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About seven years ago I spotted an unusual offering on one of the higher quality auction sights.  I am attracted to unusual and strange Winchesters.  So I jumped in and found others were interested also, as the price rose quickly.  As it turned out I had the deepest interest and pockets that day.  The rifle is a late Model 92 serial number 999935 and the caliber is 218 BEE.  

RIA-1892-218-bee.jpgImage Enlarger  I wasn’t sure if the rifle was correct or not, but the Model and caliber had me hooked.  I had just seen a similar gun sell for over $20,000 on another notable auction sight.  I was aware that Winchester used parts on hand to assemble some guns just to clear their inventory of parts on hand, so I took a chance.  This rifle has a 1950 barrel date and it’s possible the barrel used was made from a Model 43 barrel.  When I received the gun I was more than pleased with the condition, but I found the butt stock unattractive.  I was fortunate to have, what I consider to be, a ‘correct’ butt stock.  So I made the change for better or worse, you be the judge.  Your opinions would be appreciated.  Thanks.  RDB

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Hello Roger,

I had this entered in my survey as S/N 999935 versus 999932… do I need to update/correct my survey?

In regards to the butt stock, it appears to be a Model 53 stock, but could be correct on any late production Model 92.  The “50” date on the barrel positively identifies it as a repurposed Model 43 barrel.

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Your replacement looks much better.  But if the carbine buttstock is original, I think it ought to stay on. 

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Clarence, I have carefully packed and boxed the checked carbine butt stock.  The carbine butt plate still has most of it’s original blue.

Burt, my error, you have the correct number  999935 is correct.  I will amend the original post.  I think you are correct about the Model 53 stock.  It does match the description given in the Madis Book, only it has a fluted stock. The checked carbine stock just didn’t work for me…Embarassed RDB

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FWIW I doubt I would have noticed the shotgun butt stock was “wrong”. I’m a big fan of shotgun butts but I can live with a carbine butt, maybe even that one. Do you reckon that was the original butt stock?

It’s your gun, you like it. That’s what matters.

 

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This is the 92 rifle that sold for over $20 grand.  It is also pictured in the Madis Book, which added to it’s value.  This is the main of the reason I choose to change the butt stock.  RDB

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