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Remington Lee

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jsalcedo, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Well-Known Member

    This months American Rifleman has a fascinating article on the Remington Lee M1879 through M1885 and detailed production figures for the US army, Navy and thousands shipped to foreign nations.
    They were produced in 45-70 and .43 Spanish

    Apparently they were the first bolt action detachable magazine repeaters and were eventually developed into the SMLE

    I've never seen one out of a Museum. Does anyone here own one of the earlier models? Pics?
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2004
  2. Badger Arms

    Badger Arms Well-Known Member

    I remember seeing an old Remington Lee in a museum once before I knew too much about them. IIRC, it was in Illinois somewhere, but I could be wrong. Been about 15-20 year and I was much younger, but I do remember it was a Remington Lee!

  3. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    I used to own a Remington Lee, though I don't remember what model it was. It was in .45-70, with a 5-shot magazine. The barrel was a stovepipe and a corroded one at that, so I sold it. The action was pretty smooth but the gun itself was a beater. It was definitely ahead of its time.

    It is interesting that Lee, who first put a detachable box magazine on a rifle, had worked with Borchardt, who was the first to put one on a pistol. I don't think that was entirely coicidence.

  4. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    I want a lee action'd .45-70 badly. too bad the gibbs ones suck.

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