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Best Ammo For Remington 7400 In .30-06 ??

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:30 am
I have a Remington 7400 in .30-06 that I purchased new back in the mid 80's. I scoped it with a nice Leupold Vari-X III 3.5 X 10X and went to the range with a couple of boxes of Winchester Silver Tip 180 Gr. Ammo.

After about 15 rounds the bolt was having trouble locking up. I'll admit to not cleaning or lubricating the gun before I went to the range. That was almost 35 years ago, and I was younger, and a lot dumber. I stopped shooting, went home and cleaned the rifle. Everything seemed normal.

Not long after that we moved out to Arizona and I lost interest in the gun, and it's been languishing in the back of my safe ever since. I just purchased a new 200th Anniversary Edition Remington 7600 Pump in .30-06, and my interest has been renewed in these rifles.

So I dragged the 7400 out of the safe, cleaned it up real good, and gave it a good lube job, greasing the bolt lugs up, along with cleaning both the chamber and barrel with the bronze brush, and giving it a light coat of oil. I'm trying to decide what is the best ammo for the 7400 auto? I have a bunch of the Greek XTP Garand ammo I purchased from the CMP. It is supposed to be the best ammo for the M1 Garand. So I'm thinking it should be good for the 7400 as well. Both are gas operated autoloaders in .30-06. And they should operate on similar pressure curves.

Those of you who own and shoot the 750 / 7400 series of Remington auto rifles, what do you find to be the best ammo from an operational standpoint. I'm concerned with good cycling at the range, not hunting. Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:33 pm
Good evening BillT. Glad to see you on Remingtonowners forum.

I typically stuck with 155-168 gr ammo. I never really had a problem with cycling. Not even with the extended 10 round magazine.

But mine would often suffer from vertical stringing after about 6 or 8 shots once the barrel heated up.

I wish I could find some old pictures of that gun. It was pretty unique once I added a Remington 870 pistol grip stock on it and hand painted tiger stripe camo pattern on it. I'm pretty sure it was either ATI or from Knoxx.

Hey, it was during the ban years and that gun wasn't listed on the federal evil gun list, so I enjoyed poking Clinton and Feinstein in the eye every chance that I got. :lol:
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:22 pm
Well I have a Model Four in .270 from 1981 which is about the same and have used nothing fancy just the Remington 130 grain Core-lokt. Never a problem with cycling luckily so I stuck with it. Nice looking guns.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:57 am
That's good to know. I think I'll stick with the lighter bullets.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:27 pm
I took the Model 7400 to the range yesterday, but had some difficulty. The rifle would fire and eject fine. So there is nothing wrong with the bolt, extractor or ejector. The empty cases would kick out about 4 or 5 feet to the right, and about 3 feet to the rear. It ran good with both 125 Gr., 150 Gr. ammo. And with 165 Gr. Garand ammo.

The issue is with the bolt stripping off a new round, and locking up. So that is telling me something isn't right with the magazine. I've read that the magazines for these things can be very temperamental. Some work fine, while others can be a PITA. Even if they look good, and don't appear to be damaged, they can cause problems. So I ordered 2 new magazines from Midwest Gun Works.

One is a original Remington 4 round. And the other is a 10 round from Triple-K. My original magazine has the bolt release built into the magazine itself. (It's a little lever on the bottom of the magazine you push forward). Which is a bit of a PITA, because you cannot remove the magazine with the bolt in the rearward position. Unlike an auto pistol like a Glock that locks the slide back on the last round. Then you can drop the magazine and the slide will remain locked back.

With the 7400 there is no way to hold the slide back without the magazine inserted into the rifle. There is no mechanical slide lock. With a live round in the chamber, and the magazine out of the rifle, if I let the bolt go, it locks right up. So there is something on the magazine preventing the bolt from locking up...... Sometimes. Other times it will. It just depends.

Perhaps one of the feed lips is not formed right. I don't know. But when I get the new magazines I'll try it again. The gun shoots right on the money, and is very accurate. I just have to get the damn thing to feed right. All total I put about 25 rounds downrange with it. I would really like to get it running right.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:48 pm
Am sure you ain't the first with this problem bilt. Could be a iffy spring in the mag but maybe not. My Model Four I mentioned has not experienced any feeding or ejection issues but in all honesty does not get a lot of use as I have to travel out of state to use it for whitetails. Hopefully it is a faulty spring issue. The 7400-Four rifles seem like an improvement over the older 742. Think I should get mine out more often for some range work at least. Quite a sharp lookin gun for sure.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:26 pm
My guess would be the either the spring in the magazine is weak, or perhaps got installed backwards by somebody cleaning the magazine. Do you have some .30-06 action proving dummies, because you never want to test with live rounds. But fill the magazine, chamber a dummy, then cycle the action by hand but see if the rear of the magazine is dropping downward, which would lead to faulty stripping off of the next round. Sometimes on other semi-autos the recoil causes the next round to move forward a bit and get the point of the bullet up over the magazine lip, thus pushing the rear of the round downward also.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:36 pm
So both of my new magazines arrived from Midwest Gun Works today. A OEM Remington 4 round long action that states it will fit the Model 7400 in .30-06. And a Triple-K 10 round model that states the same. DISASTER! Neither one even fits in the gun! I've had it with this rifle. I can't believe a company like Remington can't manufacture a magazine to fit it's own rifle. Let alone make one that fits and runs. The Triple-K I can understand. They have a history of spotty reliability, but I thought I would take a chance. But not Remington.

Not only that, but the inconsistency of the dimensions are unbelievable. The original magazine that came with the rifle, (and doesn't feed properly, which is what started this whole turd hunt), measures .550" across the front of the feed lips. The replacement Remington OEM magazine measures .650" across the same. A full .100" difference in the same make and model magazine. Not to mention it won't even fit in the gun. At this point I'm ready to give up on this whole thing, and chalk it up to experience. If you ever get the urge to buy one of these rifles, slap yourself, and go get drunk until you forget you ever had such a damn fool notion!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:42 pm
billt wrote:DISASTER! Neither one even fits in the gun! I've had it with this rifle.


Time to call Remington customer service. It may be that there were dimensional changes between the 7400, 742 and a others in this family of Remington rifles. But don't give up. Look at Numrich (https://www.gunpartscorp.com/gun-manufa ... 400?page=4) and see if any of the pics more closely match your original. Or better yet, take the gun into your LGS and see what fits before you buy.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:30 pm
Can't blame you for the frustration. Make sure I don't lose my original. Only thing I recall reading concerning the magazines for these rifles is that the Model Four/7400 series had thicker gauge metal than mags for the Model 742.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:07 am
Scorpion8 wrote:Time to call Remington customer service. It may be that there were dimensional changes between the 7400, 742 and a others in this family of Remington rifles. But don't give up. Look at Numrich (https://www.gunpartscorp.com/gun-manufa ... 400?page=4) and see if any of the pics more closely match your original. Or better yet, take the gun into your LGS and see what fits before you buy.


I'm going to call Remington first thing Monday morning. And tell them what's going on. I'm sure I'm not the first guy with this problem. Perhaps they have a 7400 laying around there, that they can try a new magazine in before they send me one. But I will take a look at Numrich if that fails.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:24 am
Worth the effort billt. Again sorry for the BS and I would be pissed myself. Guess I have been lucky so far with mine. Seems easy to run into more problems with these unlike a bolt.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:36 am
I just checked Numrich. They have the old style magazines, but are out of stock. I'll keep an eye open so I can order one if and when they ever get them back in stock. All the used one's on E-Bay look rusty and overpriced. Plus you have to ask why are they selling them? I'm sure it's not because they worked so well in their rifles.

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