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Remington 700 extraction problem

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hdwilliamsjr, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. hdwilliamsjr

    hdwilliamsjr Member

    I recently purchased a new Remington 700 5R Mil-Spec in 308 Win.
    Finished mounting the new scope and took it to the range to sight it in.
    I fired 10 rounds of Federal Gold Medal Match168 Grain Sierra Matchking BTHP ammunition.
    Every one of the 10 shells that I fired were extremely difficult to extract.
    I tore a big chunk off my pinky finger where it banged against the scope while trying to extract the third round.
    The rounds chamber and extract fine if not fired but once a cartridge is fired it jams in the chamber and is extremely difficult to extract the spent case.
    I kept on thinking it would loosen up as I shot it but I finally gave up after 10 rounds.

    Does anybody have any useful advice or input?
  2. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    Welcome to THR, hdwilliamsjr.

    Do you see any odd marks on the fired case that may indicate why the brass is sticking?
    Have you cleaned the chamber to make sure that there is no debris stuck in it?

    If you have a bore light, inspect the chamber for burrs and/or something irregular.

  3. hdwilliamsjr

    hdwilliamsjr Member

    I cleaned the bore using a Dewey guide and rod between shots but i think that the guide slips inside the chamber and might have kept me from getting a good cleaning of the chamber. The fired brass has a visible belt toward the base of the shell that looks like it had expanded and printed the chamber markings on the brass. It's a slight visible marking but nothing extreme and I've seen similar markings on brass fired in other rifles that didn't result in stuck cartridges.
    I'm going to scrub the chamber tomorrow and take it back out to the range on Monday with assorted ammo and see how it does before I call Remington.
  4. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Well-Known Member

    This is the norm with a lot of rifles from a couple of batches of that rifle....SEND IT BACK TO REMINGTON!

    IF you try, or have it repaired by anyone other than Remington or their affiliates, you will void your warranty.
  5. Ockhamsrifle

    Ockhamsrifle Member

    Remington 700 extractor problem

    Similar problem with Remington 700 rivetless extractor, but occasionally has a problem extracting fired cases. When it doesn't extract (after trying several times) there are numerous marks on the 8x57mm case rim I used a cleaning rod and kept shooting but it has happened a few times again and the extractor hook has brass residue packed in it. I will clean the chamber good as mentioned above and try again. The headspace is good. I too clean the barrel with a Dewey rod guide. Should I clean the brass from the extractor and reinstall, take it to a good gunsmith (Gordy Gritters is 50 miles away), or just put in a new extractor and forget it? I ask because the unreliability bothers me.
  6. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    Ockhamsrifle, in your case, I would at least buy a new extractor and try it. The extractor is fairly cheap, and not that hard to install.

    I don't think that it's the problem with the original OP's question though.

  7. ECVMatt

    ECVMatt Well-Known Member

    Kind of a long shot, but you should check your front scope base screws. I installed a pair once with the longer screw in the wrong hole and it impeded the cartridge from chambering.

    You can remove the bolt, carefully insert your pinkie and feel for the screw protruding; you might even be able to see it.

    If that is not it, I agree with the post above to send it back to Remington. They will make it right.

    Good Luck
  8. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    Please post a pic of the brass. Your description makes it sound like the rifle has excess headspace and is stretching the brass. If it were me I'd get the headspace checked before firing another round. See the pic below for why the brass would look like that. BSW

  9. herkyguy

    herkyguy Well-Known Member

    That's a great diagram. I hadn't seen that before.
  10. hdwilliamsjr

    hdwilliamsjr Member

  11. hdwilliamsjr

    hdwilliamsjr Member

    I posted these photos to show the bur in the chamber at the 9 O'clock position and the gouging it does to the case when extracted. The primers look to me like maybe there's an over pressure condition in the chamber. The belt marking around the base of the shell is more difficult to photograph and I wasn't able to get a picture that showed it as well as I can see it with the naked eye.
  12. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    I guess you haven't got the hang of posting pics yet, but you will. You need to use the advanced posting so you can upload from the directory where you store your pics.

  13. hdwilliamsjr

    hdwilliamsjr Member

    Second attempt to upload photgraphs


    Fired Case.jpg

  14. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    It's seems to me that you have two problems as you noted in previous posts.

    The burr in the chamber would not be a problem to fix, but I would be concerned about the cratering in the primers.
    It appears that the firing pin hole may be oversize in my opinion, and I would contact Remington about your issues.
    Factory ammo should not be extruding back into the firing pin hole.
    They might even want to see your pics.

    Those a pretty good pics that you took. It definitely shows the problems.

  15. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Well-Known Member

    Definitely send it back to Remington....as for the pin hole, we have been seeing an increase in firing pin hole size in not just the rifles from Remington, but some of the shotguns are scary big!
  16. RBelott

    RBelott Member

    When I attended the Remington 700 factory armorer school, we had a guy with a 700p that had about 100rds through it fail the headspace test. In his gun the case was getting stuck in the chamber due to headspace allowing the case to swell. The remingron rep made a call and they replaced his rifle the next day. Just thought this might help.
  17. hdwilliamsjr

    hdwilliamsjr Member

    I just got off the phone with Remington customer service / warranty repair representative and they are mailing me a shipping label so that I can send the rifle back to the repair center. I'm glad that they are so willing to help me in resolving this issue but at the same time I'm kind of bummed out that my new rifle is going to be gone for a while. I'll post again once I receive the repaired rifle and have a chance to shoot it again.
  18. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Well-Known Member

    All the manufacturers are having 'problems' of some sort now days, it is sad, but with today's 'cut all the corners' mind set, it is happening.

    Remington will, or should fix your problem, and don't flam Big Green to bad, slap them a little, but like I say, all the manufacturers are dropping turds now and again, Remington just seems to be doing more 'dropping' than the others right now. lol
  19. Samson7

    Samson7 Well-Known Member

    I share your frustration!

    I had the same problem this weekend with my new 700. I was shooting cheap ammo - 1 box of federal power shok, 1 box of Remington Core Lokt. First 7 shots of the federal failed to eject properly. When I looked closer the extraction hook was jammed in by brass residue.

    I cleared out the jam and it ran good for the next 12-13 rounds.

    then i switched boxes to the Core-Lokt and started the process all over again. About 7-8 rounds that didn't eject and the hook (AGAIN) jammed down with brass residue. Cleared it out a few times, and then it ran flawlessly for the rest of the box.

    IDK if I finally got it fixed or what. I thought it may just be breaking in, I guess I will find out next time I head out.
  20. JDMorris

    JDMorris Well-Known Member

    Remington has been under fire recently, odds are, they will want to sweeten you up and send you a new one quickly, Make sure to mention the price of your rifle.. they will make it right.

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