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January 17, 2021 - 2:25 am
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Looks very nice but the case colors are almost too nice. ??‍♂️

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/889335297

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Rick,

The case color finish looks original to me.  What is not original is the Mid Range Vernier tang sight (not that it hurts anything that someone added it after the fact).  I laughed at the seller’s description of it though… “long range Tang sight”.

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Rick,

  I laughed at the seller’s description of it though… “long range Tang sight”.  

What’s laughable is calling it “very rare.”  Though it would be rare for it to have been used with that front sight…which it never was.

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Bert H. said
Rick,

The case color finish looks original to me.  What is not original is the Mid Range Vernier tang sight (not that it hurts anything that someone added it after the fact).  I laughed at the seller’s description of it though… “long range Tang sight”.  

I’ve used a “Mid Range” tang sight on a couple of rifles and have a pretty good idea how far they will let me shoot. I have no idea what they used “Long Range” sights for but if it was much smaller than my pickup I wouldn’t be able to see it.

Nice rifle, any idea what it should go for? 

 

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Buy it now is $5900. Current bid is $3700 with 7 days left.

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Nice rifle!! Buy in Now doesn’t seem unreasonable based on condition.  

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TXGunNut said

 I have no idea what they used “Long Range” sights for but if it was much smaller than my pickup I wouldn’t be able to see it.
 

The 1000 yd Creedmoor target measured 6 x 12 ft with a 3′ bullseye.

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Nice rifle!! Buy in Now doesn’t seem unreasonable based on condition.    

Better not dawdle!  I can tell Rick is getting close to pulling the trigger! 

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Nice gun Rick, c’mon spend some o’ that moldy old pension $, That’de be only about $9000.00 by time You get it back to N.B., there’ll be another cheque in the mail box next monthWink

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clarence said

Better not dawdle!  I can tell Rick is getting close to pulling the trigger!   

Haha Clarence. I do like it but I also like a lot of other things right now, like sights, ammo, other models…

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Nice gun Rick, c’mon spend some o’ that moldy old pension $, That’de be only about $9000.00 by time You get it back to N.B., there’ll be another cheque in the mail box next monthWink  

Lol I think I have to go back to work to support this hobby(addiction) Henry.

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PULL THE TRIGGER RICK!

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I would move back to the States Steve but I would have to win the lottery or shake this addiction. Too much eye candy for me there. And I like this free Medicare thing going on in Canada.

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This is a nice gun.  If I were looking for one in this caliber I’d be tempted and I wouldn’t complain one bit about the tang sight unless it is hiding an extra screw hole.

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Rick,

Not to pile on (OK maybe a little), but there are two facts you should consider;

1.  They are not making anymore of these (and haven’t since June 1920).

2.  A original high-wall in this condition is not going to get any less expensive if you try waiting longer.

 

p.s. That Mid Range Vernier Tang sight would sell for $800 – $1,000 all by itself on ebay.

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Bert H. said
Rick,

Not to pile on (OK maybe a little), but there are two facts you should consider;

1.  They are not making anymore of these (and haven’t since June 1920).

2.  A original high-wall in this condition is not going to get any less expensive if you try waiting longer.

p.s. That Mid Range Vernier Tang sight would sell for $800 – $1,000 all by itself on ebay.  

Can’t argue that Bert. But in all seriousness I’m not in the market financially right now for another 85. Like Henry said it’s a $9k gun by the time it lands in Canada.

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Speaking of single-shots, I haven’t stopped thinking of that Gunbroker single-shot fancy .38-56 low wall we discussed awhile back (and I believe a member here snagged).  Nope.  Haven’t stopped thinking about it.

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The sole M1885 in my pathetic collection has the mid range vernier, single set trigger and  windage adjustable front sight(Globe?) . Being that the barrel was rechambered in ..32 Ideal from .32-40 it has little serious collector value and I have sometimes thought of parting it out. I think it would be worth more as parts but I probably would never do that. It letters with all of the features listed. I didn’t realize that the mid range verniers were worth so much. 

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Dave,

Outside of the Winchester Single Shot rifles, the Mid Range Vernier tang sight is very rarely encountered on other Winchester models.  Take a look at the listings for them on ebay sometime… and they sell for the same price when you find a dealer with one to sell.

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Dave K. said
The sole M1885 in my pathetic collection has the mid range vernier, single set trigger and  windage adjustable front sight(Globe?) . Being that the barrel was rechambered in ..32 Ideal from .32-40 it has little serious collector value and I have sometimes thought of parting it out. I think it would be worth more as parts but I probably would never do that.

Think you are very wrong about its value, unless it’s really in horrible cond.  It was common “in the day” to rebore or rechamber guns with damaged bores.  .32 Ideal was once recommended for restoring shot out .32-20s & .32 RFs, but the case is shorter than .32-40.  Was the brl on yours set back? Since .32 Ideal cases are so hard to find, you could have the bore lined back to .32-40.

If the globe is a Winchester, it’s worth almost as much as the mid-range. 

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