining rounds would fire, but wouldn't cycle a new round into the chamber. I gave it as good a cleaning/oiling as I could without totally breaking it down and it fired the remaining rounds I put through it without problem.

I'm going to get it to a gunsmith soon for a complete cleaning. Everything I'm reading says that if these guns have ANY gunk in the action, they won't cycle well.
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