Remington 7400

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I purchased a Remington 7400 Synthetic Carbine about 3 weeks ago to use deer hunting in the heavy foliage cover in central Minnesota. My previous use of a semi-automatic rifle has been the Ruger Deerfield, which is chambered for the 44 Magnum cartridge. This year the little .44 Magnum slug failed to get through fairly light brush cover.

For this reason I purchased the Remington 7400 autoloading carbine in .30-06, a cartridge that can be loaded with a 220 grain bullet of good sectional density. This should penetrate brush a little better than the low sectional density .44 Magnum slug (I was using a 270 grain bullet).

I settled on the Remington 7400 based on my previous ownership of a Model 7400 rifle in .308. The Rem. 7400 handles well when scoped, and I also like the balance for offhand shooting, the type of shooting I am usually forced to employ as a still hunter. The Carbine version also handles well, at least on the range and in some limited field carry. Price was also a consideration. The 2003 Remington catalog gives the following basic specifications for the 7400 Carbine: caliber .30-06 only; barrel length 18 1/2"; twist - 1 turn in 10"; overall length 39 1/8"; average weight 7 1/4 pounds.

Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised at Remington's attention to protective packaging. There were no flaws in the rifle's fit or finish.

I installed a Weaver single piece No. 93 base and used Weaver Quick Detachable split rings to install a Burris 2 1/2 power Widefield scope. This scope has served me well for almost 20 years on various shotguns and rifles, most recently the Deerfield.

I had some low power 220 grain .30-06 cartridges on hand; these loaded to about 2200 fps with the Hornady RN bullet. I also had some Remington factory loaded 220 grain .30-06 cartridges. These went to the range.

The scope came off for the initial sighting in of the iron sights at 50 yards. The sights are quite usable with the Weaver base left on the rifle receiver. 5 shots had the Remington loads grouping in the 6 inch bullseye.

The scope was re-installed. 6 shots later I had the target out at 100 yards and the rifle sighted in. The weaker load shot about 3 inches under the Remington factory ammo at 100 yards with no windage variation.

The low power load would not cycle the action reliably. There were no functioning problems with the Remington factory ammo. From a bench rest both loads shot into about 1.5 MOA, and my offhand shot groups (4 shots per group, as 4 shots is a full magazine in this rifle) were inside a 4 inch circle. This is good enough for me.

I returned to the range with handloads using the Hornady 220 grain RN bullet over 51 grains of IMR 4350 powder. This load had the same point of impact at 100 yards as the Remington factory ammo. And the firearm cycles reliably with this load.

Offhand I again put my 4 shots into a circle about 4 inches in diameter. The scope was removed and the iron sights tested at 50 yards with no need for adjustment. When the scope was re-installed the point of impact had not changed. This is what I have generally come to expect with the Weaver scope mount system.

So, in summary, the positives of this rifle and scope/mount combination are:

  • Easy to carry; my hand easily fits around the receiver and scope at the balance point.
  • Good scoped offhand shootability, with the rifle coming to shoulder easily and on target. The balance of the firearm is such that offhand shooting is steadied.

The only negatives in the entire set-up are:

  • The poor trigger on the rifle. It definitely limits decent offhand shooting to about 150 yards or so. The trigger pull is long and creepy.
  • The iron sights are very low on the rifle, causing me to have to crawl on the stock for fine aim. This is not of terrible significance, as these iron sights represent emergency sighting only. Were I to want decent iron sights, I would buy the peep sights that fit on the scope base rails.

After reflecting on the rifle/mount/scope combination and the sixty or so shots I've fired through it, I would recommend this set-up to the woodland hunter who was going to limit his shots to about 150 yards or so.

Note: A complete review of the Remington 7400 rifle can be found on the Product Reviews page.


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Too Tall

09-11-2011, 06:21 PM

Need a little help here. I have a semi-auto Remington 7400 .30-06. It has a 5 round magazine. I loaded the magazine to capacity, inserted it into the rifle and racked a round. The bolt went 95% forward and stopped. I cannot remove the magazine. The mag release won't depress at all. I can't pull the charging handle backwards or push it forward.

Any help would be appreciated.

Too Tall

09-11-2011, 06:25 PM

I should add: I took a hammer and gently tapped the mag release with no luck. I also took the hammer and gently tapped the charging handle rearward with no luck. It moved maybe 1/32" rearward and I didn't dare tap any harder.

Have you tried drifting out the pins that hold the trigger ass'y out ,then remove the ass'y? That might give some clearance for things to slide.

Too Tall

09-11-2011, 06:31 PM

I was going to try that once my son went to bed (30 mins) but wasn't sure if it would be able to drop out with the bolt/mag stuck.

I'll let you know if I have any luck. Any other ideas?

Spray some light oil on the bolt too, if it's dry.

Too Tall

09-11-2011, 07:51 PM

It took quite a bit of force to drift the pins out. Once I got them out, I wasn't able to remove the trigger group but it did loosen everything up just enough for me to whack the mag release with a rubber mallet.

That did the trick. Still not entirely sure what happened. When I got the mag out, the spring on it was stuck in the depressed position. (It wasn't pushing the rounds upwards.)

I removed the rounds and used a small flat head screwdriver to wiggle the spring and popped up and seems to be functioning well now. I blew it out with some air and I'm hoping it will be good to go.

Going to the range tomorrow with fingers crossed.

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Blast from the Past: Remington 7400

Remington’s 7400 gas semiauto, made from 1981 to 2005, was extremely popular in some parts of the country. Chambered in all the usual short and standard cartridges, plus .35 Whelan, it replaced the 742, which was sold from 1960 to 1980, and had replaced the 740 that had been around since 1952. The 7400 was replaced by the 750, which lasted until 2015. The line is dead now—its niche having been filled by the AR-style R10, which makes up for in reliability what it gives away to the older semiautos in looks. The consensus on the 7400 is that they can be finicky, and they have to be kept very clean, but the 7400 has shot a lot of deer over the years, including today’s rifle. Jake, the owner, gets bonus points for his excellent throwback choice of optic and low rings.

Jake’s Remington 7400

My dad gave me this .30/06 Remington 7400 a couple of years ago when he bought a new deer rifle. It has factory engraving and upgraded wood. This year, I topped it with an old El Paso Weaver K4 in super-low Leupold mounts. The super-low scope rings allow me to get a solid cheek weld. The old Weaver fogs occasionally, and it has a couple of chips in the rear lens, but I like the look of the old blued-steel scope—so I put up with it. This buck was in hot pursuit of a yearling doe. I heard him grunting right before he cruised around the side of a knob I was watching. I was only 45 minutes into my deer season when I pulled the trigger.

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Remington 7400 semi-auto in .308 wins shooting quarter inch n half inch groups at 50 n 100 yards.


PriceItemConditionDate Sold$1,025.00 .270 WIN. REMINGTON 7400 * WEATHERMASTER 270 WIN MATTE NICKEL SCARCE RIFLE
Jonesville, VA 24263Used$505.00 REMINGTON 7400 .30-06 22" SEMI AUTO RIFLE! 22 INCH " BARREL
Saint Peters, MO 63376Used$700.00 .243 WIN. REMINGTON 7400 DELUXE 243 HIGH GLOSS!! 22 INCH " BARREL
Trinity, TX 75862Used$570.65 .30-06 REMINGTON 7400 CARBINE 30-06 22 INCH " BARREL
Utica, MI 48317Used$365.00 REMINGTON 740 WOODSMASTER .30-06 NICE 74 7400 742 22 INCH " BARREL
Decatur, AL 35601Used$559.99 .270 WIN. MODEL 7400 REMINGTON SEMI AUTO 270 22" EXCELLENT.270 WIN 22 INCH " BARREL
Virginia Beach, VA 23462Used$445.00 .270 WIN. REMINGTON 7400 WIN ITEM S-216
Columbia, TN 38401Used

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PriceItemConditionDate Sold$879.99 .30-06 MODEL 7400 REMINGTON 30-06 SPRG ENGRAVED 22" W/OPTICS 22 INCH " BARREL
Springfield, IL 62711Used$550.00 REMINGTON 7400 .30-06 22 INCH " BARREL
Marshall, TX 75672Used$795.00 .30-06 MODEL 7400 REMINGTON CARBINE 30-06 USED
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526Used$705.00 .30-06 REMINGTON 7400 IN 30-06 CALIBER BORN 1981 HIGH GLOSS CHECKERED WALNUT
Jonesville, VA 24263Used$705.00 OTHER MODEL RARE REMINGTON 7400 BLACK SYNTHETIC NEW .30-06 SEMI-AUTO W/SCOPE 000000000000 REM7400 22 INCH " BARREL
Waverly, MN 55390New Old Stock$600.00 .30-06 7400 WOODSMASTER REMINGTON 30-06 SEMI AUTOMATIC
Uvalda, GA 30473New Old Stock$1,199.00 .270 WIN. REMINGTON 7400 WEATHERMASTER 270 WINCHESTER NIB
Marshfield, WI 54449New Old Stock
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