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I owned Rem 7400 carbine over 25 years, killed well over 20 animals with it. Great Guns. I had 5 spare mags. Problem is they have the Rem 700 extractor and wear out pretty easy. They are great but must be kept clean, for a hunting gun, they are great. But prolonged use, I would pull out the Garand.

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They make it in blue or nickel and I have seen several in 300Win mag. I hunted antelope in NE Wyoming for many years. The Los Angeles Safari Club had a huge convoy of guys that came every year, and those are what they hunted goats with. I also saw a lot of elk hunters in SW Colorado that carried them. If you hunt elk in dark timber, they make a lit of sense.

That would be my first choice under your scenario. They are $1200-$1300 on line.
 

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I always wanted a 742 in 30-06 and when I finally found a 742 I could afford and it was a 308win, lol
They are good Guns for sure. The important part for me was how they transferred the recoil to nothing. Mine was the carbine, 18 inch barrel. I could shoot 180 grain Rem ammo in it and literally rest it on my chin. That makes them very accurate. I once killed a whitetail at 460 steps, too far for my rangefinder. I held 20 inches over his eyes, nearly 4 feet. I have killed three Boone and Crocket mule deer, two with that gun. One feature that I really like is it carried just like a Rem shotgun and fast on the shoulder.

People ask why I would let that gun go, three reasons. Like any semi auto you have to keep that chamber clean. Second, the little extractor spring loaded thing are just not very strong and wear out. Third, I was offered a hard to find gun worth twice the value of the 7400 in trade, and I thought I could always replace it with a new one, except they are no longer produced.

And at retirement I git a 257 Weatherby Vanguard and where I hunt most shots are long, so I let it go since it was just sitting in the safe. At some point we all get old and spend less days in the field and need to downsize and so I traded for a handgun that I had long wanted.

Anyway, that is my story..
 
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