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Remington Rolling Block Sights

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by ZigZagZeke, May 15, 2011.

  1. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I inherited an 1873 Remington rolling block rifle from my grandfather. It is a #1 sporter, not the usual converted military. It was originally a .38 rimfire. When I got it, it was trashed pretty thoroughly. It had been in a fire and the forearm was missing, and the butt stock scorched. Somebody had started to refinish the metal by using steel wool to remove any traces of finish on the metal. The bore looked like the inside of a sewer pipe.

    As bad as it was, I figured there was no harm in doing a full restoration, so I hired Jim Dubell at Delta Gun Shop to restore it. To make a long story a bit shorter, after a full year and around $2000 I have a beautiful, like new 1873 rifle. We decided on relining the barrel to preserve the tapered octagon 30" barrel, and I wanted to stay with .38 caliber, so it was chambered for .357 magnum. The only drawback to this is that the recoil from the magnum with the 30" barrel caused the original semi-buckhorn rear sights to shift about every 5 shots.

    To solve this problem I installed a Marble's mid-range tang sight and just tried it out today. It's perfect. I'm now shooting 2" groups with this setup and I'm really happy. [Photos added below!]
     
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  2. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Nice! Photo please!!! While .357 Mag is easier to obtain you could have went the .38-55 route and kept it a black powder cartridge rifle. Regardless you've done an honorable thing to resurrect it! Can't wait to see it. I'd like to find one some day and turn it into a shooter as well.
     
  3. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Very cool. I have an appreciation for all older guns and given the condition you received yours in you did the right thing as it seemed useless the way it was. Some before and after pictures would be nice.
     
  4. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    This thread is worthless without PICTURES!!!!!

    I have an old Rolling Block #1 also in .45-50 Peabody. She's pretty rough and could use a make-over too.
     
  5. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I'd recommend that you call and talk to Jim Dubell at Delta Gun Shop. He is not fast, but his prices are reasonable, and you can judge his work for yourself:

    RRBRestore-LeftFullsm.jpg
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    RRBRestore-RtFullUpsm.jpg

    Here's the original buttstock:

    RRBRestore-OldButtGoodsm.jpg

    And the replacement forestock that somebody made somewhere along the way:

    RRBRestore-OldForeGoodsm.jpg


    Part of the job was to install a centerfire firing pin and to redo the case coloring on the receiver:

    RRBRestore-ChamberClosedsm.jpg

    I got the new wood as semi-inletted stocks from TreeBone Carving in AZ. They provided the metal cap too. Where necessary, Jim manufactured new screws:

    RRBRestore-ForeCapsm.jpg

    You can't see any evidence that this barrel was relined and the ejector recut:

    RRBRestore-ChamberOpensm.jpg

    Nor can you see it at the muzzle. Jim used a drawfile to sharpen all the rounded corners including on the tapered octagon barrel:

    RRBRestore-Muzzlesm.jpg

    The drawfile cleaned up the metal without obliterating the patent marks:

    RRBRestore-LeftRcvrsm.jpg


    Here it is with a knife my dad made for me, and a set of buffalo and sheep horns I had laying around.

    RRBRestore-GunKnifeHatBestsm.jpg
     
  6. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    There are your pictures. Jim loves working on rolling blocks and he's a real black powder advocate. I could have gone .38-40. That was Jim's initial recommendation, but I wanted a cartridge where I could walk into any Bi-Mart and buy ammo. Also, you're looking at 1/4th the price for .357 Mag or .38 Special and it now uses the same ammo as my revolver.
     
  7. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    That is Beautiful!!!!!! Looks like he does awesome work. I have no sentimental attachment to mine, it's not a family piece. But that looks like it may be just the ticket to put some life back into the old girl.
     
  8. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Here's Jim's contact page:

    Delta Gun Shop

    If you call around noon you'll usually get Jim directly, otherwise email jim@deltagunshop.com.