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81 woodmaster

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by mark68, May 8, 2012.

  1. mark68


    Jun 14, 2009
    Just got hold of a Remington 81 Woodmaster. The rifle is a 300 Savage, I also have a 35 Remington barrel I can swap to. Any body have any experience with this rifle.
  2. Wyoming


    Feb 3, 2007
    Southwest Wyoming
    I have one that my Father in Law give. I have shoot it but it really is a safe queen to be passed down in the family.

    The 300 Savage was a very popular round before the war. I moved to Wyoming over 30 years ago and was surprised at how many older lever action, auto's and bolt action rifles were chambered in 300 Savage. All the old timers are gone now but they liked it because is could be had in affordable guns at were a little shorter and lighter for their day. It has almost 308 Winchester ballistic and that round didn't come out until the mid 1950's. When that happen that was the end of the 300 Savage popularity.

    Remington 81 is an updated version of their Model 8 that John Browning designed.

    You can find out of production scope mount on eBay and Gun Broker. I was able to find an aperture rear sight for mine.

    Another thing is that it can take stripper clips if you can find them.

    Also the safety is very AK47 like.
    Last edited: May 9, 2012

  3. 1gewehr


    Mar 22, 2006
    Mid TN
    Another great John Browning design! The biggest problem Remington had with the Model 8 was it was expensive to manufacture. Look at yours and note how many beautifully machined parts there are. No stampings, castings or welded fabrications. Just lots of parts carved from solid steel.
    As mentioned above .300 Savage is an excellent caliber. The ballistics are very close to the .308 and can do pretty much anything a .308 can do. Ammo and cases are still readily available, and you can use any .308 bullets up to about 200gr.
  4. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
    Amen.My Pops took a .257 roberts as a shooter.'08.
  5. L Pete

    L Pete

    Mar 4, 2011
    I don't think the barrels are interchangable. The case heads of the .300 Savage and the .35 Remington are two different sizes if memory serves me. Firing the wrong one can be problematic. Check to see if both barrels are numbered to the gun. If not, use only the barrel that is numbered to the rifle. Probably, the last two or three digits of the serial are stamped onto the correct barrel. Get it checked out by a qualified gunsmith to be sure.

    Good luck
  6. Tony Rumore

    Tony Rumore

    Nov 2, 2000
    OK, USA
    I had a model 8 in 35 Remington for awhile. It came out of the El Paso Border Patrol.

    Last edited: May 9, 2012
  7. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    If I had that gun, I'd have running boards put on my car. I would then become a proponent of open carry:supergrin:
  8. that's one of the coolest guns EVER!
  9. Wyoming


    Feb 3, 2007
    Southwest Wyoming
    That was an after market conversion done by a gunsmith that made each magazine. Those rifle with that conversion has a lot history fighting gangsters.

    Very :cool:
  10. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  11. clancy


    Feb 16, 2011
    My grandfather hunted with his Model 81 for decades. I remember it kicked like hell, but I was only 10 or so when he let me shoot it. When he passed, his son traded it for a tattoo.
  12. mark68


    Jun 14, 2009
    when I got the rifle i was told that there was a problem with the rifle ejecting. Once I found out how to get the bolt out of the receiver I found the extractor looked tweaked. I was doing some researching on the calibers and I noticed that there is a difference in rim diameter. So I think one of the original owners swapped the barrels and not taken that important tidbit of information in consideration. The rifle is a real joy to shoot. And has a neat history. To bad it didn't come out black...