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My grandpa gave me and my brother a 742 in .30-06. Its pretty nice (expesially for free).
Its a Remington, can't go wrong.
I have the same rifle and have used it to take moose, caribou and black bear...I like having that fast follow-up shot if needed...I hunt moose in some really thick timber and the rifle has worked well for me...
A good review by Laine Simpson
Autoloading Rifle Series
Remington entered the autoloading centerfire rifle market in a big way at the beginning of the 20th century by introducing the recoil-operated Model 8 in 1906. Chambered for Remington’s equally new family of rimless cartridges in .25, .30, .32, and .35 calibers, the new rifle was upgraded a bit in 1936 when it became known as the Model 81 Woodsmaster. Even though the addition of the .300 Savage chambering gave Remington’s autoloading big-game rifle a boost in performance, the grand old number had one huge shortcoming—it could not handle more powerful, not to mention extremely popular, cartridges such as the .270 Winchester and the .30-06.
Remington discontinued the Model 81 in 1950 and unveiled its modern replacement five years later. Introduced as the Model 740 Woodsmaster with Power-Matic action, the new gas-operated autoloader was initially offered only in .30-06, but by 1958 the .244 Remington, .280 Remington, and .308 Winchester had been added to its list of options. The standard-grade Model 740A with its plain walnut stock sold for $124.95; cut checkering on the stock of its Model 740ADL mate upped its price to $139.95. Back in those days most Remington firearms were available in Custom Shop versions just as they are today, and the Model 740 was no exception. During the mid-1950s special-order grades ranged from the 740BDL Deluxe Special with select hand-checkered walnut at $172.20 to the 740F Premier with hand-engraved metal and exhibition-grade walnut at $995.80.
Remington’s early advertisements in hunting and shooting publications of the day played up the fact that unlike earlier autoloading centerfire rifles with their recoiling barrels, the barrel of the Model740 was fixed and its bolt locked up atthe front just like that of a bolt-action rifle. The Model 740 was neither the first successful gas-operated autoloader nor was it the first to lock up at the front, but it was the first rifle with those features to enjoy great success in the commercial sporting rifle market.
In 1960 Remington made a few minor changes to its Model 740 and renamed it the Model 742. Initially offered as the Model 742A with plain receiver and stock and Model 742ADL with checkered stock and engraved receiver, Remington’s gas gun eventually grew into an entire family of model variations. One of my favorites, one I still own, is the carbine version with a 18 1/2-inch barrel. Other variations included the BDL Deluxe with impressed basketweave-style checkering and left- and right-hand buttstock options and the Bicentennial of which 10,000 were built in 1976.
Even though Remington’s gas-operated autoloader had been in production for 15 years, the tremendously popular .270 Winchester chambering had been absent from its list of options. This was due to the fact that the .270 is commonly loaded to higher chamber pressures than the other cartridges for which the Models 740 and 742 had been chambered and the additional backthrust exerted against their bolts sometimes caused sticky extraction. The problem was solved by reducing the number of locking lugs on the bolt from 19 small ones to four large ones thereby permitting tighter dimensional control during manufacture without sacrificing strength. Also, a solid steel barrel extension replaced the old two-piece barrel design, and a 360-degree counterbore at the breech end of the barrel along with a more shallow cartridge feed angle improved functioning.
When those major improvements along with few smaller ones were made in 1980, the name was changed to Model 7400; it remains so to this day. With just over one million produced to date, Remington’s 740/742/7400 series is the best-selling autoloading centerfire sporting rifle built anywhere in the world.
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