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Newly rebarreled 30-06
« on: August 14, 2013, 07:56:57 am »
This rifle was my grandfathers. It's a Remington 721 built in Oct 1950. It was the first rifle I used deer hunting. After my grandfather passed away my mother got it. We had the stock refinished and a couple other things done. Upon firing it I discovered it was a good thing I never had to shoot at a deer with it, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn standing inside. The barrel was eroded.(probably due to corrosive primers and lack of maintenance and sitting in grandpa's basement for years)

In March I asked my mom if I could get it re-barreled, she said yes BUT, it had to be a factory barrel so it looked "just the way daddy would have used it". Ok, this should be interesting. Remington quit making the 721 in roughly 1960. Took it to a gunsmith I know, told him what I needed. Well, low and behold, after a couple months of searching his wife found a excellent condition 721 30-06 barrel. Machining was required(of course to line up the iron sights correctly) but, it's done.

I showed my mom the other day and she said "doesn't look like they did anything" to which I asked "isn't that what you wanted?". Needless to say, mission accomplished. Now I just need to get it out to the range and see how it shoots. It's feather light and kicks like a old army mule but I don't mind. It won't really get used anyways. Just wanted a good barrel back on it just in case I do get the wild hair to take it out hunting.


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    Re: Newly rebarreled 30-06
    « Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013, 10:42:11 am »
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    Re: Newly rebarreled 30-06
    « Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013, 11:19:04 am »
    nice rifle. i bet it will be on target now. did the gunsmith test fire it? ==sheriff==
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    Re: Newly rebarreled 30-06
    « Reply #3 on: August 14, 2013, 01:44:02 pm »
    No he didn't sheriff. Used go/no go head spacing gauges. I trust his work so I'm not concerned about it being out of tolerance for head spacing. Heck, just for kicks before he started the work he head spaced the original barrel and that was a no go. Might explain why it blew a primer out of a casing one time.

    He did show me the go/no go gauges and showed me how the bolt would not lock down on no go but would on go. I'm good with it.(being experienced on the M2 .50 I have a idea about how it works ;) ;D)

    Oh, and the action has been glass bedded so you can easily slide about 3 one dollar bills between the stock and the barrel.
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    Re: Newly rebarreled 30-06
    « Reply #4 on: August 14, 2013, 03:09:16 pm »
    He did show me the go/no go gauges and showed me how the bolt would not lock down on no go but would on go. I'm good with it.(being experienced on the M2 .50 I have a idea about how it works ;) ;D)
    Yep, same principle. It amazes me that so many folks think they can mix and match M16 bolts and barrels, (or build their own, out of random parts) then wonder why they get case separation.
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    Re: Newly rebarreled 30-06
    « Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013, 07:25:07 pm »
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    Re: Newly rebarreled 30-06
    « Reply #6 on: August 21, 2013, 01:20:15 pm »
    First trip to the range with the old girl. Went well. Little shaky at first but then I smoothed out.

    The first group is the single line marks. Second is the x's. Third and final is the holes with arrow pointing towards them. 50 yards bench resting. My screwdriver set somehow is missing from my range bag.(apparently the wife needed to use them worse than I need them) That's why the windage is off. I stopped shooting so my buddy and his family had free run of the range so I'll be making another trip next week to finish zeroing.(they're home on vacation from California and wanted to take their kids shooting. It was fun to watch the kids shoot.)

    Also, this is with ammo that I had laying around. Winchester 150 grn. Maybe I'll pick up a box of Remington 150 grn and try that as well. That part takes time finding what a firearm likes. Anywho, so far so good. Getting another barrel put on was money well spent. Now if I want/have to use it I can at least have confidence it will hit what I'm aiming at.

    Side note, thankfully I found my old shooting jacket with the thick padded shoulder. This old rifle has no recoil pad, just a steel butt plate. And it's feather light so needless to say more than a couple rounds with no shooting jacket and it starts turning the shoulder into hamburger. lol
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