Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1348: Remington-Keene Bolt Action Carbine

Auction Date: April 20, 2012

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,250 - $4,500

Remington-Keene Bolt Action Carbine

Manufacturer: Remington
Model: Keene
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45/70
Barrel: 24 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 309
Class: Antique

The Keene bolt action system was Remington's first attempt at producing a repeating rifle to compete with the lever action Winchesters. These were produced from 1880-1884 with a total production of approximately 5,000. This model was the first magazine fed rifle produced by Remington. It has a loading gate on the bottom of the rifle in front of the trigger guard. The top of the bolt is marked "E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y. / PATENT FEBY. 24. MCH 17. 1874 JAN. 18/SEP. 26. 1876 MCH 20 JULY 31 1877." There is no caliber designation, but the barrel gauges at 45, so writer believes it is 45-70 caliber. All blue finish except for the bright bolt and casehardened hammer mounted on the end of the bolt. The rear sight is a standard Remington folding single leaf sight with the left arm graduated 1,2,3 for use with the horizontal notch and 4-10 on the right arm for use with the slide when the leaf is in the vertical position. The front sight is a brass post mounted on a dovetail base on the front barrel band. Mounted with a smooth one-piece straight grip half stock with iron forend cap and carbine style buttplate with cleaning rod compartment with three-piece cleaning rod.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The rifle retains 85% plus of the original blue finish with a couple of areas of light oxidation on the forward, left side of the barrel and magazine tube. The stock is also very fine with 98% original finish remaining and showing some overall scattered minor dents and scratches. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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