Remington 740 project

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Ruzai, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Ruzai

    Ruzai New Member

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    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.
     

  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    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! :)

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  3. masterPsmith

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

    Jim...
     
  4. Ruzai

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

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWHeNQJVztM[/ame]
     
  5. Fisherking

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    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.
    F.K.
     
  6. Ruzai

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    Nope. Just a random hole. No threads. Besides, the sope base is already on the gun.
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  8. Ruzai

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    Complete disassembly and cleaning today. Lots of really small pins..like 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.
     
  9. Ruzai

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    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.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    ruzai, what a wonderful project! if it was mine, i would thin the profile just enough to get rid of those verticle lines on the forward grip. they look like someone used a hacksaw and cut them by hand! the wood looks like it would turn out very nice with sanding an new stain. wish you luck with your project, and post more pictures as you progress.
     
  11. Ruzai

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    Unfortunately I cant get rid of them without making the foreend flimsy. This will be a hunting gun so its not a top priority on making it look too spiffy. And nither me or the intended owner want to put more than an extra $100 of parts on it.

    On another (frustrating) note, there is so much carbon build up in the barrel not even the strongest chemicals in the school seem to make much of a dent in them. The ONLY thing that seemed to help was Butch's Bore Shine which took the copper fouling right out after a two seperate 15 minute soaks and scrubbings. I think I spent somewhere near 2 hours trying to get as much carbon out as I could before closing time at 4pm.
    I dont think the barrel had been cleaned in many years.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    if the butch's bore shine seems to work to some degree, maybe try plugging up the muzzle and pouring some into the barrel and letting it sit for a little while. might loosen up the crud and allow you to scrub it out with a bore brush. just a thought.
     
  13. Ruzai

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    My solution to the carbon was to simply sit at the parts cleaner with a bore brush and scrub the living fire out of the barrel then rinse and repeat for about 45 minutes. I finally got it cleaned and the metal assembled, now if only the stock would cooperate then I could be finished with it completely.
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    what kind of problems is the stock giving you? i will always be glad to put my two cents in if it would help!
     
  15. Ruzai

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    Using Velvet oil as a finish, and some of the pores on the buttstock arent wanting to fill properly with the typical amount of coats of the stuff. There isnt really much I can do about other than keep applying coats properly.
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    well hang in there ruzai! i wish i could offer some advice, but i'm at a loss. :eek:
     
  17. Ruzai

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    52 hours total of repair work. Was it worth the money someone would have paid in labor? Hardly. But I did learn several good lessons and didnt screw anything more valuable up. So, its kind of a win-win depending on which way you think about it.
    During my time waiting on the stock to dry and finally seal up I've been working on a personal gun I baught at the Tanner Gun show last weekend. Its an old bolt action in 308 Win from JC Penny a Western Field model 780. The stock is ugly as home-made sin so I'm not gonna worry about it and buy one I can work on in my free time.
     
  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    so what are your plans for the 308?
     
  19. jeepejeep

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    That hole is a true mystery! I think you'll be OK silver soldering or welding it. When the bolt is fully retracted, do the lugs line up with that hole? Maybe somehow there was a burr or something interfering with the bolt and the previous owner just drilled a hole to alleviate the problem? I don't know, just trying to figure out why someone would do that!?
    It seems like you have the stock figured out but I would have just gotten this:
    12999 - Remington 7400 Monte Carlo Stock & Forend Synthetic Black
    I have one on my 7600 and it's great.
    Keep us informed with this project. I really like the Remington autos and pumps.