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1885 High Wall 38-55
July 11, 2019
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I bought some guns from an estate and this was among them. Nice rifle made in 1890. Not the prettiest, but good bore and wood. I don't see many of these in 38-55. Any idea on how many were made? Value? They are all over the place. Just curious as to sell or keep. Thanks.

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July 11, 2019
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Jim,

The 38-55 was one of the more common caliber/cartridge chambering that Winchester made in the Model 1885.  Only the 32 WCF and 32-40 were made in greater numbers.  Of the (71) different center fire cartridges that were made in the Model 1885, the 38-55 ranks 3rd in total made.

As for the value of that rifle, it will be on the low end of the spectrum due to it relatively well worn condition.  I suspect that it will be difficult to get any interest in it above the $1,600 - $1,800 range.

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July 11, 2019
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Thanks Bert. Photo's don't do it justice, but that said, that's more than I thought it would be worth.

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Are those faded case-colors on the rcvr?  If so, I'm surprised such a clean HW, in a GREAT caliber, isn't worth more, though I admit to being out of touch with current values.   

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38-55 is an excellent cartridge but it consumes a good amount of lead and powder if fired regularly. Nice rifle!

 

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TXGunNut said
38-55 is an excellent cartridge but it consumes a good amount of lead and powder if fired regularly.  

True, but compared to all the obsolete cartridges in which HWs were chambered, like for ex. .38-56, the cases for which are either very high priced, or unobtainable, .38-55 is a shooter's dream.  .45-70s are worth considerable more, but for frequent shooting, get to be a real "pain."

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Well, Clarence, the 45-70 is another of my many “favorites” but as you mention it can be a bit painful in some ways. That’s one reason I like the 38-55; it throws a big chunk of lead but is pleasant to shoot. Loading and casting for the 38-55 can be an expensive undertaking but eventually rewarding.

 

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