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 LOT 486
Magnificent Master
Factory Engraved
and Gold Inlaid
Premier “F” Grade
Remington Model
740 F Semi-Automatic
Rifle - Serial no. 1002, 30-06 cal., 22 inch round bbl., blue finish,
walnut stock. A product of the Remington Custom Shop, the Premier Grade represented
the top tier of Remington’s factory offerings. Starting with a full top-to-bottom hand fitting of all components in the firearm,
the Premier arm would also receive detailed engraving and top rate gold inlay in addition to a very fancy walnut stock; the metal
work alone could represent 80 man-hours of work. In addition to the ramp blade front sight, adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight and
standard markings, the barrel is decorated with a 2 3/8 inch wedge of punch-dot backed scroll engraving at the breech. The receiver coverage is over
95% fine scroll and punch dots with line and dot accents along the lower edges, hand-engraved model markings/serial number on the underside, an engraved magazine and an engraved mountain goat’s head on top. Both sides show three outdoor scene panels with gold inlaid animals. The left shows a walking moose, a bugling elk, and a running deer, and the right shows a walking bear, a ram standing at the edge of a rock, and a wildcat laying in wait. Both sides are signed with the single initial “E” at the center believed to be the mark of Remington engraver and R&D man Carl Ennis, and each side depicts a single unified scene with a series of hills on the left and a mountain range on the right. Checkered extra-fancy pistol grip stock with an engraved cap on the beavertail forearm, hard rubber Remington grip cap, a “M/R/W” inscribed panel on the underside and a checkered plastic buttplate.
CONDITION: Excellent with 99% plus original blue finish, some light wear near the muzzle and minor handling marks overall. The engraving is everything you would expect from a Remington Master Engraver with both steel and gold finely cut and detailed. The stock is excellent showing a few dings and some varnish loss, as well as sharp checkering, excellent grain and color, and the feathering on the left side of the buttstock being exceptionally fine. Mechanically excellent.
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000

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