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Old 02-18-2006, 06:37 AM
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Rem. 742 Woodsmaster Carbine??


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I just came from a garage sale where the guy had a Remington 742 Carbine Woodsmaster in 30-06, with scope & 2 extra magazines.
All for 150.00 Wood & metal look great.
I did not buy it because I have heard this gun referred to as the "Jam Master" so many times, and that was all I could think about as I looked at it. Just around the corner from my house. Should I go back or leave it???
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Old 02-18-2006, 06:40 AM
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I just came from a garage sale where the guy had a Remington 742 Carbine Woodsmaster in 30-06, with scope & 2 extra magazines.
All for 150.00 Wood & metal look great.
I did not buy it because I have heard this gun referred to as the "Jam Master" so many times, and that was all I could think about as I looked at it. Just around the corner from my house. Should I go back or leave it???
Go back and get it at $150.

They aren't any more prone to jamming than any other semi-auto, but aren't the most reloader friendly rifles around. Once you understand what the rifle wants to run right, they are as reliable as any other semi-auto.

Shucks...for $150 know several people that would be pleased if it only worked as a single shot.
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Old 02-18-2006, 08:06 AM
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yup do exactly what ribbonstone says. These guns with factory loads or the right handloads work well and there are a lot of them out there killing big game.

Bare on the racks of gunstores and pawn shops around here in Northern Idaho there going for $275.00

I've never been an auto-loader fan, but the Remingtons have a pretty fair rep.
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Old 02-18-2006, 09:10 AM
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Shoot for 150 bucks you can use it for trading stock. Although I'd keep it around, kind of fun guns to shoot once in awhile. My uncle and my dad each have one and cannot ever remember either one jamming. If I remember right, one is loading with 4320 and the other is using 4350.
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Old 02-18-2006, 10:29 AM
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I went back and it was still there. I got it with everything you see here for 150.00



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Old 02-18-2006, 10:58 AM
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I would say you got a great deal!! I am jealous. What is that scope, it has a huge Bell. I have a friend who has one, It kicks like a mule, but it is accurate w/ factory loads and iron sights. Best of luck, JP
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:37 AM
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I can't find a brand name on the scope. On the 50mm bell it says "Boresighter" It is a 3-9
I suspect it might be a Bushnell, but not sure.
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:56 AM
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Really nice looking little carbine. I've never been much on the see thru mounts and the put that big scope way to high to get any kind of cheek weld. That big bell doesn't help any either.

consider replacing them with a scope of lower power say 2-7 with a 33 mm bell and a wider field of view to aid in picking up close shots as well as those long ones.

Looks like a nice deal, congrats.
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Old 02-18-2006, 01:26 PM
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Rogmat- I had one for years in .308. Once I realized that after every season I should take it to the gun smith for a thorough cleaning of the action and gas port area it worked flawlessly. This didn't cost much at all, and probably I could have done it myself. I sold it in a weak moment, and wish I hadn't. I think you did very well. Way to go.
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To add to our super guy, try a 2x10 38mm Weaver. It will work great on that rig. The iron sights are great by themselves!
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Old 02-18-2006, 02:23 PM
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To add to our super guy, try a 2x10 38mm Weaver. It will work great on that rig. The iron sights are great by themselves!
Now sepnd a few bucks more and toss those high-rise see-through mounts/rings for a real set up....those wil just end up causing you grief. Keep the scope, just have it dcranked down to it;s lower setting all the time, if it is far away then you'll have time to crank it up...but the reverse isn't true.

Give it a good cleaning. Trigger unit comes out rather easily (that's what the two cross pins holds in) but that's as far as i'd go for starters. Fore end comes off pretty easily, unless that sling mount causes a problem...so it's woth taking that off as well.

Blast the snot out of the trigger unit with carb cleaner...blast the inside of the reciever /bolt as well (keep it off the wood)..scrub what you can see with a baby sized tooth brush...blast it again...then mop it out with rags, q-tips, and paper towels. Give it a bit of good lube (if nothhing else, basic white lithium grease works fine).

Pay attention to the barrel and esp. the chamber. Would be worth it to get a chamber brush.

Should be good to go from then on. Just feed it factory standard loads (stay away from the lite-mags. and other loads that promise super-duper ballistics) and all should be well.
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As far as I'm concerned you made out like a bandit. Enjoy.
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Nice buy Rogmatt! You did good. Give us a report after you shoot it (after a good cleaning).
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Old 02-19-2006, 06:29 AM
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Am going today to the range to test it.

I can't find a name brand on the scope anywhere. Only the the word "Boresighter" on the 50MM bell.
This gun is for my 15 yr old son who has been asking me for a Rem. in 30-06. He did a Biography report a few years ago in school on the history of Remington. Since then, he has an affinity for the older Rems. He restored an old Rem. 58 Sportsman shotgun that is now beautiful and is his bird go-to gun. His PaPa have him an old Rem. 514 22 bolt action. Very accurate with iron sights. So now, he is tickled to have the 742 to add to his collection.
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Old 02-19-2006, 11:11 AM
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Back from Range. The 742 shot great. Very little recoil. At 50 & 100 yards, we were very pleased with the groups. We did not tweek it because we are going to put better rings & I will donate a Leupold 3-9X scope from another gun to this one. I also found a Winchester 94 in 30-30 a few days ago, so I took it along to see how it shot. Fairly accurate with iron sights. It was a good day at the range(despite our straight faces) , and shooting with your son makes it even better. The family that shoots together stays together.



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Old 02-21-2006, 10:51 AM
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I just came from a garage sale where the guy had a Remington 742 Carbine Woodsmaster in 30-06, with scope & 2 extra magazines.
All for 150.00 Wood & metal look great.
I did not buy it because I have heard this gun referred to as the "Jam Master" so many times, and that was all I could think about as I looked at it. Just around the corner from my house. Should I go back or leave it???
The problem with the Reminston 742 was with the ammunition used in the rifle. If the 742 is only used with Remington Ammunition it will be just fine. Many 742's were fired using any kind of ammo and the bolt would be rammed back into the top and back of the receiver. The rifle would beat itself to death. A quick check of the inside of the receiver would let you know what the rifle has been eating during its life.
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Old 02-21-2006, 03:13 PM
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and the bolt would be rammed back into the top and back of the receiver. The rifle would beat itself to death. A quick check of the inside of the receiver would let you know what the rifle has been eating during its life.
I know a gunsmith who says the 742s are junk because the receiver is weak and that they fall apart. I expect part of that comes from what Tuckahoe reports.
My 742 '06 has taken a few deer and black bear, and it has NEVER jammed. I have mostly used reloads with 150 to 180 grain bullets. I have mostly used modest and some low-velocity loads, but I get higher than advertised velocity with them. I keep all my firearms clean, so I can't report on how the 742 works when dirty.

My favorite load is 53 grains of IMR 4350 with a Hornady 180 SP for just under 2700 fps (advertised velocity is 2650 fps in 23.5-inch barrel).

My two BARs (270 and 30-06) have jammed and are way more touchy about reloads. I have to get the reloads just right for the BARs to cycle perfectly. Both BARs shoot reloads and factory ammo much slower than advertised (as much as 150 fps with some loads in the 270).

I have always considered my 742 Woodsmaster as the gun that I can shoot anything in (as in almost any reload cycles well). However, I suggest that you feed it factory ammo or modest reloads because its a good gun and you don't want to ruin it with hot loads.

$150? What a deal!
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Old 02-21-2006, 05:04 PM
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They are great rifles. I have a 742 Woodsmaster in 243 that my Dad got for me many moons ago when I was 10. It has seen a lot rounds shot through it and NEVER once had a jam. If you reload for it you will NEED to use small base dies for the full length resizer. Other wise you will have problems with jams, the rounds will not want to chamber. All of Hornady's dies are small base dies and will work perfect to reload for the Rem Autos.
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