I have a family member that wants to sell the following 1895 to me. I am wondering what everyone’s thoughts were on whether it was restored or not (metal looks right to me but wood has some questionable spots in the 2nd to last picture) and then the value it is worth. I want to be fair but not overpay.
The extra holes in the receiver and the buttstock will have a huge negative hit on the value. It’s a shooter-grade gun only if the bore is decent. 35 WCF ammo would be hard to find and expensive which is also a big negative for a shooter. I would pass on it at any price if it were me.
July 8, 2012
November 7, 2015
Unfortunately it’s a poor choice as a collectible or a shooter, IMHO. It has little value to a serious collector and as a shooter would only be desireable to someone who loads this cartridge and enjoys shooting it. Cool rifle but if you’re wanting to add an 1895 to your collection I’d wait for another. As it’s a family member I’d offer to take it along to a show and put it on the table to sell on consignment.