SOLD FOR: $1235
Model: 81 “The Woodsmaster”
Serial Number: 51733
Year of Manufacture: 1949 (R UU Date Code)
Caliber: .300 Savage
Action Type: Long-Recoil, Fixed Magazine Fed, Semi-Automatic Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel jacket is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A. / BROWNING’S PATS. 659,507 – 659,786 – 701,288 – 853,438 – 984,263”. The left side of the barrel jacket is marked “R UU”. The underside of the receiver is marked with inspection marks in front of the fixed mag. The trigger guard’s left rear bow is marked “18”. The right rear of the barrel, visible at the ejection port is marked “.300 / SAV.”. The left side of the receiver is marked “THE / WOODSMASTER / TRADE MARK / MODEL 81” under the scope mount and “Remington / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / 51733”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a base fixed to the front of the barrel jacket. The rear sight has been removed and a scope base has been installed in the factory drilled holes. The left side of the receiver has been drilled and tapped and installed with a base. The right side of the rear base has been modified for use with stripper clips. The scope bases have integral rings holding Lyman Alaskan All Weather scope. The scope has some scattered little spots of oxidation. There are a few spots of erosion, most noticeable on the bottom of the tube. There are some scuffs and scratches that have caused thinning and finish loss. The scope has a graduated post-reticle with a fine horizontal crosshair and the glass is clear. The scope rates in about Very Good condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and a checkered alloy Remington buttplate. There is some material loss on the left side of the wrist at the bottom corner next to the tang but it is very small. There are custom sling swivel mounts inlet into the wood. There are some little patches of finsih loss. There are some scattered light scratches, compressions, and scuffs. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate has some scattered finish loss. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish. The finish is strong but has some scattered little freckles of frost. There are a few larger spots of oxidation scattered over the barrel jacket and receiver. There is some thinning on the edges, most noticeable at the front of the barrel jacket and magazine. There are a few spots of heavy oxidation on the back of the trigger guard. There are some light handling marks. There is some standard operational wear. The markings are clear. The screwheads show light use. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is the previously described scope.
Our Assessment: The Remington Model 8 was the brainchild of John Moses Browning. Originally patented in 1900, it was the first successful high-powered semi-auto rifle made in the United States–or just about anywhere else, for that matter. The model 8 was chambered in four different Remington rimless cartridges, they were the .25, .30, .32, and .35 Remington. The Model 81 Woodsmaster was an improvement on the successful design and was produced in the three original .30 Cal Remington cartridges and in 1941 .300 Savage was introduced. This example made in 1949 is chambered in .300 Savage is in about Fine condition with about 93% of its metal finish remaining, scattered wear in its stocks, a good bore, and strong mechanics. This will be a great shooter or nice addition to your C&R collection. Please see our photos and good luck!