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Remington 700, brand new, won't fire

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Old 05-13-2008, 09:20 PM
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Remington 700, brand new, won't fire

This is a bit of a head scratcher. I have a brand new Remington Model 700 VSSF II 204 gun, mounted the scope, took it to the range, and click. The gun would not fire. Not a dent in the primer. It appears that the bolt is moving forward on the trigger pull but the pin may not be travelling. I can see the pin when I pull the bolt.

This model does not have the J lock on it. Am I missing something basic? What can I check by myself? What action could I take to get it resolved by Remington or the dealer?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:37 PM
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Disassemble bolt and inspect and clean the innards thoroughly (take to gunsmith if you don't know how, or buy one of those Remington bolt disassembly devices, they are not expensive, and every Rem 700 owner should have one...disassembling a rem. bolt without one of those gizzies is a sonofabitch!).

Anyway, there may be some dried grease or other gunk in the firing pin channel.
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:43 AM
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I did the same mistake one year ago on 7mm.
the same simptomes. click, and no fire, no marks.
You inverted the screws from base rings by mistake.
are two sets: long and short ones.
the long ones for the back base ring, and the short ones for the receiver area.
actually your action is taching the screw and can not close completely. from here you do not have percution on primers.
My 338Edge
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:02 AM
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A brand new 700 that wont fire? I'd be getting the dealer out of bed. Remington has occasional quality problems I guess this is an example.

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Old 05-14-2008, 10:42 AM
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Well I'm not ready to go postal on the dealer just yet. Spoke to Remington. Very helpful and considerate on the phone. Had the same idea regarding the screws on the scope. Will pull the scope today to test. Will let you know...
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:42 PM
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Sounds like a Union gun "It doesn't work and you can't fire it"

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:43 PM
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Let us Know what you find out .


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