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Lot 3218: U.S. Navy Inspected Remington-Keene Magazine Bolt Action Carbine

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

U.S. Navy Inspected Remington-Keene Magazine Bolt Action Carbine

Manufacturer: Remington
Model: Keene
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 20 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 138
Class: Antique

This is a beautiful example of an extremely scarce Remington-Keene bolt action carbine, with a "U.S.N" marking on the left of the receiver and on top of the heel of the stock. This design was Remington's first attempt at producing repeating rifles to compete with Winchester's lever actions. It was designed by John W. Keene (d. 1880) of New Jersey in the 1870s. They were entered by Remington in the 1878 and 1881 magazine rifle trials. A total of 5,000 were manufactured in multiple variations in 1878-1883. This example has a shorter barrel than any of the standard variants. It has a blade front sight fitted in a dovetail on the front barrel band, notch and ladder rear sight (oversized, held on with one screw), "E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION N.Y./PAT. FEBY 24 MCH 17. 1874. JAN. 18/SEPT 26 1876. MCH. 20 JULY 31. 1877." on the top of the bolt, "45/70" and magazine cut-off switch on the left side of the receiver, and smooth stock with a casehardened carbine buttplate with a trap compartment (empty). "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 75% original blue finish with spiral scratches visible on the partially refinished magazine tube and some light freckling. Stock is also fine with some scattered light handling marks and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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