Remington Model Six: An old fashioned slide action rifle

Remington Model Six Slide Action Rifle
Remington Model Six Slide Action Rifle (Photo: XY)

Remington Model Six was a rare slide action gun. Slide action guns (‘pump guns’ or ‘trombone guns’) are usually associated, at least in Europe, with low-powered .22 rimfire rifles or with shotguns, but providing the design is properly done, there is no reason why the system should not be used with high powered rifles.

Remington, though, seems to be the only people to have made a success of it, and they have featured a center-fire slide action rifle in their catalogs for several years. The Remington Model Six was the latest version, introduced in 1981 and replacing the earlier Remington Model 760.

Design

One advantage of the slide action, if only a cosmetic one, is the ‘streamlined’ shape of the receiver, which flows from the stock line. This box-like receiver is powerful and has an ejection slot on the right side. The box magazine enters below the receiver. Below the barrel is a rod assembly that acts as a bearing surface for the slide grip to move upon.

The Remington has long history of slide action rifles
The Remington has a long history of slide action rifles (Photo: XY)

When the slide is operated, a connecting link cams the breech block out of engagement, locking recess in the receiver, then withdrawing it, ejecting the spent case. The forward stroke then propels the block forward to load the cartridge and cams the block into the locking recess. By careful design of the leverages, the action can be made very smooth. It barely disturbs the aim; the only defect is that there is no mechanical gain to deal with the occasional sticky case.

Monte Carlo stock

The Remington Model 760 has a checkered walnut Monte Carlo stock with a pistol grip, and the slide grip is of similar material. The foresight is a gold beat on a matt ramp, while the rear sight is open, step-adjustable for windage. The receiver is factory drilled and tapped for telescope mounts.

Remington Model Six with Monte Carlo Stock
Remington Model Six with Monte Carlo Stock (Photo: XY)

Calibers

The Remington Model Six is available in 6 mm, .243, .270, .30-06, and .308 calibers, and its accuracy is good, with groups of just over two inches at 100 yards. Because of the extraction hazard, it pays to try a variety of ammunition to find which particular brand suits this rifle.

Technical specifications

Manufacturer: Remington Arms Co., Ilion, New York, 13357, United States
Type:  pump-action, center-fire, magazine
Caliber: various
Barrel: 22 in (560 mm)
Weight: 7.5 lbs (3.40 kg)
Magazine capacity: 4 rounds
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