In the early 1950s, Remington produced the Model 760 GameMaster rifle. It was a gun that gave a great edge for the company for the pump-action, centerfire rifle design.
Created by L.R. Crittendon and William Gail Jr., its design utilized a steel receiver, detachable box magazine. There was also a revolving bolt with more than a dozen thread lugs bolted to a protrusion of the barrel.
This resulted in a much sturdier firearm but permitted the receiver to be lightweight. It is a design found in many semiauto rifles and shotguns.
More on the Design of the 760 Gamemaster
The bolt assembly sat in a carrier connected to double-action bars onto the forearm. Lugs on the interior of the bolt carrier are paired with helical grooves on the bolt.
Thus when the forearm and carrier thrust to the back, this results in the bolt’s rotation, unlocking, and rearward action with the carrier. This would eject and extract the used case and also recock the hammer.
Yanking the forearm towards the front would result in chambering another round and a rotation and locking of the bolt. The forearm travels on a different tube connected to the front portion of the receiver.
Remington 760 Gamemaster Cartridges
The ingenious action design would result from incompatibility to use with cartridges with lengths and pressures formerly confined to bolt-action rifles. Since its inception, the Model 760 has been chambered for well-known cartridges.
These are the .243 Winchester, 6mm Remington, .257 Roberts, .223 Remington,.270 Winchester, .280 Remington, .300 Savage, .308 Winchester, .30-06 (the most popular), .35 Remington, and .35 Whelan.
Earlier variants have a ribbed, aluminum butt plate. Later models come with plastic.
Remington also marketed some deluxe models of the rifle, namely: the 760B Special Grade, D Peerless Grade, and F Premier Grade.
Remington introduced a Model 760 ADL and a Model 760 BDL in 1954. These came with a basket weave checkering.
During the 1960s, a carbine variant equipped with an 18.5-inch barrel came to market. It was called the 760C and came in both standard and deluxe grades.
This carbine had the Williams ramp rear sight, changing the earlier spring-leaf ones.
The popularity of telescopic sights meant that the Model 760s were factory drilled to be ready for scope mounts.
The 760 Gamemaster Popularity
The 760 Gamemaster was a favorite rifle among American hunters. It was also a popular choice for law enforcement authorities.
In 1965, the FBI procured Model 760s for their agents. It proved to be an accurate weapon.
The 760 was also an obvious choice for states that banned semi-auto rifles for hunting big game. It provided lever-action swiftness but more powerful cartridges.
The 760 Gamemaster was a reliable product of Remington owing to its sales. It was marketed as the compatible rifle for the Model 870 pump-action shotgun shooter.
End of the Line
As the times and firearm technology evolved during the 1970s, Remington felt that the Model 760 design was a bit outdated.
Its production run thus came to a halt in 1980, but only after rolling out 971,712 rifles and 67,726 carbines to the market.
Problems of the 760 Gamemaster – Jamming
The Remington 760 Gamemaster pump rifle in .270 is prone to jamming. Extensively used for large game hunting, the rifle has had incessant issues with jamming.
It is frustrating to many hunters, to the point that many abandon their Remington in favor of a less jam-prone firearm.
Oftentimes, cleaning the rifle thoroughly will resolve the issue. However, if upon firing the gun and it jams, try doing this.
Move the slide very slightly backward with lots of resistance. Should you opt to use a screwdriver, you can move it close to the bolt and pry it open.
Usually, it is not an issue with ammo as several different brands were tested. Many gunsmiths who have examined the 760 conclude that these rifles are just jam-happy.
Oddly enough, an equal number of 760 owners never have issues. Many 760 owners never have issues. This is.270 specific issue could perhaps be the problem.
The Remington 760 Gamemaster with No Problems
Some folks bought a .35 Rem. Model 760A GameMaster rifle in 1957 used rifle as a deer-hunting rifle for close to twenty years. For these people, it was reliable for hunting in heavy cover.
Many of them successfully shot a number of the large games with it many times over.
Some of these hunters took their old 760As out of storage to test it in the field. Many of these gun owners attest to the same reliability of the rifle before tucking it away.
The 760 Gamemaster Replacement
The 760 was ultimately replaced by Remington with two pump-action rifles. One is the Model Six and the other is the plain Model 7600.
To the untrained eye, they look like the earlier Model 760s. The many changes, however, done by Remington were mostly internal.