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ID this rolling block

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Tanksta, Apr 27, 2010.

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  1. Tanksta

    Tanksta Member

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    I need help identifying this rolling block, I believe it may be a .43 Spanish caliber. There are no Remington markings on the tang. I believe the stamp on the sling swivel says PAT'D Feb 11 1868. I will post pictures. Someone has put a weird finish on it ...almost like a clear laquer. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks
     

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  2. Jim Watson

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    Well, the first picture shows Belgian proof marks.
    I am not a Rolling Block expert, but some of the contours just don't look quite right.
     
  3. Tanksta

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    Here are a few more photos........
     

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    Apart from it being of Belgian manufacture & that the forend has been shortened I can't tell you much about it. Being chambered for the .43 Spanish would be quite likely, as that was one of the most common calibers in RBs.
     
  5. Tanksta

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    A buddy of mine says it could be a 11.4x57R. I know very little of these old rifles.
     
  6. Jim K

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    There were copies of the Remington RB made in Belgium (he!!, there were copies of EVERYTHING made in Belgium!) so I would assume that is one of them. A number of nations adopted the RB system, but some bought only a few guns from Remington and then had copies made either in their own arsenals or by less expensive contractors.

    There were also many surplus rifles reworked in Belgium for sale to third or fourth world countries. The Belgian proof marks on the barrel could indicate not manufacture, but a rebarreling or reworking of the original barrel.

    Jim
     
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    Tanksta,
    In the Jan. 2007 issue of Guns Magazine, Mike Venturino wrote an informative article about the Remington Rolling Blocks. I belive you can find this on the net.
    Hope this will help.
    I have a Remington from Ilion,N.Y. with a 24" hex barrel in 38-40 its about the size of a Stevens Crack Shot 22.
     
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