Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1050: Remington Hepburn No. 3 Sporting Model Single Shot Rifle

Auction Date: September 7, 2012

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

Remington Hepburn No. 3 Sporting Model Single Shot Rifle

Manufacturer: E. Remington & Sons
Model: Hepburn No. 3
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38-50
Barrel: 30 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1083
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 30
Class: Antique

This lever activated falling block single shot target rifle was designed by Lewis Hepburn and was manufactured from 1883 to 1907 with approximately 10,000 in total production. The top barrel flat is marked "E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION. N.Y." ahead of the rear sight. Brass blade front and adjustable buckhorn rear sporting sights. The lower right side of the receiver is marked "HEPBURNS PAT./OCT 7TH 1879" and the serial number is marked on the lower tang. The barrel under the forearm is marked with the matching serial number and "2262". The barrel is marked "38" on the bottom, forward of forend. Blue barrel, breechblock, hammer and trigger, casehardened remaining metal parts and mounted with a smooth forearm with an iron forend insert, and checkered round knob pistol grip stock with iron carbine style buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel retains 60% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The receiver retains 50% original case colors with some very minor pitting and areas of smooth gray patina. The buttplate retains 80% original case colors. The wood is also very fine with most of the oil finish, a few minor dents and dings, with crisp checkering. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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