Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

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Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

Postby Archer » 28 May 2017 05

I know someone who owns one that is super clean and has had very little use in .30-06.
He is getting ready to sell it.

Any thoughts on the model or on possible values.

I'm not in on this one unless his deal falls through and even then I might be more likely to suggest it to another buddy and see if I could get myself another bolt action or a Browning BAR instead.
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

Postby ksmoose » 28 May 2017 08

My son bought a used one and had some trouble with the bolt not fully going into battery and locking. There were certain years where the blot was made of softer material and would wear if I remember right. He was told this by a gunsmith. This is not my experience, but what I was told.
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

Postby HarryAlonzo » 28 May 2017 12

I just sold a mag for a 30-06 742 that had been knocking around in my kit for years. I had gathered it up many years ago when I took possession of my Dad's Mauser. He had no idea where he got it. Likely from a fellow Northwoods whitetail hunter, where the 742 and its brethren still maintain a healthy fan base.

From what I read on the interweb, the original mags are worth finding, at around $38. The recent production mags are multi-caliber, and have fit issues. In addition, they lack the bolt release/round counter thingee.
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

Postby Ranch Dog » 28 May 2017 13

Never seen one here in South Texas nor a BAR for that matter.
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

Postby Durf » 28 May 2017 17

Got a 742 giving to me by a uncle,looked brand new . But the achellies heel was the lugs on bolt and barrel as ksmoose said. My 742 is a really nice club lol,
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

Postby Archer » 28 May 2017 20

Yeah, reviews on the net look mixed. Folks who've owned them either love them or hate them.
I gather as a hunting rifle for two or three shots at a time they are pretty good but for sustained fire or a couple boxes of target practice they don't tend to cut it against more robust designs.

This one is quite pretty, very clean with near zero marks on it.
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

Postby alphalimafoxtrot » 03 Jun 2017 13

Hey Archer - sorry but your question made me think:

go back in time just a few years more with Remington, get yerself one of those hi-tech Model 81's in .300 Savage!

I've got 2. They aren't as light, cool, or user-friendly as a 742 or a 760 and .300 Savage was the highest velocity chambering available in the 81's, but they work! LOL

This is just one of my fave old guns to work with and shoot. Can still hunt for sure!

Have several 8's and 81's - .30Rem, .32Rem, .35Rem, and two in .300 Savage

take care, sorry for the ramble!
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

Postby HarryAlonzo » 03 Jun 2017 22

.300 Savage? I'm in!
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

Postby Archer » 04 Jun 2017 20

Well, like I said, I'm not in on this one.
I simply evaluated the gun for the owner and the potential buyer.
I have a CZ bolt .30-06, a Winchester lever .30-06, a couple Garands, a 1903 and a 1917 so I'm not really in the market and if I was looking for a hunting semi '06 I'd probably be looking for the Browning or just pop the 5 round enblock into one of the Garands. If I was looking for another '06 in general I'd probably be looking at a Savage bolt, maybe a Remington or Winchester bolt if one popped up at a good price or another Garand or a Browning BLR lever. None of which are something I exactly need.

Since I didn't fire the 742 I couldn't make any comments on reliability.
Based on the comments/videos/reviews here and elsewhere, assuming the action is reliable while clean I suspect the gun should be decent using factory 150-180 grain ammo at moderate ranges for a shot or three that you'd expect in hunting or sighting it in.

It isn't however useful for running a box or two out of it at a time much less a hundred rounds or two. The barrel is too light for sustained heating. The action is reputed not to handle dirt from firing or the environment well. Magazines from the 7400 will fit and function but do not include the bolt release knob on the mag. Aftermarket magazines from Triple K are available but I've never been much of a fan of their products and word is that functioning with aftermarket mags is suspect. There was a company putting out poly mags for these guns but they have ceased production.

Prices at the auction sites are all over the map and don't seem markedly linked to condition. I'm talking about auctions with bidding ONLY since it seems there's a lot of folks out there who seem to want to put pictures of their guns on the web and tell you they are worth two or three times going rate.
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 742 semi auto

Postby vvllbs » 03 Sep 2017 21

I have had one for 30 years, never failed me until last year. It was the magazine's fault! Missed out on some hogs cause of that. Went to eBay and got a 10 rounder that works flawless
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