April 9, 2012
I just picked up this 1895 serial no 3073. I'd like to take it to Tulsa tomorrow but need some info. It appears to have some upgraded wood that doesn't show on the factory letter. It was sent in for repair 11/24/1897. Would it that have been upgraded at that time? Also could I get a evaluation and a fair value? Sorry for the short notice and thanks in advance
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April 9, 2012
May 23, 2009
Early Flatside Forearms don't have the Ebony inlays. That said the wood finish appears to have been re-done or messed with. The checkering doesn't look to be factory. I would think the caliber marking should say 30 U.S. not 30 ARMY. Or at least the barrel is a much later barrel way past a 1897 R&R. But then again you do have double proof marks on the gun. So possibly another R&R took place at a later date. Some of the screws look new and looks like there may have been some re-bluing done. Looks like a nice shooter Flatside.
Those are some things I notice in my humble opinion, granted I'm not an expert. If you want an honest appraisal or fair value, I would post more pics showing more details. With some more overall photos, like the receiver, etc. I'm sure more knowledgeable folks will chim in.
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The early flat-side Sporting Rifles did indeed have the ebony insert in the forend stock. Winchester made them that way from day one of the Model 1895 production.
I agree that the subject rifle has a number of clues that point towards a non-factory rebuild.
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