40. Extremely Rare and Possibly Unique Remington Hepburn No. 3 Saddle Ring Carbine

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serial #95, 45-70, 27" round barrel with a bright excellent bore. The Remington Hepburn enjoyed success as a sporting and target rifle and here is a piece that was built to solicit military sales. The action appears identical to the sporting versions however the lever is longer than normal extending to the rear of the frame and it also has a larger thumbpiece; both improvements one would expect for a military version. The barrel shows the "E. Remington & Sons" address and is rather lightweight. The gun features smooth walnut stocks and military sights and has a sling ring and bar fitted on the left side of the frame. The condition of the gun is superb with the barrel retaining 98% strong original blue finish overall. The action retains 98% strong original color case-hardened finish overall. The walnut stocks rate excellent with virtually all of their original finish and just a couple light handling marks. The rear sight is military style however the factory holes are not spaced correctly so only the rear screw is in. This carbine is illustrated in Rowe's Remington's No. 3 Hepburn on page 205 where he describes it but apparently only from the photograph which was courtesy of Butterfield's Auction House, where the consignor acquired the gun. Rowe calls this "An experimental design and the only known one that was ever made". The gun is also illustrated in More Single Shot Rifles by Grant when it was part of the Jack Appel collection. The rarity and condition of this piece make it truly an investment quality Remington Hepburn carbine. (18502-12) {ANTQUE} (6000/8000) SOLD FOR $9,200.00

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