Introduced in 1955, over 2.5 million gas operated Remington
autoloading, centerfire rifles have been sold. The original
1955 Model 740 and the current Model 7400 are favorites of
deer hunters and carry on a proud tradition of fine autoloading,
centerfire rifles from Remington that began in 1906. The original
John Browning designed autoloader was first called The
Remington Autoloading Rifle and was later renamed in
Remington’s 1911 catalog to the now familiar Model 8. Its
reliability is legendary and many early models are still in use
today. Over 69,490 Model 8s, in calibers .25 Remington, .30
Remington, .32 Remington and .35 Remington were made from
1906 to 1936.
A Du Pont executive, Charles Krum Davis, took over
as Remington Arms Company President in 1933. He realized that
the venerable Model 8 autoloading rifle was outdated and
expensive to manufacture. A cosmetic rework, started in 1934,
resulted in the June 1936 introduction of the Model 81. It was
now called the Woodmaster and at least 55,581, in calibers .25
Remington, .30 Remington, .300 Savage, .32 Remington and .35
Remington were made from 1936 to the end of production in
Serious work on a completely new autoloading
centerfire rifle was started in 1940 and given the engineering
studies designation – Model 740. The new Model 740 and its
sibling – the Model 760 pump-action rifle – followed parallel
development paths until the December 7, 1941 Japanese
bombing of Pearl Harbor when all of Remington’s domestic
projects were put on hold. Development work resumed in late
1943 and by July 12, 1944 a formal proposal for development,
testing and production was requested. A prototype, in caliber
.30-06, was later demonstrated in 1944. It utilized an
alloy receiver large enough to accommodate the .300 H&H
By 1947 there were two gun design teams working on
both the autoloading and pump action rifles – Remington’s
Technical Division, Ilion, New York working on the Models 740
and 760 and the Du Pont Engineering Department in
Wilmington, Delaware working on the Models 742 and 762. An
inevitable turf war developed and President Davis resolved the
conflict November 11, 1947 by making Du Pont’s L. Ray
Crittendon, who originally managed the design of the Springfield
1903A3 during World War II and later the Model 11-48
autoloading shotgun, a part of the Remington design team. His
Models 742 autoloading rifle and 762 pump action rifle, based
on the dimensions of the 28 gauge Model 11-48 shotgun
receiver, eventually were selected and subjected to extended
function and endurance tests. He also, in 1951, developed the
autoloading rifle magazine bolt release that had generated some
discussion in the early years. Remington’s safety principle,
used since 1906, was to see the rifle empty and open after the
last shot is fired. It is still in use today.
In the late 1940s, three gas operating systems, tappet
as used in the M1 Carbine, gas expansion as used in the M1
Garand and impulse reaction, were tested using a caliber .30-06
Model 721 bolt action rifle. The gas systems did not operate the
bolt but instead were connected to instruments measuring the
force generated over time. The impulse reaction system of gas
flowing in a tube that impinges on a blind hole in the action bar
The Model 742 engineering studies designation was
changed to the Model 740 Woodmaster on May 22, 1950.
Remington Model 742
The Remington Model 742, also known as the Woodsmaster is a semi-automatic rifle that was produced by Remington Arms from 1960 until 1980. It uses a straight 4 round magazine, a 10-round magazine, and a rare 20 round magazine. Features include a side ejection port and a free-floating barrel. It uses the same action as the Remington 1100 series shotguns with both having the venerable 870 series as the parent gun. In 1981, the Model 742 was replaced by the Model 7400.
A 742 chambered in 30-06 was used by the sniper in the Action-Thriller Two-Minute Warning.
- ^ abcde"Model 742 Woodsmaster". Remington Arms. Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- ^ abcdeMarcot, Roy (2005). The History of Remington Firearms: The History of One of the World's Most Famous Gun Makers (1st Lyons Press ed.). Guilford, CT: Lyons Press. p. 88. ISBN .
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Here's a late 1962 Remington 742 ADL Deluxe 30-06 with original Weaver V8 scope and leather strap question....
Serial number 83761 barrel code AJK from 1963 according to Remington.
I inherited from an uncle this rifle, he deer hunted twice and quit-stored in a closet for 50 years! This gun is in very good/excellent condition except there is a crack in the fore grip. I have a 2nd original factory 4 round clip and 118 hunting rounds I purchased in last year. In Illinois I need to hunt with a shotgun, can't use this rifle for deer. What is the trade value for a rifled barrel slug shotgun? Are early original 742's collectible, should I source a new matching wood front grip-is the crack a big deal?
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SOLD FOR: $1,095
Model: 742 Woodsmaster BDL Deluxe
Serial Number: 363891
Year of Manufacture: June 1968 C&R (PR Date Code)
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Gas Operated Semi-Automatic Rifle with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO. INC., ILION, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A.” above a host of patent numbers, “.30-06 SPRG.”, inspector marks, and “U PR 89” on the chamber. The left side of the receiver is marked “Remington / 363891” and “Woodsmaster / MODEL 742”. The right side of the barrel is marked with an ovalled “R.E.P.” and two inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed into a serrated ramped riser that is screwed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notch flip-up sight with a white alignment triangle. It has an elevator and is mounted to a base fixed to the barrel. The top of the receiver has a one-piece rail installed with a pair of rings holding a WsternField 3-9×32 scope. The scope has some little marks and scratches into the finish and finish loss on the edges of the lens housings. The scope has a crosshair and the glass is clear, it rates in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece basketweave press-checkered walnut with floral motif accents with a fluted monte carlo comb with a cheekpiece, black caps with white spacers, and checkered hard rubber Remington buttplate. There are some scattered light draglines, some dings, and some compressions. The most noticeable dings are on the right side of the butt up towards the heel and the belly. There are some scratches, the most noticeable are on the black forend cap. The pistol grip cap has some finish loss and some that is separating. The checkering is well defined. The LOP measures 13 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some light scuffs and scratches but the lettering and checkering are intact and attractive. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There are one or two hardly noticeable spots of faint surface erosion, I would not think twice about shooting this rifle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The receiver has some freckled surface oxidation plus some light draglines and a scuff or two. The barrel has some little nicks and scuffs. There is thinning at the muzzle. The barrel is taking on a slightly brownish hue. The trigger guard has some scuffs and some nicks through the finish plus finish loss on the edges. The mag release has a light patina. There are a few nicks present on the front sight base. The pinheads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. This rifle has a magazine release at the right front of the trigger guard and a bolt release near the bottom of each magazine on its left side. It also has a cross-bolt safety behind the trigger. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a total of one blued 4-round magazine marked “30-06”. The magazine has some scratches and scuffs. There is operational thinning and some small spots of light discoloration, in about Very Good condition.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R can be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.
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Remington 700 ADL vs BDL vs CDL:Remington 700s are the US military's choice of sniper rifle.Since 1962, Remington has produced the 700 series. More recently, the rifle has been adopted by the U.S. Military as a sniper weapon. Remington produced the classic Model 700 rifle in many varieties: the ADL, BDL, and CDL being 3 of them.BDL vs ADL:You may be wondering what you receive for paying two hundred dollars more for the BDL. BDLs are in current production. ADLs have now been discontinued. Although quite similar, the BDL and ADL can be differentiated in three separate ways.* BDLs have a baseplate, and ADLs do not. This means that the BDL has a "hinged magazine floorplate," enabling the user to unload the firearm without cycling the bolt. This can be useful on those cold hunts when extremities are prone to numbness.* BDLs have a unique fore-end cap that acts as a recoil buffer. The fore-end cap will be black and can be found on the tip of the back end of the stock. ADLs are without this device.* The BDL model has, over its front sight, a black hood, in effect shielding the delicate front sight from the elements. The ADL is without this device.BDL vs CDL: The function and mechanics of these rifles are identical; the difference lies in the aesthetics.* The BDL features a high-gloss stock made of American walnut with a black cap on the fore-end. The stock is cut in the Monte Carlo style with a raised cheek piece and checkering cut into the hand grip and fore grip. The CDLalso is made of American walnut with a satin finish, a black cap on the fore-end and checkering cut into the hand grip and fore grip, however the CDL has a traditional straight stock with no raised cheek piece.* The sights on the rifles also differ. The BDL comes standard with open sights, and the CDL is not equipped with sights. Both rifles are predrilled and tapped to accept scope mounts, but on the CDL your only option is to mount a scope.* The BDL features a hinged magazine floor plate, allowing you access to the magazine from the bottom. The CDL has no such floor plate. Both rifles are loaded from the top of the action.