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Hi

I just got an email from Remington.
I askt them how old a second hand shotgun that i orderd was.
The serial number is: 4306xxV (xx for security)

The answer i got from Remington is that it was made
1955.

How do i get that year if i use this table i found on the net?
I sure dont understand this table...
Is 1955 right?

Month Codes: [first letter]
B - L - A - C - K - P - O - W - D - E - R - X
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12

Year:______Code: [second (and third*) letters]
1950_______ WW
1951_______ XX
1952_______ YY
1953_______ ZZ
1954_______ A
1955_______ B
1956_______ C
1957_______ D
1958_______ E
1959_______ F

1960_______ G
1961_______ H
1962_______ J
1963_______ K
1964_______ L
1965_______ M
1966_______ N
1967_______ P
1968_______ R
1969_______ S

1970_______ T
1971_______ U
1972_______ W
1973_______ X
1974_______ Y
1975_______ Z
1976_______ I
1977_______ O
1978_______ Q
1979_______ V

1980_______ A
1981_______ B
1982_______ C
1983_______ D
1984_______ E
1985_______ F
1986_______ G
1987_______ H
1988_______ I
1989_______ J

1990_______ K
1991_______ L
1992_______ M
1993_______ N
1994_______ O
1995_______ P
1996_______ Q
1997_______ R
1998_______ S
1999_______ T
2000_______ U
2001_______ W
2002_______ X

* the years 1943 though 1953 had double letters: ie, MM = 1943

As maybe seen, the year code letters duplicate; some knowledge of when the model was introduced should resolve the actual year of manufacture

Thanks in advance // Johan H
 

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Johan, I find the Rmington dating as confusing as you do. I was of the understanding that those year codes were on the left side of the barrel near the reciever, and near the trigger guard somewhere. I sure don't see how that coding system even remotely coincides with the info Remington sent you..

Remroc has a pretty good handle on the Remingtons so I'll defer to his teachings..
 

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Johan - To date a Remington, we need the 2 or 3 letter code stamped on the left side of the barrel. The factory probably has lists by model/serial number, but that information does not seem to be available to the rest of us. If your shotgun was made in 1955, the code should be _B.
 

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Then you have "parts". If major parts are replaced, the NRA antique condition can be no better than FAIR, and I'd say the barrel is a major part. I can't see any reason why anyone would care exactly what year a shooter was made - should be enough to know the model was produced from 19xx-200x. And, as I said, the factory probably can date the receiver by the model/serial number, but as far as I know, that information is not published.
 

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Hi all

I canceld my order for the 1955 rem 870 and bought a
brand new 870 express instead.
I talked to some people both at remington.com and at the store and they all said that i shouldnt use steel shots in that barrel. Well, a new gun is also fun :)

// Johan H
 
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I think you guys have about covered it. Starting about 1922 the date code was placed on the left side of the receiver end of the barrel. Month first, then the year. If your year is a 2 letter deal then there should be three letters total. When barrels started being interchangeable you could be mislead. When guns were returned to the factory for repairs or whatever they did an additional date code followed by a 3. The factory and the Reminginton Society of America (see their website) have production dates by serial numbers on a lot of the models. The V at the end of the serial number of the 870 in question is the code for 12 ga. Best, Remroc.
 
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Johan, I find the Rmington dating as confusing as you do. I was of the understanding that those year codes were on the left side of the barrel near the reciever, and near the trigger guard somewhere. I sure don't see how that coding system even remotely coincides with the info Remington sent you..

Remroc has a pretty good handle on the Remingtons so I'll defer to his teachings..
He or she is correct. Based on serial # stamped on the left of reciever he has been there. It is easier to understand by using the number.What you need is a shooter's bible to gain more information. E-MAIL [email protected] which is for fhuter answer's .Got to go dove hunting openner is tomorrow
 
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