The Single Shot Rifle Journal
Feature Of The Month
The Remington Creedmoor Rifle
By Tom Schiffer
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Creedmoor long range rifles are always attractive. All surplus weight is sacrificed on the alter of accuracy within the weight limits imposed by the rules of those matches. That is to say ten pounds of rifle weight and three pounds of trigger weight. These two specifications, alone, pretty well defined military rifles of the day. At the weights stated, we are left with an elegant example of form following function. Beyond that, these rifles were used by the various companies that made them to showcase their products. Even the "plain" ones were finished in a manner that commanded a second look. The price of such rifles reflected that quality. They were at the top of the line in the catalogs.
In the fall of 2000, the subject rifle appeared in my exhibit of long range rifles held at the museum of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. It was photographed at the time in black and white. Those photos were shown in an article published in The Black Powder Cartridge News in their summer, 2002, issue. The photos appeared along with some text by me telling of the background of the rifle, so far as can be known.
The rifle was known to John Amber who opined that it was chambered for the 44-100 2 5/8" case. The rifle is thought to have come from the Philo Remington estate, and that it had been made for the Vienna Exposition. There is no direct evidence of that, however, I will go out on a limb and state that the rifle is absolutely original throughout and was obviously made for something very special...whatever it may have been. The engraving is very distinctive and the wood is of exhibition quality with a muted, but very beautiful, marble cake grain. The polish of the wood and metal and the fit and finish are worthy of any exhibition.
There are some interesting things about this rifle that have come to light after more thorough examination. Examination of the bore shows that it was cut with five broad lands and grooves. The groove size is about .455, based upon my use of an ordinary micrometer, which is not set up to measure the groove size of barrels having an odd numbers of lands and grooves. Careful measurements show that it is chambered for the 44-77 cartridge with a fairly
long throat or ball seat. The twist is one turn in 18 inches. This seems a bit steep for a cartridge taking a bullet with a maximum weight listed by Frank Barnes of 470 grains. In keeping with Remington's penchant for odd barrel lengths, that member is 35 1/4" long. The rifle is fitted with a rear sight having the long range staff and the staff has the typical, unique, Remington graduations.
All U. S. made Creedmoor rifles are beautiful to the author, but in the Creedmoor model, the Remington comes into its own. It is this configuration that presents the action in a proportion that is especially pleasing to the eye. The Remington Creedmoor rifle has a special serpentine look about it that puts it in a class by itself.
The lucky owner of the rifle has asked not to be identified and does not wish to be disturbed by phone calls and/or correspondence on the subject. It was a rare privilege to handle and photograph his rolling block Creedmoor...enjoy!