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Im looking at a Rem. Hepburn #3 long range target rifle. Im

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I'm looking at a Rem. Hepburn #3 long range target rifle. I'm questioning the fact that it has a 32" bbl. and chambered in 45-110. From what i've gathered that model came in 26",28" and 30" The #'s all match and the fonts appear to match the ones on similer rifles I've compared them to. Could this have been a spec. order? I've never heard or seen this model in this cal. Thank You...
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 6 years ago.
Thanks for using Just Answer!

The Blue Book shows the Remington-Hepburn #3 Long Range Creedmore has a 32" or 34" barrel, HOWEVER it is showing only the calibers .44-77, .44-90, and .44-105, not .45-110. That makes me think it was either a custom made rifle or perhaps altered by an owner. The factory did offer custom features, but I'm not sure if that included different calibers.

The Long Range Creedmore has a half-octagonal barrel, long range vernier rear sight, combination wind gauge and spirit level front sight, checkered walnut stock, and a rubber shotgun buttplate.

I hope this helps.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

I Did'nt think this was a creedmore rifle. In the target rifle the cal. went as large as 50-90. I was thinking that the chances of it being a mid-range with a longer bbl. were better than a creedmore because 45-110 is within the cal. range of a midrange target rifle. Also thef only made a very small # XXXXX creedmores. What do you think. Thank You!

Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 6 years ago.
Since you don't believe it is a Creedmoor (and it very possibly isn't), and there is no record of a barrel longer than 30 inches for the regular rifle, the regular rifle was available in multiple calibers with .45-100 well within the range of the calibers offered, and with the matching serial numbers on your rifle, that tells me that it most probably was a custom ordered Remington-Hepburn No. 3 rifle.

BTW, I did find a 30" barrel No. 3 rifle in 45-110 at an auction site, so that caliber is out there in the No. 3s.

One last thought - if the barrel is marked 45-110 in the correct size and font as the rest of the markings on the gun, that would probably nail it down as a custom order.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Philip, This rifle does fit your discription as a Long Range Creedmore.Fjestad's "blue book" lists calibers for this model as .45-90 + .44-105. But I did find in Major Ned Roberts book " Breechloading Single Shot Rifles", that on later rifles cart. in .45-90-2 4/10 And .45-100-2 7/8.This rifles markings are indeed .45 - 2 7/8. I had put in my former discription to you .45-110 which i mistook for .45-2 7/8.It also mentions that only a few hundred were made. So now that we've got that straightened out I'm left with the ? of why the ser.# XXXXX this rifle is 62XX ? This is why i contacted Remington societyto begin with, and ended up with Just Do you have access to serialization for this model . Thank You again...
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 6 years ago.
The Blue Books says .44-77, .44-90, and .44-105 - nothing in .45. So, not a match (unless something custom).

The Remington-Hepburn No. 3 Schuetzen Match Rifle came in various calibers and had a 32" barrel. The action on this gun is raised or lowered using a lever on the TRIGGER GUARD. The trigger guard is not plain, but fancy with many curved pieces.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Did'nt you read my last statement about nNed Roberts?
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 6 years ago.
Sorry, I misread what you wrote.

I just found this - a 32" R-H No. 3 target rifle in .40-70! Does this look like what you have?

Click on one of the images below the rifle to see larger versions.

Serial number is XXXXX I'm wondering if it isn't a custom barrel length that was offered on the regular target rifle...
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Philip, Please read my last response to you! Ibeleive I do have a long range creedmore, If you read my last response you'll see my ? is if only a few hundred were made why is my ser. ? 62XX .

Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 6 years ago.
That's what was throwing me. The explanation is simple if the gun isn't a Creedmoor - the serial number is XXXXX the range of other No. 3 target rifles.

BUT, if it is a Creedmoor, then the only explanation is that the serial numbers span all the Remington-Hepburn No. 3 models and don't restart at 1 for each different model. I think that is what they did and why your serial number is XXXXX the 6 thousands.

And I may have just found proof that the Creedmoors have serial numbers in the thousands. Here is an auction site that has one with serial number 2892!

Look at item #1158:

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Philip, Thank you so much for your help. Do you think I should only fire black powder cart. or can Ishoot smokeless in a limited velocity.
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 6 years ago.
I would take the gun to a gunsmith and let him evaluate it for being safe to shoot with either blackpowder or smokeless powder.

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