Over 30 years ago, I was at a flea market in the small town of Philomath
. There hanging on the wall, was a Remington Rolling Block barreled action. At the time I did not know anything about them. I asked to look at it. It was well worn, missing some of the action parts, and the barrel was extremely bad. I thought the price of $60 was too high, so I passed it up. For the next week I could not get it out of my mind. The next weekend, I had to have it. I still to this day I don’t know why. I started to research everything about Rolling Blocks. The internet was not available then so it took awhile to find out what was missing. I found out about a man in Oregon that had Rolling Block parts. He sent me a list of the parts he had for the different types of Rolling Blocks, with a print of the action so I could figure out what I needed. I ordered the parts and found a gunsmith that had worked on these before. He assembled it for me and made some suggestions as to where to go from here. First off, the pins were to loose to fire the gun safely, so he made new ones out of tool steel. When he was finished, I had to try it out,” a, I know another kid with a new toy thing”. To say it would not hit the broad side of a barn, would be an under statement. I had acquired the bug, I loved this gun would be putting it lightly. Money being tight so to speak would be putting it lightly. It sat in my closet for the next year, until I had the money to have a new barrel installed. Now the gunsmith that has built guns for me for over 30+ years enters the picture. It was a 7x57 originally, ok here comes more research. What was I going to use it for? Somewhere during that time I got the bright idea to make it a carbine for using on a stand, where the shots would be short range. The gunsmith, “being the salesmen that he is”, had a 30 caliber barrel someone ordered and did not pick up. I decided to make it into a 30-30 to be able to shoot it cheaply, and have enough energy to do what I needed it for. When he got the barrel on I went to see it,” being the salesman he is” he talked me into letting him give it a blue job. The barrel he used was bigger than the original so the stock would not fit. Her it comes again,” being the salesman he is”, we started looking for new wood. Some ware he found a deal on some beautiful walnut. Look at the photo, talk about nice. Well one thing led to another, until it was done; now it was my turn. It was too nice, I hated to take it out hunting. My father and I went to the range to try it out. The trigger pull was hard [found out later it was 14 lbs], I had open sites installed with a nice front ramp. When I finally had it sighted in, I could not believe the accuracy. One thing I will never forget was when my father sat down and took a rest, and I waited, and waited, and waited a little more. Then he turned to me and said, “will this thing ever go off”? Everyone needs memories like that. Well to make a long story short, I took it to the gunsmith and he lightened the trigger pull and installed a little higher front bead to center the site adjustment. To this day, I have killed 4 deer with it, and it has done all I have ever asked of it. I had an old time venier site installed on the rear tang, and now make and shoot cast bullets in it. A day at the range with it is more than I can ask for. I hope other people go though this experience as I have. I have done this with a lot of guns over the last 30+ years, and it’s been very well worth it. California
And I might add, a couple months ago I was at a gun shop looking around. Guess what, there was a 1897 Remington Rolling Block, and yes I had to bring it home. Here I go again, research, research, and research.
Author Rick V.