SOLD FOR: $3802.77
Model: 8E “Expert”
Serial Number: 11369
Year of Manufacture: 1908
Caliber: .35 Remington
Action Type: Long-Recoil, Fixed Magazine Fed, Semi-Automatic Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel jacket is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION. N.Y. U.S.A. / BROWNING’S PATENTS OCT. 9. 900. OCT. 16. 1900. JULY 3. 1902?, the bottom of the receiver at the front is marked with the serial number. The bottom tang is marked with the serial number. The barrel is marked “35 REM”. The rifle has E or “Expert” grade scroll and border engraving with a game scene on the left side of the receiver.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a base fixed to the front of the barrel jacket. The rear sight is a folding Lyman aperture peep sight. The rear of the barrel has two screws for a rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a straight grip, straight comb, initial plate in the belly (unmarked), and an aftermarket buttpad. There is a crack on the right side of the wrist. There are some scattered dings, scratches, compressions, and areas of finish wear. Some of the deepest marks are on the left side of the wrist. There are areas of discoloration where the wood and metal meet. The checkering has rub wear and is smooth but the majority is intact. The LOP measures 13 3/4? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate and 12 3/4″ to the wood. The pad has wear and has become stiff. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well-defined rifling. There is light erosion throughout the bore. In my opinion, this bore is a 7 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish. The edges have thinning. There are some areas of finish loss, some of the most noticeable is on the bottom of the receiver at the front and on the bottom of the fixed magazine. There are some areas of thinning, most noticeable on the top of the barrel jacket at the rear. There are some scattered scuffs, draglines, and a few hairline scratches, most noticeable on the receiver. There is some light erosion on the barrel jacket on the left side in front of the sling mount. There are a few little tiny spots of surface oxidation. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp to lightly used. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good 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 a leather sling.
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. It is a long-recoil operated rifle and feeds from a fixed magazine. The model 8 was chambered in four different Remington rimless cartridges, they were the .25, .30, .32, and .35 Remington. They were primarily used by hunters, though some law enforcement agencies adopted them and it was possible to modify them for removable magazines. It was even the preferred rifle of Texas Ranger Frank Hamer who used a customized .35 caliber model with 15-round magazines, and his was one of the two Model 8’s known to be at the ambush of Bonnie & Clyde. This one is a very early example dressed in 8E or “Expert” engraving and stocks. The engraving is first class and is truly beautiful to behold. The rarity of factory engraved model 8s as well as this being an early, pre-UMC production model will certainly interest Remington and early autoloader collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!
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