Custom Rem 7600 or 760

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  1. Chuck R.

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    It's the old Elmer Keith VS Jack O'Conner thing..

    My mid-bore VS medium bore experience isn't that great; .243-6.5-.270-.30 VS .323-.350, but I do believe the.350RM wallops whatever it hits and at 2700 FPS or so, doesn't leave a lot of bloodshot meat. Nothing I've shot with it has gone far and there's been 2 decent sized holes. I think that a .338 180 or 200 would be just the ticket for whitetails at woods distances with a flat enough trajectory to cover the occasional clear cut. There's an awful lot of guys that swear that a .35Rem kills better than a 30-30, so maybe there's something to it.
     
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    IMHO, there's no replacement for displacement. Velocity plays an important role in tissue destruction but I think the concentration on energy has created a lot of misconceptions with regards to terminal effect.
     
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    Just a little more food for the OPS thought process, they did produce the 760 in. 35 Rem and the action will handle stout loads and/or an improved cartridge.
     
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    A friend did this with a 742 several years ago. He had the barrel cut off at 18 or maybe 20 inches. Had a front sight from a Nylon 66 mounted on the front of the barrel and a Williams Peep Sight mounted on the receiver. His was chambered in 308 and it made a light fast handling rifle if you were in thick cover or running a pack of dogs.
     
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    Sadly, the .350 Legend bullets are the wrong size and may (or may not) lack accuracy in .358” bores.

    And the M7600 was also available so chambered - but regardless of the model, few were made and if you can find them they command an even bigger premium than most. And, they still are behind what you can achieve with a .308 rechambered to .358 WCF or .35 Whelen. My early-80s rifle runs smoothly but I cannot speak to more recent rifles.
     
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    You can have a semi-auto .35 Whelen built, ... just find a "donor" M1 Garand and you're in business.

    Shuff's Parkerizing builds them in full-size trim or the 16.1" carbine-size "Mini-G." Shuff uses Criterion M1-profile barrels chambered for the .35W.

    One of his Alaskan clients posted this photo taken while zeroing his .35W Mini at the local range.

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  7. Chuck R.

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    I know, I've even read where guys have had .35rem rechambered to .358Win. Bu, as other's have said..it looks like anything other than 30-06 or .308 command a premium. On Gunbroker the 6mms, .270s and an apparently ultra rare .280 are close to 2K or over. the most cost effective way to go about it appears to be fining a beater in .308 or 30-06 as a base gun.
     
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    If 270s are going for a premium, that is a recent thing. 270 and 35 Whelen may be the next most common 760/7600s to 30-06 and then 308. 280s have always been hot items as are any special runs for Grice.

    I would like to get a 25-06 but probably missed my chance at getting one for under $2k since Remington folded.
     
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    I am guessing that if .338-06 is an option you reload. Same with the .338 Federal. I had a Tikka T3 in .338 Fed. Probably why I bought it from a friend for $300 and sold it shortly thereafter at a modest profit. Nice rifle, smooth action. Around here, .338 Federal is like finding ammo for a .43 Egyptian.
     
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    Lack of factory isn't an issue, as long as I can form brass from a parent cartridge I'm set. The only rifle I've got out of 25 centerfires that's seen a factory round is an AR15. And that's only because a guy at wok handed me a couple boxes of .223 when he PCS'd.
     
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    Jealous of those that have 760, 7600, & Model SIX pumps. I always felt these rifles should have a top tang safety. The safety location would make them an ambidextrous rifle!
    I will take one in 35 Whelen and 30-06 carbine :D
     
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    No jealousy for 7615s? Haha

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    You can ask my lefty son about that, he's not really fond of shell casings flying into his mouth when he works the action... :)
     
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    I agree that ejecting the shells on the left side would be more ideal. It is a pump and mainly goes right and forward. Model 500 and 835 pump shotguns never bothered me.
     
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    Weather is decent and this thread is motivating me to some backyard trigger time with my .300 Savage M760 today. After all, who wants to use last years field issued ammunition for another season of deer hunting??!! I think I'll start a 2022 "postal" match for field rifles again. Those were fun a couple years ago until I got too busy to keep them up along with the other guy who was doing them.
     
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  17. Hookeye

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    Why not try a 760 or 7600 in .35 rem?
    The latter was a Grice offering, rifle or carbine, in matte/synth.
    They were about a K used, when they showed up, before Big Green took a dive.
    Prices now are insane on 7600s.

    Saw a 760 (last version- looked like 7600) in .35 rem at a gunshow for 650. Was clean, just missing front sight (ramp still there).
    Should have bought it :(

    But I already have an older version.
    Have a messed up shoulder and checked zero before season...........T shirt, metal buttplate, Hornady Leverevolution............heck, I thought I had a squib.

    Boom and not roar, recoil mild..........accurate.....and it slams deer w those fat 200 grainers.

    It is simply wonderful.
    Dang near a magic wand in the deer woods.
     
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    I think you answered your own question; see posts #30, #32 and #33. Likely most cost-effective and time efficient to use a ubiquitous .308 or .30-06 as a project rifle.





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    The safety is very natural, if you shoot and 870, took.

    I have never owned a 7600/760/6, but have used 870s and 1100s for 50+ years.

    I have thought about acquiring a .30-06 or a short action to make a .260Rem. Just too many other projects.

    OP, if that is the caliber / chambering you want, go for it. It is your rifle.
     
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    They make true lefthanded 870 & 1100 shotguns. I still would prefer a top tang safety.
     
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    I have several tang safeties. Mossy, SxS shotties, and Ruger MkII. All work great and it have no problem with them.

    Remington marketed the 7600 as THE perfect companion for the 870 shooter. Dad had an 870 16ga shotgun; 7600 .30-06; and Speedmaster .22LR. No other firearms. Those 3 covered everything and he was happy
    I was afflicted and can't stop.
     
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    The .35 Whelen and the .35 Remington were factory offerings but I don't think the .358 Winchester ever was.

    I prefer the early Model 760s that had stocks more suitable for irons than for scopes. My early fifties Model 760, chambered in .30-06 Springfield and fitted with a Williams "Fool Proof" receiver sight, has accounted for more than a few deer in the cedar swamps of northern Michigan where I hunt.
     
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    Whatever you do with the rifle in the end, you should absolutely get the 760 or 7600. Pick up a 1960's Wingmaster with lots of honest wear while your at it too. If you're still doing deer drives, shoot some skeet with it in the off-season. You'll find shooting one to make the other intuitive. The 2 deer I shot this year, I don't remember cycling the action, but it was done and ready for a fast follow up, crosshair still tracking the deer.

    I think this is why I'm liking my 760 so much. I grew up chasing pheasants and ducks with an Ithaca M37 and later an early Wingmaster that lived on my uncles farm. A fast handling slide action with a corncob grip just feels natural in my hands.

    Popped some backyard targets today with the .300 Savage to test out my Hornady bullets for another post. Nailing a couple of pop cans with a fencepost side rest and an ice block and aspen log offhand at 50 yards was second nature.
     
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  24. Hookeye

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    My recommendation was to buy an old standard .35 rem 760 and run it as is (or maybe shorten to carbine length).
    Guess they made carbines way back but they seem more collectible.

    Yes, the 7600 in .35 rem is/was expensive a yr or so back, but then all 7600's seem to have gone silly price since Big Green tanked.

    Ive had a couple of the older style 760s in .30-06 and they shot well, and since they fit me well, were comfotable.
    My buddy got one and he claims it beats him up.
    He was probably shooting 180s or 200s. I dunno.
    I ran 150 and 165s and thought it no big deal, just wearing a T shirt.

    Nobody makes a synth stock set for the old type 760.
    Going with a new 7600 synth, you get a decent recoil pad and the option of a higher comb for optics use.
    The buttstock will work on the old ones. But if you're OCD you'd have to pain the orig type forend black :)
     
  25. Hookeye

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    JES rebores are of good rep.
    Dunno if Accuracy Systems still doing rebarrels.

    I like the 760/7600 and think a custom rig to be a worthy project.
    Think the 7600 factory .35 Whelens proly easier to find than the Autoloader 750s.

    Who would have thought a clean standard chambering 7600 would command the prices they do (currently)?
    Shelves my project idea (.243 handgun from 7600 ).
    I could tolerate the stamp price and minor smithing cost, but am not gonna pay 2 or 3X for the base rig.
     
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