I took some pictures.
The finish is about what you would expect from a 100 year old gun that has seen regular use. There are a couple scratches in the stock, and some small dents in the barrel.
Here the breech clearly shows '30-30 R' stamped into it
The serial number is as follows:
I'm pretty sure the last 0 in the serial number is not part of the counting system. It looks like a different stamp than the other numbers. Plus, if the last 0 were omitted, then that would make it a 1907 model and then that would explain why is says 30-30R on the breech
the exact wording on the top of the barrel (not pictured), just in front of the rear sight is:
MANUFACTURED BY THE REMINGTON ARMS CO.ILION.N.Y.U.S.A
BROWNING'S PATENTS OCT 9.1900 OCT. 16.1900 JULY 3.1902
The bottom half of the shoulder strap appears as though it was a quality home-made project using the original metal hardware. The leather on the bottom appears to be poorer quality, but in newer condition. The top portion may or may not have come with the rifle.
The butt plate is obviously from a different gun. it does not seat properly at all.
does anyone know if I have to hand load some rounds if I want to fire this gun? also, what would be the best chance of getting an original butt plate?