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Old 02-19-2013, 03:10 AM
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Default Remington 7400 bad guns?

I bought a Remington 7400 308 recently, mostly because everyone and they're brother has a 740,742,7400 or a 750 around here in Maine.
and I haven't heard of any problems coming from one that wasn't magazine related.

When I went to pick it out I looked at the Browning Bar's but the Remington really caught my eye. and I personally liked the looks of the Remington better than the Bar. and the Remington had better sights. so I got it.

But I have been reading online that they are bad guns.
and I was wondering Did I Get lucky and got a good one or are they good guns?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:06 AM
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I dont think they are bad guns but they are not even in the same class as the Browning BAR. I have a older Belgium Browning 30-06 that was handed down from my dad that with my handloads shooting a 180gr. Sierra Pro-Hunter will shoot 1" groups and under all day long at 100 yards, and it even has a old Redfield Widefield scope on it, not the best optics in the world but I wouldnt take anything for it or change it at all. I had a Remington 7400 when I lived in Florida, it was a nice looking gun but was lucky to get 2"-2.5" groups out of it at 100 yards. Which I guess is fine for hunting rifle accuracy if you are hunting thick brushy areas. I gave it to my little brother that lives in Kentucky, he still owns it and has killed many deer with that rifle. I got rid of it because it didnt shoot to my standards. I have a old Winchester model 100 in a 284 win. that is a nice shooting gun also, it will out shoot the 7400 that I had. I have heard of other people with 7400's that claim they can shoot 1"-1.5" groups, I havnt seen one do it but I will not say they wont, all guns are different there are some bolt guns that will shoot one hole groups, you can take another identical one off the rack using the same ammo and get totally different results. I guess it is the luck of the draw. Enjoy your new rifle!!
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:29 AM
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I've had it for about 2 months and shot 5 rounds trough it, I plan on working up some reloads for it soon.
I shot about a 4" group at 50 yards with open sights. haven't tried it at 100 yet.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:05 AM
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They aren't bad guns. The "bad" rap they get is based on jamming I would bet. My father in law has a 7400 in .308 and its nice. Shoots really well, though he has had some issues with it jamming a few years back. Had to get his clip worked on one time, since then its been fine. I had one in .243 many years ago, sold it just because I never used it and like bolt actions better. Used the money towards buying a .22-250 .

I still have the 1pc scope base (for std dovetail mounts) if you need one cheap. pm me

Edit to say:
Another thing that may be attributed to them being called "bad" is that most automatic rifles aren't known for grouping quite as well as a bolt actions do - but certainly sufficient enough for hunting. Mine would group about 1.5-2" at 100yds, my father in laws is a little bit better with factory hornady ammo.

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Old 02-20-2013, 09:29 AM
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yeah not bad guns, but not great either. Cold weather they are more susceptible to jamming up, and just due to the nature of the guns design, they dont group well, as the barrel heats up it shifts the poi, so you have to zero it cold with waits in between shots. I had one and if you shot it without letting it cool you wouldnt get the shots inside of pie plate at 100 yards.
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