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John P.
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Posted: July 07 2006 at 2:45pm | IP Logged Quote John P.

Does anyone here load for a Remington 7400? I just put together a 7400 Carbine (18.5-inch barrel) in 30/06. Iím still breaking in the barrel, but Iím not too happy with preliminary groups. The groups range between 1.5 and 2 inches at 100 yards, with factory Remington 165-grain core-loks. Can I expect better? I plan to load Speer 165 grain Grand Slams. Any tips or favorite loads/powders would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Posted: July 07 2006 at 5:22pm | IP Logged Quote 50DEP

I have one , but I have not gotten any better groups from it than you, even with reloads. Sorry
The problem is the action and barrel length are working against you all the time.

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Posted: July 07 2006 at 5:50pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Maybe I too easy but I've always been happy as a tick with 1 1/2" for my deer rifle. Put up a lot of venison too.
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Posted: July 07 2006 at 6:06pm | IP Logged Quote 50DEP

Never said I wasnt happy, Just that the gun is not capable of better, unless you get real lucky.
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Posted: July 09 2006 at 7:39pm | IP Logged Quote RB in GA

I have a 760 and 742 in both I use 55g of IMR4350 under a 150g CoreLokt. Not the hottest load but has been plenty accurate and deadly on deer.

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Posted: July 16 2006 at 5:59pm | IP Logged Quote Joe G.

My brother now has my father's Model 7400 in 30-06 with a 22" barrel. Accuracy is actually pretty good - typically 1.5" or less at 100 yds with Federal Premium 165 grain factory ammo. Not likely to win any benchrest contests, but it's killed a whole lot of deer over the last 15 or so years. Like I said, it's not the carbine model, but the full length 22" job. Pretty soft on the shoulder - my only complaints are 1) feels like the same exact mushy trigger that's in my 1100 shotgun and 2) the rifle is a little on the heavy side to carry around the woods all day. Never handloaded for it - if you do, I think you'll probably need to crimp the bullets (I've had really good luck with the Lee Factory Crimp Die for other loads). I also think you'd want a fast burning powder for the short barrel.

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Posted: July 17 2006 at 4:14am | IP Logged Quote 50DEP

They are good rifles, not disputeing that at all, just saying they are not going to be "target " rifles persay.
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Posted: July 18 2006 at 8:41am | IP Logged Quote Leftoverdj

I'd suggest the faster powders, too, but for a different reason. The Remington extractor is delicate and the slower powders operate the action much more violently. I've lost track of the number of 742s and 7400s I've seen with the extractor ripped out, and replacements, even by the factory, have not been satisfactory.

The same extractor works well enough in the manually operated 700s and 760s, but it's trouble waiting to happen in an autoloader.
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Posted: July 18 2006 at 2:21pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

I've had really good results with IMR 4064 and 150gr bullets in my 760 pump.
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Posted: July 18 2006 at 3:10pm | IP Logged Quote 50DEP

IMR4064 is a great powder for the 30/06 and any of its "children". Also try H414, Ive had very good results with it.
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