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Stainless Rem 700 Firing Pin Drag?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Picher, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. Picher

    Picher Member

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    I bought a used Stainless Rem 700 Light Varmint, .223 Rem and had problems with light firing pin strikes and cratered primers using both factory and handloads. I took it back to the dealer and they replaced the bolt end cap, but that didn't do anything. It was then sent to a Remington Repair Center and they declared it a "dangerous gun", but didn't do anything to it.

    One day, I noticed that Remington was having a parts sale, I think it was 30% off, and it included blued firing pin assemblies, complete with end caps, so I bought one and installed it in the Stainless rifle. Now it works wonderfully and is even more accurate than it was. It's a real joy, both at the range and carrying in the field, even though it looks a little different. IMG_3723.JPG
     
  2. stillquietvoice

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    Very nice contrast against the stainless bolt and receiver.
     
  3. Garandimal

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    If it works - grease it and forget it.

    Will be interesting to see if "Big Green" can get its act together again.




    GR
     
  4. nhcruffler

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    Glad you got it figured out but why didn't Rem fix it for you? Even if they charged you they obviously could have fixed that " dangerous " rifle. I hope you don't live near the Kittery Trading Post Pitcher. Their vast selection of used firearms would make retiring in Maine very expensive! Even more so if you stop at the clam hut for lunch!
     
  5. Picher

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    I'm less than 2 hours up the Turnpike & Interstate from KTP and have spent more than a few bucks there. I also have to drive by LL Bean and Cabelas to get there. Many moons ago, when I was repairing guns for a local sporting goods store, as a sideline, I had an FFL and could buy guns from KTP's wholesale branch, but we had 4 kids, so didn't buy as many as I could have, years later. I'd also have more guns if I didn't have kids, grandkids and in-laws to give them to. I gave away more guns than I own now, but I'm happy to help them.

    Once the Official Rem Repair Center declared it a "Dangerous Gun" they washed their hands of it. My Master Gunsmith in St. Albans checked the headspace and it was EXACTLY THE SAME AS MY BRAND NEW 400 ADL! I knew the repair center was wrong, but they wouldn't take back what they said about my rifle, so if I sold it, I might be liable if something happened. I don't intend to get rid of it until somebody "prys it from my cold dead hands". :)
     
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  6. Hookeye

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    Did your old shroud have the J lock?
    Mine did (700ADL).
    Shot great, no probs, other than looks.
    Changed mine to a Gre-Tan.
    Had to add some weight back to my trigger, was OK before (but the swap made things lighter).
     
  7. Hookeye

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    As for your gun being "dangerous".

    Thinking out loud here..........

    maybe trigger was set below a factory spec.
    or the person was late for lunch.

    Looks like you replaced it with another J lock.
    Shoulda checked GreTan.

     
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  8. jmorris

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    I would be interested in knowing more about this and documentation. Not doubting you at all but sending confirmation of the fact as well as the firearm “you” built back seems like a loosing lawsuit in the making.

    Business don’t create recalls and such purely out of good heart, more often than not, it’s to limit exposure to liability. Your case seems counterintuitive.

    That said, there is argument that all firearms are “dangerous”. Lawn mowers are too, anyone than has used one knows that.
     
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