Do any of you have any experience using pump-action rifles?


July 19, 2009, 11:44 PM
Hello. I'm planning on going for the first time in many years (over 10 easily) and am looking for a rifle to such purposes. The last time I went hunting (if you want to call it that, it was mostly walking through the woods not seeing anything :)) I had a Remington 870 Youth Express 20 gauge which i no longer have. Since I'm familiar with this action type, and am able to work it pretty quickly and get it on target well, should I look for a pump-action rifle over say a bolt action? I'm going to be hunting in Michigan and therefore most likely won't be taking very long shots, plus I like being able to get another bullet into the chamber quickly in case my first one doesn't do the trick. In particular, I'm looking at the Remington 7600 series in .308. Any experience good or bad? Also are they drilled and tapped for a scope, or would I have to have someone do that for me? Any pictures of a pump-action rig would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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July 20, 2009, 04:08 AM
I carried a 760 last summer doing some bear hunting. Good gun, really light, nice and short. I really enjoyed carrying it and hunting with it.

Mine had open sights, two different sets actually, I sighted them both in together...peep sight to the original rear "v" and then to the front post. Plenty accurate, better than my eyes.

I say go for it! They are a novel gun with some definite advantages when it comes to follow-ups and carrying weight. BTW, the one i toted was in 30-06 and was plenty comfortable to shoot even with the metal butt guard. I'm sure .308 would be real pleasant.

July 20, 2009, 07:35 AM
I'm not fond of them myself, but they're very popular amongst Australian Sambar hunters, particularly those who hunt them with hounds as this is a very active style. Many of the boys hunt every weekend for 7 months of the year, so their gear gets a pretty fair testing is the most hound-hunting dedicated website. Feel free to drop in.

.......... Peter

July 20, 2009, 02:54 PM
My brother had a Remington 7600 for a while in 35 Whelen and I got to use it a little. I always pick up one when I see them in gunstores and like the idea. They are able to get off repeat shots fairly fast but seem more reliable than most semi auto hunting rifles. They also have a reputation for better than average accuracy.

While they interest me I cannot make myself buy one. I use a bolt rifle all the time and with practice I am able to shoot my bolts almost as fast as most people can shoot levers and pumps. They are also a lot heavier than most bolt rifles. Remington offers the 30-06 in a short barreled carbine but you can get a bolt action carbine also that will weigh from 1-2 lbs less and will probably be slightly more accurate.

If you have an 870 and are used to it they may perfect for you and your uses. Yes, they are drilled and tapped for scope mounting so they are ready to go.

July 20, 2009, 06:11 PM
I have owned and used a 760 in .308 Win since 1968. I used it mostly in western Washington and Oregon on Blacktail deer and elk. It would still be my first choice all around rifle.

July 20, 2009, 06:25 PM
It has had a Western Field 2.5 x 7 scope since I got it, has never fogged up and always held a zero. It has killed about a dozen elk and an unknown number of deer.

July 20, 2009, 07:26 PM
I have had a 760 in .308 since 1977,...have lived and hunted in Michigan for a lot of years,...and a lot of other places as well. This gun will do for anything I care to hunt in this state,...from yotes to black bear,....and it does it very well. I like a pump, I shoot southpaw,....and can run it pretty well,...and the 760 has a great reputation for both accuracy and reliability. I like mine so much,...I just ordered one of the 7615 Pump rifles in .223/5.56,....hopefully it will serve me as well.

July 20, 2009, 08:51 PM
I've long been enamored of the 7615. Seems like the perfect combination: same manual of arms as my 870, and accepts common-as-dirt AR mags.

July 21, 2009, 12:26 AM
My dad killed more Elk with a 760 carbine in .30/06 than I can count easily. His is old and battered and he's probably had his last hunt, but that rifle could go another 20 seasons.

July 21, 2009, 09:02 AM
I've got a 7600 in .270 that I love. The deal was too good to pass up, but if I had my choice I would have gotten one in 30'06 or .35 Whelen.

July 22, 2009, 06:56 PM
the pump action Remington 760/7600 is popular in states with thick woods, hilly areas, mountains, etc (kina like lever action guns); let's say you sight in on a deer and as you go through your 'aim, hold breath, squeeze trigger' sequence the deer steps behind cover just and you need a fast followup shot without losing your sight picture...this is where lever actions and slide actions offer an advantage (so does semiautomatics, but they are not allowed in PA so I choose not to expand on them);

as far as the Remingtons go, recoil can be tamed by switching to a managed recoil load (eg: loads offered by Remington and Federal Fusion), installing a slip-on recoil pad, and/or having the stock cut and having a dedicated recoil pad fit and mounted (for the older ones with a plastic buttcover);

the way my dad used his 760 was to use a scope with see-through mounts (if the animal was so close that all he saw was fur in the scope, he lowered his head and used the open sights); he carried 2 loaded mags...not for tons of firepower but to have extra rounds to alert people if he got lost and/or injured my firing 3 consecutive shots several seconds apart (pre-cell phone/portable high power FRS radio days) in combination with a whistle...still a good idea as a back up to cell phone/FRS radio

my dad's is .30-06; as he got older and lost some weight his tolerance for recoil went down; I had several improvements made to his 760; I had a Limbsaver (older design) recoil pad mounted on the buttstock to replace the plastic buttcover; I switched his Remington 150gr CoreLokt load to Remington Mananged Recoil 125gr CoreLokt me it feels like less recoil than a Marlin 336 shooting regular .30-30 loads; I bought a newer scope with a thicker reticle and brighter picture (from an older Redfield 3-9 x 40 to a Bushnell Trophy 3-9 x 40); I also replaced his older extruded aluminum see-thru mounts (which seemed to come loose every few years) to a Weaver base-rail (lock-tite the screws) and heavy-duty steel see-thru sights that clamp on the base rail;

July 28, 2009, 06:06 AM
I have a 1952 Remington 760 in 30-06 that has dropped everything from wood chucks to moose. Good gun. Fast and accurate. What more could I ask of it.

July 28, 2009, 04:48 PM
Took my first deer years ago with my father-in-law's 760 in .30-06. He gave me that gun a couple of years back. It's no thing of beauty, but it is very functional and hunting accurate: I'd say about 2.5" groups at 100 yards with Remington 150 grain CoreLokts.

July 28, 2009, 04:53 PM
Picked up a 1958 remmy 760 in .270 a few months ago. Gun seems to shoot and handle very well. I think it will go to the woods this year at least a couple times. Recoil is really non-existant even with stout loads. Nice little rifles. I have seen a few go pretty cheap $200 or less keep a eye out.

July 28, 2009, 06:33 PM
the Remington 7600 series in .308. Any experience good or bad?

Dad has a 7600 in .35 Remington that he uses for elk. I don't particularly like the location of the slide release button as it attempts to sever the tip of your finger.

I'll prefer a bolty 'til the day I die.

August 10, 2009, 07:14 PM
Had a 760 Gamemaster in 30-06 that was very accurate. Shortened the stock to make it more manuverable for me. Just traded a 7600 Deluxe in .270, gorgeous and very accurate. I had to downsize my collection, keeping the bolt actions, a semi and the lever actions.

jim in Anchorage
August 10, 2009, 07:36 PM
760 Rems are fine if you don't mind listening to the slide rattle every step you take.

WNC Seabee
August 11, 2009, 03:35 PM
I've got a 760 chambered in .300 Savage that has taken a fair number of Michigan whitetails. For a lefty, it's a great choice; mine's even set up with a left hand safety.

I use that rifle because it was my grandpa's. But, if I were buying a new rifle to replace it, I'd probably go with a lever action of some sort. My Marlin 336 is a fast and accurate woods gun that is great in MI woods and cornfields.

Unless something has changed since I left Michigan 6 years ago, keep in mind that you can only use a rifle in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula. Somewhere around Alma is the cut off line. Below that line you need to use shotgun or muzzle loading rifle only.

Joe Demko
August 11, 2009, 03:44 PM
When I was a kid growing up in PA, pump guns were extremely popular. I've seen more deer tags than I can count filled by them. In the early 80's, I briefly owned one in .270 that I traded off in a moment of retardation and have regretted it ever since.
If the local laws permit it, pump rifles are wonderful deer medicine.

August 11, 2009, 09:54 PM
with the ridiculous prices I am seeing on Browning lever action rifles (Marlin's are getting up there also) I wouldn't hesitate to snag a good used 760/7600

RDA 226sig
August 15, 2009, 09:27 PM
I have hunted with a Remington 7600 for about 20+ years and it has served me very well, taken plenty of deer in Alabama and Georgia, and will still shoot a tight group out to 200 yards. (30-06)

They are well built and last. The trigger group isn't great but it is functional.

Byron Quick
August 15, 2009, 10:00 PM
I've got a 7600 in .35 Whelen. Haven't had a chance to try it yet.

August 15, 2009, 11:14 PM
I bought my wife a nice old Remington 141 in .35rem, and had a Pachmeyer Decelerator pad installed, 1" shorter LOP, and a set of Williams Firesight front and FP peep rear sights put on it, and she's deadly with that thing! The only thing that keeps it from being, in my own estimation, the perfect woods rifle is the 24" barrel, but she won't let me shorten it to 20". I used it several times deer hunting (I really like that rifle too) until I recently got my lifelong-wanted .257 Roberts Mauser.

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