Model: 30S Express
Serial Number: 24177
Year of Manufacture: 1926-1940, C&R
Caliber: .257 Roberts
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “.257 / REM-ROBERTS”. The right side of the barrel at the chamber is marked with magnaflux, proof, and inspection marks. The right side of the receiver is marked “Remington / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.”. The left side of the receiver is marked “MODEL 30S / Express / 24177”. The bolt is marked “24177”. The top of the barrel is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO., INC., REMINGTON / ILION WORKS, ILION, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A.”.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated post style blade with a brass insert; it is pinned into a serrated ramp integral to a barrel band at the front of the barrel. The front sight base is grooved for a hood (not included). The rear sight is a Lyman aperture peep sight, adjustable for windage and elevation, and is screwed to the right side of the receiver. The top of the receiver and top of the rear of the barrel are drilled and tapped.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut. The stock has a capped pistol grip, straight comb, and checkered steel buttplate. There are some impact marks and compressions, nearly all of which have colored with age. The most noticeable are on the bottom in front and behind of the checkering and on the right side in front of the bolt handle cut. the checkering is mainly intact and attractive but the forend checkering has some light scrapes. There is a bit of dark discoloration around the tang. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the buttplate. The plate has light thinning at the heel and toe. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There are a few small pits near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are some spots of thinning, light scrapes, and nicks on the barrel, the most noticeable are located on the first 4″ forward from the nose of the forend. The top of the barrel at the location where the rear iron sight was installed has finish loss that outlines the silhouette of the old sight. The trigger, bolt release, and rear sight display thinning and finish loss. the bottom metal has some mottled patina, a few small nicks, and some tiny freckles of discoloration from previous oxidaiton. The bolt has standard operational wear and some discoloration. The bolt handle has thinning, some scattered nicks, and is developing a patina. The screw heads are lightly worn with strong serviceable slots. The markings are clear and easily read. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. When in safety the bolt is locked and cannot be cycled. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Long before the ever-popular Model 700, there was the Model 30. The Model 30 is a factory sporter from Remington which took form after WWI when they had a surplus of 1917 parts. They took the rear sight wings off, strengthened the floorplate, and slightly changed the receiver bridge. This resulted in a much more visually appealing rifle and at the cost of only one round of capacity. These rifles were produced in many calibers and with different grades. This is a 30S Express which was the deluxe offering and is chambered in the .257 Roberts cartridge making it considerably rarer than the popular .30-06 chambering. These were Remington’s first high powered sporting rifle and are the grandfather of their world-famous bolt actions today. While to the untrained eye this may look like “just another sporter”, this is a fine factory offering from Remington that the experienced collectors will take interest in. Please see our photos and good luck!