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18 years ago was my first time hunting and I remember it vividly, It was someting that struck a nerve and has been with me since. Once I became a bit older and began visiting numerous gun shops, spending countless days outdoors, reading this website and others, I observed something. The Remington pump rifle is a part of our PA deer hunting culture. Pennsylvania and the Remington Pump rifle subconciously register like Minnesota and Ice fishing.

Collectively, and historically we are a country hooked on bolt action rifles. While thier is nothing wrong with that, it seems refreshing that thier are still geographical pockets that hold on to certain ideals. The lever action (personal favorite) is extensively popular in PA, but is also popular in states like Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, the deep south and most of new england. I have always wondered why the Pump Rifle it is so popluar in PA?

My father has used one in 30-06 since the mid 70's, it remains his only deer rifle, my cousin as well, both have accounted for truckloads of venison. I see used ones in mom and pop gun stores, but "not for long" as one of the owners kindly told me, "awfully popular here in PA". Maybe it is our best kept secret. The newer ones have a free floated barell which is plenty accurate, lightning fast on a follow up shots, and are distincly a nice looking weapon (in my eyes). I find it satisfying that some of the best REAL hunters out there like the Benoits, Hal Blood, Berniers carry a remington pump rifle. If you dont know who they are, read up on them, its worth it.

This observation has brought me to pick up one of these rifles, I was lucky to stumble upon a like new 760 in 30-06, with a pristine bore. My goal on finding a carbine version was taking a bit longer than expected, so I'm having the barell shornented to 19', recoil pad installed, and one inch off of the stock. The gunsmith still has the rifle, so no pictures yet. Also got a nikon scope with low rings, sorry no see throughs, but its just my preferenbce. So this brings me to my question why is the remington pump rifle so popular in PA? Secondly who here loves 'em?
 

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Congrats hope the new rifle treats you well!


They are mighty popular here in PA...not sure why they are so popular here in particular....they are great woods rifles..easy to carry..fast handling...more accurate than most give em credit for...

Some states allow semi autos...some states don't allow rifles...

Just some reasons they are popular here...


Your right...many are good lookin rifles...the old BDL version is my favorite...that cheek piece makes the rifle awesome IMO...and the square forend rides sand bags very nice...not to mention the bluing on the BDLs..don't see bluing like that anymore...

I really love my pumps for PA hunting...right now I have 2..a 7600 satin finished 35 whelen and a 308 760 BDL..both have taken bucks the first year I've carried them...maybe they will continue the streak! Last year was my first of carrying a pump..won't go back for most my PA hunting...
 

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Hee hee, i hate those stinkin' remington pumps. just ask any of the guys on here who are sick of seeing my posts.
 

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I traded a 7600 pump in a .270 several years ago. I'm still kicking myself for that. It shot better than most bolt guns I have seen. I did redeem myself today though. I finally found a 7600 chambered for the 35 whelen that I could afford. Now I need to decide on a scope for it.
 

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I had a 35 whelen 7600,I had the barrel cut to 18.5 and williams fire sights with a peep,I shaved the montie carlo part of the stock off so when the the gun hit your shoulder the sights were dead on.know what I did I SOLD IT,every time I think about it I kick myself in the a$$.dumb,dumb,dump
 

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Miss my 760 Carbine 06 . In a fit of stupidity sold it. I have a 7600 , in .257 Rbts.,and love it because I can shoot it both right handed and lefty. Came in handy this year when a Buck came from the left of me. But, wish I had my 06 back....
 

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I have a Remington760 pump in 30-06.Years ago my stepdad let me barrow his,I really liked the way it handled so I went and bought my own about 8 yrs ago,killed a deer with it almost every y,even a few out west.
 

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Been using my 760 BDL left hand in 30/06 for the last 40 years.Just a very quick,accurate rifle for the pa. woods.If only the trigger was better it would be super accurate.Kinda of mushy but i wouldn,t use anything else,esp. on opening day.Only use 150 gr.core lokts and have never lost a deer.The 165gr is the most accurate in my gun.More remington pumps,oops,i mean Pennsylvania Pumps are sold in pa. then all the other states combined.I think a deer tastes better after being killed with a rem.760 or 7600 pump gun,LOL!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I enjoy sitting in a treestand, opening day as the sun is just starting to come up holding my 7600 carbine in 06 with anticipation of what the day will have to offer me.
 

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For years I was a diehard bolt action fan. I still am but I broke down about 10 years ago and bought a Rem. 7600 syn/matte 30/06 Carbine. It is VERY accurate and handles VERY well in tight cover. I find myself carrying it more and more. That rifle is fast becoming one of my favorites. I would have to say I love mine! Now if they would just chamber the syn./matte carbine in 35 Whelen.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I think Remington should expand their caliber choice for the 7600, every time they offer special runs at Grice's they sell out quick.
 

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Buckslayer, it was a private sale I stumbled onto while picking up another rifle. After we finished our first transaction I asked if he had anything else he would part with. When he said he had a 7600 35 whelen in good shape that he wanted $300 for I couldn't get the money out of my pocket fast enough.
 

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I have a 760 30.06 that i've killed many deer with.However i now shoot the .270, and the .06 will be handed down to my grandson.


BTW...i had a 760 .308 that i sold to a friend when i was young, and dumb.Still regret it to this day.
 
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