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Are Model 7s as reliable as Model 700s?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Kestrel, Mar 30, 2003.

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  1. Kestrel

    Kestrel Member

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    Are they as reliable and durable as the the Model 700? A model 7 in .308 seems like a dandy little rifle.

    Steve
     
  2. cratz2

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    The 7 should be just fine. Good guns.

    The 710s I might watch out for.
     
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    model 7 is a fine rifle. don't worry about the durability.
     
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    They are.

    It is.
     
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    For some reason the Model 7 action is very stiff and awkward when new. Best solution is to degrease them and work the bolt a few thousand times. After that, they are just fine.

    Keith
     
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    "For some reason the Model 7 action is very stiff and awkward when new. Best solution is to degrease them and work the bolt a few thousand times. After that, they are just fine."

    Maybe that some (anything) factory-made may have a glitch or two.

    We've 2X M7s (.308 & 7-08) & both were beautiful "straight-from." 'Course, I check a couple to make sure we didn't git a "stiff one." Both are as slick as .....
     
  7. cratz2

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    Yeah, I think that might be a production variance. The couple Model 7s I've handled semi-recently were both pretty slick out of the box. Slicker than the Howa Ultralight I ended up getting. But I'm still very happy with it, esp considering the price. Speaking of which...

    If you're looking for a very lightweight package so-called mountain-type rifle and might be happy with a 243, that Howa ultralight is available for about $330 or $340. As I said, my bolt was just a little bight hangy out of the box but I worked the bolt through an episode of Band of Brothers ( :D ) and it got much better. Used just a little bitty incy winsy bit of bore paste on it for about 2 minutes and now it's perfect. Accurate, great trigger out of the box. And mine weighs 5.9 lbs, a full half pound less than listed on the Legacy website. Even if you're not interested in a 243, it's a great gun for the price. Along with a Burris Compact 3-9x32 with adjustable objective (because that's what I had) scope, it's a very light package at less than half the price of a Model 7... Just wish they'd offer calibers other than .243. A 260 would be excellent!
     
  8. Jim K

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    I have owned several Model 700's and all were a bit rough out of the box. I just remove the stock, clamp the barrel in a vise, pour the action full of fine grinding compound and oil and work the bolt a few times. Then wash everything out in the gunk tank, and you have a fine, slick rifle. Same will work on a Model 7 when I get mine in 7mm-08.

    Jim
     
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    Love my 7-08 Model 7.
    Very solid performer.
    The action on mine was very smooth from the get-go but that rifle was built in the 80's IIRC.

    A little bit of very fine steel wool and some elbow grease will often do wonders for a "sticky" action.

    S-
     
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