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Question by 3030forlife. Uploaded on January 08, 2010
I have one in a 30-06 it is a really accurate good gun. If it is in good shape and for the right price, it should be a good gun.
if you are going to stick to deer I would say 308 would be fine and dandy, if you would ever want to use it for something bigger go with the 30-06.
Great gun good and strong 30-06 get any kind of load you want will knock down anything in the lower 48
One of my hunting buddies has one and it is his go-to gun in .30-06, and he has several rifles. I've tried it and the only criticism I can come up with is that the trigger pull is kind of stiff. I once watched him take out five feral hogs in about as many seconds using that gun---offhand. It was impressive, both gun and shooter.
THEY ARE EXCELLENT GUNS-IN FACT THEY ARE MY TOP CHOICE AND RECOMMENDATION FOR ANYBODY LOOKING FOR A GOOD RIFLE. I PREFER A 270 BUT CALIBER IS PERSONAL PREFERENCE. I HAVE 2 7600'S A 243 & A 270. I LOVE BOTH OF THEM.
Several of the guys i hunt with in (you guessed it) PA have them in .30-06 and .270. They love'm
7600 in 30-06 is the gun of choice for all the Benoits.
The 7600 is a great deer rifle for typical timber hunting. It does not have the accuracy required for long range target shooting but its accuracy is fine for deer hunting out to several hundred yards. It is relatively light to carry, very well balanced and you can shoot fast both on initial shot and follow ups which makes it especially good in the timber where deer will appear/disappear fast. Both cartriges you mentioned are good but I would be inclined to go with the 30-06 for overall versatility as long as the recoil is OK with you. If you load your own cartriges, you can load it down to the speed of a .308 if you like but you can also load it up for elk and beyond. I agree with Steve182 though... if I were getting one, it would be in .270 for even more versatility in prairie shooting. I like the flatter shooting cartrige for that work.
I have a very early 760 in 308 caliber with a 4x Weaver scope attached. I haven't shot this firearm in a while but my notes show that this rifle off a bench will shoot 150 gr Sierra's with a dose of h4895 into 1 1/4" 3 shot groups at 100 yards. I consider that excellent performance. In all of my years as a gunsmith I never heard a bad word about this particular rifle. I did replace a few extractors in 760 but this is neither an expensive or difficult task. The older model had to be staked in place, the newer ones are simply compressed slightly and then expand into a milled circular slot. Very good choice for a hunting rifle in any of the common calibers.
For hunting, I prefer a bolt gun over any other. For deer, anything of the 06 case is a fine choice. 25-06, 270, 280 Remington also known as the 7mm Express Remington, 30-06, 338-06 and 35 Whelen also known 35-06.
Personally for deer, 25-06 and planning for Elk 30-06
As for the 308, the Savage Model 99 is on my wish list
Dakota man said it all, now I think I may buy one! I will go for 30/06.
I have a 30-06 760 pump(essentially the same gun) built in 1952. Great gun. Just remember if you disassemble and remove the barrel, you'll need to sight it in again. Also, watch that the nut on the end of the slide tube stays tight. Like all slide actions, I recommend completely disassembling and cleaning the gun once a year, especially if you've been out in real wet weather. There's lots of places for moisture to hide in slide actions.
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760s I have owned were MOA rifles. As good as or better than many bolt actions I've owned. But still not my first choice for longer range shooting because you have to overcome a poor trigger, long lock time, tall action/scope, and sometimes, short carbine barrel, but still very shootable if you pay attention. Excellent for woods and normal ranges. Very fast action and follow-up. And, if you own a Remington pump, handling one should be quite natural.
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I've hunted deer in the south for 40years with dogs and from a tree stand and love the rem pump in 30/06 I have.Only thing I found was that I shoot better with a bolt gun because I think more about the first shot with them and not the 2nd or 3third with pumps or autos.The best shots that I've seen and hunted with shoot bolt guns.Reloading for pumps and autos give you more to worry about as well,bad triggers,case problems ect.Bolt guns make your reloads shine or (not)
Either caliber will be just fine but I would get a bolt action and avoid a pump. I had a Remington 760 in 270 win. It was very inaccurate and kicked like a mule.
Get a Tikka T3. Of the two you mentioned I'd get a 30-06. You won't be dissappointed I promise.
Excellent rifle I’m lefty and it is my favorite brush gun 18”Carbine 30-06. I shoot only 150 gr soft points low recoil with minimal tissue destruction, quick follow up shots if needed. This 7600 is broken in very well, smooth trigger, fast target acquisition, it's light and extremely accurate. I’ve been dropping deer in their tracks here in the NY Catskills with it for more than twenty years, mostly short distances from 40 to 150 yards never had a malfunction. Great choice, you won’t regret it.
Well, the trigger pull isn't the greatest, but it's safe. There are several outfits marketing improved mechanisms for 760/7600 triggers. I see them up for sale all the time on e-Bay. You may find the factory trigger pull a bit annoying on the firing range but I've never noticed it in the field.
Good quality weapon, accurate for a pump, but from what I've seen of them, they kick some kind of mean.
These are very nice and handy rifles. I shoot one in 270 Win. Two things to take note of though. One to correct the trigger pull issue order a 3 pound competition trigger spring for the Remington Model 1100. Installed this spring into my 270 after discussing the problem with Remington, I loved the result. Second, if you plan on using a sling find the pump slide screw mount that replaces the screw at the tip of the pump. This prevents unnecessary stresses on the barrel.
retrieverbound - I own a 7600 and would like to improve the trigger.
You mentioned a 3 pound competetion trigger spring and when I called Remington tech assistance they said, never heard of it.
Can you give me some info about the spring, part number, where you got it etc?
Any help will be appreciated.
my dad has had his 30-06 for over 15 years his is the original model 76 and he bought it used and he has had no trouble what so ever with it.
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