Now I have another rifle without a plaque with a serial number in the 1400's. Seems he knew the owner of the building where Marbles was originally, and talked to the old guy who did tang sight assembly and repair. I ran an oil patch down the barrel and rifling looks good. At this time Ruger is selling some models that were made in the mid 1980's and mid 1990's, a factory letter will show that the gun was shipped in 2012, but that of course that does not mean that the rifle was made in 2012. This is then imeadiately folloed by what looks like the serial number 101802, which is stamped parallel to the bore.
Some of the plant practices in place back in the early manufacturing period are totally alien to our thinking today. It's in pristine shape, no scratches on stock, bluing still intact. Ads listed in discussion areas are prohibited. The serial number is in the 13,000 range and has matching numbers throughout. After putting a round in it you push the block up and then the rifle can be fired.
This is something I would like to buy from my aunt and am having problems determining the value. The odd part is when you pull the hammer back there is another lever like a hammer that pulls back too and that exposes the breech. If they got fired, injured, or otherwise terminated, the stashed pieces might not be found for some time. And I don't care about wallhangers. Buyer Tip: Seller assumes all responsibility for listing this item.
The earliest 4s do not have alfa designations as part of the serial number. I did not know he even had this gun. The fore stock has a bigger end, curve down design? Times may have changed today, but as recent as the 1970's things were still a mess at some gun makers facilities! Once you have it polished, then come back to this forum and post your information, questions, and your images. My gr grandfather bought it for my grandfather when the old muzzle loader burned out. When Marlin moved in around 1972 to their new factory Bill Brophy told me they still found old Ballard barrels and parts around the factory stuffed in corners, or under benches.
We know of several low 3000 rifles with 1874 patent dates. Sometimes there can be a long time frame as to when a gun was mfg. Lucky he was able to salvage them, or there'd be a lot of old Marbles sights still broken and unrepairable! It doesn't have a model or serial. She does not know how to take pictures and post them to e-mail so this might be less stressful for her. That said, it's easy to notice the early higher levels of Remington quality on this rifle which in my opinion, is on par with Winchester Repeating Arms circa 1880's. I am going to continue to determine a value by further checking the internet and stop at a couple of local gun shops. I'm guessing it was made in the mid to late '30s.
Let me submit a little guidance for a newcomer. Questions, how do I find the year? When they neared the end of the run or their expected employment, they would bring out the extras and add them to their daily production, and get paid much more. The 4 is another I would really like, especially since it was my uncles. He would then hire workers to run the machine or hand processes, and pay them on a per piece basis. That marking by itself narrows its date of manufacture considerably as it was used on arms manufactured from 1852 to 1888. This would be alot better then what we have now.
Excellent stock and forend with no chips or cracks. I find that hard to believe with a plaque that is dated 1879. Early production 4s have tapered octagon barrels while the late takedown model was produced with a round barrel The reeded tang screw escutcheon appears on later production 4s but was not restricted to the late takedown model. I just got an old rifle from my farther-in-law. Buyer Tip: If you're the High Bidder in an auction when it closes, don't assume you're the final High Bidder. Lower tangs were production marked from 1 to 10,000 and then the numbering sequence was repeated. Why is it so hard to believe, I've bought guns that were made in 1940 but they were not shipped out of the factory till the 1970's.
As I recall, there were no serial numbers on Remington Rolling Block receivers. Then, after a few days, they would re-negotiate the piece rate to make a good daily rate based on their production. Maybe over time it might be possible to at least narrow the manufactruing time frame to a window of a few years. If you have any questions regarding this item, you should contact the Seller before bidding. It would be nice to know Remington's rate of prodiction on No1. Shoveled them into a box and took them home.