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    M1879 Remington Lee without magazine.

    Always wanted one of these to complement my LE collection and this one was so cheap I couldn't pass. Appears to be very complete excepting magazine. Before starting what will probably be a multi-year search for one I thought I would pose the question- is there any alternative to finding one of the original two types made for this model- ie. can a later version be modified to work in a '79? I've attached a couple of the sellers photos as I'm still waiting for the mailman to drop it off. Thanks for any help.

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    I saw that for sale and then disappear...YOU got it. Good luck on the mag...
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I saw that for sale and then disappear...YOU got it. Good luck on the mag...
    BAR: I've got lots of patience- just found an original M1893 Turk Mauser rear sight leaf after two years of looking. At least everything else appears to be there and seller claimed a good bore". The only Rem-Lees I've seen for sale locally have been the later models with front locking lugs added which is a pretty big divergence from the LE.

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    That extractor is built like a truck were these Le's like a controlled round feed as looking at that claw there seems to be no way that would jump over the rim of a cartridge in a mis-feed.
    I would not like to break on if thats possible it appears to be a major component of the bolt.

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    Cinders: Yes, pretty solid looking extractor. I would imagine it does give controlled feed but, having never seen one in person, I'm only guessing. As to breakage, from the quick bit of scanning around I've done, it would appear many parts fro this original model are next to impossible to find. probably the ideal situation would be to find a badly done sporter that has all the key parts and use it as a donor.



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    I do not know if the mags are interchangeable, but I suspect thety are not. They certainly LOOK different, having no guide ribs. GREAT find by the way - I guess that is one of the original 300 made by Sharps? Do you have Gene Myszkowski's book? If you do not, you need to get it.

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    Dick: Yes, I've had that book for a long time. The only previous opportunities I've had at buying one were either sporterized or the final version with the front lugs added on the bolt. Just received the rifle in the mail and am very surprised at the overall good condition. Bore is very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridolpho View Post
    Just received the rifle in the mail and am very surprised at the overall good condition. Bore is very good.
    We could sure use a good photo heavy op here...would be good for future reference...
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    We could sure use a good photo heavy op here...would be good for future reference...
    Will do that soon, BAR. It does look forlorn without a mag! A couple of Milsurps members have generously helped in the search for a mag, but no luck yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    We could sure use a good photo heavy op here...would be good for future reference...

    Not to rob from any photo efforts from Ridolpho, which would surely be welcomed, but here's a link to an old thread of mine with a large number of somewhat useful photos:


    1879 Remington Lee Photos, etc. (Warning! LOTS of big photos)



    Let's see if I can paste an old image from another thread here:

    Excellent! Because all of my 1879 photos are otherwise locked away in the P'bucket fiasco or are on a long lost memory card..
    Note that the 1885 type magazines (at the bottom) are rather longer to accommodate the 500gr loads, so no joy getting them to work in an 1879.
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