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With the hundreds of different Remington models produced over the past 200 years, it can sometimes be difficult to determine the age of your firearm.
Overview Since serial numbers were not required until 1968, your firearm may not have a serial number.
I have seen one EARLY 740 S/N 54,9XX that has a barrel date coded May of 1969, which apparently had been sent back to the factory and rebarreled with a original 740 barrel instead of a 742 which was in production at that time.
To find general manufacturing dates it may be best to go to the Blue Book of Gun Values, which does give manufacturing dates of most models.
They however continued to mark the date code on the end flap of the shipping box for shotgun barrels however. Would sending it in to Remington be worthwhile/advisable;just to have it checked out/refurbished/maintained? Does this(ring position) really matter that much depending on what type of shotgun shells used? Don't know any Gunsmiths in the area that I trust with this precious memento.BW, you cannot tell the date of mfg by dividing the total produced by the number of years of manufacture.They made fewer the first couple of years and final year, than they did in 59 and 60 if I remember correctly.They then saw the error of their ways apparently because of being inundated by phone calls and resumed stamping the date code on the barrel on 10/1/01.You will notice the year code repeats itself, but over 20 years difference, so even if it was used on the same model, in all likelihood sights or stocks would be different which would indicate the different date.BARREL DATE CODE - stamped exposed on LH top rear of barrel after 1920 the following will only be stamped where applicable #2 Part order barrel (not originally assembled to firearm) #3 Service section received #4 Return as received #5 Employee sale R. Then if the gun is ever subsequently returned to a warranty center or the factory by ANYONE, they will refuse to work on it as an unsafe firearm.REMINGTON MANUFACTURING DATE CODE stamped on LH top rear of barrel, 2 or 3 digit, (month first, year after) these will normally only be the last letters as seen below, The factory says all barrels are date code stamped, well I have found some that are not, or if they are, are so erratic stamping that trying to decipher them is impossible. Both were taken off Remington 760s, with the one on the left, a 30-06 that I bought new October 10, 1954. The one on the right again a 30-06, but with a shorter barrel that I made into a knock around quad rifle with pivot mounts.If a specific Remington firearm has a serial number, Remington Customer Service is always the first source which should be checked for date of manufacture as they would be the definitive source.There are no publically accessible databases for Remington serial numbers.