The 742`s from that era had 2 versions , both built off the same action, and was based on stock and forend design, the 742 ADL was standard, with round checkered forearm and checkered stock, the BDL was the deluxe with box forearm and basketweave carveings, both are equal in accuracy but the BDL holds more resale value.
The BDL version also had a slightly different receiver profile. It evidently used the same scope mounts but had a bit different look.. a step milled around on the top back of the receiver. The reason I know is that a friend has an ADL version for sale and someone asked the difference. The answer 'not much'. BTW his is a 6mm I believe.
Although I don't use mine much anymore, my 742 in .30/06 shoots 180 gr SJRNs into 2" all day long without me having to do much, and if I really do my job, I can consistantly keep them close to 1.5". PSPs and Ballistic Tips come in closer to 1". With factory ammo, I've never once had any problems with jamming. My biggest complaint is that cleaning the bolt and inside of the receiver throughly is a major pain, and all of that metal gets pretty darn cold to carry around all day.
I inherited a early 742 from my brother in laws dad. This man deer hunted into his 90s. Since I am the only one in the family who hunts they gave me his gun. It must have been made right after they changed the name from the "Woodsman" to the 742. It has a plain stock with those darn look through scope mounts. It is in 30-06. I would like to take a deer with it just once for the old guy. Then it will retire into the safe. Although I don't like the scope mounts I decided to hunt with it just the way he did. Big mistake the first time. The scope was also pretty old and didn't gather much light. My grandson was with me and we could see deer in the early light just at legal shooting hours but I couldn't find them in the scope. This year I changed to a different scope and added a sling. Hey this sentimental stuff only goes so far. :wink:
The gun functions well and I hope to score with it in 2 weeks.
I also was given an old 740 in 30-06. It is the Woodsman model also. I chucked those ugly see thru mounts that were all the rage 30 years ago and put on redfield bases and added a 3X9 scope.
It jammed some when I first got it but I could tell the magazine spring was weak. I replaced the magazine and it goes off everytime and cycles just fine. They do have to be cleaned occassionally and a can of Brake Cleaner will blast out all the old crud. same stuff as "Gun Scrubber" except it cost a buck or so at the auto parts.
I will hunt with it some just for sentimental reasons. I did have the barrel cut to 18 1/2 and recrowned as I always wanted the carbine version.
I was happily surprised to find that the old 742 shot Remington 150 gr. Corelocs in to just under 2 inches at 100 yards. Although I checked the zero when I first used it I didn't really shoot it for a group.
This is pretty good for this old auto loader. I carried it some for the Wisconsin Deer opener but never saw a deer when I had it.
Inherited my Dad's 740 (.30-06) a few years back that he got in 1957. He said you should have seen those guys at deer camp when he showed up with that thing. They were still using buckshot and slugs back then We've both killed a truck load of deer with that gun. For what it was designed for it's plenty accurate. I still carry it sometimes. Brings back fond memories.......Van
Well, I have a Remington 742 Woodmaster in 30-06. I was sighting it in topped with a Redfield Widefield 3x9 scope. The following is the group I got shooting Remington Cor Lokt 150 grain rounds.
This group is fine with me.
This brings me to another question, since I am here.
As you can see, I need to go up and over a bit to get dead center @ 100 yards. I ran out of rounds at the time and have to go back to correct it. My question is, I have a box of 165 gr. rounds of the Remington Core Lokt ammo but need to know if there is going to be too much difference in the drop from the 150 gr?
I don't want to start over so should I go get a box of 150 gr or will the 165 gr. do just as well?
Texaseyes only your rifle can give you the answer just about every one bill be a little differant good luck PS I would stick with what ever shot like that and buy 3 or 4 of the same lot number if I could
Well what is funny is that, when I was doing the graphics on this post, I got lookin at the group and decided not to wait on a response. I went to WallyWorld and got three more boxes of them.
I will be shooting that particular round for awhile. Can't really control the lot number.
Gotta luv that semi auto. Think I am gonna keep it! :wink:
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