Model 1885

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Winchester 1885 Single Shot High Wall Rifle .405 WCF s/n 105544
mfg 1907 ā€“ 24" #3-1/2 round barrel; blued receiver; case hardened hammer, lever, trigger & breech block; Marble ivory bead front, semi-buckhorn rear & Lyman combination tang sights; walnut stocks w/ebony insert schnabel forend & Winchester rubber shotgun buttplate. Overall condition is very fine; receiver retains 97% strong original blue with a series of small nicks on the right side and some flaking toward the top rear; barrel retains 97-98% strong original factory blue with a touched-up spot over a gouge on the left side about mid-point; breech block, lever & hammer retain faded case colors; stocks are sound with light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of their original factory varnish; mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore.M/p>

According to the Winchester factory records currently on file at the Cody Firearms Museum, this rifle is identified as a Rifle chambered in .50-110 Express; 26ā€³ #5 octagon barrel; plain trigger; no rear seat; rubber shotgun buttplate; received in the factory Jan. 28, 1909 and shipped the same day to order #190176; Returned and repaired Apr. 16, 1909, order #23543, Returned and repaired on January 11, 1910, order #27285; Returned and repaired on March 8, 1911, order #34771; with no indication of the work performed but it is likely during one of the returns, the caliber was changed to .405 WCF by way of a 24" #3-1/2 round barrel. A careful physical inspection of the barrel and frame reveals Winchester factory-quality work, including corresponding Winchester factory ā€œWPā€ proof marks on both barrel and frame, correct factory markings under the barrel and a proper factory milling machine rotary-cut front sight dovetail slot.


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