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Having trouble identifying the year of this rifle. There are no letters in the serial number. S/N 191398

It is a 700 BDL chambered in 22-250. Will upload pics shortly
 

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Welcome to the forum from New York.

Bob

The following serial number information is for Remingtion firearms manufactured after 1921

Remingtons manufactured after 1921 have a code located on the left side of the barrel near the frame that identifies the year and month of manufacture. The following letters correspond to the months of the year, for example B=January, L= February and so on:

B – L – A – C – K – P – O – W – D – E – R – X

https://www.remingtonsociety.org/manufacture-dates/
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome.

Been told lots of stories about this rifle. Curious about value it has weaver K10 60v glass on it as well.

Any info will be greatly appriciated.
 

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What is the barrel contour and length? Sights on it? You need to look for the date code on the barrel separate from the serial number. Where are you located?

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I bet Mayor will have some good input as soon as he see it. My 700 BDL in .22-250 is a Varminter. Heavy 26" Barrel without ever having sights. Its from the early 70s.

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I have found this which may help:

700 receivers with ser# 1000-387347 started in 1962 until 11-68. 6200000-=6899999 started in 11-68 until Aug of 1975. A6200000-A6899999 started Aug 1975 until about Jan 1980. B numbers were from 1-1980 to 11-87. C numbers started from 11-1987.

I believe this info is from Remington 700 25 years 1962-1987 by John F.Lacy.

Its interesting to note the shift in S/N notation in Nov 1968. The Gun Control Act was signed into Law in Oct 1968 making serial numbers mandatory!
 

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I was told this rifle was made in 1968 and actually seen action in Vietnam. Didn’t believe it cause I though the first manufacturing date was not till 1972 or 1974. The guy I got it from, his older brother was a decorated vet from early Vietnam. Plausible story I guess.

Thanks to everyone one that helped out today. Still have not pinned down a date
 

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Looks to be Jan ‘65 or ‘66.
 

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If it got action in Vietnam, it looks like it was well cared for. I figured Doom or Mayor would have a better answer.

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I can’t believe this rifle would have seen action in Vietnam unless it was a personal civilian weapon stored in an embassy. The embassy in Saigon was overrun at on point. A varmint caliber rifle in 22-250 would be a liability in the field. You would be limited in the ability to replenish ammunition. At the time the standard military ammunition was 7.62x51, 30 cal (30-06) and 223 Rem (5.56x45).
 

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Most commanders would allow you to have a personal weapon on base, but not allow it to be taken into the field for just that reason.
 

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The more I think about it, it might have been used on base for varmint control. Neither the M16 or M14 were easily scoped. I didn’t serve but I would assume that rats would have been an issue.
 

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I was just told it had seen action in Vietnam. I really doubted it. But it is a plausible story based on manufacture date.

Question, any info on rifle value, that is a weaver k10 60c scope on it. It is not mint but, for a 50+ year old rifle there is no rusting, a few dings on the bolt. Very smooth action. Great trigger pull, no play.

Thanks again
Randy
 

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Weaver K10-1, B and Cs are plentiful and prices range all over the place. Like Unertl target scopes, they have a following. I do not think you will see any value added for the rifle's Vietnam Pedigree, unless there was some really interesting use or ownership. If you decide to sell it, check the auction sites and see what they are selling for. You should have no problem selling it as long as the bore is good.

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Yes, date of manufacture is Dec 1995.
 

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Having trouble identifying the year of this rifle. There are no letters in the serial number. S/N 191398

It is a 700 BDL chambered in 22-250. Will upload pics shortly
The barrel date code appears to be BN, indicating January, 1966. That would also correspond with the serial number range of 191,000. The D is the inspectors stamp and the 12 the assemblers stamp.
 

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The barrel date code appears to be BN, indicating January, 1966. That would also correspond with the serial number range of 191,000. The D is the inspectors stamp and the 12 the assemblers stamp.
Lacy documented a known Remington 700 BDL chambered in 22-250 with a serial number 192888 with date code of 1/66. Approximately 2195 BDL’s were chambered in 22-250 in 1966.
 
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