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Old 09-02-2009, 02:20 PM
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Remington Model 742 .308 shooting problems


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I loaded the mag, shot one time and nothing has happened since. I took the trigger assembly completely out and cleaned everything, put it back together, went shooting again. Loaded the mag, put a shell in and nothing but a click. There was no dent on any part of the shell. Any suggestions? The nearest gunsmith is an hour flight away, so hopefully I'll be able to fix it on my own.
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:24 PM
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You might have a busted firing pin. Wish I could help on how to get into the bolt to check, but I wrestled with my 7400 once and it won.
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:56 PM
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Iowaloha Erik237,
Nice to meet ya.

My limited experience with 742's has not been pleasant. I'd find a smithy if you want it done right!

I got through a couple of them (with some help from Beartooth), but would not recomend a cure for a garage project.

Of the ones I worked, I see neglect as the cause. Darn hard to tear down they are.

Good News! Parts are out there. Just find someone with the tools to do it.

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Old 09-02-2009, 06:54 PM
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Just remember that the way that action is designed it WANTS to kill itself, so take verry good care of it, cause if you do not no gunsmith can save it!

I don't mean to come of as hating the Remington auto loaders, i LOVE them, i have one in .270 that i can kill clays with at 250 yards all day, just a honest warning about the action.
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:46 AM
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Yep, sounds like the firing pin or it's retaining spring is gone. To get to them you would have to break the entire gun down. Remove barrel, etc. Many small pins and springs to remove too. I have done it, so I can say, the gunsmith is the best way. Too bad he's so far off.
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:35 AM
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YOu can ship the rifle to your gunsmith by USPS for not a lot of money. No FFL hassles for a long gun.
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Old 09-04-2009, 03:11 PM
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you can sell that remington and get a ruger.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:47 PM
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YOu can ship the rifle to your gunsmith by USPS for not a lot of money. No FFL hassles for a long gun.

There is in my post office!!
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:07 PM
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you can sell that remington and get a ruger.
WHY get rid of a real gun and get a YUCH ruger?????????????????
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:27 PM
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There is in my post office!!
Then they are violating Federal law and you should report them to the postmaster general.

Any person can ship any firearm legally owned to the MFG or a gunsmith for repair thru the Post Office. I sent a Marlin 22 to McGowen for rebarreling, and a H&R frame to H&R to have a 223 barrel fitted.
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:51 PM
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Just a small chance but when you loaded, did you close the bolt slowly and not allow it to slide closed. If you did it may not have locked up. Highly unlikely you did this but I know it has happed B4.
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:30 AM
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There areTwo parts that wear out in the 742 Mdl rifle action that will keep it from fireing the second round that is chambered out of the magazine. The ends of the Disconnector Part No. 18357 and the end of the Action Bar Part No.21190 will contact each other when the rifle is fired. The ends of the parts will wear down to a point where the Disconnector will not be moved up in the trigger housing to allow the sear to engage. I got a disconnector for a Mdl 7400 which is wider and longer than the part for the Mdl 740 and filed the part down to fit my 742 Carbine. It shoots ok now. ----No parts are in stock at Remington for the 740 and 742 semi auto rifles.
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Old 12-25-2009, 04:30 PM
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By all means, get it looked at by a competent gunsmith. In my part of the world parts for the Remington 740 and 742 rifles are becoming VERY scarce and gunsmiths shy away from working on them !!! Good luck !!! HD1
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