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Ruzai 09-03-2011 07:43 PM

Remington 740 project
Ok, so I've got a Remington 740 Woodsmaster in 30-06 Springfield and I just got it home. I'm supposed to start work on it Tuesday. I'm doing this project for a customer who just so happens to be my cousin. He loves to hog hunt in Texas and he wanted something other than his 870 with slugs. He paid $250 for the gun, I baught it under my name until I can fix and/or finish it.

So far at a cursory look over th gun its got a chip in the stock missing near the right side bottom corner. The fore-end has those god-awful vertical markings that are supposed to be some form of grip. The muzzle brake is ugly as home-made sin and worse off I saw a hole in the top of the reciiever. No clue how you get a neat little hole all the way through the curved part of the top of the reciever like this, but its there and I have to fix it.

I'm not complaining mind you, its kind of exciting I get to make this thing look fairly new and give it to a customer and show him the before and after.

So far what he wants done is bead blasted and blued, not hard...but I have to fix that hole first.
Secondly checkering on the pistol grip and we're still in the process of working out what to do with the fore-end's ugliness.
Need a new pistol grip end-cap for the stock.

So, who wants to help? :D

I'm kidding about the help obviously, this thread will just be for record and anyone else's entertainment as I document the fruits (and no doubt pains) of my labor.

canebrake 09-03-2011 07:52 PM

Sniper03 09-03-2011 08:00 PM

I am sure you will definitely improve the rifle. Made me wonder who put the muzzle break on it. I recently bought a 740 in excellent condition from my UPS Man. His father had the gun for years and obviously hardly shot it a all. Paid $350 for it due to the condition it was in. So it is good to have a cousin like you since if anyone else had to do the work on it for him he would certainly have more money in the gun than it is worth. Now one in good shape is bringing around $275-$300.
Let us see the pics when you get her done! Looking forward to seeing it! :)


masterPsmith 09-03-2011 08:30 PM

Where are the photos ????????????


Ruzai 09-04-2011 03:34 AM

Youtube was taking forever to load. No pictures, but video should do nicely right? :D

Fisherking 09-06-2011 01:57 PM

The hole in the top of the reciver is it taped because if it is then it is for mounting basses for optics. there should be four holes or three screws and one hole.

Ruzai 09-06-2011 06:23 PM


Originally Posted by Fisherking (Post 575618)
The hole in the top of the reciver is it taped because if it is then it is for mounting basses for optics. there should be four holes or three screws and one hole.

Nope. Just a random hole. No threads. Besides, the sope base is already on the gun.

CA357 09-06-2011 06:31 PM

Please keep updating us as your project goes along. I have a weak spot for the Woodsmaster series rifles. In fact I'm going to look at a 742 later today.

Ruzai 09-07-2011 01:48 AM

Complete disassembly and cleaning today. Lots of really small the super small retaining pin for the bolt handle. I found out that the older Woodsmasters in the 740 had several bugs in them that prompted the 742 and 7400 to be made as improvements to the design.
Apparently the early 740s like this one like to eat their own receivers. Something about the way the rotating bolt head comes to rest when its completely to the rear makes it start to cut into the receiver and if it gets too deep it causes the bolt to stick. I believe this was fixed with the 742 and 7400. Not saying they arent good, its just something look out for if you're in the market for one.

Ruzai 09-16-2011 06:38 PM

Bead blasted and blued the barrel, reciever and exposed parts. Polished what needed to be polished on the bolt. Waiting on parts from Numrich's and to put the finishing touches on the stock and reassembly of the majority of the gun.
We dont have anodizing capabilities here at the school so I left the aluminum alone since it wasnt terrible.
Anybody got ideas for hiding scratches in aluminum?

Pictures soon to come on Monday evening.

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