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Remington’s Model 760 GameMaster

September 23rd, 2010 50


According to Paul, the Remington Model 760 GameMaster was the most popular pump-action rifle of all time. His father purchased this .35-caliber M760A in 1958.

In an earlier column, I made the argument that the pump-action rifle is a uniquely American development that never quite caught on among hunters and sporting shooters outside of the western hemisphere. While the first pump-action–slide-action or trombone-action, as some refer to it–firearms were developed in Europe between 1866 and 1880, they were not successful and had extremely limited production. But shooters on this side of the Big Pond have always had a thing about firepower, and the 1880s saw the development of several pump-action rifles and shotguns: the Colt “Lightning” rifles and the Spencer and Burgess shotguns.

These were successful to varying degrees and introduced Americans to the fact that a lever-action was not the only way to obtain rapid repeat shots. The inventions of that great firearms genius John Moses Browning only added to America’s affection for pump-action firearms. His .22 repeaters and the famous Model 1897 Winchester shotgun paved the way for a flood of similar firearms that appeared on the American market in the following decade.

In 1907, Remington Arms Co. introduced a pump-action shotgun designed by John Pedersen, but Remington desired a pump-action rifle in its line to compete for a share of the lucrative market dominated by the Winchester and Marlin lever-action rifles. So in 1912, Remington introduced another Pedersen design, the Model 14 rifle. It was based upon an enlarged version of Remington’s Pedersen-designed Model 12 .22 pump-action repeater.

For this rifle, Remington introduced a new line of rimless cartridges: the .25, .30, .32, and .35 Remington. The Model 14 used a unique spiral, tubular magazine to prevent bullet noses from resting on the primers of the cartridges in front of them. Between 1912 and 1925, Remington also produced the Model 14½ rifle and 14½ R carbine, which were chambered for the .38-40 and .44-40 cartridges.

The year 1925 saw a new small-frame pump-action rifle, the Model 25, chambered for .25-20 and .32-20 cartridges. In 1935, the Model 141 was announced, and it was chambered for the .30, .32, and .35 Remington. It was available in rifle or carbine versions and remained in the catalog until 1950.

The Model 760
In 1952, Remington introduced the Model 760 GameMaster, a rifle that was to give the company a virtual monopoly on the pump-action, centerfire rifle market. Designed by L.R. Crittendon and William Gail Jr., it used a machined-steel receiver, removable box magazine, and rotating bolt with fourteen interrupted thread-type lugs that locked into an extension of the barrel. The latter feature made for a much stronger lockup while allowing the receiver to be lighter. It was a feature common to a number of Big Green’s pump and semiauto rifles and shotguns.

The bolt assembly rode inside a carrier that was attached to twin action bars mounted to the forearm. Lugs on the inside of the bolt carrier matched up with helical grooves on the bolt itself. So when the forearm and carrier moved rearward, they caused the bolt to rotate, unlock, and move rearward with the carrier, extracting and ejecting the spent case and recocking the hammer. Pulling the forearm forward chambered the next round and rotated and locked the bolt. The forearm moved on a separate tube attached to the front of the receiver and did not bear on the barrel


The Remington Model 760’s bolt locks into an extension of the barrel by means of fourteen interrupted thread-type lugs.

The action proved capable of using cartridges whose length and working pressures had before now limited them to bolt-action rifles. Over its production life, the Model 760 was chambered for such popular cartridges as .223 Remington, .243 Winchester, 6mm Remington, .257 Roberts, .270 Winchester, .280 Remington, .300 Savage, .308 Winchester, .30-06 (the most popular), .35 Remington, and .35 Whelan.

Early-production rifles were fitted with a ribbed, aluminum buttplate that was replaced with plastic in 1968. As was the standard practice at the time, Remington offered various deluxe versions of the rifle: the Model 760B Special Grade, D Peerless Grade, and F Premier Grade. In 1954, Remington introduced a Model 760 ADL and a Model 760 BDL that featured cut and basketweave checkering, respectively.

In 1960, a carbine version with an 18.5-inch barrel, the Model 760C, was introduced in .270, .280, .308, and .30-06, again in both standard and deluxe grades. The carbine introduced the Williams ramp rear sight, which replaced the earlier spring-leaf pattern. To address the increasing popularity of telescopic sights, later Model 760s came from the factory drilled and tapped for scope mounts.

The Model 760 proved very popular with American hunters and, to a limited degree, law enforcement agencies. Beginning in 1965, the FBI purchased Model 760s in .30-06 and .308 to equip its agents. The multi-lug, rotating bolt and free-floating barrel allowed bolt-action-like accuracy. The 760 proved especially popular in those states that did not allow semiauto rifles for big-game hunting, as it gave the speed of a lever-action with the advantage of more powerful cartridges. The 760 remained a steady seller in the Remington line, often being promoted as the natural companion rifle for the Model 870 pump-action shotgun shooter, but times and technology changed, and by the late 1970s, Remington thought the Model 760 design was in need of being updated. Production ended in 1980 after an impressive 971,712 rifles and 67,726 carbines had left the factory.

The Model 760 line was replaced by a pair of new pump-action rifles: the Model Six and the Model 7600 (a plain, economy version of the Model Six). At first glance, there appeared to be little to differentiate them from the earlier Model 760s because most of the changes were internal.

The fourteen interrupted thread-type locking lugs on the bolt were replaced by four more substantial lugs. The bolt carrier and operating bars became a one-piece unit that provided more rigidity and smoothness to the manually operated action. In the late 1980s, the Model Six designation was dropped, and all rifles were thereafter referred to as the Model 7600. Today, it is available chambered for .243, .270, .280 Rem., .308, .30-06, and .35 Whelen.

Shooting The Model 760
My father purchased a .35 Rem. Model 760A GameMaster rifle in 1958, and it served as his regular deer-hunting rifle for almost two
decades. It has proven to be very practical for hunting in heavy cover, and my father dropped a number of bucks with it over the years. Also, my two brothers and I each killed our very first deer with it.

Several weeks ago, I took the old 760A out of the gun safe and headed to the range. Other than sporting a well-used Weaver 4X scope and a set of quick-detach sling swivels, it is exactly the same as when Dad purchased it almost a half-century ago.


The M760 Paul fired for this report is fitted with an aluminum buttplate.

After setting up a series of targets at 100 yards, I settled down and shot it for score. Despite the fact that this rifle had not been fired in years, the Weaver scope was still perfectly zeroed and enabled me to produce a half-dozen well-centered groups that ranged from 2.5 to 3.5 inches. Even though the Remington 150-grain Core-Lokt load has a reputation for mediocre accuracy, it proved slightly more accurate than the more popular 200-grain loading out of this particular rifle.

Another nice feature is that the box magazine allows much faster reloading and safer unloading than a tubular magazine. It also allows a hunter to quickly switch to different loads for specific conditions.

Despite its age, I found Dad’s old 760A to be a very pleasant and accurate rifle to shoot. While it bears the nicks, dings, and scratches of many years of hard use, it is a highly regarded family heirloom, and it is my heartfelt hope that it will continue to provide venison for generations of Scarlatas yet to come.


The M760’s safety button is located at the rear of the trigger guard, and the bolt-release catch is positioned at the front of the trigger guard.

  • robert

    Have this exact model from 1980 with 3×9 tasco scope with weaver mounts and box of 180 grain shells asking 500 obo robert insideandout50@yahoo.com.

    • bud

      robert is this 760 in 223 caliber

  • robert

    ***also has a NOSHOC recoil pad on it

  • Reggie

    I bought mine for $169.95 in 1971….40-50 deer later….would not sell it for $100.00.__

  • Reggie

    Would not sell it for $1000.00…(correction)

  • Andrew

    how can i find a mag clip for this gun?

    • NDV

      You should be able to get one online very easily. Most gun shops can have you one within one day if they don't have it in stock. I've got two for mine and it is very handy.

  • jim

    mine has a serial number of 9366 , can you tell me what yr it was made

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1233753853 Greg Bryant

    Trying to sell mine, anyone interested, e-mail me at deacongtb@yahoo.com

  • richard

    i am looking for a 4 round clip for a 35 remington model 760 gamemaster. so far i have not any luck in finding one.

  • Ed Pfadt

    I have the one my mother bought my father around 1953, He shot a lot of deer with it, and I did too, has always been very accurate and reliable.

  • John

    I was entrusted with my Father in laws 760C ( carbine ) in 30-06 a few months after he passed . My only alterations have been the a newer scope ( 4X32 Tasco to a 6 – 24 X 50 AO Tasco ) , a very necessary " Limbsaver " recoil pad , and a few 10 round magazines . Even with the new pad , this little SOB will knock the fillings out of your mouth – BRUTAL ! Also , with cheap " Brown Bear " 145 grn. Russian blastin' ammo , HUGE FIREDOMES erupt from the muzzle – quite impressive even in broad daylight .

    I had little ( if any ) respect for this rifle when I got it , and that has changed . She's light , handy in the field , compact , deadly accurate to 300+ yards when properly fed , and utterly reliable . I spent another 40 bucks to have her trigger " tuned " by a gent I found on Guns America , and am proud to tell ya that Walter W. Ellison has given me both a rifle and a young woman that any man would be proud to call their own .

    One day very soon , one of Walter's grandson's will take to the field with the very same rifle the ol boy shot that MONSTER buck with back in '68 . * NOTE * I did not get that mount … Grandma says that Walter's wishes were that I " go get my own " – We miss ya , Poppa .

  • Richard

    Go to a web site. show me your 7600, this web site has many tactical upgraded 760/7600 remingtons

  • toddmoe

    selling mine 760 30-06 model with two scops one of them Bushnell sportsmen 3x-9x,40 water proof 72-3940m.. call any time day or night 228-284-5601. Dont have time for games…

  • chad

    i have a gamemaster 30-06 with a serial number of 2561..has a weaver k4 60-b scope..it has a compass on the right side of stock..got it from my grandfather before he passed away.can anyone tell me anything about this gun…

    • travis

      I can tell you it was probably made in the first year of production '51. Serial #'s on the 760 began at 1001 in 1951 and the #'s go up on each consecutive rifle. If you check the barrel it will show "AA" if your gun is in fact made in '51. BB for '52, CC for '53. I think I have that right…

      • travis

        Just to correct myself. I was bass ackwards with the letters. #'s are correct. XX is 51, YY is 52, ZZ is 53. Wrong end of the alphabet, haha

  • Richard

    what is known about the 760 game master 222 cal?

  • Kenneth von Hopf

    Just bought Gamemaster 760 and know nothing about it. Need to get magazines I suppose, and a scope. Any suggestions from you Gamemaster experts would be welcomed.

    • birddog

      i use a nikon prostaff scope on my 760, if you want to use your open sights you can put a see through scope mount on it. weaver makes a decent see through mount.

    • BWK, WI

      You will need to raise the scope over the iron sites. I inherited my .270 gamemaster 760 from my great uncle when I was 15 and sawed off the iron to allow mounting the scope I was able to afford back then – I really regret that. The good news is that I’ve not missed a deer since I started using it over a decade ago, and can still cluster within 2″ @ 100yards. I love the gun.

      • BWK, WI

        Also, the universal gamemaster clip requires you to press the release while putting it in. The original .270 specific slides right in. Not sure if thats .270 version specific or not.

  • jayjay1978

    I have a Remington 760 Gamemaster Pump Action with 5 shot clip. Although it doen't still hve a scope on it, it is still set up for a scope. I am looking to sell it since my deer hunting days are over beause of my ey sight. I am legally blind and don't have any use for it anymore. If intersested please feel free to email me at tommyhill63851@att.net

    • rick

      call me 865-621-3223

    • Rick

      Is this gun still available? If so what caliber is it?

  • birddog

    the clip from a 760 in 308 or 243 will fit the 35, they are all short actions using the same size clip

  • RandyP

    I'm looking for a Remington Model 760 GameMaster in 308 Winchester. Anyone looking to sell one please contact me at RPiedmonte8@yahoo.com

    • s. barker

      I have the model 760 in the 308 winchester caliber that you are looking for if still interested. It has a Leupold scope 3×9 50mm bell. It is in very good condition.

  • Dotty Bentley

    Does anyone know where I can get a basketweave stock and forend for a Remington 780 gamemaster?

  • rick

    I am interested 8656213223.

  • levi

    any one have a remington 760 222 for sale

  • Joe o.

    I have a .35 cal 760 gamemaster. Its been put away for a very long time. I recently unwrapped and cleaned the rifle. However, I am having trouble obtaining the .35 ammo. Does anyone have any clues?

  • Don

    I have a Rem 760 gamemaster. Will a .308 winchester clip work?

  • roy

    If anyone has a 760 gamemaster in 270 basket weave stock only i am looking for one in great condition. Please call 570-529-4355 or txts are also welcome

  • chesapeke

    I just got a inherited a 760 gamemaster with with a weaver kv scope and redfield scope mounts I'm going to take it out shooting this weekend I tried to look up the weaver kv but there was no history like this page awesome write up

  • Joe

    I'm looking for a forearm stock for my 760 Gamemaster 270 cal. Anyone know a good site with reasonable prices?

  • shane

    i am looking for a 760 game master 35 rem if any oone has one to sell i would be interested looking for one with scope in desent shape got a 1000 to spend for the right gun thanks shane

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.harris.1671897 Ryan Harris

      I have a 760 in 35 remington with a weaver scope, give me a ring at 509-347-6119 if you are still looking for one.

  • jason

    i have remington 760 gamemaster .35MM in excellent shape, shot very few times. if interested call 937-878-3645

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.harris.1671897 Ryan Harris

    i have a 760 gamemaster in .35 with a weaver scope, anyone interested before it goes on gunbroker?

  • Bubba Temkin

    I have a Remington Game Master 760 in 35 REM. Has a Redfield Partner scope – 3×9. I need to sell if before I PCS to Japan (July 2013). TEXT me. 337-718-7979

  • Emil Visage South Africa

    I have Rem Gamemaster in 350 Rem with serial nr 294999. Can anybody give an indication of the date of manufacture and any other romantic info on the caliber and the rifle.. This rifle must be ideal for hunting bush pigs in our African forests. Huge hogs up to 200kg.

    • Mark Harlan

      Overview:

      Description:
      Slide action, high-power hunting rifle which replaced the Remington
      Model 141 and was later replaced by the Remington Model 7600.

      Introduction Year:
      1952

      Year Discontinued:
      1981

      Total Production:
      Approximately 1.03 million

      Designer/Inventor:
      L.R. Crittendon & William Gail Jr.

      Action Type:
      Slide action

      Caliber/Gauge:
      .30-06 Sprg. – 1952
      .300 Savage – 1952-1960
      .35 Rem. – 1952-1967
      .270 Win. – 1953
      .257 Roberts – 1954-1961
      .244 Rem. – 1957-1960
      .308 Win. – 1957
      .222 Rem. – 1958-1960
      .280 Rem. – 1958-1967
      .223 Rem. – 1964-1968
      .243 Win. – 1968
      .6mm Rem. – 1968
      .35 Rem. – 1980 only

      Serial Number Blocks:
      1951-1967 1,000-541,000
      1968-1975 6,900,000-7,499,999
      1975-1978 A6,900,000-A7,499,999
      1978-1981 B6,900,000-B7,499,999

      Various Models:
      760A Standard – 1952
      760B Special – 1952
      760D Peerless – 1952
      760F Premier – 1952
      760ADL – 1954
      760BDL – 1966
      150th Anniversary Edition – 1966
      760BDL Left-hand – 1966
      American Bicentennial Edition 1976
      760C – 1960 (carbine)
      760CDL – 1960 – 1964 (carbine)

    • Mark Harlan
  • EMT Marcus

    I just bought my son a well-used GameMaster 760 in .270. His first deer rifle. It looks like people have had positive experiences with the GameMasters. Anything that you’ve experienced with yours that you could share would be appreciated.

  • CaptainNed

    Have my dad’s old 760 in .270, serial # is from the early 1950′s. She’s dead accurate and I’d try a 400yd shot with her but she’s got the early-era looneymum buttplate and 150gr .270 loads certainly exercise the shoulder padding. Any range session over 10 rounds means a good ache the next AM.

  • John gasner

    Hello, I have a Remington Model 760 #CA-187406 that had a broken firing pin. I purchased a new pin and spring but found the the bolt carrier and bolt assemdo not close all of the way. Does this early model not have a spring? Than you, John

  • john gibson

    how do u find out what grade he 760 is I just got a 30-06 760 gamemaster and would like to know which grade it is can anyone help me?? please im dyin to know

  • john gibson

    see mark had rote that the 06 was oly produced in 52 and that’s the year that they had the most grades available. just don’t know how to tell or whereto look. please help me. thank you, john gibson

  • Rod Cnossen

    I have a model 760 gamemaster 270 with a 3-9 Leupold scope it’s serial # is 204632 It is a very nice shooting gun but I don’t need it anymore. I just got back from living in Cambodia for over 4 years and I plan on going back to stay.The problem is you are not allowed to own fire arms over there. I would like to see it go to someone who enjoys it as much as me. It’s to bad my 18 year old boy will only shoot my 22 cal rifle. I would like to sell it for a fair price. $500.

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