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Remington 30-06 pump action

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by GETxSOME, May 29, 2010.


    GETxSOME Well-Known Member

    I have a Remington 30-06 pump action rifle, and know nothing about it. Everyone around here seems to think it's strange, and can't tell me much about it, so I come to the infinite knowledge of the forum to point me in the right direction. If need be I can post a picture and or serial number later tonight. It has a 5-7 round clip, and no sign of anywhere to mount a scope. It seems strange to only have the same sights as my Kmart .22, but what do I know lol. Any guidance is greatly appreciated!
  2. Ratdog68

    Ratdog68 Well-Known Member

  3. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    Are you looking at it now? It should say the model# on the side. The Remington 760 pump has been around since the 1950's.
  4. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    All I got to say is...

  5. dmazur

    dmazur Well-Known Member

    I used to have a Remington 742 (which is somewhat similar to a 760 in overall shape...) and it had really small filler screws in the receiver that had to be removed to install a scope base.

    IIRC, the base was a 1-piece affair made by Weaver, and it worked just fine with Weaver rings and a Weaver K4 scope. Pretty standard for the '70s.

    I believe the magazines for the 742 and 760 are similar but not identical. The 742 had a little lever on the side of the magazine that served to drop the follower so you could close the bolt after the last round was fired. The 760 didn't need this feature. I believe the magazine capacity was 4 in .30-06 Sprg.

    The 760 is generally less trouble, as I've read, than the 742 (and the earlier and later semi-auto models.) It has a free-floated barrel and can be plenty accurate.

    If you reload, you will probably have to FL resize as pump actions (like lever-actions) just don't have the extraction power of a bolt action. You may lose a little in brass life, but the payoff is that the rifle feeds reliably instead of jamming. (During a hunt :) )
  6. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member


    GETxSOME Well-Known Member

    Maverick, I'll get pics posted tonight when I get home from work :)

    I fired about 10 rounds through it on Tuesday and everything seemed to work just fine, the pump feels a little loose to me though. I'd love to scope it soon though so I'll definitely get some pics up asap so you guys can tell me how to go about it.
  8. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    Lookin' forward to it GETxSOME. Sounds like the 760 (or 7600), but the lack of provisions for a scope (D&T'd with blind screws) has me baffled.

    Last edited: May 30, 2010

    GETxSOME Well-Known Member

    If someone wanted to post some pics of this type of gun with a scope rigged up on it that would be awesome... It's a slow day at work :)
  10. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    A 760 or 7600 Remington pump can often give very good accuracy, often comparable to the average bolt action.
    Chances are it's tapped for scope mounting, and yes, they normally do exhibit a little slop in the pump and action bars, but essentially they are slick and positive when racking the action.

  11. dmazur

    dmazur Well-Known Member

    Here's some pictures of Remington pump-action rifles -


    The second picture (the 7600) shows the four screws on the receiver, if you look closely. Also note the stock has a comb, to make using a scope easier. If your stock has considerable drop, you might have a 760.
  12. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Well-Known Member

    Early Woodmasters circa 1950's, didn't have the recievers drilled and tapped. Could be an earlier one.

    Without further info, no further guesses are viable.
  13. Eagles6

    Eagles6 Well-Known Member

    Very common around here, a 760 or 7600. Very good rifle.
  14. Casefull

    Casefull Well-Known Member

    Careful with the loads. The actions are not very strong on those rifles. I would stay with factory ammo for sure.
  15. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

  16. Oceans

    Oceans Well-Known Member

    Very popular rifle once upon a time in the Pennsylvania deer woods. Reliable and powerful, will handle any factory load in 30-06. Yes, being a pump action, you will want to F L re size the brass, however I do that will all my hunting ammo, even for bolties. The 18 inch carbine variant is very handy, and fast shooting if given to practice. Purchase several extra magazines for it, fit it with a low power fixed or variable scope and you will have a great companion in the woods. The pump action rifle is a uniquely American firearm.
  17. dmazur

    dmazur Well-Known Member

    That link to the remington society was very informative. Not only pictures, but a very complete history of the various model numbers.

    I was somewhat disappointed with my 742 and I eventually sold it. Accuracy problems and feeding problems just wouldn't resolve. Remington had trouble with semi-autos.

    The 760, however, is generally trouble-free by comparision, according to almost all reports I've read about it. Remington got the pump rifle right. (Perhaps due to the extensive experience they had with pump shotguns.)

    I now have bolt-action rifles, a couple of Ruger No. 1's, and a lever-action. No pump-action rifles.

    The more I read about 760's, the more I think I like them.
  18. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    Remington had been in the pump rifle business for a few decades prior to the intro of the 760. The Models 14 & 141 were very well made & very popular. Remington primarily made the 760 to replace the 141 because the 141 couldn't reliably handle the high pressures of the 300 Savage & 30-06, which many hunters were moving to in the late 1940's-early 1950's.
  19. content

    content Well-Known Member

    Hello friends and neighbors // Due to the 14 lug rotating bolt and free floating barrel, the accuracy was compared to a bolt action.

    In 1965 the 760 started to become Police issue and IIRC for a breif time starting around 1967-68 they were the FBI sniper choice for sniper rifle.

    I certainly can vouch for 760 .30-06 and if you have an 870 Wingmaster it is almost like using the same gun(if you have the shoulder stock set up similar)

    Here is my 1968 Remington 760 Gamemaster .30-06 and my 1976 Remington 870 Wingmaster 12ga. w/ the 28" VR mod barrel.(old pic)

    My semi-auto Remington 552 .22 s/l/lr is great all around but the big brother 742 seems to be hit or miss with the folks I've know that have them. The 742 is not the rifle 760 is. IMHO.

    P.s. The 760 was a transition rifle from spring leaf to ramp sights, probably cost driven but seems to have caught on.

    ...---... I did not have much luck with the metal ten round extension mag.
  20. demusn1979

    demusn1979 Well-Known Member

    My 760 .270 Winchester

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