Original U.S. Model 1885 Remington-Lee Magazine Rifle in .45/70 - Serial 52682

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This early bolt-action design was first patented in November 1878, as marked of this rifle's receiver, by JAMES PARIS LEE. This is the same Lee who later became famous for his huge contibution to the British Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield series of rifles of WW1 and WW2. Using the then U.S. standard caliber of ammunition, the .45-70 round, this bolt action magazine rifle was revolutionary at the time. However it was only initially accepted by the U.S. Navy in 1885. It was sold in a quantity of just 500 units to New Zealand in 1887, but in 1892 it was passed over by the U.S. Military in favor of the M-1892 Krag Rifle in 30-40 Caliber.

The top and side of the receiver has the Remington address and patent information:

PATENTED NOV. 4th 1878

The rifle appears totally complete including it's original cleaning rod. Metal has nice even plum brown patina. Barrel has some small dings around the front band. Bore is fair, dark with worn rifling and some pitting, even after cleaning. Stock has been sanded and has even color. Left side of stock has a small piece of wood missing by the receiver, and has a small crack in front of that.

A wonderful example. ready to display

More on the Remington-Lee Model 1885

The M1885 Remington–Lee (also known as the M1885 Lee, and "Navy M1885") is a bolt-action, box magazine repeating rifle designed principally by James Paris Lee.

It first appeared in 1879, manufactured by the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company. Eventually Remington took over production and produced copies in .45-70. Arguably the most modern rifle in the world until the introduction of the 8 mm smokeless powder using Lebel M1886 rifle, the Lee utilized the first successful detachable box magazine, unlike the Lebel which still used a tube magazine.

The design was incorporated by the British into the Lee–Metford and Lee–Enfield rifles, thereby becoming one of the most widely used rifle designs of the 20th century. Remington's version of the Model 1879 saw only limited use by the U.S. Navy and the Model 1882 was tested by U.S. Army and issued on a very limited scale. Ultimately, it was passed up in favor of the Krag–Jørgensen in 1892.

New Zealand purchased 500 for its militia in 1887. These were chambered in Remington's .43 Spanish (11.15×58mmR) caliber. These were quickly replaced after complaints about ammunition quality.


Years of Manufacture: 1885-1892
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 32 1/2 Inches
Overall Length: 52 1/2 Inches

Action type: Bolt-Action Magazine Repeater
Feed System: 5-Round Box Magazine

Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.

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