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Great Granddads Remington Hepburn
May 1st, 2019 at 1:01am
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New here so I hope this works. These are some pics of my Great granddads 38-55 Remington Hepburn he used to hunt bear with around Glenwood Springs Colorado in the 1890's until his death in the 1930's. Serial 7598. Its all number matching, stock, barrel & action.   I know its the way he had it but there are a couple things I have no clue as to why he did it or had it done.
1 Whats with the tin (maybe) fill spots in the forearm?
2 There is also a tin (maybe) slug in the stock under the buttplate
3 it has a Lyman tang sight on it & the rear sight notch is filled with what appears to be lead but he also took off the dovetailed front sight & installed a brass screw filed down on the sides for a front sight.

It shoots pretty good with pyrodex loads, the kids loved shooting it when they were little because it balances great & the soft recoil, I sure like shooting it too.
  
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Re: Great Granddads Remington Hepburn
Reply #1 - May 1st, 2019 at 8:53am
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No idea why your grandfather filled the holes with tin or whatever metal? But the holes could be for a sling swivel that he later removed. Maybe two because he changed location?
The "tin" under the buttplate is likely lead, and put there to add weight, and make the mild .38-55 even milder on recoil. Or he just wanted to change the balance by adding lead to the stock.
It appears to be a late Hepburn because of the forearm style with ebony V insert. Likely early 1900's. Has an optional half octagon barrel, which is a neat feature.
The Lyman tang sight is a great choice for a hunting rifle.
  

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Reply #2 - May 1st, 2019 at 12:07pm
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Neat to have any Hepburn. To have your great granddad's is awfully special. But... to share shooting it with his great-great grandchildren is fabulous. Thank you for that, and sharing with the rest of us as well. Here's a big attaboy- Smiley
  

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Reply #3 - May 1st, 2019 at 1:16pm
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I would like  to share  that attaboy.Good job with the kids.
  
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Reply #4 - May 1st, 2019 at 2:26pm
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Thanks for the replies, here is a pic from years ago with my youngest shooting it. He is 19 now lol
  
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Reply #5 - May 1st, 2019 at 2:46pm
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Hah! Boy has about as much cheek weld as I did when I first shot a 'real' rifle. Sure wish I'd had a Hepburn to shoot at that age! Great photo!
  

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