DU YAH THINK ??
Originally Posted by smokepole2
I dont understand if it just needs a good cleaning( I did buy it used)
I had a 742 Woodsmaster in .30-06 Sprng. since the early 70's that NEVER jammed once and gave me a consistent, passable 1.5-2 MOA accuracy. I sold it in the mid 90's during a cash crunch between jobs.
The previous owner complained that it was jamming alot & I got it fairly cheap.
As it turns out it's a good thing it was jamming because the action was so filthy with built up crud that it's a wonder it didn't explode in his face.
I religiously stripped that 742 down every year before hunting season & cleaned every part & then applied a drop
of high quality light machine oil & worked it through the action & never had a problem with malfunctions, jams or misfires for almost 2 solid decades. After the first couple of times it only takes a few minutes for the cleaning/lubing operation.
A couple of hunting seasons later the current owner of the 742 called me on the phone & cussed me out saying I ripped him off because his gun worked good for a while & the last time he was at the range it was always jamming. I asked him how many times he had stripped & cleaned the gun since he bought it from me. Well never
he stuttered. Then I called him a few uncomplimentary explicatives & told him not to bother me any more & hung up the phone on him.
I owned a 7400 in .308 Win. for about 3 years & never had a problem while using the same yearly maintenance/lubing regimen.
I sold off all my semi-automatic center fires last year because I don't believe in the practice of spraying the woods with bullets to make up for poor shooting skill & shot placement.
I'm a strictly bolt action hunter now & seldom need more than one shot.
The point of this saga is that guns, especially auto-loaders with their intricate moving parts & complex mechanisms, unlike women don't run on pure love & a thorough yearly cleaning, lubrication & preventative maintenance regimen will usually keep your 742s, 7400s & 750s functioning trouble free for many years.