The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Art of the Rifle: General

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old August 7, 2021, 01:57 PM   #1
Centurion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 9, 2016
Posts: 252
Remington Rolling Block Baby Carbine

Bought an old (but in Very Good condition) RRB Baby Carbine 44-40 from 1892 at a local auction, for 450 bucks.

As soon as I receive it, I will upload some more pictures and perform a shooting test with both black powder and some cowboy action ammo.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg RRB Baby1.jpg (69.1 KB, 91 views)
File Type: jpg RRB Baby2.jpg (75.3 KB, 63 views)
Centurion is offline  
Old August 7, 2021, 06:14 PM   #2
eastbank
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 7, 2008
Location: pa.
Posts: 2,347
looks good, i hope the bore is good.
eastbank is offline  
Old August 7, 2021, 06:47 PM   #3
Centurion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 9, 2016
Posts: 252
I hope it, too. They told me it is in good condition, being a former army gun it could be good or really bad. I think there's no middle point there...
Centurion is offline  
Old August 8, 2021, 11:22 AM   #4
Jim Watson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 25, 2001
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,219
I always thought these looked oddly proportioned with the big action, short barrel, and barrel band so far back.
But an original? Good catch!
Jim Watson is offline  
Old August 8, 2021, 01:41 PM   #5
Centurion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 9, 2016
Posts: 252
I think it is a little bulky for an anemic caliber like the 44wcf. Many of this carbines were modified by the army arsenal to chamber something like a 444 Marlin, I don't know if it is the case, but if so, and the bore is good, I suppose it would shot almost 60 to 65 grains of Holly Black into 444 brass.
Centurion is offline  
Old August 8, 2021, 02:43 PM   #6
eastbank
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 7, 2008
Location: pa.
Posts: 2,347
if original it would be a antigue and need no paper work here.
eastbank is offline  
Old August 8, 2021, 02:48 PM   #7
Centurion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 9, 2016
Posts: 252
Neither here in Uruguay.
Centurion is offline  
Old August 8, 2021, 05:13 PM   #8
Jim Watson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 25, 2001
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,219
Oh, that may explain post #5.
The US Army made no use of .44-40 and not a lot of Rolling Blocks.
Jim Watson is offline  
Old August 8, 2021, 08:23 PM   #9
Centurion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 9, 2016
Posts: 252
Agree, and as far as I know, the Uruguayan army was the only one that adopted the Baby carbines in 44-40, and more than half of the production came here.
Centurion is offline  
Old August 9, 2021, 06:42 AM   #10
Mike Irwin
Staff
 
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 40,794
Oh man... so jealous...

I've not seen one for sale here in the US for years, and most of those have been obsolete rimfire cartridges.
__________________
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza

Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.
Mike Irwin is offline  
Old August 9, 2021, 06:47 AM   #11
eastbank
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 7, 2008
Location: pa.
Posts: 2,347
i think the small rollers were available in the states in several calibers, no 1-1/2 sporting rifle 1888-1897 and a light baby carbine 1892-1902( pre 1898 antique).
eastbank is offline  
Old August 9, 2021, 08:37 AM   #12
Jim Watson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 25, 2001
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,219
And if you want to shoot the type, Pedersoli makes a repro.
\
Jim Watson is offline  
Old August 9, 2021, 12:31 PM   #13
Mike Irwin
Staff
 
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 40,794
The 1 1/2s were made in a bunch of rim and centerfire cartridges. The .22 rimfires were the smallest, the .44-40s were the largest.

Pretty sure that .32 Long and .38 Long rimfires were standard chamberings, but I've never see a complete list.
__________________
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza

Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.
Mike Irwin is offline  
Old August 9, 2021, 12:38 PM   #14
Centurion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 9, 2016
Posts: 252
I suppose I will enjoy it as a shooter, as I usually do with my 43 spanish carbine, which is in very good bore condition. By the way, I remember I paid 150 bucks for it, a few years ago...
Centurion is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2020 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Page generated in 0.07114 seconds with 11 queries