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Remington 700 Bolt Action Troubleshooting...

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:33 pm
Any issues, concerns or problems you may have with your Remington 700 bolt action; this is a thread for troubleshooting.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:10 pm
The weapon is a Rem 700, heavy contour barrel in 375 H&H. Suddenly won't fire with factory or hand loads. Removed the firing pin and it looks fine. Appreciate feedback about possible cause and fix. Thanks much.

Harley hughes
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:33 pm
Welcome to the Remington Owners Forum harley !!

Please tell us more about that problem...

Does any round chamber...?!

When you do chamber a round and pull the trigger, does the firing pin leave an impression on the primer...?!

Pics will help...

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:22 am
No problem chambering rounds, both hand loaded and factory. No impression on primer; however when bolt is removed and rotated I can see the firing pin protruded from bolt face--there must be something I am doing wrong somewhere. It seems impossible to have no mark on the primers and yet when bolt is removed and rotated while out of the weapon the firing pin protrudes at least an eight of an inch. Thanks for answering. I am a retired USAF fighter pilot who made three stars and now I am in manufacturing; decon equipment i.e., shelters and the Army's C2A1 gas mask filter. I see you are at Willow Grove and was wondering if you are a flyer? In any case I appreciate any ideas you have.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:21 pm
Did you look at the firing pin spring? I'm wondering if it's cracked, broke or weak. Your turning it manually and it comes out but when it's fired, it doesn't protrude out far enough to make contact.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:00 am
So my 2 week old VTR got sent back to remington for repair today. The wife and I went out to put some rounds down range, and I immediately knew something was wrong. Long story short, the second and fourth rounds won't feed properly. The bolt isnt catching so it slides right over without chambering. Guys at the shop think it has something to do with the spring tension on the built in mag, but sent it in so Remington can fix it properly. Anyone else had this happen before?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:23 am
My internal box mag is finnicky on my 700P too. I find if you push the rounds towards the rear of the rifle as loaded, it helps.

At first it was difficult to load all 4 rounds, and it would hardly chamber them. I found that my action screws were a bit loose, so I torqued them down to spec, now it loads perfectly, feeds all rounds nicely except the last one in the mag. It likes to skip over it.

So I have to wiggle the bolt when it is fully open to catch the last round.

Weird

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:02 am
Believe me when I say, I tried everything lol. I spent a good 3 solid hours troubleshooting it. Torqued everything to spec, cleaned every spot I could possibly get to, then rechecked it all. When I pull the rounds back in the mag, the second and fourth would then nose dive when trying to chamber and just caused a jam. I'll have it back in 4-6 weeks hopefully and will let you all know what they said.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:33 pm
if you took your bolt apart you probably don't have it tight enough and you may need to turn it in a half or a full turn. its a common problem I see that all the time

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:32 pm
So gun has been back for about a month now, apparently the mag spring didnt have enough tension. Well, finally took it out to shoot it this weekend, and, well, arghhhhhhhhh.....mow all of the sudden the bolt is nearly impossible to close when chambering a round.thought it might be the ammo, so I bought some Remington core lokt. Nope, same thing. I practically have to hammer it with my palm to close the bolt. So I brought it home, stripped it, cleaned everything including the bolt, and still the same thing. It's weird though, once the bolt locks onto the round, I can lock and unlock the bolt without issue. But the initial chambering of the round is still super tight... So I called Remington and I have the mailing labels and everything I need to send it in, but before I do, anyone have any input on this? Btw, it's a 700 VTR in 308.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:19 pm
1125rguy wrote:So gun has been back for about a month now, apparently the mag spring didnt have enough tension. Well, finally took it out to shoot it this weekend, and, well, arghhhhhhhhh.....mow all of the sudden the bolt is nearly impossible to close when chambering a round.thought it might be the ammo, so I bought some Remington core lokt. Nope, same thing. I practically have to hammer it with my palm to close the bolt. So I brought it home, stripped it, cleaned everything including the bolt, and still the same thing. It's weird though, once the bolt locks onto the round, I can lock and unlock the bolt without issue. But the initial chambering of the round is still super tight... So I called Remington and I have the mailing labels and everything I need to send it in, but before I do, anyone have any input on this? Btw, it's a 700 VTR in 308.

Check the lenght of the rounds you already chambered vs. the lenght on the unchambered ones, it could be short chambered and pushing the bullets in.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:15 pm
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Check the lenght of the rounds you already chambered vs. the lenght on the unchambered ones, it could be short chambered and pushing the bullets in.[/quote]


Just checked Them and as far as I can tell they are pretty much the same.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:41 pm
Hey all, I am new here. I recently bought an M700 SPS in a 300 RUM. I have about 70 rounds down the tube. I am shooting 210g berger vld hunting bullets loaded at 89.6g of retumbo powder. I took the rifle out today and shot one round . I had to hammer the bolt open and the case was crushed at the base and the primer was gone. I checked the rifle, cleaned the bolt and took it back out and the same thing happened. I calobrate my scale every 5 loads for accuracy and I have shot about 50 rounds of this ammo loaded this way. Any ideas as to what the problem may be?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:48 pm
1125rguy wrote:

Check the lenght of the rounds you already chambered vs. the lenght on the unchambered ones, it could be short chambered and pushing the bullets in.[/quote]


Just checked Them and as far as I can tell they are pretty much the same.[/quote]
What's the difference between them? .001, .002 or more?

Any marks on the chambered bullets?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:07 pm
woody1776 wrote:Hey all, I am new here. I recently bought an M700 SPS in a 300 RUM. I have about 70 rounds down the tube. I am shooting 210g berger vld hunting bullets loaded at 89.6g of retumbo powder. I took the rifle out today and shot one round . I had to hammer the bolt open and the case was crushed at the base and the primer was gone. I checked the rifle, cleaned the bolt and took it back out and the same thing happened. I calobrate my scale every 5 loads for accuracy and I have shot about 50 rounds of this ammo loaded this way. Any ideas as to what the problem may be?


How far off the lands are you seating the bullets?

Are you using the same powder when you tested the load or did you have to buy a new bottle and now your seeing a problem?

Your having a over pressure issue that is causing the bolt to stick shut. Powder quality changes freqently and without warning. So it will take less powder to get the same results. That's why when Benchrest guys find load their rifle likes, they buy the powder in 4lbs tubs with the same lot number. So the load/gun doesn't change in the middle of a competition. If the bullet is seated too close the lands of the barrel it will raise the case pressure, causing your sticky bolt too. If the powder isn't a issue, i would set a couple at factory lenght and try it. Then if it works start to lengthen them.

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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 12:28 am
I have a new Remington 700 in 300 Win Mag. The first time I shot it did well until after 20 rounds the bolt started getting stuck closed after firing. Had to punch it out with a cleaning rod. Some forums claimed that Winchester Super-x rounds (which I was using) over pressure the chamber and cause this. Yesterday I used Federal rounds and had the same problem but not quite as bad. I didn't have any problems on the first 10 rounds but then the bolt started getting harder to open. I could rotate it up, just wouldn't pull back. BTW this is my first bolt action so I'm not very familiar with all the parts yet.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:25 am
harley wrote:The weapon is a Rem 700, heavy contour barrel in 375 H&H. Suddenly won't fire with factory or hand loads. Removed the firing pin and it looks fine. Appreciate feedback about possible cause and fix. Thanks much.

Harley hughes

I have a new model 700 in 223. It failed to fire after a few hundred rounds. I disassembled the bolt and cleaned it , if fired one time and failed. I have "really cleaned the bolt" put it back together and will try it today. I find nothing wrong except the machine work at the firing pin end of the bolt case appears to be a llittle rough. I have 700s in other calibers and never had a misfire. My .17 has fired many rounds and never a misfire. It is however a older model. BTW I do not like the lack of trigger adjustments on the new 700s.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:23 pm
I have an older 700 in 330 win mag, the bolt seems to drag on opening. I haven't tried to chamber a round, the bolt seems to bind up, but if I apply slight upward pressure while pulling rearward it seems to help. Do I need to get a new bolt, or is the receiver shot?

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