I bought a Woodsmaster 742


August 30, 2009, 04:34 PM
I know i shoudnt have and now i regret it. Bolt wont even open with a loaded magazine, and it is a jam-o-matic. Maybe i can just hit deer with it.

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August 30, 2009, 04:38 PM
What are you shooting it in it to make it jam?

How much you got in it? I am always looking for more.

Arkansas Paul
August 30, 2009, 05:51 PM
I wouldn't think twice about buying one if the price was right. My father has one in .30-06, and has killed a lot of deer with it. We've probably put a thousand rounds through it, and if it's ever jammed, I haven't seen it. Sounds like you got one that was worn out, which isn't uncommon. I'm not sure when they started making those things but it was a long time ago.

August 30, 2009, 05:58 PM
and it is a jam-o-matic.Clean the chamber with a .40 cal bore brush & solvent, with a cleaning rod chucked in a cordless drill.

Very common for those rifles to have never had the chamber cleaned in thier life.

Dirty, carbon fouled, or rusty chamber = Jam-O-Matic.


August 30, 2009, 06:12 PM
I planned to strip it down tonight and clean it well, whats the deal with not getting the bolt to open when a loaded magazine is in?

August 30, 2009, 07:34 PM
I HAD one.... It was my first centerfire rifle and unfortunately it wore out, bolt sticking and all. Gunsmith of course said he could fix it, but that repair and replacement parts (entire receiver) would cost more than just buying a new roughly comparable gun. If the bolt wont budge after you clean it take it to a smith asap (before firing ANY more rounds through it) and hopefully you will have caught it before it becomes a lost cause. Best of luck.

August 30, 2009, 09:32 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // Is it the factory 4 round mag?
I bought an after market 10 round mag. for my 760 and had same problem. Seemed to go in too far and block bolt. /// I tried tweeking 10r mag. but with no success. // 4 round factory mag. still works just fine every time // I now use 10 round mag. in pocket as secure cartridge storage when hunting.

I would definately ( as rcmodel stated) clean chamber with old shotgun barrel brush, dipped in solvent, attached to drill.( I read another thread that suggested wrapping brush in thin steel wool as well) Good luck but IMHO It would be good to try another mag. also. //// Maybe a friend has a 742;760 or newer model you can compare mags. with.

August 30, 2009, 09:33 PM
Yeah, the 742 was noted for problems with the slide rail grooves in the receiver. A gunshop here will convert them to pumps. It could be just cleaning as mentioned or a problem with the mags or the rounds you are using as well. I have 2 that have taken many deer but I did have one that I could not fix because the receiver was shot.

August 31, 2009, 12:36 AM
the 742's had a rail/bolt slide problem. Call remmy and see if they will fix it under a recall. If they did have a recall on it, then they should.

August 31, 2009, 12:37 AM
oh yeah, the 7400 series fixed the problem.

August 31, 2009, 12:48 AM
rem does not service them anymore- the 740/742s are slowly going extinct
it is not uncommon for them to have problems- due to design and poor maintenance- many have corroded chambers that foul extraction-

sometimes, they can be coaxed back into health with a simple recoil spring change- 8 bucks or so from gunparts.com

August 31, 2009, 02:05 PM
I paid 250 for it, got half my money back today and i will have it converted to pump action.

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