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Old 10-21-2010, 04:54 AM
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last night i watched a cnbc special about the "safety" issues with the model 700, and incedents of it firing when the safety was moved to the "off" position and sometimes when the bolt was touched, i know this is not something new but i was under the impression that the issue had been addressed,

I have only had one issue with a gun ever doing anything close to this, another brand and it was the owners fault, extremely dirty bolt, when i bought my last 700 i was under the impression that this isuue had been rectified, i own 4 model 700's and two model seven's....three of the 700's are 60-70's versions and they are fair shooters, my newest it a 96 i believe, i love the newest one as it is great shooter for a factory gun after i had the trigger adjusted to 3#.....

after watching that show i'm more than a little concerned...i don't want to bash, in fact i would love for the issue to be rectifed on all my guns and everyone out there....

so here are my questions???

is there a year that the design was changed to repair this apparent safety issue????

would a different trigger group like a timney fix this????

if not is there a fix????

like i mentioned i love the 700's but i just want to know i am taking every option i have available to me to not experience an accidental discharge

here is an article addressing the issue


once again not a bash and i'd fix everone of mine today if possible, otherwise i'm not sure how much i trust them....
and thats a real shame cause my STW is bad news, and the rest are great guns, but if we have a trust issue its a bad deal
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:32 AM
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if not is there a fix????
If you must move the safety to fire to remove a cartridge from the chamber then there are smiths out there that are approved by Remington to remove the lock on the bolt.

This allows the opening of the action without taking the rifle off the safe position but then you don't lock the bolt while on the safe position......and of course we don't need to run the cartridges through the action to empty the magazine.....just bump them foreward until the more out of the magazine and then dump the rounds into your hands.....

Watch others to see if they do this!!!!

There is one more overriding thing.....practice safe muzzle control.....if the gun isn't pointed at another human when you load or unload then no one will get hurt!

I once had a defective safety on a Mauser.....it too would fire when the safety was moved to fire but I hunted with it anyway.....I hunted with the action open! I repaired it later after the season.

There's only one safety on a gun....the one whose hands it's in!

I have several M-700s and if one ever gave me issues with firing when the bolt closed I'd install a Timney the very next day....Fortunately it's never been a problem.

I think there's a lot more to the story than we're being told.
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:35 AM
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Saw that last night too... Interesting. I've never had a problem with the 4 that I own, but, it sure gave some reason to think... Has anyone here had the problem, or know anyone who has?
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