Ol' Norse here had a disappointing day yesterday. Took my 700 BDL 30-06 to the range. Trouble ensued.
1. About 1/3rd of the time it would not cock when putting the bolt handle down.
2. Trigger pull was very inconsistent. Sometimes the 4 pounds I was used to, sometimes as high as a horrid DA revolver pull.
3. Once, when I put the bolt down it went off as I closed it.
That scared me good. The rules were followed though, so the bullet actually hit the paper target(though nowhere near center).
My theory is due to the temperatures I was in(well below zero) that the factory grease is just to thick and the sear was hanging up in the action slot, since this morning sitting here in my front room it's working flawlessly. So I figure I'll tear the bolt apart and lube it with a little better lube, then try again.
EDIT: Tore it down. Holy heavens they use some thick stuff from the factory. Changed out to Berryhills Gun Goo(don't have any slipstream to try yet). But my big problem was the trigger group. What was Remington thinking? Grease? Lots of it on everything in the trigger group. Gads. Cleaned up, oiled properly(very sparingly with a couple drops of a light oil), and reassembled. Trigger pull is much improved in weight, feel, and consistency.
Given the temps I was in and the symptoms I was having and highly greased condition of the gun I think it was the sear sticking intermittently, as I got a surprising amount of thick dirty grease out of there when I cleaned it.
Will retest and report next weekend if the temps stay down low enough.