For as long as I’ve been writing in this space, Remington has been the world’s most maligned firearms brand. Now, it is the world’s hottest brand. Since Remington was sold and its assets divided among new owners, every Remington is now a limited edition. Remington’s plant in Ilion, N.Y., closed, so there will be no new guns bearing the Ilion, N.Y., stamp. All Ilion-stamped guns are now collectible. One year ago you could buy a used Remington 700 bolt-action rifle in any configuration for a decent price, excluding highly desirable calibers that were no longer in production. Those included 7mm-08 Rem., 22-250 Rem., 308 Win. and 280 Rem., and of course, all of the .22-caliber centerfires.
On Tuesday, a Model 700 BDL in 7mm-08 in what appeared to be about 90% condition sold on an internet gun auction site for $1,347. That gun had noticeable dings and finish marring, and it was also missing its front sight hood. The spike is apparent throughout Remington’s rifle catalog, including the more spartan ADL and SPS models. Remington shotgun prices are unaffected, with prices holding steady and maybe even slightly declining. Model 1100 12- and 20-gauge shotguns in good condition still run about $500. Exceptions are those in new condition, with box and paperwork. Their prices have soared and are now around $1,300-$1,500. Model 1100s in 28-gauge and .410 bore have always been expensive. Now they are even more expensive. An 1100 in 16-gauge, in 90% or better condition from any era, has been practically untouchable for many years. A modern 1100 16-gauge “new in the box” on the same internet site currently sits at $2,258 with 22 bids, and with six days remaining in the auction. Compare that with an 1100 20-gauge LT model new in the box sitting at $1,300 with 16 bids and four days remaining in the auction. [full article]