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Info on 81

Post by dirtgrip » Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:30 pm

New guy here with questions on model 81. Looks to be made in 1946. # 989 in 300 Savage. #'s match on all parts. Front sight is a Marble Sheard with a copper insert. Rear is a peep sight with no markings screwed on to left side of receiver. Checkering on forearm and stock looks different from any others I've seen. It is split just before it ends but is flat on ends and not pointed like others I've seen. Beavertail forearm with 20 stamped on inside. Can anyone give any info on this gun ? Thanks, Bob

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Re: Info on 81

Post by 81police » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:39 am

Good day dirtgrip. Welcome!

If you're able to upload pictures of your rifle that is most helpful. If there's difficulty in doing that, you're welcome to send them to my email and i'll post them for you. This will help us all get this figured out.

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Re: Info on 81

Post by dirtgrip » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:30 pm

Hope to bring it back for hunting. It's kind of rough !
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Re: Info on 81

Post by dirtgrip » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:28 pm

Couple more.
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Re: Info on 81

Post by S and S HUNTCLUB » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:47 pm

Very cool old Remington. What you have there is a "First Year Production" 1936 Remington Model 81, (Serial #989) with a Lyman 41 side mounted receiver sight. The Model 81 was not offered in the 300 Savage caliber in 1936.
I'm assuming that you determined the 1946 year of production by the barrel code ending in the letters RR and most likely followed by the number 3 on the left side of the barrel jacket head. The number 3 would indicate a factory repair completed in 1946 (RR)...most likely a barrel replacement in the 300 Savage caliber... which was not offered in the Model81 line-up until 1940.
The checkering is not factory original, but looks good.
You have a "three digit" first year production model 81.
Congratulations... that's a keeper in my book!
Enjoy Life, Bob@ S and S HUNTCLUB

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Re: Info on 81

Post by dirtgrip » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:35 am

Wow ! Thanks for the info and history on this gun. Yes it's stamped AAR3 with EE under that. Made in 1936 with repair in 1946 - older than I thought !So glad I found this group ! Before I think about re-blueing the metal will that effect any value it might have? Should I reload for this or can it handle factory loads ? I would love to take a whitetail with it same as Dad and Grandfather.

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Re: Info on 81

Post by dirtgrip » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:37 am

Woops. Stamped ARR3 with EE underneath !

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Re: Info on 81

Post by S and S HUNTCLUB » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:41 pm

You're welcome Bob. The EE designates that your rifle was made in October (E) of 1936 (E). The first letter is always the month of the year. Remington used the word BLACKPOWDER and added the letter X to the end, for the 12 months of the year.
The date code BLACKPOWDERX was started in 1921. There's also a lettering system for the year of manufacturing as well.
In regards to using modern factory loaded 300 Savage ammunition... Your rifle will handle it just fine, with no worries... It'll eat it up and spit it out, as fast as you can pull the trigger! We have had many Model 81's in 300 Savage throughout the years and used modern day ammo with no issues what so ever.

Don't reblue the rifle!!!
Keep it just as it is. Hunt with it and enjoy it! Rebluing the rifle will decrease its value tremendously.

Congratulations again on a great piece of history and a very nice family heirloom!

Enjoy life, Bob @ S and S HUNTCLUB

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Re: Info on 81

Post by dirtgrip » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:55 am

Thanks again for your reply ! My dad is 89 now and doesn't remember much about the gun except carrying it for many years deer hunting in northern Michigan. Guess I better start looking for ammo and sight this gun in !

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Re: Info on 81

Post by kenhwind » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:56 pm

Nice Model 81.
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Re: Info on 81

Post by Bandersnatch » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:32 pm

Nice looking after market checkering. Cool rear sight. Hard thumping caliber.

What's not to like?

The Hornady ammo shoots just fine out of these old guns and is readily available.
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