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Old October 1st, 2017, 11:02 AM #1
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Latest find from Last HOCO show: Remington 81

-Have always kept an eye out for a Remington 8 or 81 but never been lucky enough to find one that appealed to me. Then while cruising the last HOCO show with Milsurp Dan I ran across this beautiful Remington 81 in .300 Savage. Skip from S&J Arms in Sykesville was selling it on consignment and the owner was kind enough to offer it to me at a price I couldn't say no to. Plus MDS vintage sporting expert Augie was nice enough to give me his assessment and that was all I needed to close the deal.
-Date code on the side of the barrel near the receiver has it built in 1948. There's a period Pachmayr Gun Works recoil pad that looks like it's been there for most of it's life. A previous owner had also added period narrow sling swivels though it looks like it spent little time in the field.
-The best part is that it's a Special Grade, or B Grade, version with higher quality American Walnut and checkering. As these were built to order the receivers were hand marked with the grade letter, normally just behind the model number on the receiver (there were also C (Special) ,D (Peerless) and E (Expert) grades). I was surprised to read that going to B grade only cost around 12% more than standard A grade. A heck of a bargain in my eyes.
-Check out the safety, do you think Kalashnikov owes John Browning a royalty on it for the AK47? Yet another amazing John Moses Browning design.
-This is getting dangerous for me, starting to take a shine to vintage sporting arms. Been watching Winchester 54 listings for one in .22 Hornet and ditto for Winchester 1903 and 63s.
-There's an amazing website on the Remington models 8 & 81, chock full of wonderful information if you're curious: The Great Model 8 & 81.
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Wow that is a scarce and awesome gun. Back when they used to use real wood! I love how they put special grade walnut on it then do what looks like an electropencil with the "B"
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Awesome. Great looking rifel. I should not be looking at these pictures.
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Thats a beauty Mawkie and in a great caliber, easy to find ammo, enjoy. A Winchester 54 or Model 70 in 22 Hornet would be a great find.
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Wow, ive never even heard of this gun before today. The wood grain is awesome!
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Great looking rifle! Wasn’t one of those used against Bonnie and Clyde?
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Texas Ranger Frank Hamer was famous for carrying a Remington 8 in his service. There was a Model 8 at the Bonnie and Clyde shootout and I suspect he was wielding it. A very private man, Hamer refused to discuss the shoot out afterwards so who knows for sure. But Remington knew a good thing when they saw it and gifted a newer engraved Model 81 to Frank with an extended police magazine. Something that he treasured.
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Wow that is a scarce and awesome gun. Back when they used to use real wood! I love how they put special grade walnut on it then do what looks like an electropencil with the "B"
Yeah, you'll find these stamped crooked and there's one listed online with the letter not behind the model number but the SN. Doubt Remington management saw it as too important but it is a bit odd for sure.
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Texas Ranger Frank Hamer was famous for carrying a Remington 8 in his service. There was a Model 8 at the Bonnie and Clyde shootout and I suspect he was wielding it. A very private man, Hamer refused to discuss the shoot out afterwards so who knows for sure. But Remington knew a good thing when they saw it and gifted a newer engraved Model 81 to Frank with an extended police magazine. Something that he treasured.
Frank's Model 81 in the Texas Ranger Museum below.
Thank you sir. I knew if anyone would know it, it would be you. 🤙
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Glad to see you finally got it! Really beautiful rifle and I’m glad I got to see it in person. I bet she shoots as good as she looks!
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