Winchester

A very scarce first year of production (1898) solid-frame Winchester Model 1897 12 gauge shotgun. Has a special-order (or retrofitted?) reddish walnut Winchester-made wide ribbed three-screw forend with a lacquer finish. The metal finish is mostly a nice even patina. There is very little original bluing remaining. (See photos.) The barrel is 25-1/2″ barrel with no choke (cylinder bore) and no choke marking. It has a standard Winchester bead front sight, so I suspect that this may have been a special-order barrel length. Buttstock is in an oiled smooth walnut finish, and appears to have been sanded. The forend finish is original. Both are smooth, with just minor handling dings. Has a black gutta percha Winchester logo checked buttplate that is in quite nice condition. The action functions fine. (Hammer does not follow or “push off”, and it holds half-cock safety position properly.) The action feels nice and smooth, yet it locks up tight.  No noticeable dents in the magazine tube or the barrel. Serial # 4238X. This gun would be fine to use “as is”, or would be a good candidate for shortening to a riotgun, and/or refinishing.  There were more than one million Winchester Model 1897 shotguns made, but only the first 63,633 were made in 1898. (Just six-tenths of one percent — making them very scarce!) Even when in rough condition, pre-1899 production Winchester Model 1897s have been selling for well over $3,300 in the past year. (PEIU-1897)

$3,200.00 $3,050.00

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 $2,495.00

Winchester Model 1894 .30-30 Saddle Ring Carbine (SRC). Made in 1898, serial 14146X. Has a standard carbine a 20-inch round nickel steel barrel, blade front sight, full-length magazine tube, and carbine buttplate. The bore exhibits the predictable roughness and softened rifling. That said, it remains viable, at least for casual shooting. The mechanics are quite good, with no “lever droop”.  Saddle ring is present and retains its original shape. The rear sight dovetail was filled long ago in favor of a tang aperture sight. Has a period Marble’s-style tang rear sight with a locally-altered aperture plate. Metal finish has gone over to silver with a few spots of tarnish and some typical longitudinal scratches from saddle scabbard carry. Wood has typical scratches, nicks, and impressions yet it remains solid. A number of notches with some tales to tell are on either side of the comb just ahead of the heel. This saddle carbine has that honest “fresh off the ranch” look, and indeed it came from a ranch near Coeur d’Alene Idaho.  (EPCK-408)

$2,450.00 $2,250.00

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 from England are now 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 $2,375.00

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 $2,495.00

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