Barrel Code vs Serial number LH 700
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    Barrel Code vs Serial number LH 700

    I recently purchased, sight unseen, a pretty nice BDL that is a left handed model in .270. Upon its arrival, I noticed the barrel code was LC which should indicate Feb of 1982 or '05 but the serial number on the receiver is E 642xxxx. I called Remington and the customer service person looked it up and said the receiver is from '98. When I talked to the seller, he said he had another one that he bought new that has an E serial number with a barrel that is marked BD which would be from 83 or 06.
    Just am wondering if left handed model serials were marked differently or what the possibilities might be. I was thinking it is cobbled together gun until he told me about the one he bought new.
    Thanks for any response.
    Shiner

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    I bought a new 700 in 2000 with no markings whatsoever on the left side of the barrel.
    I was told they quit barrel markings 1999-2001 but started again.
    First letter is the month and second letter is the year on the left side of the barrel close to the receiver.

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    The barrel markings have never been consistent. Probably will be worse now since they shipped out the barrel making equipment from Ilion.

    Bob
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    Maybe they just made up a bunch of stamped barrels for left handed guns back in the early 80s and installed them on receivers over the years as the demand for such rifles dictated.

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    Hell, the one I just bought today only has MG on it and I can't find squat about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiner View Post
    I recently purchased, sight unseen, a pretty nice BDL that is a left handed model in .270. Upon its arrival, I noticed the barrel code was LC which should indicate Feb of 1982 or '05 but the serial number on the receiver is E 642xxxx. I called Remington and the customer service person looked it up and said the receiver is from '98. When I talked to the seller, he said he had another one that he bought new that has an E serial number with a barrel that is marked BD which would be from 83 or 06.
    Just am wondering if left handed model serials were marked differently or what the possibilities might be. I was thinking it is cobbled together gun until he told me about the one he bought new.
    Thanks for any response.
    Shiner
    The barrel code indicates Feb, 2008. The E series did not start until the 2000's--I think. The stampings can be a bit poor at times making it difficult to figure out which letter it is. Either the Remington person you talked to got it wrong or you may have misunderstood. I would call Remington and ask again. Even though the seller said he bought the rifles new I would be a bit suspect. I'm pretty sure Remington did not assign different prefixes to left hand versions.

    Left hand versions became available in mid-late 1973 (although it was advertised in the 1973 brochure that was published in early '73). The anti-bind slot also appeared in the 73-74 time period, and I THINK the left hand versions and anti-bind slot appeared with the beginning of the A series prefix.

    It is not uncommon to buy new take-off bbls and install them on different actions. I've done that to two M700's. New and used take-off bbls are common on ebay or the hunting and shooting websites classifieds.
    Last edited by alpinecrick; 11-28-2019 at 11:45 AM.

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    Thanks for the detailed info.


 

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