Winchester

A rare antique Winchester Model 1897 takedown, 12 Gauge (2-3/4″ chamber), made in 1898. (Ser. # is C 5365X.) The 30″ full choke barrel has a nice shiny bore! Buttstock has an original Winchester checkered steel buttplate and is in exceptionally nice condition with some subtle figuring. This gun shows no visible damage beyond some very small scattered scratches. Receiver, stock, barrel, magazine tube, and forend show minimal wear for the vintage.  Both the receiver and barrel have a remarkable amount of original bluing — about 95%+.  (See photos.) The magazine tube which because of its design is rubbed by the slide, shows only about 15% original blue. There was apparently a buttstock sling swivel installed at one time, and that oval inlet has been filled with an aluminum plate. (It would look much better with either a walnut filler, or if a sling swivel of the same dimension were re-installed.) The rest of the gun appears original. It is noteworthy that there were more than one million Model 1897s produced between 1898 and 1957. And of those, only the first 63,633 were made in 1898. Of those, I’d estimate that less than 20,000 of the 1898-production guns have survived in shooting condition.  (#AFIU-044)

$2,795.00

A rare Winchester Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine (SRC) in good condition (with repaired stock) and in the desirable caliber .44-40. Serial number 36470B — thus made in 1891. Of the more than 750,000 Model 1873s made by Winchester less than one-third were carbines, and of those carbines, the most powerful caliber was .44-40.  This is the most desirable M1873 variant, for collectors.  Because Saddle Ring Carbines often got rough treatment carried horseback for decades on western ranches, most of these guns were damaged and got heavy wear to their exterior. Horse roll-overs often meant that stock repairs were made at the tang — like seen on this one. Because of the repaired sock, this carbine is very affordably priced. It displays poor to fair condition wood. The metal on the receiver, the correct 20” barrel and magazine display less than 10% of their original blue. (See the photos.) The original rotary charging lever lock is intact and nice and tight but it does not engage.  (The adjustment screw should be raised a bit, if you take this carbine apart.) It retains the original front sight and saddle ring. The rear sight has been replaced by a KING’S blued carbine rear sight. The dust cover is intact and has just a bit of lateral play which is unusual as most are either very sloppy loose or entirely missing from this model, especially on carbines. The correct carbine buttplate has the brass sliding trap door for cleaning rod storage. The barrel top has clear, crisp markings (typical “King’s Improvement…”), so this carbine does not appear to have been refinished. The upper tang is also clearly marked “MODEL 1873.” The action is tight and fully functioning. These are significantly more rare than the Winchester. 1873 rifle version. The survival rate of pre-1885 Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbines is small. Even ones in rough condition have been fetching $6,000 at recent auctions.  I found this carbine in Trinity County, California. It’s original owner was rancher Charles Reed. His ranch was near the tiny semi-ghost town of Callahan, Trinity County, California–which was a Wells Fargo stage stop and bank town. (EIRM-880)

$2,250.00

Scarce Winchester Model 1890 Takedown originally chambered in .22 Short. This takedown rifle was made circa 1893. (Serial # 2823X). This rifle has a very nice even and pleasant patina, it is in very good overall condition for a 125-year-old rifle! It appears to be unaltered except that the magazine tube loading slot is shaped for cartridges longer than .22 Short–most like .22 Long.  Most of the bluing has faded to patina except for the top of the bolt, which still shows most of its factory bluiing. The octagonal barrel is roughly 23″ overall and is marked “22 SHORT”. Markings are crisp, indicating that the metal has never been re-blued. The walnut wood stock and forend are quite nice, with dark original finish, showing no signs of having been refinished, and have just a few dings, primarily of the left side. The bore shows minor corrosion, however it still has very distinct rifling. The screw heads are all in nice shape, with only one showing any signs of ever being inexpertly tightened. The sights appear to be factory original and unaltered. This should make a dandy shooter. And it is a good candidate for chamber deepening to .22 LR. (XWGZ-100)

$2,495.00

Winchester M1887 12 Gauge Lever Action Riotgun in very good refinished condition. Has a fluid steel barrel that has been shortened to 18.5”, with 2-9/16″ chamber (will not accept 2-3/4″ shells) and a good shootable bore with minor pitting. Bore has no choke (cylinder bore.) Overall nice wood with lacquer finish. The wood has typical handling marks, but is sound, with no cracks, This is a lever-action, magazine-fed, shotgun. Newly-installed brass bead front sight. All metal parts were just recently professionally refinished in high temperature flat black Cerakote. The receiver has WRA logo. There is some pitting visible beneath the Cerakote. Walnut stocks with steel buttplate. Pre-1899 production. Serial number 1979X.  Note that Kent brand 2-1/2″ shotgun shells are now fairly widely available in the U.S., and very reasonably priced. Kent makes a very mild 2-1/2″ load that is perfect for older shotguns with fluid steel barrels. This is a very practical shotgun with one foot in the late 1800s and the other in the early 2000s. (ZZFG-120)

$2,250.00

Scarce Winchester Model 1890 Takedown 2nd Model chambered in .22 W.R.F..  1898 production. (Serial #  5759X.) This is an early production style takedown with case-colored receiver. Has a standard 24-inch tapered octagon barrel. This rifle is in unusually nice condition. Good bore with a light ring halfway down that should not affect accuracy.  The action is tight and functions well. Nice solid walnut stock and forend with no cracks. Faint original color case hardening is still visible on the receiver. The .22 W.R.F. cartridges are still factory-made by Winchester and surprisingly still available despite the current .22 rimfire ammo drought. Can be shot as-is, or it is a good candidate for re-lining to .22 Long Rifle. Because of the nostalgia factor, Winchester Model 1890 rifles have become very collectible in recent years, and those that were made before 1899 now bring a 30% or more premium! (EEIU-337)

$2,650.00

Winchester M1887 12 Gauge Lever Action Riotgun in very good refinished condition. Has a fluid steel barrel that has been shortened to 18.5”, with 2-9/16″ chamber (will NOT accept 2-3/4″ shells) and a very good bore. Bore has no choke (cylinder bore.) Overall nice wood with lacquer finish but with a few small paint splatters. This is a lever-action, magazine-fed, shotgun. Brass bead front sight. Metal appears to be an old re-blue, with touchup bluing at the muzzle. The receiver has WRA logo. Walnut stocks with steel butt plate.  All of this model were manufactured pre-1899. Serial number is not visible.  Note that Kent brand 2-1/2″ shotgun shells are now fairly widely available in the U.S., and very reasonably priced. Kent makes a very mild 2-1/2″ load that is perfect for older shotguns with fluid steel barrels. (ZZZZ-888)

$2,450.00

Original Winchester Model 1873 lower tang with hammer and trigger. It was made in 1883 according to the serial number. (11098XA.) In fair condition, with no original bluing (light brown patina) and with some minor pitting but a nice clear serial number. These are very hard to find, separate from a rifle or carbine! This would be ideal for a restoration project, establishing the antique bona fides of a M1873 with a difficult-to-read serial number! (EAL-139)

$425.00

A scarce Winchester Model 1890 takedown pump action rifle chambered in .22 W.R.F. The top of the barrel is marked “-MANUFACTURED BY THE- / -WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.-”, and at the receiver with “22 W.R.F.”. The upper tang is marked “WINCHESTER /  -MODEL 1890- /  PAT.JUNE 26-88.DEC.6-92.”. The lower tang is marked “5699X”. Barrel Length: 24″.  The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notched leaf sight screwed to the rear of the barrel, adjustable for elevation. The upper tang is a drilled, tapped and filled for a tang sight (none included). Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with a grooved slide handle, straight grip and steel crescent buttplate. The slide handle has a nick on the left at the second groove in front of the mounting screw, light handling marks, and some discoloration from age and oil. The buttstock has a cluster of bruises on the right-rear, several scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches with a concentration along the belly toward the toe and a non-threatening crack at the rear of the bottom tang. The LOP measures 12 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has worn to white with scattered light nicks, scratches and surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in about Good-Very Good condition as Antique. Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color. Finish Originality: Appears original. Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well defined rifling. There is light erosion throughout the bore with infrequent light pitting. This should still be a good shooter.  Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 65% of its metal finish. The exposed portions of the case color components have mostly worn to white with remaining color seen at the top of the trigger guard, on the hammer, and on the inside, concealed when assembled. The barrel has most notable finish loss at the rear with finish thinning at all edges and scattered lighter finish wear forward of the rear sight. There are light nicks, scratches, and surface oxidation scattered throughout. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-Fine condition as Antique. Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The action locks-up correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position. The rifle is chambered in .22 WRF, a cartridge originally developed to be more powerful than the standard .22 Long Rifle cartridge. With the development of new propellants and high-velocity .22 Long Rifle loadings, the .22 WRF lost favor with many shooters, although .22 W.R.F. cartridges are still regularly produced by CCI and they are available commercially from a number of Internet vendors. The rifle is in overall about Very Good-Fine condition with about 65% of its finish remaining. The rifle was made when the receiver and other parts were still color case hardened with a little bit of the figuring still visible on the exterior, more on the internal parts. This rifle has some normal handling wear, but the action is still tight and the bore shootable.  Because of the nostalgia factor, Winchester Model 1890 rifles have become very collectable in recent years, and those that were made before 1899 now bring a 30% or more premium! (ENAU-725)

$2,595.00

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