SODL FOR: $2000
Model: 30 Express
Serial Number: 6545
Year of Manufacture: 1928 (WW Date Code)
Caliber: .32 Remington
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “32REM.”. The right side of the barrel at the chamber is marked with the date code, magnaflux, proof, and inspection marks. The right side of the receiver is marked “Remington / TRADE MARK”. The left side of the receiver is marked “MODEL 30 / Express / 6545”. The top of the barrel is marked “REMINGTON ARMS COMPANY INC., SUCCESSOR TO THE REMINGTON / ARMS U.M.C. CO. INC. REMINGTON ILION WORKS, ILION, N.Y. U.S.A.”. The bolt is marked “6545”.
Barrel Length: 22?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade that is pinned into a serrated barrel band base at the front of the barrel. There is a rear sight boss on the rear of the barrel which has a flat metal filler installed. The rear sight is a Lyman 57SME aperture peep sight screwed to the right side of the receiver.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut. The stock has a Schnabel tip, pistol grip, straight comb, and serrated steel buttplate. There are holes from previously installed sling studs at the front and rear. There are some scrapes on the left side of the forend towards the front, they have colored with age. There are some scattered light draglines, compressions, and a few little scuffs. The checkering is mostly intact but has a few scattered areas of wear and some light rub wear. The LOP measures approximately 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the buttplate. The plate has some mottled patina, mottled thinning, little scabs, and little scratches. The stock rates in about Very Good-Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 70% of its metal finish. There is finish loss on the edges. There are some scattered scuffs that have thinned the finish. There are some scattered little spots of oxidation and a few scabs, the most noticeable scab is on the left side of the receiver at the rear. There are some nicks and scratches, the most noticeable are on the bottom metal assembly. There are scattered areas of thinning and areas of patina. The bolt handle has finish loss and some discoloration from previous oxidation. There are some areas of lacquer on the chamber and chamber ring. There is finish loss on the edge of the muzzle. There are some light handling marks. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are lightly worn with strong serviceable slots. The markings are clear and easily read. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good 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, redesigned & strengthened the floorplate, and slightly changed the receiver bridge. This resulted in a much more visually appealing rifle at the cost of only one round of capacity. These rifles had a strong action, nice lines, and outstanding build quality…what more could you ask for? What made things even better for Remington was that many of the returning veterans were already familiar with the 1917 type action they had used in the Great War, and that before WWI lever action and pump action rifles were the choice of sportsman, not bolt actions. WWI changed all this and the market for bolt action rifles expanded immensely after seeing just how reliable they were in combat. This created a huge opportunity for Remington who released the Model 30 in 1921. The model was really the only option until Winchester saw the success and wanted in on the action eventually releasing their Model 54 in 1925. These rifles were successful and were produced in many calibers and with different grades. This is a 30 Express chambered in .32 Remington and has a 22″ barrel. These were Remington’s first high-powered bolt action 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!