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Lot 3283: Remington-Lee Model 1885 Navy Contract Bolt Action Carbine

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Scarce Remington-Lee Model 1885 Navy Contract Bolt Action Prototype Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Scarce Remington-Lee Model 1885 Navy Contract Bolt Action Prototype Carbine

Manufacturer: Remington Arms Inc
Model: Lee-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 411
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 161
Class: Antique

This is an example of a modified Navy contract M1885 Remington-Lee bolt action rifle. This rifle was a standard 1885 Remington-Lee in all respects except it was produced under contract to the USN and is so marked on top of the receiver ring. There were approximately 1,500 made in this contract run. The top of the receiver is marked "U.S.N./Naval Anchor/No. 3503/(US Government inspector initials) H.H.E.". The left top flat of the receiver is marked with the standard two-line markings of "REMINGTON ARMS CO./ILLION N.Y. U.S.A./SOLE MANUFACTURERS & AGENTS" with the serial number behind the markings. It has a unique 22 inch in length round in the white barrel with the 1879 Springfield rear sight graduated from 100-500 yards on the side of the base and 600-1200 yards on the ladder and the military blade front sight. Stock is a unique flat sided walnut with an oil finish and a unique niter blue barrel band blade front sight. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with traces of the original blue finish in protected areas. The barrel and receiver have aged to a mottled red/brown patina. The magazine and trigger are a dark military blue, with some edge wear. The stock is very good, with good grain and scattered handling marks and pressure indentations throughout, and a small crack at the wrist just rear of the bolt. Mechanically excellent. A very scarce example of one of the most modern rifles of its time.

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