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Help me identify my late father-in-law's rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mitlov, Mar 27, 2016.

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  1. Mitlov

    Mitlov Member

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    My father-in-law passed away recently. My wife has been going through his things, and among other firearms, we found this rifle I can't identify. Anyone know what this is?

    Not asking because we want to sell it or get a value for it or anything; I'm just curious. I really don't know rifles that well, so I apologize if it's obvious.

    http://i.imgur.com/iOwCM0l.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/DIsqi7t.jpg
     
  2. ClickClickD'oh

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    Looks a lot like an old Remington 550. Are there are markings on the barrel?
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    Not a Remington 550, that one is tube fed.

    Maybe a Stevens.
     
  4. jakk280rem

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    I believe the 550 was fed from a tubular magazine.
     
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    Not a Remington 550 as the 550 and 550-1 have a tube fed magazine under the barrel. I have a 550 and it isn't one of those. I agree with check for barrel markings. I know what it isn't just not sure what it is.

    Ron
     
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    Oh yeah, unless it's a custom job, it's not actually a 550. Just saying the action looks awful close. I think the Stevens rifles had a much bulkier trigger guard instead of the stamped ones in the pictures.
     
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    I've got a 550-1 and that's not it. Whatever the model it's almost exact except for the magazine. I don't know enough to jack my jaws on older rem. 22's other than that.
    Perhaps it also feeds short, long, and long rifle like the 550.
     
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    It's a Savage Model 7. (or the Stevens or Springfield version of same)
     
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    That's what it looks like.
    Pre-war version
    Worth about $300 @ retail in that condition to an interested collector.
     
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    Looks like a good time to me!
     
  11. Old Fuff

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    To add to the confusion. :confused:

    The Savage Co. bought Stevens and Springfield (smaller companies) and the mostly same gun was manufactured and sold under different model names and numbers.

    So look carefully on the top and side rear of the barrel, and somewhere one of the 3 companies - with a model number -should be stamped thereon.
     
  12. Mitlov

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    My wife said there were numbers but no manufacturer or model name, but she may have just missed it and she didn't take a picture of the numbers. We'll take another look next time one of us is at their place.

    Looking around on Google, sure looks like a Savage Model 7 (or rebranded version) to me. If it's pre-war, it probably was handed down to him from a relative, or maybe he bought it used (he was born in 1936). Either way, very cool, and thanks everyone for the help!
     
  13. Old Fuff

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    They were still made after the war by one or more of the three named manufacturers. I wasn't paying close attention, but I remember them from the later 1940's/early 1950's.

    Also I believe they were sold by Sears-Roebuck, Montgomery Ward's and Western Tire & Auto under their own name and store brands.
     
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    Stevens model 85. Some had a black forend tip. The models 6,7 etc. usually had "gill" receivers.
     
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    That sounds right. One of the other firearms he had was a Colt Cobra .38 that I think is from the late 50s/early 60s. My wife thought he had picked up most of his firearms when he was in his 20s, though he never explicitly said.
     
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