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Remington-Hepburn No 3 and Remington-Lee Bolt Action?

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Skofnung, Jan 8, 2004.

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  1. Skofnung

    Skofnung Member

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    Hello again. What can you fellows tell me about these two rifles? I know only what the Flayderman's Guide I have tells me. Were they both "good" rifles?

    I assume that the Hepburn was a great target rifle, but I have not heard much about them. Did the rifle have any major shortcomings?

    The same questions apply to the Remington-Lee bolt action magazine rifle in .45-70. What were the main problems with this piece? How many shots did it hold? Was it very accurate? I am mainly intrested in the "sporting rifle" model.

    Thanks again.
     
  2. Jim K

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    I can't talk about the Remington-Hepburn; I have seen a few, but never owned or fired one.

    But I did own a Remington-Lee, and liked the gun. It was very obviously a Lee product, and you could see the basic design that was later used in the British Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield. I thought that it was an advanced rifle for the 1880's, possibly too advanced, as bolt actions had not caught on at that time.

    I don't know of anything I can tell you that is not in Flayderman's, and I don't know, off hand, of any book or extensive treatment of the guns. The various rifles of that period are sort of a "dark hole", with only moderate collector interest and few books. Too bad, as that period was the genesis of many ideas and designs that later became famous.

    Jim
     
  3. Skofnung

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    Mr. Keenan, did you shoot the Lee much?

    How did it do in terms of accuracy?

    Was the trigger the same type found on a Lee Enfiled? That is, pinned to the triggerguard.

    How many shots did the magazine hold?

    Was the bolt "quick" like a Lee Enfield?

    Thanks again for the help.
     
  4. Jim K

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    Hi, Skofnung,

    I never really fired it for accuracy, since the inside of the barrel was like unto a sewer pipe, the main reason I traded it off on another odd-wad, a Standard Model G which I still have.

    The magazine held 5 rounds in .45-70. The bolt was quite quick and easy, but I forget how the trigger was fastened. Sorry, it was at least 25 years ago, and I have handled a lot of rifles since.

    Jim
     
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