SOLD FOR: $1,180.00
Model: 30 Express
Serial Number: 17991
Year of Manufacture: 1930 (Y Date Code)
Caliber: .30-06 (Springfield 30 Caliber 1906)
Action Type: Right Hand, Bolt Action, Internal Magazine Fed Rifle.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SPRINGFIELD / 30 CAL. 1906”, the top is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO., INC., REMINGTON / ILION WORKS, ILION, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A.”, the right side is marked “+ / R Y” with “R.E.P.” in oval and a lightly struck 6 sided star next to “O” in a diamond. The left side of the receiver is marked “MODEL 30 / Express / 17991”, the right side is marked “Remington / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.” The bolt body is etched with the serial number and “A”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade on a serrated base, set fore-to-aft inside of a barrel band that is pinned to the barrel. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn “U” notch set on a slide elevator and leaf which is dovetailed onto a barrel band. The right side of the receiver has two screw-filled tapped and drilled holes for the addition of a side-mounted rear aperture sight (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock features a Schnabel forend tip, two swivel studs (and two QD swivels) are screwed into the wood, with checkering on the pistol grip and forend. The stock has light scratch and compression marks throughout, with compression in some of the checkers and notable dings on the belly, left side of the stock near the butt plate, on the underside near the trigger guard and at the forend tip. There are small chip losses at the hinged magazine floorplate, with a small crack near the magazine well that is not expanding. The LOP measures 13-3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the crescent metal butt plate. The plate features serrations on the face and an inlet at the toe. The plate is missing some finish with scratches throughout, some forming shallow divots. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is very lightly worn. Our bore gauge gave a M.E. of +0.75-0.85. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows edge thinning on most of the sharp surfaces (specifically at the front sight, muzzle, barrel bands and at the trigger guard). There are scuffs and small scratches in patches throughout the metal surfaces, with wear from operation on interacting metal components. The magazine follower’s finish is worn from rounds being loaded and from the bolt passing through. The bolt has wear and loss of finish from use along with marks on the bolt knob. The screw heads have some loss of their finish with lightly tooled, but highly serviceable slots. The markings are sharp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The Mauser-style extractor THROWS shells out and chambers them with smooth subtlety. The safety and bolt profile are extremely similar to the Eddystone Model 1917 rifle; the safety has positive ‘click’ when seated in either safety position. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a very nice 1930 production Remington Model 30 Express, chambered in Springfield 30 Caliber 1906 (.30-06 SPRG) and absolutely itching to be collected. The bore, wood and metal have held up very well over the years; the bore is bright and sharp with a M.E. reading of about +0.75-+0.85, the stock has scratches, scuffs and a few areas of small losses, one small crack at the floorplate and deeper compression in sparse areas. The metal’s finish is original with sharp markings and a high retention of bluing. Though this rifle can be considered collectible, hunters and recreational shooters will probably be just as willing to own this beauty. Good luck bidding!