Trying to determine if what I believe is truly what I have considering I bought this Remington 700 about 5 years ago.
Standard Catalog of Firearms (2005) shows a Model 700 Classic (page 943) that has a recoil pad. My 700 does not have a recoil pad and is as follows:
Receiver Marked: Remington Model 700
Right of barrel above stock has R.E.A. in an oval and "star" (not in the oval) which I assume are proof marks
Left side barrel : gRT or 9RT stamped on barrel towards back near receiver
Left side barrel 25-06 REM
The rifle is blued, the stock is a shiny beautiful walnut
Serial # 6385XXX
I'm always confused (it happens as one gets older) about ADL's, BDL's, CDL's, etc. :o
The stock and barrel are in excellent condition. Bore bright and shiny. No pitting or rust and was cared for exceptionally well.
A Redfield 3x9 scope was professionally mounted and when I did shoot her to test before I bought, it was dead on at 100 yards and hasn't been shot since.
So is it truly a 700 Classic 25-06 manufactured in 1990 as I suspect or do I have a variant Remington 700 (cause they made so many different models)?
What would you place the worth of this rifle at (I know it'll be a rough guess).
Work your magic guys (Dr. Rob :) )
As always I greatly appreciate your expertise.
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June 8, 2011, 12:01 PM
From the barrel code near the receiver it appears to be made in 1999.
The Classic series were produced from 1981 thru 2005.
However the 25-06 Classic was produced in 1990.
Remington introduced the 25-06 caliber in the model 700 in 1970.
To further complicate things Remington also had another batch of rifles called Classics but were not the same as the 1981-2005 special caliber/year series.
The serial number is low enough that it appears to be an older rifle.
Are you sure you read that barrel code on the left side near the receiver correctly?
On some more worn Remingtons I have had to have very good light and a good magnifying glass to clearly read the code.
I can tell you I purchased a BDL 700 in 1975 and shortly right after that the serial number sequences started using an A prefix before the serial numbers.
Hope this helps some.
June 8, 2011, 01:32 PM
Natural light and a magnifying glass (cause I have 61 3/4 year old eyes) and the stamping is correct and still crisp, just itty bitty for me :) .I reckon I'll have to find where the wife stored the camera and see if I can get some pictures. I will forewarn ya that I'm NOT a good photographer as is evidenced by some revolver posts I've done :what:
P.S. I have a penchant for buying certain weapons for their purpose and or looks, used, and finding out after the fact that I have something not in the mainstream. Figures, huh? :)
June 8, 2011, 01:44 PM
I have been known to have the same affliction.
Hence my collection of Remington 600's.
June 13, 2011, 03:30 PM
Called Remington Customer Service for serial number/historical information. The kind gentleman looked up my serial number then we proceded to go over my rifle with him asking questions and me giving answers.
I have a 1970 Model 700BDL Custom Deluxe chambered in .25-06 REM. Hinged floorplate, cut skipline checkering, black pistol grip cap and forend tip. I was in error about the scope. I have a Redfield 8x-19x scope that was professionally mounted.
The mystery is solved. Thank you all that assisted.
June 13, 2011, 03:39 PM
After reading the part on your post about the serial number I looked back at my records of my 1975 BDL that was stolen and it's serial number started at 68xxxxx so I was pretty confident yours was an older rifle.
I am perplexed about that barrel code on yours though.
June 13, 2011, 04:53 PM
The barrel code R.E.A. in the oval was the Remington Arms "mark" so I was told. The star a proof mark. The 9RT or was the mo/year of manufacture for the 700 BDL Custom Deluxe series so Sept '70 . All this was graciously explained by the CS rep who said I had a goodun on my hands. Did I mention the jeweled bolt? Oh pretty girl she is.
My last research project is to assign a value. The black pistol grip cap end has 2 scratches on it which isn't a big deal. The overall condition of the rifle is VG (well it is 41 years old) and has a very few (2-3) very shallow dents, where someone might have knocked it, on the stock but it's a beautiful piece that was well cared for. I'm thinking probably $500-600 range but I'm certainly not an expert on older remingtons.
June 13, 2011, 06:32 PM
Well $5-600 is not even a bad starting price due to the fact that far more care and attention was put into those old Dupont Remingtons of that day that are a far cry away of things today.
No comparisons really.
And that nice Walnut stock instead of that black plastic of today.
And another fact is your rifle was a first year production 25-06.
Throw in the old scope and the gun may go up even more in value.
June 15, 2011, 05:47 PM
Back when you first posted I suspected it was a BDL. I own one from 1978 with the heavy barrel. Back then it was available in the VS as it worked well for silouhet competion. Mine also has the skip line checkering and black end caps.
Everyone should own a .25-06, it is my favorite cartridge and the only centerfire rifle I owned for 23 years.
June 15, 2011, 06:30 PM
I have to admit for a 41 year old rifle, she has Class :)