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I've mentioned before that I haven't bought any firearms for several years. I thought I had nearly all I wanted or needed ;) ...until this one walked in the front door this morning. :)

Remington Hepburn #3 - most of the blue is still remaining as is most of the faded case colors - only a few dings in the quarter-sawn walnut stock - it sports a half octagon 28" barrel, pistol grip, with checkering, and is stamped .40 2 1/2 on the bottom of the barrel (.40-70 Sharps Straight). Bore is near perfect. It has a serial number below 750, so I'm fairly certain the rifle was made during the 1st year of production (1880).

Photo of the open falling block action:


Copied from an original Remington calalog, "The New Model No.3 Remington rifle is especially designed for long range hunting and target purposes, requiring the use of heavy charges. It has a solid breechblock with direct rear support, convenient side lever action and rebounding hammer so that the arm always stands with the trigger in the safety notch, rendering premature discharge impossible....."

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xtm,

That is one fine example of a No.3...
Every original I've seen has been modified with additional target sights, elevators, globe front sights, etc.... Your gun appears to be all original. On top of that it has a great bore. Wood appears excellent and the muted case coloring is still evident.

What a great find. I'm not as familiar with the barrel material from the early 1880's...is that a nickel steel barrel?


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Thanks fellas! :roll:

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I'm not as familiar with the barrel material from the early 1880's...is that a nickel steel barrel?

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No, only the very last of the Hepburn production had nickle steel when Remington offered the No. 3 High Power Rifle chambered for .30-30, .30-40, .32 Special, and a few other cartridges. Lead alloy bullets only in this one.... but that doesn't bother me since I already have the proper .40 cal mould.

If this one turns out to be a fine shooter, it may be the one I take on the narrow gauge up to Rangeley..... ;)

Several more pics before I start cleaning it up later this week. The wood is very dark and covered with decades of crud - ditto the internals:


View of the left side and the early Remington-pattern steel buttplate. (Remington's idea of de-horning the #$%& prongs from the standard crescent buttplate was a great concept that never caught on with any other company!)


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bobw said:
....As I understand it most folks shooting these with grease groove bullets use the 30-40 Krag stretched and reformed or a neck reamed 405 Win (Hornady brass).... bobw
Hey Bob,

How can I "stretch" Krag brass? I have some expanded Krag brass and it fits perfectly in this chamber, but is a bit too short by ~1/4". The fired .405 brass I have on hand is too large just above the base to chamber all the way.

I have a goodly amount of .40-70 brass dedicated for a Marlin Ballard rifle, but it has a much larger chamber and I'm not gonna use any of it in this one. It wouldn't last very long getting overworked like that. Once my single shot brass is fireformed, I don't even like to neck size.

Here are some of the .40 cal. loading tools I've accumulated:




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bobw,

Thanks for increasing my knowledge on "stretching" brass. I've always formed my own brass here in my shop, and just couldn't imagine how I would perform that trick on my own.

About Bertram brass...I bought several boxes of it back in the early 1990s for an uncommon British cartridge. It worked OK for a few loadings, but the primer pockets enlarged to the point where primers could be seated with my thumb. I think that it wasn't properly anealed and was much too soft. I haven't bought any more Bertram brass since then - but surely they've corrected that error.

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Well Bob, you've convinced me to pay the ~$1.75 per case and have B.A. do the stretching. I'll never go through enough cases to justify buying that equipment. ;)

I'm gonna spend the weekend doing a takedown and thorough cleaning - and will slug the bore. (I can already tell that it's gonna be oversize, so a thin case neck will be a plus.) Sometime next week I'll give Mr. Gullo a call! :)


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