I forget which year they changed it, but the bolt on any of the rifles, that are less than 20 years old or so, can be worked WITHOUT taking the safety off. This was a design change made by Remington to fix some safety issues.
I won't stop buying model 700's. They are too good to discount because of a trigger issue that's easily fixed by replacing it with an aftermarket one; which most of mine have anyway.
If anyone has used model 700's (preferably short action) they feel the need to part with because of this problem, please PM me!