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    Remington 700 extractor problem

    Go easy on me guys, I know this is basic for this forum. I have one custom rifle and a few factory rifles including 2 Remington 700ís. The one Iím having problems with is a .223 I bought about 20 years ago. It probably has less than 500 rounds through it and I really havenít shot it much after the first couple years I bought it.

    The last few times I shot it, it has had issues extraction and or ejecting. The empty comes out partially and floats in the chamber, not ejecting. Yesterday I shot a coyote with it and went to chamber another round when it happened.

    Rather than replace the factory parts, I was wondering what the best upgrade would be. I would really like to do something my self but I am open to a new bolt or aftermarket extractor. I donít want to spend a crazy amount. Of money either.

    Thanks


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    Your extractor is working fine. Itís your ejector that is having issues. The extractor pulls the case from the chamber. The ejector is what ejects the case from the bolt face and out of the action.

    Take the bolt out of the rifle and put an empty case into the face. Hook the case under the extractor, the ejector should keep the case from seating unless you push it in.
    There is a ton of videos on YouTube on how to remove the ejector. Itís held in just with a roll pin. Take out the ejector and check to see if the spring is broken, bent, etc.

    Despite what you read on the internet, there is no real reason to change out the extractor/ejector. Think about it, there far more factory 700 actions out there that extract and eject just fine. Sure yours may be broke or stuck, but it doesnít justify the cost of trying to upgrade the parts to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCal_In_AZ View Post
    Your extractor is working fine. It’s your ejector that is having issues. The extractor pulls the case from the chamber. The ejector is what ejects the case from the bolt face and out of the action.

    Take the bolt out of the rifle and put an empty case into the face. Hook the case under the extractor, the ejector should keep the case from seating unless you push it in.
    There is a ton of videos on YouTube on how to remove the ejector. It’s held in just with a roll pin. Take out the ejector and check to see if the spring is broken, bent, etc.

    Despite what you read on the internet, there is no real reason to change out the extractor/ejector. Think about it, there far more factory 700 actions out there that extract and eject just fine. Sure yours may be broke or stuck, but it doesn’t justify the cost of trying to upgrade the parts to me.
    NorCal_In_AZ pretty well nailed it. Taking the ejector out of a Rem 700 bolt is pretty easy. I bought the Sinclair bolt maintenance kit a few years ago and it has the little tool that makes removing the ejector super easy. You don't have to use/buy the ejector removal tool but it with it, I you can remove the ejector assembly in just a few seconds.

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    If the ejector is the problem just push on it and see how stiff it is. If it's wimpy compared to others, that may be the issue but I thought the OP said the case isn't coming out of the chamber? That's the extractors job. Once out of the chamber, the ejector ejects the case out of the action.

    I had a Rem 700 LA 300RUM then the action became part of a 338EDGE and the extractor failed on the bolt. Benchmark built the 338 EDGE and warned me at the time that the extracter was about to go. Well about 250-300 rounds later (prob 1300 rounds total) it failed with same issues as OP mentions above. Benchmark said the Rem 700 extractors are pretty wimpy and tend to wear out consistently, and they are if you compare them to some others, and they wear out predictably. I ended up having a custom bolt made by PTG and was able to pick several features of the bolt I wanted, one of which was a much better M-16 style extractor...I would have 'smith do the measureing of the action before ordering one from PTG, however.

    Most 700 extractors don't wear out because most people with them shoot 3 rounds at the range, if that, to zero and then go hunting and maybe shoot one round. At that pace it'll last a long time. Economics for Remington...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmden View Post
    If the ejector is the problem just push on it and see how stiff it is. If it's wimpy compared to others, that may be the issue but I thought the OP said the case isn't coming out of the chamber? That's the extractors job. Once out of the chamber, the ejector ejects the case out of the action.
    I reread the OPs post and you are correct, it appears the extractor isnít fully working. I read it as the case was being pull from the chamber and sitting in the action.

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    Thanks guys, I just checked it with an empty case. The ejector feels smooth and has a lot of tension. It seem like the rim of the case is slipping off the edge of the extractor when I try to square the empty against the bolt face.

    What do you think?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mahoneychris View Post

    What do you think?


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    Sounds like you need a new extractor. They are not terribly hard to replace with normal shop tools. Or just spend the $ if you like the rifle and have an M-16 style installed and be done.

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    Thanks, I plan on keeping the rifle forever, what do you think the M16 extractor job will run?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mahoneychris View Post
    Thanks, I plan on keeping the rifle forever, what do you think the M16 extractor job will run?


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    $125 to $150 maybe, I think I paid 125$ a few years back

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    Thanks!


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