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Review: Remington 7600 Rifle

Remington 7600

The rifle known as the Remington 7600 began life as a Remington prototype soon after World War II. By 1952, the Remington 760 Gamemaster was introduced.

The rifle won running deer competitions in Oslo, Norway, and went on to become an important rifle in the American hunting field. The fast handling and slim profile of the lever-action rifle cannot be contested, but the pump-action shotgun was also immensely popular.

The Remington rifle combined the fast-handling familiar action of the pump with a strong locking bolt and powerful cartridges such as the .308 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield.

Today, the rifle is still offered with the high-gloss walnut stock originally provided, and also a basketweave wooden stock. The ADL (Average Deluxe) and BDL (Better Deluxe) models are popular.

Remington 7600 rifles
All Remington 7600 rifles feature a Monte Carlo-style buttstock.

Versatility and Ease of Use

The rifle is simple to use. Load the detachable box magazine with four shells. Load the magazine into the receiver. Release the bolt by a simple lever and work the pump action to the rear then run it forward, stripping a cartridge from the magazine and chambering it.

The trigger is pressed to fire or, if desired, to place the safety on. To unload the rifle, remove the magazine and then release the bolt by the bolt release, allowing the bolt to move to the rear and extract a cartridge from the chamber. This action allows for fast repeat shots.

The Remington 7600 may not be quite as accurate as most bolt action rifles, but then again, it is pretty accurate and offers a fast repeat shot. Rifles feature 22-inch barrels. Carbines feature 18.5-inch barrels.

Remington 7600 weight, handling
The Remington 7600 carbine version offers lightweight and fast handling.

Remington offers the rifle in .270 Winchester, .308 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield. Only the .30-06 is offered in carbine form. The rifle was once offered as a patrol carbine with an 18.5-inch barrel in both .223 Remington and .308 Winchester.

My personal example is chambered in the desirable .270 caliber. The rifle weighs 7.5 pounds. It is supplied with adjustable fixed sights and drilled and tapped for scope mounts.

7600 magazine
The 7600 magazine is well-made and rugged.

Feel and Function

The most popular hunting rifle is the bolt-action, with the lever-action and self-loading having many adherents. We seldom see a pump-action in the deer camp. Those using the Remington 7600 tend to be experienced hunters.

The rifle is as slim and thin as any lever-action, but the strong bolt is capable of chambering more powerful cartridges than the average bolt-action rifle. The 7600 offers a fast follow-up for that moment when a game animal would be lost without a quick follow-up.

The smooth action and dual action bars make for fast handling. The cross-bolt safety is easily manipulated. The 7600 may not be for everyone, but it is certainly a good rifle for those happy with an accurate rifle to be used within 200 yards.

I like the iron sights and have left my rifle with iron sights in order to use it in woods hunting for thin-skinned deer and boar. It works just fine well past 100 yards.

Remington 7600 rear sight
The Remington 7600 rear sight is adjustable and offers fast sight acquisition.

Testing Performance

I like the .270 Winchester for its inherent accuracy and flat shooting. While it may seem an odd choice for a pump-action rifle, this isn’t true at all. The 7600 is not the average rifle and its practical accuracy rivals the bolt-action.

After all, the measure of a rifleman may be firing offhand at a pie plate at 100 yards. In that scenario, the 7600 is a lively, accurate, fast-handling rifle. The .270 also hits hard. When testing the rifle’s accuracy, I turned to Hornady ammunition.

Hornady offers a wide range of loads in rifle calibers and these loads are painstakingly developed to give the user every advantage in the rifle. Hornady bullets are widely used by many makes and are in a class by themselves for accuracy and performance.

At last count, Hornady offers ten .270 Winchester loads. I have been able to test several.

Hornady ammo
Hornady offers first-class ammunition with excellent performance.

.270 Load Choices

Short answer: there are many and all are good.

Long answer:

  • The 120-grain SST (Super Shock Tip) offers fast expansion for taking deer-sized game.
  • The Custom Lite is loaded just a bit lighter than standard to allow shooters to take less pounding but with good accuracy and punch. This load breaks 2,675 fps from most rifles. I like firing this number and it would be ideal for a lightweight hunting rifle.
  • The 130-grain Interlock SP, however, is the load to beat in .270 Winchester. This loading breaks over 3,000 fps. That is a lot of punch and enough velocity to insure an ideal balance of expansion and penetration. I would recommend a youth or anyone wishing to limit recoil to use the Lite loading, while most of us will find the Interlock a great choice. I wanted to test at least one solid copper bullet.
  • The 130-grain Outfitter from Hornady uses the GMX “Full Boar” bullet and breaks 3,050 fps. Field results have shown the GMX offers excellent performance. This load was as accurate as any .270 loading I have tested, breaking about 2- 2.5 inches with iron sights in the best conditions at 100 yards. It takes patience to sight in an iron-sighted rifle but the result is a rifle you have confidence in.
  • Finally, I tested the 145-grain ELD-X. This is a 2,975 fps load. I wanted to test a heavyweight .270, and while Hornady offers a 150-grain bullet as well, I have enjoyed excellent results with the ELD X in other calibers. I mounted a Bushnell 3 x 9 x 40mm scope for this stage of the testing. With careful attention to the trigger and crosshairs, the rifle turned in several 1.5-inch groups. I consider this excellent with a pump-action rifle.
Remington 7600 forend
The Remington 7600 forend offers plenty of leverage for rapid manipulation.

While the results with an optical sight were good, I have other rifles that I use when a longer-range shot is more likely. The Remington 7600 is used with iron sights, and it isn’t likely the range will be more than 100 yards, probably less.

The rifle offers positive feed and extraction, even with the powerful .270 Winchester cartridge. I am particularly impressed with Hornady’s .270 Winchester offerings.

It is difficult to recommend a single load to another hunter without knowing their hunting conditions, but for thin-skinned game at modest range, I think the SST is a good choice. For the recoil shy including teens, the Hornady Lite is never a bad choice.

For my use, I narrowed the field down to the GMX loading.

Remington 7600 front sight
The Remington 7600 front sight features a brass bead.

Remington 7600 Rifle: Conclusion

Sterling accuracy and predicted good performance are there. The Remington 7600 is an excellent rifle, a unique choice in a field dominated by bolt action rifles. It just may be the rifle you are looking for.

What do you think of the Remington 7600? Let us know in the comments below.

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Comments (23)

  1. On the other end of the spectrum, it would be great if offered in 9.3 x 62. It would be the ultimate Donner & Blitzen for anything that walks on the Continent. Popular in Europe, too bad it doesn’t have a following here.

  2. Any commentary on the Remington 742 which is the semi-auto version of the 7600? Had mine since the early 1980,s and have taken deer, antelope, and elk with no problems out to 385 yards.

  3. I have a 760 GameMaster chambered in .243 that my dad had bought in about 1972 and out to 350 yds. it is as accurate as any of my bolt action rifles.

  4. My parents purchased the 7600 in .30-06 for me 30+ years ago as my first hunting rifle. Kicks like a mule. Takes some force to close bolt so it’s a little loud. Would load before walking into the woods. Accurate at 100 yds with iron sights. Not fond of front sight, bead was painted and eventually wore off so I painted the “dot” orange.

  5. I have one in 30-06 – great gun, bought it a Kmart in 1974(I think) for $159.00, but it kicks like a mule, its very accurate and I wouldn’t sell it for anything – well almost anything!

  6. I bought my 30-06 760 BDL in 1969 when I was 16 years old. It was my first big game hunting rifle. I wanted this particular rifle, since my very first gun was a Remington 870 Wingmaster purchased in 1967 when I was 14. The 760 operated exactly the same way as my pump shotgun, so it just made sense to get something I was already familiar with. I have taken a lot of game with this rifle over the years since…from white tail deer to elk. I still own and use this rifle and the 870 shotgun…both in perfect condition 50 years later. The only thing I changed on the rifle, was upgrading the original Marlin branded scope to a Leupold 3×9. I have nothing but great things to say about this rifle.

  7. This was my first high powered rifle in 30.06. I bought it used in the early 80s. Its very accurate at 100 yds. I don’t use it anymore because of the high recoil. I keep it for the unique pump action in this rifle.

  8. I have my Grandfathers Remington 141 in 30 Remington pump made in 1916 and a Remington 7615P Pump in 556/223. Very accurate and gets a lot of looks at the range when I fire it with a 30 rd magazine. I grew up in South central Pennsylvania where Pump and Level action rifles were very popular due to the heavy woods and brush. My Uncle used a 30-06 7600 for years.

  9. I had the 760 game master chambered in .30-06 gifted to me from my grandpa years ago. Took my first buck with that rifle. I recently put some 3-9X40 Leupold glass on top. absolutely love this rifle for deer hunting. Where I hunt it’s lucky to have a shot over 75-100 yards and the .30-06 caliber can drive a tack at 100. One main reason I like it is because it’s a pump action. There isn’t any awkward movement on re-chambering a follow up shot. The user is able to keep the target within the sight without having to re-shoulder the rifle. Another reason I really like the 760 is the wooden stock, the weight of the stock helps to balance the rifle immensely. I don’t think that a synthetic stock would be better for this rifle. The thin profile of the 760 makes it great for stalking in the deer woods. The detachable magazine makes unloading the rifle quick and simple. In my opinion it’s a perfect hunting rifle.

  10. The 7600 would be perfect in the new 350 Legend chambering. With the open sights and a scope with ‘see through’ mounts, the 7600 in 350 Legend could be the perfect deer rifle for the Eastern and Midwest woods.

  11. Having both a 1950’s 760 and 1970’s 7600 both in .270. I can say the 760 has a better barrel and is more accurate. I believe the barrel manufacturing process differed between the two generations. The older model is also somewhat sturdier with a full length single tube within the pump action rather than the two rails used for the 7600. Both are great deer rifles in .270 for point blank shots out to 250yds. The newer Remington magazines for these rifles do not fit as well and you are 1-less round than with the older all metal magazine – like that shown in article.

  12. I bought my Rem 760 in 30-06 in 1977 and it has served me well over the past 4 decades.
    New, out of the box, with a 4 X scope, it produced sub 1 MOA 5 shot groups at 100 yards.
    This year, prior to hunting season, I got a 2 inch group. Good enough for me. I’ve taken a bunch of deer with this rifle. It has never failed me. The main reason I bought it back then was that I small game hunted with a pump action shotgun and I reasoned, why should I change the action of my firearm when I hunt different game? I’m glad Remington made it…but I’m happier that I bought it.

  13. My Dad recently gifted me the old 760. Near as I can tell from markings it is from around 1972. I hunted with it as a kid in the 80s. Lot of deer with that thing. I stripped it down and refurbished. I have way more accurate pieces in my collection, but this one will always hold special place.

  14. I’ve had one of these in 30-06 for almost 30 years. 180 grain nosler partitions work best for me. It’s always shot MOA . . . moment of antelope . . . MOD . . .moment of deer . . . and MOE . . . moment of elk. Nice rifle.

  15. I have one chambered in 35 Remington and use the R1 and R2 Remington loads for it. For distance I tend to like the pointy nose load. I chose the 35 Remington because I inherited an old model eight I think it is from my grandfather in 35 and I wanted one more rifle in the same cartridge. The 35 load has a tremendous amount of knockdown power and although it may drop some it carries the energy so much further down range then the smaller higher velocity cartridges. I think technically you might be able to save all the action is more accurate but this both locks up and I really don’t see any degradation of accuracy compared to a bolt even one firing more than 200 yards but that’s just me. It is however impossible to find additional magazines for this caliber and rifle and I wish they sold them in 10 round capacity as well. Because it is pump action there may be a little play in your hand with the four grip so I would take a venture and see if you use a bipod to test its accuracy against the bolts the difference between them is going to fade.

  16. I have a old model 760 that has a smooth stock and a ribbed forstock . I’ve killed a lot of deer and hogs with it. I cut 2″ off the stock an put a ” Packmore butt pad on it. Shoots great, has the recoil of about a 223. I’ve carried it so many years that the finish has wore off the stock. Best rifle I’ve ever owned.

  17. I have a 760 in .308 I bought in 1978. It is the carbine 18 1/2″ barrel. Great fast handling gun for thick cover deer hunting. It still runs like it’s brand new today.

  18. I have one in 30-06 that was purchased 30 years ago. It’s capable of 1 inch groups at 100 yards with Remington 180 gr. Core Locks with a scope.

  19. I have three (3) Remington’s 30-06,740 woodmaster 18″ barrel, 742 woodmaster 18′ barrel, and a 742 woodmaster 22″ barrel left hand. Love they all, great shooter, 740/742 for over 30 years. 742 left hand about 5 years.(got this on a trade) love all.

  20. “but the strong bolt is capable of chambering more powerful cartridges than the average bolt-action rifle.
    Really , come on what’s the lug bearing surface area total.

  21. Have one in 35 Remington. An old 1.5 Weaver fine crosshairs one MOA dot mounted on it.
    Accuracy at 100 yards is great, couldn’t believe it initially. Factory ammo, 3 inch groups no problem, occasionally smaller.
    Looking forward to a hog or deer hunt with it soon.

  22. I always liked the 760 and always wished Remington would offer other calibers and action lengths. I am an “old guy” with cervical spinal damage and cannot tolerate stiff recoil. Ideally a short action version in 6.5 Grendel would be an ideal deer/hog rifle.

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