December 13, 2006, 11:10 PM
I have been playing with the idea of installing a choke in my shotgun. What steps do I need to take to be sure I do it right? I know the obvious answer is to take it to a gunsmith, but I take a lot of pride in doing things for myself and I am very handy with firearms. Another question I have concerns the safety on the Remington 700 rifles. A friend has had a problem with his weapon firing when he turns off the safety. He hasn't played with the trigger any and the gun won't do it all the time. I have one in 308 that is my favorite deer gun and I want to know it there is a problem with the safety and I missed the recall?
December 14, 2006, 01:25 AM
Unless you are planning to put choke tubes in quite a few barrels, it will be cheaper taking your barrel to a gunsmith. You will need a reamer to open up the muzzle for the choke tube. Then you will need a tap to thread the barrel for the tube. Check www.brownells.com for the reamer and tap.
December 20, 2006, 05:04 AM
There may some fouling within the trigger housing itself that is preventing the sear from fully engaging. Pull out the trigger and give a good cleaning.
December 20, 2006, 11:45 AM
Remington had a problem with a small percentage of the safeties on 700's manufactured before 1982. The gun could fire when the safety was released under certain conditions. Apparently some combination of trying to cycle the bolt with the safety on and then releasing the safety can "trick" the mechanism into firing. Remington was involved in a rather notorious lawsuit in which a mother killed her 9 year old son when she released the safety on a 700. Remington never acknowledged that there was a design flaw and hence never issued a recall. Follow this link for a pretty good article about the problem: http://hunting.about.com/od/guns/a/aacbsnewsrem700.htm
Remington does, however, offer a safety mechanism modification to pre-'82 700's that have the bolt locking feature. Follow this link for more info: http://www.remington.com/safety/safety_center/safety_modification_program/model_700.asp