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Hi All

Well I was at the gun shop the other day and I ran across this little number:



Remington 81 in 35 Remington

Bore is awesome and in overall real good condition

Once I got it home I cleaned it and discovered

ITS A TAKE DOWN MODEL!

Take off the fore end and it has the little take down gismo. Takes down to just over 22" long.

Got it for $350 out the door.

I dont really know much on these.
Did I do ok pricewise???????????

See ya
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pssst...is there an Orphanage nearby?
 

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I think it was a great deal!!!

They're hefty, but I like them!!! 8)

That was LL Bean's favorite deer rifle chambered in .25 rem.
 

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Nice! I love old guns and cherish my Great-grandfather's 20 gauge Remington model 31 pump gun.

I would have been hard pressed not to take that deal.
 

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It's hard to tell condition from the picture and condition is everything, but $350 is a good price. Asking prices for 81's in decent to very good condition around these parts have been in the $400 to $500 range with excellent examples running even higher.

I'm taken by these old Remingtons. The 81's predecessor, the Model 8, was another creation from the fertile mind of John Moses Browning and was the first commercially successful autoloading rifle produced. It was held in high regard by sportsmen and law enforcement alike and was a favorite of the well-known lawman Frank Hamer, of Bonnie & Clyde fame.

When I found this mint .35 Rem Model 8 a few years ago I couldn't pass it up...







As much as I like these rifles, you do have to laugh at the overly optimistic early add copy though...



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Roe, that is an amazing example!! I would love to see you take hundreds of pictures of that gun ;D Those rifles simply amaze me by looks alone. Are they as reliable and troublefree as they are beautiful? Can you tell us about shooting it? :) :) .Dirty-.5-Rem
 

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Barenjager said:
As much as I like thse rifles, you do have to laugh at the overly optimistic early add copy though...



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On the contrary. I think it typifies the change in mentality to what we have today. Anyone considering facing a grizzly today with such an "anemic" cartridge as the 35 remington would be considered loco. We have been "corrupted" today with a huge assortment of various magnums and large bore weapons that nothing else "will suffice". I think people were more "practical" back then and worked with what they had. ;)
 

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kid couteau congrats on your new find. :eek: Not sure what those classic 35 autos go for but i think you did well and its a great cal.
 

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Thats plenty, I'll just look at these a hundred times and that'll be sort of the same ;D These models have a very interesting, pleasing appeal to the eyes. I know a pair of them were used in the killing/capture of Bonnie and Clyde of bank robbing fame, I think they were chambered for the .35Rem too! Seems a 15 round magazine were available to law enforcement, one mean hombre when pointed toward you with grimace ;D Thanks for the shots .DT
 

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It's horrible. It will blow up the first time you shoot it. It is poisonous and cancer causing, too. Send it to me and I'll safely dispose of it for you; I won't even charge you for the service. ;D
 

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I hunted with a .35 M8 for quite a few years. They are not out-dated and they are very good sporting guns, in my opinion. My grandpa gave it to me. The only bad thing I can say about it is that it is somewhat heavy. About 8-9#. Other than that, it is very accurate and it always works, and I love the Marble peep. Mine will hold 5 carts in the mag. 1 up the spout and 4 in the mag. I heard that they were only supposed to have 4 carts in the mag? 1+3. Whatever, mine always works great. oh, all M8 and M81's are take down. Make sure that you keep the take-down screw tight as it can loosen with use. The machine work involved in making one of these guns is extreme. They are a machinists work of art!
 

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I would imagine that such a tool exists, but it would be very hard to find. It would probably be easier to make the tool yourself. But I really don't think the barrel/recoil spring/sheath would need to be disassembled because inside is always protected and would never get dirty. A little oil might be in order though.

M8/81's are most certainly beautiful, ain't they? The receiver and other parts are machined from solid blocks of steel! And they didn't do investment castings back then either. And you know that there must have been a lot of hand fitting and polishing to make them just right. The amount of professional labor involved would make the M8/81's cost several thousand dollars now-a-days! Remington probably lost money making the last few M81's. The M96 Swedish Mauser and some other German made Mausers are things of beauty. but I think Remington's M8/81's have got them beat. You're lucky to have one! :)
 
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