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Old 03-06-2019, 09:00 PM
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The resurrection of #00137!
Last weekend at a local gun show I attended I found an interesting piece of history which was a Remington Rangemaster model 37 serial number 00137. The vendor carried it in a laid it on his table while I was about 50 feet away. The massive stock is what made me start walking that way but I had no idea what was residing in it. It was the sling it was wearing that really caught my eye and I started to get somewhat excited the closer I got. I asked if I could take a look at it and realized that yes it was a model 37 that was in terrible condition. The vendor looked at me and said it was found in a barn and had been sitting in the open for 50 years. After some negotiating I paid him and placed it in my rig for the travel home. The rifle appeared to be all original with the exception of the stock which after I looked it over had been completed with some thought in mind. All of the metal is covered with a thick scale of rust with the bolt not wanting to open. After 30 years of dealing with estate guns very similar I have my own way of dealing with this dilemma. I will add more pictures as I tackle this project over the coming weeks. I have nicknamed it the “BEAST” because of the large piece of lumber it sits in!
The first picture shows the overall rifle and stock size.

The second picture shows the metal condition.

The final picture shows a VERY RARE sling!
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:38 PM
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RM37:

Good luck with the restoration!

. . . at serial number 00137, I wonder if the original stock was one of the 'barrel band' stocks?

Guess we will never know

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Old 03-06-2019, 09:48 PM
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RM37:

Good luck with the restoration!

. . . at serial number 00137, I wonder if the original stock was one of the 'barrel band' stocks?

Guess we will never know

Don
The highest serial number I know of is 00044 that has a barrel band type 1 stock. Not sure when they went away though.
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:40 AM
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#210 doesn't have a barrel band.
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:25 AM
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Congratulations on a very nice find. It should be quite satisfying to get your "beast" properly restored!

I gather that the sling is special; what is it that makes it special?

The sling also looks quite good for sitting in a barn for 50 years!
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:33 AM
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Congratulations on a very nice find. It should be quite satisfying to get your "beast" properly restored!

I gather that the sling is special; what is it that makes it special?

The sling also looks quite good for sitting in a barn for 50 years!
This is an original and very rare "Carney Sling" marked sling that came with the model 37 rifles. The main reason I bought the BEAST! It has been sitting a week in saddle soap and is in very good condition considering the neglect it has seen.
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Old 03-07-2019, 05:13 PM
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Pretty cool, good luck with the restoration.
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Old 03-07-2019, 05:33 PM
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I was wondered what the "Carney sling" looks like, as I never found a picture of one. If this is one, great, congratulations. But, just curious how do you know that is one? The buckle?
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:08 PM
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I was wondered what the "Carney sling" looks like, as I never found a picture of one. If this is one, great, congratulations. But, just curious how do you know that is one? The buckle?
The design and the marking is what makes me believe it is the original. I have only seen a picture of one this is the first one I've ever had in hand. They are a scarce item to find in the 37 world.
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:37 PM
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UPDATE!

For those who have asked how this project will be complete and by using what to accomplish this, here is a list.
CRC Knock’er Loose which I have been using for some time now. This will loosen and dissolve rust. It is the first step in this project with multiple applications on heavy areas.
Bronze wool is the next and for this I’m using the coarse grade.
The last is EEZOX which I’ve been using for close to 35 years now.
Once the Knock’er loose has done its part which is usually 24 hour time frame. I hit the areas hard with the bronze wool. It will not hurt the remaining bluing and removes the scale and any other rust particles. This is done with Eezox which is also helping dislodge rust particulates. This step can be one time or several depending on what you are dealing with.
The next step I call “Bronzing”. This is when the metal is dry and I’ve polished it until it has a bronze tint to it. This will show you any areas that still need some elbow grease or if it is as clean as it is going to be. It also shows you the pitting damage that has occurred. Then I clean the metal area with Eezox and move to the next.
I was able to remove the action from the stock and take the bolt out. I started cleaning the receiver and first few inches of the barrel. Here are the results below. Turns out the date code is EF, October 1937.









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Old 03-07-2019, 08:53 PM
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Interesting ..

Your 37 is EF 00137 .. October 1937
My 37 is PF 00548 .. June 1937 .. Earlier production with a higher serial #
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Old 03-07-2019, 09:14 PM
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Interesting ..

Your 37 is EF 00137 .. October 1937
My 37 is PF 00548 .. June 1937 .. Earlier production with a higher serial #
Just goes to show how they didn't go in any certain order when they were assembling them.
I belie only the first - early guns were assembled close to numbesr and dates. However we will never quite be sure but sometime in the future we will have a better working knowledge of this. A data base will be done this year I hope of serial numbers and manufacture dates.
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Old 03-07-2019, 09:51 PM
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Thanks for sharing ... I'm following with great interest.
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Old 03-08-2019, 05:34 PM
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Bore Chamber Crown

The bore it turns out is in very fine condition per my bore scope. There is some light surface rust at the very end near the muzzle. The chamber and the rest is rust free which is nice to see. The crown and breech face are shown below. Thinking of having a Cerakote finish applied to the barrel only. That would make the appearance much nicer in the end. The gun was test fired for function today and all is well on that front.

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Old 03-11-2019, 08:58 PM
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Great thread.
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