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May 28, 2016, 09:07
Went out to my local gun shop last week for a pound of Winchester 231. Got my powder I took a look down the rifle rack and found a Remington 721 in .30-06 that some one had in there on consignment.
It's in decent shape, the bluing not too bad...I'd rate it at 75%. Not bad for a 56 year old rifle.
The stock is plain, but no dings, dents or cracks.
The bore looked good...in desperate need of a good scrubbing but no rust, pits or frosting. The barrel crown is good, not nicks or dings.
It has an old Weaver V8 2.5-8 scope mounted on it. The adjustments are in the rear mount. Never seen one before, I'm gonna have to figure it out.
The guy wanted $330 for it.
I don't have, nor have I ever owned a .30-06 bolt gun before, so it followed me home.
I scrubbed the bore good and damn, I don't think that rifles been fired much. That bore is bright and shiny, the rifling crisp and sharp.
When I brought it home, the bolt was filthy and dragging badly in the raceway. I cleaned it and oiled it and damn is it slick and smooth!
I looked up the date code, and if I'm reading it right, it was made in either September of 1938 or September of 1960. Being as how the 721 first came out in 1948, mine has to have been built in Sept of 1960.
The serial number is 4353xx.
I haven't had a chance to take it to the range yet, hopefully next week.
For 330 bucks, I don't think I got hurt too badly.
I'm going to reload for it, I already have '06 dies. Figuring on 165 gr pillz and IMR 4350...gonna start there anyway. Got lots of experimenting to do and all kinds of powder and boolits to try.

May 28, 2016, 10:55
Try 45.0 - 46.0 grains of IMR 4895 with those 165s.


It may shoot better than you would expect.


May 28, 2016, 12:04
Thanks tdb59. I have a good supply of 4895. I will start there.

May 28, 2016, 21:41
Nothing wrong with the 721.
I've got a couple of target rifles built on 721 & 722's and actually prefer their strait bolt handle over the 700's for bench guns.
They also fit 700 bottom metal, barrels and some stocks without any complaint.

Timber Wolf
May 29, 2016, 08:19
I almost bought one like that sans scope back in the early 80s. Nothing at all wrong with a nice $330 30-06.;)

May 29, 2016, 17:50
Thanks guys for your comments.
I have some reloads in the works right now. I went through my collection of .30 bullets and I could have sworn that I had some 165 gr boat-tails, but alas, I don't so my first load is going to be some Hornady 150's with CCI 200 primers and 47.0 grains of IMR 4895.
I'll let you know how she shoots in a day or two.

RG Coburn
May 30, 2016, 21:07
Grandpa had one,killed a lot of whitetails with it.

June 01, 2016, 17:12
OK got to the range yesterday with my 721.
I loaded up some once fired Remington brass with CCI 200 primers, 47 grains of IMR 4895, and 150 grain Hornady spire points.
I didn't shoot my best groups, a new-to-me rifle, unfamiliar trigger. Plus I haven't done much rifle shooting for awhile.
I didn't have to adjust the scope much, just raise the elevation about an inch.
My groups were about the size of a 50 cent piece. A couple quarter size.
I had one group with 2 shots touching and the third went about 2 inches high.
I didn't see any pressure signs....primers weren't flattened, no ejector marks on the case head, extraction wasn't hard at all.
My only concern is, the primers were backed out of the pockets maybe .020.
I had them seated a little below flush.
Depending on which book I look at, the loads run from 44.4 gr of IMR 4895 to 50.4 gr, with my Lyman 45th Edition being the hottest at 51.5 gr.
I'm going to get a box of Winchester or Remington factory loads and shoot a group of them. If I still get backed out primers, Ill have to have the headspace checked.
I'm running a middle of the road load, I shouldn't have primers backing out, should I?
I've had flattened primers before, (with other rifles, not this one) ejector marks, stiff extraction, obvious high pressure signs, but I've never run into this one before.

June 02, 2016, 11:29
That sounds like a light load issue.

Check your scale for accuracy.


June 02, 2016, 18:07
That sounds like a light load issue.

Check your scale for accuracy.


I will tdb, thanks.

June 11, 2016, 19:49
The only problem with owning a good rifle in .30-06 is that you will not have an excuse to own another rifle.


June 11, 2016, 22:40
Cripes!! In just factory ammo, the choices are pretty wide.~ss

June 12, 2016, 19:21
Yeah I know SS. But I've been reloading for almost 45 years. Old habits are hard to break.

June 12, 2016, 19:38
The only problem with owning a good rifle in .30-06 is that you will not have an excuse to own another rifle.


I know Jarhead. My uncle Harry had an old 1917 Eddystone that he bought back around 1950 something. He had the barrel cut and recrowned, bought a Fagen semi-inletted stock for it. He finished that stock and free floated the barrel, had it hot blued and put a good 3-9 scope on it. That rifle was beautiful. It didn't look like a typical bubba sporterized hack job. And oh boy, did that rifle shoot. He had other rifles, but that 30-06 was his favorite. He carried it here in Pa for deer, he took it to Canada for bear and moose. I think his grandson has that rifle now.