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Old 10-27-2005, 10:36 AM
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Default Remington model 740 Woodsmaster.

A good friend of mine bought a Remington model 740 Woodsmaster in 308 Win. for $150. When he started shooting it it would eject the spent shell with no problem but then the bolt would stay open. He took it apart and cleaned it really good and its been flawless ever since. It has some wear from being used over the years but it works great now. He told me if I want it he'll sell it to me for the $150 he paid for it. He has a few Remington pumps that he likes better then the auto. I don't know to much the Remington auto loaders, but I've been thinking about getting a 7400 Carbine. Are the Remington model 740 Woodsmaster good rifles, are they reliable? I don't think I'll get hurt for $150, I can alway sell it and get my money back. What do you think?
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Old 10-27-2005, 11:21 AM
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Model 740 Woodsmaster


Description:

Autoloading Rifle


Introduction Year:



1955




Year Discontinued:



1959




Total Production:



Approximately: 251,398




Designer/Inventor:



Research & Development



Action Type:



Autoloader




Caliber/Gauge:



.244 Remington, .308 Win, .280 Remington, .30-06




Serial Number Blocks:



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# of Grades Offered:



740A Standard
740ADL Deluxe
740BDL Deluxe
740D Peerless
740F Premier




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Old 10-27-2005, 07:49 PM
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Default RE: Remington model 740 Woodsmaster.

As the owner of a 742 Woodsman, I would rather have the $150. The older Remmy semi's are hard to find parts for, and are none too accurate by and large. Occasional specimens will shoot well but most throw 3"-4" patterns at 100 yards.
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Old 10-28-2005, 07:49 AM
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Default RE: Remington model 740 Woodsmaster.

For $150 it'd be in my safe today. I've had several flavors of Remingtons auto over the years and with fair optics, they can shoot fine. Are they tack drivers? No. But they are plenty accurate for deer hunting and if you miss, it's unlikely the rifles fault.
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Old 10-28-2005, 08:20 AM
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Default RE: Remington model 740 Woodsmaster.

For $150.00 buy it. they are picky on theammo they like but they will shoot good groups a 100 yards. it will not shoot 1/2 groups but 1 to 1 1/4 groups all day with the right ammo. If you don't want it send me a pm I will take it.
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Old 10-29-2005, 06:09 AM
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Default RE: Remington model 740 Woodsmaster.

In this day, $150.00 for a 740 ius a good deal - even though they are the worst semi-auto in the 7400-series. Every change Remington has made to that rifle has been a needed improvement. However, they are accurate enough for the northern zone in NY!!

(BTW, IF you ever get a 1" or even a 1.5" group from a 740, it is a 1 of 1,000,000 rifle!!)
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:24 PM
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Default RE: Remington model 740 Woodsmaster.

I said I got a 3" group from a Woodsmaster and everyone said with a scope I could get much better groups. Now I'm hearing 1.5" would be amazing. Whats up?
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:54 PM
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Before you drop the money on this rifle have a gunsmith look it over first internally. The older 740's and 742's would literally beat themselves up every time you pulled the trigger. If he has put a bunch of rounds through it you may not want it. The 7400 is much more reliable than the older versions.
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Old 10-30-2005, 08:10 AM
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Default RE: Remington model 740 Woodsmaster.

ORIGINAL: tykempster

I said I got a 3" group from a Woodsmaster and everyone said with a scope I could get much better groups. Now I'm hearing 1.5" would be amazing. Whats up?
3" is closer to the average performance of the 740, scope or no scope! There may one or two that CONSISTENTLY shoot 1.5", but I have never seen any Rem. semi-auto that did! BAR, perhaps. Rem., NO!

However, this evaluation does NOT apply to their 760-style pump-action rifles, which generally shoot much better. Seems changing them slightly so the firing gases work the action instead of your hand operating it has a real detrimental effect on how they shoot!
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Old 10-30-2005, 10:19 AM
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Well, had a chance to finally try the Woodsmaster on a deer this morning at about 175 yards. I got 2 shots at a buck, first one might've been a bad shell it missed bad, I have no clue where it went and the gun jammed. Before it ran I got another shot, it jumped like it might've been hit but I didn't hear anything. Me and my grandpa looked for blood but didn't see any and the buuck had ran across the highway. Got 2 more shots at a doe and one was broadside at about 150, but it was way off too. The second shot was in front of it, but real close. After I picked up the first shell that I shot at the buck I noticed the case was dented, don't know if this is why it missed so bad. My grandpas truck was a steady rest I'm sure I had the sight on the bucks chest. I know it probably wasn't all the guns fault, but I don't think I'm that bad of a shot.
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