How to Replace the Extractor on a Remington 700

Written by phillip woolgar
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The Remington 700 rifle is one of the most popular rifles in the United States, but its bolt has been known to bind. You might need to replace the extractor to remedy this problem. The rivet is usually the culprit of the extractor's demise. This is a semicircular, small, spring-steel piece located in the bolt face that can snag a cartridge when your bolt is closed and opened. You can remove the extractor and replace it with a new one.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Dennis pick
  • Cotton-tipped swab
  • Replacement extractor

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put the tip of the Dennis pick into the extractor. Push it between the shelling and the extractor to jar it loose. The extractor will pop out. Remove it with your fingers.

  2. 2

    Clean underneath the extractor's location with a cotton-tipped swab.

  3. 3

    Line up your replacement extractor so that the contoured side is facing down. Look at the nub inside the extractor's claw to see which way it is facing. Ensure that piece fits over the cartridge head.

  4. 4

    Drop one edge of the replacement extractor into the location of the one being replaced. Work it around, but make sure you don't bend it. A cut-out in the bolt head will make it easier to slide in.

Tips and warnings

  • You might be able to fix your extractor by replacing the rivet.
  • Do not attempt to reuse an old extractor.

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