My brother in law was given by his father a 721 in 30-06 that has probably not been shot in over 30 years. The action is pretty smooth and the trigger is crisp with no creep. The barrel is pretty clean and the rifling seems sharp.
My question is if I contact Remington can they tell us off of the serial number when and where this rifle was made. We are just curious as to how old this rifle is.
Yes you can call them with the #. Those were the predecessors to the 700. They are also highly sought after actions for custom guns due to their accuracy. I have a 722 (short action equivalent) in .300 sav that is an excellent shooter.
"One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted..." Jose Ortega y Gasset
Very good gun. I have 721's in 270 and 300 H@H and a 722 in .222.
Had 722's in 257 roberts and 300 savage. I never should have sold them.
There used to be a web site that you could check the numbers on.
Tell your brother-in-law to hold onto it. I have a 721 in .270 win.made in Dec.1948 and she shoots great and is my main deer rifle year after year. The 721 isn't too fancy but who cares when it gets the job done.
We own three Remington 721's purchsed in either 1945 or 1946. Dad, his brother, and my grandfather all purchased them ont he same day and they still shoot very well. All three are chambered in 30-06, were topped with Lyman peeps, and killed a lot of deer. Hang on to it - not really a collectos item, but still a very, very good rifle. We have only had two problems with the rifles, both related to reloading.
1. Two of them will misfire if you use hard primers.
2. All three of them have very tight chambers, so resizing and case timming must be very precise.
(I know, I know - you should always be precise )