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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-05-2017, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Default Rem 760 vs. 7600. Any consensus?

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I am looking into a late model (1970s) Rem. 760 short action. I know that the later model 7600 incorporated some type of improvements, hopefully for good reasons.

For some reason, most of the 760s I've handleds just seem smoother and slicker than the 7600s. Maybe they have just been worn in longer.

Is there any reasoned consensus on the quality and reliability of the late model 760s vs the 7600s in short action calibers, such as the .308?

Do the new replacement mags currently sold only fit in the 7600, or do they work well in the 760s?

Thanks for all advice.

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Back when I worked in a LGS we sold the 760 and it was a fine rifle real smooth and no complaints But I do notice that the guns that took its place the 7600 and also the 7400 that replaced the 742 are not as well made and not as smooth and the finish is not that great. I got a 7400 in a trade and later found that the 7400 had clip problems although I shot some rounds and it did not jam.
If I were looking I would go for the older better made 760 but then again they may be few and far between.

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Sadly, many of the "improvements" that gunmakers do are improvements to their bottom line rather than improvements for the shooter. I have a 760 built in 1982 as a short run in .35 Remington and would not trade it for a Land Cruiser. I also have a 1956 model 740 that is one slick shooting machine. Good luck on finding you a 760.
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760's in any caliber other than 30-06 are pretty hard to come by, at least around here anyway. I don't have any experience with the 7600's, but I would be hesitant to buy anything newer from Remington these days. The 7600's have less locking lugs on the bolt than the 760. I would suggest being patient and wait for a .308 760.
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If memory serves me right there was a story in American Hunter where the writer had a 760 and had it rechambered to 35 Whelen said it was his favorite go to gun.

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I picked up a near new 1981 760 Gamemaster BDL in 30-06 last year. Looked at a new 7600 the other day and there is no comparison. The old 760 has better looking wood, better bluing, and a smoother action.
760/76000 mags do interchange
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I've heard that the improvements were made to strengthen the workings of the gun. I've read somewhere the old 742 and 760 would wear out at so many rounds shot, and internal components would break. So they made them stronger. However in doing so, the fit and finish wasn't as great. Maybe a little polishing compound on the parts might smooth up the operations.

There is always Browning, and various military style weapons like the AR-10's and Springfield M1A's.
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i sold my 760 carbine in 3006 and bought a 7600 enhanced reciever carbine in 3006 and a 2x7 leupold scope with the money and have shot a pile of deer with it, no problems at all. eastbank.
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Nice raised cheekpiece on that 7600!
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i sold my 760 carbine in 3006 and bought a 7600 enhanced reciever carbine in 3006 and a 2x7 leupold scope with the money and have shot a pile of deer with it, no problems at all. eastbank.
I forgot about those early 7600's. Nice one ya got there. They have gone way down since yours
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