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I never thought much of Remington rolling blocks, but I saw this one in a collection of 1886 Winchesters that a guy wanted to sell, so I passed on the Winchesters and bought this roller.

It is a beautiful deluxe short range target rifle in 40-50 Sharps bottleneck. He had 150 rounds of brass and ammunition with it, so I will be shooting it soon…

 

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THAT is an incredible Rem!  About as fancy as they made them, short of adding engraving.  Looks like a SS trigger, too.  Does it have a wind-gauge front sight?

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It is a beautiful rifle… for a Remington Confused

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Checking in an 1878 Rem catalog, appears to be highest of 7 grades of Mid-Range rifles, assuming it has wind-gauge front sight.  Buttstock Rem called “Creedmoore” pattern, meaning it had shotgun BP, very little drop at heel, & high-figure (European?) wood.  Flash this on the ASSRA site, & you’ll be swamped with offers to buy.

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Checking in an 1878 Rem catalog, appears to be highest of 7 grades of Mid-Range rifles, assuming it has wind-gauge front sight.  Buttstock Rem called “Creedmoore” pattern, meaning it had shotgun BP, very little drop at heel, & high-figure (European?) wood.  Flash this on the ASSRA site, & you’ll be swamped with offers to buy.

  

It does have 2 filled screw holes in the top of the butt, ahead of the butt plate. It looks like the description of the highest embellished mid range rifle in the book on Remington Rolling Blocks.

I took it out shooting, and got these 2 groups at 200 yards. The lower three were shot first, then a small adjustment on the sight to raise it to the upper 2. With that Beech front sight, the whole silhouette is covered at that distance…

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It does have 2 filled screw holes in the top of the butt, ahead of the butt plate. It looks like the description of the highest embellished mid range rifle in the book on Remington Rolling Blocks.

I took it out shooting, and got these 2 groups at 200 yards. The lower three were shot first, then a small adjustment on the sight to raise it to the upper 2. With that Beech front sight, the whole silhouette is covered at that distance…

If it now has a Beach sight, it’s almost certain it was installed some time after production, as target rifles of this quality were routinely fitted with wind-gauges.  Which, however, are a considerable annoyance except for match shooting, so it would not be surprising if some later owner substituted the Beach.  If you really want to test the gun’s accuracy, I’d suggest a Lyman 17A with aperture insert sized for a bull’s-eye target. 

Two holes in top of butt can only be for sight used when shooting in back or recumbent position, once common practice in competition.

Price of this model in the ’78 catalog was $78.  Price of Deluxe ’73 Win about $35.

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