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What's a Remington 7400 30-06 worth?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hometheaterman, Mar 23, 2009.

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  1. hometheaterman

    hometheaterman Member

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    I saw a Remington 7400 30-06 in the local classifieds for $300. Is it worth this? This seems cheap compared to my Browning semi auto but it's also a Remington.

    I've had bad luck with Remington stuff as they don't seem to offer very good quality control at least not on what I've used from them so I can't say I like that but this seems like $300 for a semi auto 30-06 just seems good.

    I'm trying to talk myself out of it and pretty sure I wont get it but just wondering what are they worth? A buddy has one I do like in a .243. I like he can use a 10 round magazine even though it's really no point. Do they have 10 rounders for the 30-06?

    I like his .243 but the funny thing is it jams up with Remington bullets lol. Shoots Winchesters fine though.

    I'm not sure that I even need another 30-06 but I like semi auto's so this has caught my attention.

    There is also a 742 in there but it was like $450 or something like that. I forgot how much it was but it was more than this but did have a scope.
     
  2. WNTFW

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    The Remi's like that (semi & pump) seem to go for what I think is underpriced. A guy had a pair for sale on a local forum & they took forever to move. He kept lowering the price. I know a few guys that have them they are underated & don't have the appeal of an EBR or bolt gun.
     
  3. rklessdriver

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    $300-400 is about the going price for a nice used 7400 Remington.

    They have a bad reputation. They usually work great out of the box... but after a few years of target shooting and hunting they start miss feeding, or short stroking because the neglect. This is common of the 742, and 7400 Remington semi's because they are extremely difficult to clean and their owners seldom really take care of them. Most guys idea of cleaning a hunting rifle is a bore brush down the barrel every 2-3years....

    I'll admit to having one in .270Win. It's never jammed or had any problems in the many YEARS I've owned it. I do keep it very clean. The bolt and locking lug areas are very difficult to clean properly without taking the entire weapon apart (which is a real PITA). I usually try to flush it real good with carb cleaner and compressed air while scrubbing as best I can with a tooth brush, then re oil it with a liberal amount of CLP. Since the bolt hold back is a step on the magazine, just this is quite a task in itself... The gas system (if you could call it that) is a very dirty bleed off system with 2 action bars attached to a stamped "piston" assy with the recoil spring under the front hand guard/forend. Keep the spring and guide rod oiled and the carbon cleaned off the gas block.

    Now the good. Mine and every one I have ever shot were fairly accurate. Mine does about 1.2"@100yrds with Remington factory ammo. They are very soft shooting. My .270 dosen't kick at all and it really worked out well for me when I wanted to get my SO into a real hunting cartridge without kicking her shoulder off. They look really nice. My SO loves that 7400 I gave her and unfortunatly looks matter to some folks -but good looks help the Rem 7400's out with sales.

    IMO most of the problems with these rifles is the owners fault. I've cleaned a bunch of them for hunting buddies and amazingly just that got them working perfectly again, only to get a call from the guy a year later saying "This POS is jamming every shot"... Yep he hasn't cleaned or even lubed it in that time.

    Keep it clean and it'll be a good rifle for you.
    Will
     
  4. woof

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    There are many good deals out there. That is a good price but not good enough to buy it if you don't really want it. I think the 760 and 7600 pumps are better. I've seen nice 760 .30-06s for under 300.
     
  5. hometheaterman

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    I've decided I don't think I want it as it doesn't seem like an amazing price. I also am not sure I want a Remington again as the things I've owned from them in the past have not been that great and just seemed to have a huge lack of quality control.

    I don't really need another rifle anyway. I just liked the idea of being able to use 10 round magazines as I thought it seemed cool but honestly I don't really need to do that anyway.
     
  6. d2wing

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    The 7400 is a good buy. Avoid the 742.
     
  7. Suicide*Ride

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    The 742 JamMaster..... uugh, GameMaster along w/ other Remington semi's are just what rklessdriver says. Keep them clean & they're great rifles. Used, value is between $275-$500, dep. on stock, glass, etc.

    I own 5 Remingtons (4 - 12's & 1 - 30/06 760 pump) & no "quality" issues what-so-ever. I also have 2ea. 10rd mags for the '06.... very fun to shoot! :evil:
     
  8. lefteyedom

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    rklessdriver post is dead on about the 7400/742.

    I would add that they were never meant to be a M1A. They are hunting rifles not target rifles designed for high round counts. If you shot a box of shells a year (sighting in and hunting) out of a 7400 heck after 10 years your round count would be only 200rds. This is the level of use they were made for and why they don't cost $1500 ether.

    Still a good deer rifle with proper care and feeding.
     
  9. skidooman603

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    The 740/742/7400 Has,for the most part, recieved the bad rap from people who either don't maintain them or run them with grease in cold weather. I used to have an old 740 that ran like a champ in warm weather and jammed in cold. A good cleaning and teflon lube and problem sloved
     
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    I have a old 742 that I bought 25 years ago. Dont shoot it alot but it has never jammed and very accurite. Mine is the woodmaster with the fancy stock. No way would I sell it for $500. As a matter of fact I dont think I would sell it as I think it is a good gun.
     
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    I used to see a lot of them down in the 100 yard rifle tube at Bass Pro Shops when I worked there. I wouldn't spend more than $50.00 on a new one. In fact if I had $50.00 to spend I'd buy a sharp pointy stick before I would buy a Remington 7400.
     
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    Me and Dad got a 7400 and a 742 woodmaster. We have made 300 yard kills with them. I never shot mine very much, I fire a 3 shot group the weekend before the season to check that it is 3 inchs high at 100 yards. I swap the barrel and go hunting after I have filled my tags I clean it real good lube now days with CLP and wipe it down and back in the gun safe till next year. I got mine in the early 1980's and Dads is a 1965 model. It is a good buy!
     
  13. KSDeputy

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    Remington 7400 price

    I have a new Remington 7400 carbine in 30.06. I paid about $ 400 dealer price for it several years ago. I have not shot it yet, because I want a sling on it. I do not want to drill holes in the stock. It has no sling swivel on the front. It is a heavy gun, I could not carry it for very long without a sling. As for Remington, almost every long gun I have is a Remington, rifles, and shotguns. I have never had any problem with any of them. Remington makes quality products. I had two Mossberg pump shotguns with ghost ring sights. I sold them because I had shot Remingtons all my life, and could not get used to the safety on the top.
     
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    I was really tempted by one the other day in .280 for $419. I was having trouble pulling the trigger as I already have a BAR Safari and really wasn't looking for another semi-auto. Then, they brought out a Savage 10FP for $100 more and plunked it right down next to the Remington and it was game over. Still, the Remington was nice.
     
  15. ElPasoWrangler

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    I bought a used 7400 for 250 that had not had a full box through it. It looked like new and was really but the scope base screw was too long and caused the bolt to stick open. Shorter bolt, no more problems. Nice gun and accurate hunting rifle.
     
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    Its worth its weight in gold in my opinion. The one my father has can put 5rnds in a nickel at 100yds all day. Between him, the handloads, the rifle, and a relatively cheap tasco scope, there isn't a piece of paper or animal or north America that is safe within reasonable distance. Its probably just an above average rifle that fits him perfect but If i were you I would check it out. Inspect it, maybe even see if you could hit the range with the seller before buying. Of course take this as my opinion, for I don't know about the 7400's as a whole but am very impressed with the one I have seen and shot.
     
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    Remington used to make a really nifty green molded plastic case for the 740/742/7400 rifles. These cases can often be found on ebay quite reasonably. There's space for the scoped rifle, 2 extra magazines, cleaning kit, chamber brush, owner's manual, Remington folding knofe, Remington Zippo lighter, etc. I have one of these complete sets in brand new unfired condition. I wonder what it's worth?

    Uncle Mike's makes a sling swivel adapter that replaces the bolt on the front of the forend. I think the newer 7400's already come with the sling swivel stud on the buttstock.
     
  18. FILO

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    I have a Rem 742 that I have had for several years now. I have not owned anything that compairs to it and I have had a lot of different rifles. keep em clean and you will not have a problem with it. mine shoots Win. powermax 150 grain hp very well.
     
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