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January 16, 2009, 22:59
This is a little vague, but the rifle is a bolt action rifle with almost full length stock. It has a U.S. Navy 4 digit serial number and the only other markings I can find are the Initials W.W.K. and the patent date of 1898. It has a rather large bore, at least .40 cal and could be a .45-70. I guess a bore casting is in order. It has a detachable box magazine that feeds from the bottom. Any help would be appreciated.

It may be a Remington-Lee.


January 17, 2009, 08:23
Lee Navys were straight pull actions in 6.5 caliber, or so I thought.


January 17, 2009, 08:24
This it? 1882 Remington Lee.


January 17, 2009, 13:08
It it is at least .40 caliber, I'm pretty sure it is not the Lee Navy.
Are you sure it is U.S. issue ?

January 17, 2009, 13:11
Looks very "Enfield" to me.

January 17, 2009, 22:10
I really believe it is a .45-70. It is marked US Navy, so I am pretty sure it is US issue. It has an inspectors mark WWK and a 4 digit serial. It looks a lot like the picture above.

January 17, 2009, 22:17
The Remington-Lee was developed by James Paris Lee originally from Milwaukee, and is the forefather of the Lee system, later developed by the Brits into the Lee system with Enfield pattern rifling, hence the Lee Enfield moniker.
There was a model about 1879, the 1882, and the last, the 1899. I'm guessing it may be the last model, since it was also adopted by several state Militia groups as there standard rifle (I used to own a Michigan National Guard version in 30/40). The were built in 40/72 I believe, and in 45-70 as well. Could be you have a version that was originally built in 30-40 or 6mm Lee and later rebarreled to a larger calibre. Since they used a separate bolt head you can change bolt faces easily enough. If you end up with a '82 and it's in 45-70 I have a spare mag you could probably talk me out of.
Might want to check out a Flayderman's for pics and differences of the models.
the Navy used some 45-70's for line launching guns I heard too. Might have been it's primary use.