Remington 760 / 7600

Pump Rifles

  

 FIREARMS INFORMATION

 

 

Model 760 :  The Remington pump model 760 rifle, called the "Gamemaster" was made with a 22" barrel, was introduced in 1952 and was discontinued in 1980.   It used a detachable 4 shot sheet metal stamped box magazine.  This model was initially produced only in 300 Savage, 30-06 and 35 Remington calibers.   In 1953 the 270 Win. was added.  Other calibers added later included 257 Roberts, 244 Rem., 308 Win., 243 Win., 280 Rem., 222 Rem., and 223 Rem.  Initially the wood was plain uncheckered walnut buttstock with a vertical grooved forearm.     These guns were a sales success in that when I purchased a new one in October 10th of 1954 the serial number was 179,000 and the price of $109.50, about $5 above the initial price.

 

An early Remington 760 showing the ribbed forearm, no checkering on pistol grip & metal rounded front ejection port cover



The pump action slid on a hollow metal tube that was screwed onto a 3/8" bolt at the front of the receiver.  This tube had a stabilizing spacer under the front of this tube against the barrel.  The ejection port cover was made of metal, left brightly polished, with the early ones utilizing a rounded forward outer end, while later ones (probably after late 1955 when the 740A came into being) used the same basic shaped plastic but had a slightly angled downward part at the front of this cover.   These early rear sights utilized a 3/8" dovetail in the barrel.  These rear sights were made by Remington and were distinctive to the 740 and 760s.

The receiver for the standard 760 was not originally drilled and tapped for either a peep or scope sight.   No provision for sling swivels were incorporated on the standard 760 rifle, but were available on the ADL  (A grade deluxe) which was also drilled and tapped for scope mounts.   Initially there apparently was a B grade, which probably had fancier wood.  The BDL replaced the B grade in 1953 and had the same configuration as the ADL but with a more highly figured wood.  However you may encounter a ADL with higher grade wood that had flaws in the wood, so instead of scrapping it they downgraded the wood and used it on the ADL models.  The buttplate was made of cast aluminum.

 

To reiterate, the 760ADL version introduced in 1953 which was mechanically the same as the 760, but had deluxe wood, machine checkering, a pistol grip cap and sling swivels    A 760BDL that was introduced in 1966 sported a stepped receiver rear, RH or LH cheekpiece on a Monte Carlo stock.  Basket-weave impressed checkering was added in the mid 1970s.  It also had a black pistol grip cap and forend tip.  Made only in  270 Win.,  300 Savage, 308 Win., 30-06 and 35 Remington, with the 300 Sav. being dropped early on.   There was a limited run of 760CDL carbines in 30-06 only and an 18 1/8" barrel.. This model was made only from 1961 to 1963.

This BDL version was discontinued in 1982.

 

One confusing thing about the model numbers is that very few actually had the suffix letter stamped on the gun.  Also it is my belief that the early Model 760 was just that, and when they made numerous internal changes during that first year of production, that the gun after the changes were made then became the Model 760A.

 

The ejection port cover was changed from polished metal to a black metal, and the suspicion was this came about at the same time the 740A came into existence in late1955, because the it's front was also tapered and since these 740/740A/760s shared many parts, (here namely the barrel locking lug block) that this would have been the time to change both.  Then it was changed to black plastic in 1960 when the 742 came out.

 

Close-up of an early 760 action showing metal ejection port cover, note rounded front Here is the later black plastic ejection port cover, note the front angle



 

A Remington 760ADL showing the pressed checkering pistol grip & forearm, with a plastic grip cap


Later, about 1960 a carbine with an 18 1/2" barrel was introduced but with limited calibers of 270 Won., 280 Rem., 308 Win., 30-06 and 35 Remington.   This forearm bracket tube was different than the rifle at that time, in that it was composed of two telescoping metal tubes.   When cycled to the rear no metal was exposed on the front of the forearm.  There was a thin neoprene O-Ring between the two to eliminate a rattle.

Shortly after the carbine entered the scene, the older forearm support tube as seen in the top photo below was replaced by the carbine style (bottom illustration below) on all other versions.

 

 Here on top, showing the custom stocked older rifle's old style forearm tube, with the newer telescoping forearm style below & the later pressed checkering utilizing white lined spacers on the stocks


What is hard to see on the rifle on top, above is a auxiliary fold down peep sight mounted to the rear of the scope base, hence no barrel mounted rear sight.  The lower rifle above uses a Weaver pivot mount so the rear sight can be utilized in a emergency situation.

 

These guns usually paralleled the 740 and 742 semi-automatics as far as wood goes, so the impressed checkering on the 742 would have also been incorporated on the 760 as the buttstocks are the same.  Matter of fact the 760 also shared many other common parts, and they started sharing the serial number block with the 742 at 6,900,000 in November 1968.

Aftermarket manufacturers like Uncle Mikes make sling swivel kits to fit these early guns.

 

Magazines :    These steel stamped magazines were a work of art to the sheet metal stamping field at the time they came into existence.  They were designed to hold 4 rounds.

 

Remington did not own the tooling to make the magazines, but a stamping company made the tooling for consideration in making them.  These were stamped out and DEEP DRAWN from a single sheet of steel.  Over time, the tooling wore out and the tooling company had changed ownership, the new owners were not interested in either rebuilding this old tooling OR making new tooling.  I know this, as I tried to purchase the 788 magazine tooling from this company also, but they drug their feet because at that time they were still making the 742/760 magazines for Remington and felt an obligation.  Then when the decision came to scrap the 742 tooling, buy the time I found out about it, it had went to the scrap buyer.

 

The outcome was Remington went to an existing company who was making pistol magazines, who designed cheaper tooling making it differently, with the metal box, but plastic bottom.

 

Even if you purchased factory spare magazines, sometimes they needed fitting, so they would go in/out easily or locked in place.  This could mean usually peening down or filing down the rear latch.  Usually the shallow front protrusion was OK.

 

Magazines for both the 740 and 760 series were all made on the same tooling, so should interchange.  The only difference was the 742 utilized a lock open on the last round follower system.  They also had a release button on the bottom to override this feature.  However it took so much effort that most hunters did not use it, but simply remove the magazine from the gun.  It was really a hindrance if you shot the last round and wanted to replace the empty magazine with a loaded one, as you had to first remove the empty one (while under pressure of the recoil spring pushing the bolt unit forward.  Not as fast as you would think.   The only real need for this feature was when you were cleaning the firearm.   With that in mind, many 740/742 users would simply use the 760 as their primary magazine, eliminating all the hassle.

 

There was at one time aftermarket large capacity magazines available for these guns, some functioned, some didn't.    I have been asked numerous times by people looking for them, my comment as a hunting rifle, if you can't hit an animal with 5 rounds, by then the animal would be out of sight or running so fast you could not hit them anyway.

In the photos below, on the left are the original deep drawn magazines, where they stamped individual calibers on each, even though as in these 270 Win. and 30-06 were exactly the same box.  This however created a inventory issue as the 270, 280, 30-06 and 35 Whelen all used the same magazine.  The difference for the other calibers, that the shoulder dimple was placed in a different location, as for the 223 Rem., 300 Savage, 244 Rem., 257 Roberts 243 and 308 Winchester.  The later 7600 magazines on the right, will interchange with the older and corresponding calibers.  But you will notice they now stamp all calibers that the magazine can accomodate.

 

 

760 magazines, note the single caliber stampings Here is the later 2 piece magazine using  a plastic bottom, with all the calibers stamped

 

 

Sights :  Don't ask me to ID which sight would have been used on what year a gun, as I am not a Remington historian, just a lowly country gunsmith.  However I will try to show photos of most of the different versions.  In the LH photo below, you see the original 740 and 760 rear sight.  This particular sight has been modified by lowering the rear blade.  The RH photo shows the first 742 rear sights.  These  were screwed onto the barrel using 2 screws, the rear blade and flat spring base was held in place by a cross screw in be front part of the base.  The fragile rear blade had a windage adjustment screw and used a blade type notched elevator.

 

Remington 740/760 original rear sight  First Remington 742 & corresponding 760 rear sight


In the photos below, the LH sight assembly is again screwed to the barrel (using the same hole spacing as it's predecessor).  The base had a male dovetail on the inclined top ramp.  The upper blade base was secured by a cross screw pinching onto the dovetail.  The windage blade was adjusted by the blade having 2 small Vee horizontal grooves, mating into Vee ridges of the blade base and was secured by a center screw buried in the front of the blade.   This screw was notorious for loosening and the blade disappearing.

 

Remington later rear sight   Remington late rear sight
Coming

 

 

 

Model 6 / 7600 :    There may have been some confusion with the other Remington #6, which was a Rolling Block single shot rimfire rifle that Remington made from 1890 to 1933.

When Remington discontinued the 760 pump, in 1981 they came out with the (deluxe) Model 6 at a retail of $399.95, which was then discontinued in 1987.   This gun parallels the Model 4/7400/74 as many parts interchange.  The following year the 7600 was introduced, which is still currently being made. 

This newer design has a newer internal design, while still maintaining the same exterior configuration.   It was designated model 6, and the Model 7600.  The calibers available were 6mm Rem. (discontinued in 1985)  243, 270, 30-06, and the 308.   A carbine in 30-06 was introduced  in 1988.  Again what ever was done for the 7400 was paralleled in the 7600 as for the wood, improved firing pins, reinforced hardened steel insert rail in the receiver, scope mounting hole changes, locking lugs and magazine latch being enlarged.  The extractor was changed from the riveted in style, common with the 740, 742, 760 and the bolt action 700 to a non-riveted snap in type.  This new style extractor was also incorporated into the model 700 bolt action gun.  

The model 6 was the deluxe version (or as the earlier 760 was designated, where it would have been equal to a BDL grade).   The Model 6 had high gloss checkered walnut wood with white line spacers under the buttplate, grip cap and forearm tip.  

The Model 7600  (would have been equivalent to the ADL) which was the same gun, except plainer wood, satin finish, pressed checkering and retailing for $50 less than the Model 6.  The calibers available were 6mm Rem. (discontinued in 1987)  243, 270, 280, 30-06, 308, and 35 Whelen.   A carbine in 30-06 was introduced  in 1988. 

In the spring of 1982 the Remington factory sales reps told us (independent dealers) that "they" were advertising for the independent dealer and promoting the Model 6 in all national magazines.   They were promoting us, the independent dealer.  They did not tell us that there was also being made an economy Model 7600.   We found out later in the early fall after we got our shipment of Model 6es, that Remington had sold the Model 7600s to K-Mart, Wal-Mart etc. at a greatly reduced price as compared to the Model 6 that they were selling us.   The retail customer was not dumb, as he could buy a new Remington pump or semi-automatic 30-06 from the "marts" for $100 less, he did not care what it looked like, only the price, and was discontent that we could not match their (the Marts) discounted price on our HIGHER grade guns.   The situation was that the "marts" ordered only the 30-06 calibers, and the customer could not understand why we could not sell them a 270 Winchester for the same price the marts wanted for their 30-06.   We were therefore stuck with higher priced guns on our shelves.

Then in 1983 Remington acknowledged the existence of and then had the 7600s in their catalog where independent shop owners had to then buy the model 7600's to stay even somewhat competitive.   So the model 6's sat on our shelves and at the factory warehouse.   It took the factory a few years to figure out what was going on.  Beginning in 1990 the high gloss wood of the model 6 was incorporated onto the Model 7600, basically eliminating the classier Model 6.

As time went on, 1993 and 1994  a Special Purpose gun with non reflective wood, glass-beaded dull metal finish showed on the scene.  In 1998 newer versions appeared with synthetic stocked models, glass-beaded dull metal finish.   Even later, synthetic stocked models with Electoless nickel dull finish on the metal were introduced.

 

Model 76 :   Then about 1985 there was even a cheaper Model 7600, called the Model 76, and again made in 30-06 only, which took the place of the "older" 7600, but with cheaper walnut stained birch wood with no checkering.  Also the metal finish did not have the higher luster of the 7600.   These guns also carried Remington's economy name of "Sportsman".

 

Sportsman 76 with high "See-Thru" scope mounts
 


Gunsmithing These Models : 
Barrel code for date of manufacture and information on barrel extension removal CLICK HERE

 

 If the hammer is not falling,  or your rifle misfires, it could be traced to at least 2 conditions (#1 or #2 below).

(1) If someone may have had the trigger group apart to replace the hammer spring etc., it is possible that the action bar lock's (#18609) rear tail is ABOVE the tail of the trigger disconnector bar.  The Action Bar Lock is the lever you depress to manually open the action.  Both of these parts are on the LH side of the trigger group, above and in front of the trigger.  Under normal conditions, the action bar lock has to raise up behind the LH action slide bar to lock the pump slide and hold the rotating locking lugs before the gun will fire.  With the ABL ABOVE the disconnector, it will hold the disconnector DOWN, allowing the gun to fire out of lockup, or not fire if the operator does not hold the forearm tightly forward.

(2) The early forearms which used the single tube forearm guide, also use a threaded forearm retainer nut very similar to the 870 shotgun.   This nut may become slightly unthreaded allowing the forearm to slide forward/rearward on the metal tube, or if you had it apart, it may be that you may NOT have threaded the forearm nut all the way on.   If this happens on the old guns, (not the carbines or the newer telescoping action tubes), when you push the pump handle is as far forward as it will go, the bolt may not be totally closed. This is because the older action tube has a pinned in front end cap forming a stop.  This then too long forearm nut bumps the end cap, stopping the forward movement of the slide assembly, which does not allow the breech bolt to move far enough forward to lock the action bar up. 

 

These older rifles that did not have the telescoping forearm tube used a spacer on the front between the tube's end and the barrel.  In the illustration below, is a CAD drawing of this part.  It would be totally obsolete now, but  could be easily made out of 3/32" aluminum or plastic.  The real early ones had a round hole on the front, while the later ones before the telescoping type change, was slotted for easier assembly.  To make one of these it would be best to drill the holes first and then cut the material around them away.  NOTE - these holes are speced out as a radius, so a drill would be twice this dimension.

 

 Here is a CAD drawing of the old style forearm support plate

 

 

As seem in the photo below, for the older models, this forearm retainer nut  may come loose.  It is tightened in using a split spanner, (or a medium screwdriver) to rotate this nut tighter.   It has two slots 180 degrees apart on the front as seen by the red arrows.  If this nut becomes loose, it will bump the front metal end (blue arrow), not allowing the forearm metal to go fare enough ahead to allow the action bar lock to lock the forearm in place, timing it so the trigger/hammer assembly unit functions properly.

 

Early 760 forearm lockup & support plate


These action tubes screw onto a 3/8 NF bolt protruding from the front of the receiver.  The tubes have  3/16" holes in them crossways which you use as a spanner hole (using a #1 Phillips screwdriver) to tighten/unscrew the tube from the receiver.  You should not have to remove this tube unless you are removing the barrel which is required if you need to get into the action to replace say the firing pin, extractor or ejection port cover.

 

(3)  To remove the newer telescoping forearm support tube, you need to first remove the screw on the front of the forearm.  With this screw loose, you can now remove the forearm by sliding it forward and off the outer metal tube.  With the action bar now positioning the action halfway open, you will see two 3/16" holes positioned 180 degrees apart.  By using a #1 Phillips screwdriver, (the reason I say this tool is that it gives leverage AND is strong enough to not bend) you can insert the blade part into these holes and using the handle as leverage, unscrew this inner tube off the 3/8" threaded stud secured in the front of the receiver.  You will have to make many repositionings of the screwdriver  as you will only be able to unscrew 1/2 a turn at a time.

 

Late 760 forearm support tube removal

 

 

)4)  To reinstall the barrel/action bar and bolt assembly, you will have to assemble all and lock up the locking lugs into the barrel extension, (forearm tube forward) place the ejection port cover in place and carefully slide this whole unit down into the receiver.  If everything goes well the first time, you will be able to have the barrel extension lug bear against the front of the receiver and should be able to be able to slide the forearm tube rearward, exposing the inner tube where you can reverse order rescrew the inner tube onto the threaded stud in the front of the lower receiver.

 

(5)  Now you can pull the barrel, forearm bracket and bolt assembly straight forward and off the receiver.  Now you can access the bolt body and head, firing pin, or replace the ejection port cover.

 

(6) You won't find any specs for the firing pin or spring, as there are none.  If the firing pin is not broken, the length of it is not an issue as it is a rebounding type, which means when the bolt is locked in position, the firing pin length/weight/spring tension/ and hammer force are all balanced.  This means that at the farthest forward position the firing pin can be pushed to and yet be even with the rear of the bolt carrier, it will not protrude from the bolt face, (safety if the gun is dropped).  The force of the hammer overcomes the light FP spring tension, pushing the heavier than needed firing pin forward to ignite the primer.  The weight of the hammer holds it forward during firing.

 

(7) Magazine latches for the model 760 are obsolete, but the 7600 versions will fit IF you also use the new rat trap spring.

(8) The older guns did not have a metal buttstock spacer installed between the receiver and the buttstock.  The newer guns you may see this spacer.  What it does is take up the pressure of firing, eliminating the chance of the receiver setting back, slitting the buttstock at the joint line.  There should be about a minimum of .010" clearance between the rear of the receiver lip and the front of the buttstock.  If yours does not, you might fiberglass it or at least place some kind of metal spacer to protect your buttstock.

 

(9) Remington has also discontinued making extractors for these guns (apparently because they are now obsolete by their standards), extractor #14669 which was 30-06 size riveted type and are the same that had been used on the 700, 740, 742, 760, 788 (all obsolete guns).   These extractors are riveted into the bolt, require a special rivet and tool to install.   The rivet tool and replacement extractors are currently available from Brownells in Iowa 1-800-471-0015.

 

(10) These guns use a plastic type ejection port cover, which is obsolete by Remington, but made by an aftermarket business.  The 7600 cover is slightly different, but usable if you alter it to be close to the old 760 cover.   The 7600 is a bit longer, but that does not hurt operation, however it is .640 in height.  You need to remove .040 off the bottom and alter the front end to close to the 760 shape.  You can not get it all the same there, but enough to work.  But don't cut it so close on the lower forward end that you weaken it.   Shown below is the 7400/742, whereas the 7600/760 would be the same but without the slots for the operating handle.

 

Remington 7400 ejection port cover on top & 742 on the bottom

 

 

(11) Magazine latches are also obsolete.   However the latch off the newer 7600 series can be used if the new spring is also used.

 

(12) Sights have changed many times over the years.  If yours is one of the early guns (760) with a 3/8" dovetail, any aftermarket 3/8" sight, both front and rear will fit.   If your barrel has the sights screwed onto it like the 742s, you loose part of the rear sight, you might be best to try to get a whole new one for the 7400 or even the 700 series, as the screw holes are all the same spacing.   The rear screw on sight has been changed 3 times and parts for the early versions are no longer available from the factory.   All screw on front sight bases have the same hole spacing, so any later Remington front sight unit will fit, however the height of the blade may be different if off a different model.  

 

Don't ask me to ID which sight would have been used on what year a gun, as I am not a Remington historian, just a lowly country gunsmith.

 

(11) About all the newer type pump and semi-auto guns, whether they be rimfire, centerfire or shotgun use many of the same basic “Fire Control” (as Remington calls the trigger group) parts.  This would be the 552, 572, for the RF, 740, 742, 760, 4, 6, 74, 76 7400 and 7600 for the CF. 11-48, Sportsman 48, 870, 58, 878, 1100, and the 11-87 in the shotguns.  They are only supplied in Right Hand from the factory.  You can not simply reverse the RH to make it function as a LH unit.

For many years there were aftermarket Left Hand replacement triggers available from sources like Williams Gunsight Co., Uncle Mikes, Herters, etc.    However for some reason these companies dropped production.  The guess is that if THEY sold you a replacement safety and YOU installed it improperly, that they were responsible legally because they SHOULD HAVE KNOWN that someone could also done something else wrong inside the “Fire Control” unit at the same time, creating a unsafe situation   These companies also felt threatened by lawyers to the effect that they were making a product that altered the factory design.

 

(13) Buttstock wood is the SAME and interchangeable for all of the Models 740, 742, #4, #6, 74, 7400, 7600.  Forearms from the 7600 should fit the late telescoping style forearms of the 760.

 

 

(14) If you as a gunsmith would have to take the barrel extension off to do any rechambering or rebarreling you will need to make a barrel extension wrench.  This extension is actually the barrel's locking lugs.  This locking lug extension is threaded and timed to the barrel so that the extension, the barrel lug are all indexed for bolt lockup, and correct headspace so everything where it should be, along with being aligned with and indexed so the sights align.   This is not something the average backyard gunsmith can handle.  There is not any commercially available fixtures available to remove these extensions.  If you try to use any other method to remove this locking lug extension, you will about 99% be assured of breaking the extension.   Shown below is a photo of the one I made.

 

 You have all the dimensions you need to make these, the OD of the lug extension is the hole diameter.  The working end of the slider fits the top locking lugs.  The 3/8" hole for the bolt is the hole that the receiver retaining bolt is located in the barrel lug.  This bolt does not go all the way through into the barrel lug on disassembly, but is needed in that location for reassembly for re-alignment.  The main tool body is .875 thick with the lug engagement slider .500.


Remington barrel extension removal tool


In the above photo, the inner slider is made to fit inside the barrel locking lugs.  The 3/8" bolt locks the slider to the base.  The bolt hole is also aligned with the barrel lug attachment bolt hole.  In use, for removal the base is inserted over the barrel lug extension, the slider is then slid endwise into the lug recess.  The bolt is inserted in just far enough to lock these 2 parts together, but not into the main barrel lug.  Mark the relationship of the barrel to the barrel lug with a scribe mark on layout die.  This will allow you to reinstall it in the same position.

 

Remington changed the threads on Feb. 1977, date code  (LO), for the 742 and 760, the barrel threads were changed from RH to LH, to help stop the problem of the barrel extension of the 742 (locking lugs) from unscrewing from the barrel during the firing cycle.   This was not a problem with the 760, but since many of the parts interchanged, they did the same on both models at the same time.  This date code is shown above in the gunsmithing section.

 

With this change of the threads from RH to LH to facilitate the extension not being backed off when used on the semi-auto guns.  This will determine which direction, when you try to remove the extension from from the barrel.   You can now put the barrel in a barrel vise, rap the removal handle in the proper direction, then unscrew the extension off the barrel.  These extensions are usually on tight and require force to remove even after the initial bond is broken.  Once it is off, if the barrel lug is stubborn and resists, you may screw the extension back on part way, do it over again but with the 3/8" bolt thru the lug to take both off at the same time.


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