Remington 700 extraction problem


November 24, 2006, 01:50 PM
I have a Remington 700 PSS in 300 Win mag and I am having problems with it extracting. When I first bought the rifle, it had this problem and I took it to a Remington authorized factory repair place and they said that it had burrs in the chamber and after that, it worked fine. Now I am having the problem again. I've tried cleaning the chamber, but nothing I do seems to help. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Jim K
November 24, 2006, 02:28 PM
Has the same brand of ammo been used all the time, or are you switching off?


November 24, 2006, 04:15 PM
I had this problem with a couple of Rem 700s. What follows is a description and explanation of the problem I encountered:

The problem: the plunger (ejector) hole's edges was rough. Ergo, when I would turn the bolt to begin the ejection process, the bolt-face would shave off tiny bits of brass. Eventually, the rough edges shaved off and packed in enough brass around the plunger that it would seize-up with the plunger retracted into the hole. In that condition, the round would not be forced out upon opening and retracting the bolt aft.

Solution: Take it to the repair center and have them smooth the plunger hole's edges (if rough).


November 24, 2006, 09:08 PM
I almost exclusively shoot reloads. I got a box of Winchester factory ammo to see if that would make a difference, but it acted the same.

There were brass shavings on the bolt face. I think I will check into the plunger hole. I have another Remington 700 that I have never had any problems with.

November 26, 2006, 02:08 AM
If your ejector plunger and/or hole was the only problem, then you would have no problem extracting the shell. When the bolt turns, a shell that is not sticking in the chamber will ROTATE WITH THE BOLT FACE, especially if there is a sharp edge to grab at the rear of the shell.
A shell that is sticking in a chamber due to roughness, dirt, rust, etc. will not rotate with the bolt, and then might leave brass there in the bolt face. This would make the bolt at least a tiny bit harder to turn as it scrapes brass away. Any deformities of the brass during the handling from firing, to collecting off the ground, to de-priming, to etc. etc. can add minor imperfections to rim edges, belts, and other parts. We might expect that the new box of shells avoided all of the reload issues.
I hope and expect that you avoid rough handling, resize the brass properly, and do not use excess pressure loads, since you probably know that they are vital to proper reload performance.
One of my articles dealt with a customer gun that had a severely stuck shell due to his neglect at the loading bench. He got distracted when changing powders, and failed to reset the powder weight measurement. If it had gone the other way, he would have had lower velocity loads. His luck went the other way, and the excess pressure made a bit of brass flow in the boltface surround.

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