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We all like photos so just wanted to post one after acquiring the last piece(model 55) for my 30WCF collection. 

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very nice!  Will this be seen at Cody?

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Unfortunately not this time Paul. It’s a combined vacation/family trip this year to Cody Show, Little Big Horn, Yellowstone, and couple of other stops so room is tight for four in a Ford Escape.

Lighting on the top rifle is bad.  

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Well then I’ll look forward to meeting and seeing you there. This year Cody will be a family road trip for me and wife also, which will cross then lower 48 from Nevada to Wisconsin.  So no displays or guns to sell for me either. If I see something that I just can’t live without, however….

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We all like photos so just wanted to post one after acquiring the last piece(model 55) for my 30WCF collection. 

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Rick, that’s a beautiful display case. If you built that yourself, is there any chance you kept notes and dimensions? 

Let me expose my ignorance by trying to identify the collection, from the top down: 

1. An 1894 rifle, because of its barrel length and crescent buttplate.

2. A Model 55 because of its short magazine, straight grip, and shotgun buttplate. 

3. A long wood model 94 carbine because of its sight ramp with hood and position of the barrel band.

4. A Model 64 Deer Rifle because of its forearm cap, short magazine, distinctive pistol grip with deep curved lever and shotgun buttplate. And the Lyman 56 aperture sight that was an optional extra.

Again, a most impressive presentation. Thanks for letting us see it.

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Well then I’ll look forward to meeting and seeing you there. This year Cody will be a family road trip for me and wife also, which will cross then lower 48 from Nevada to Wisconsin.  So no displays or guns to sell for me either. If I see something that I just can’t live without, however….

  

Yes Paul will certainly look for you there. We’re staying at the Irma. And lol about finding something I can’t live without either 😅

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Right on the money Bill. I might borrow your post for my description. Thanks 😊

I bought the display at a thrift store for $20 a few years back. It has served its purpose well. 

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Very nice examples of all four, Rick. Looking forward to seeing you at Cody. I’ve always enjoyed staying at the Irma, I wake up some nights dreaming of their bread pudding and rum sauce.

 

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Thanks and yes same here Mike look forward to meeting you also. Excited to attend Cody with our son and daughter-in-law this year. 

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 Cool collection.Thanks for posting.

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RickC said
Right on the money Bill. I might borrow your post for my description. Thanks 😊

I bought the display at a thrift store for $20 a few years back. It has served its purpose well. 

  

Given the current cost of construction materials, I’d say you scored a real bargain and a terrific. showcase for your collection.  

Those four high condition Wiinchesters and the related cartridge boxes would make an interesting and attractive  display if only laid out on a table. However, cased on that colorful  background, your display reminds me of an old time gun store while emphasizing the Walnut of the stocks. It quadruples the visual impact. 

It also reminds me of my own long and painfully educational path to a decent Deer Rifle.  

Rick, you may have missed a career in Hollywood as a high dollar production designer. 

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Thanks Bill. My carpentry skills would’ve provided me a one way ticket out of town but my wife says my acting skills are top notch lol. 

The top rifle is a 1894 rd bl 30WCF dom 1906. It has almost the same original blue as the others but the lighting shines across the top there. I have never seen a 55 in the condition of this one and had to have it. It has a couple small spots with the ususal flaking under the belly and a couple small ones near the loading gate but otherwise it’s 95%+ overall and 1925 dom. 
The 94 carbine below it is in the calendar for April/2024 and DOM is 1939. The m64 at the bottom I sold a couple years ago and bought it back recently to compliment the others for this 94 lineage. 

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That Model 55 really is in remarkable condition. I have a theory that the 55 (and the 53) as a group, had an unusually hard life for some reason, maybe because of the great Depression.   You just don’t see many like that and, when one does turn up at a show, more than a few attendees come to a dead stop and freeze in position, like a pointer that’s just gotten a big nose full of Bob white. The gun doesn’t last long and the bargaining is notable for its absence. I’d say you’ve got a highly liquid asset. 

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I’ve never seen a 55 as nice as this one Bill but I’m sure others here probably have. Where you mentioned the Model 53 I might as well show that one as well. It’s also in its own Ser # range like the 55. The photo of the entire gun won’t load. 

 

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Rick –

Very nice rifles and display!

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Thanks Steve. Really like the high condition standard guns. More affordable. 

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RickC said
Thanks Steve. Really like the high condition standard guns. More affordable. 

  

That Model 53 is in wonderful condition. While engraved and plated special order guns are fun to look at, we expect them to have been kept pristine as would the owmers of an original Charlie Russell oil.

it’s the field grade Winchesters like yours that are truly rare and fascinating.  All but a very few of the surviving examples were used hard and cannot show us what they looked like when new. Yours can and do, which is important to a continued understanding of the brand and its impact on American history.

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Thank you Bill and I agree with everything you just wrote.
These are all closet queens. I’ve thinned the herd over the last couple years and down to about a dozen standard guns, but all super high condition with no issues. I’ve purposely not told my son who lives 3000 miles from us, what’s in the safe, so he will get a pleasant surprise someday when I’m gone. 
However, he does know my personality and collecting preference so he’s probably not going to be surprised lol. 

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RickC said
Thank you Bill and I agree with everything you just wrote.

These are all closet queens. I’ve thinned the herd over the last couple years and down to about a dozen standard guns, but all super high condition with no issues. I’ve purposely not told my son who lives 3000 miles from us, what’s in the safe, so he will get a pleasant surprise someday when I’m gone. 

However, he does know my personality and collecting preference so he’s probably not going to be surprised lol. 

  

Just make sure your presumed executor knows what’s in the safe and why they are so valuable.  The Collector’s worst nightmare is his widow sells his collection for what he told her he paid for it…

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RickC said

Thanks Steve. Really like the high condition standard guns. More affordable. 

  

That Model 53 is in wonderful condition. While engraved and plated special order guns are fun to look at, we expect them to have been kept pristine as would the owmers of an original Charlie Russell oil.

it’s the field grade Winchesters like yours that are truly rare and fascinating.  All but a very few of the surviving examples were used hard and cannot show us what they looked like when new. Yours can and do, which is important to a continued understanding of the brand and its impact on American history.

  

Here is a 53 standard grade gun – has flaked a touch but still has a lot of condition for a 53 – it has the difficult to find take-down frame and in caliber 44-40. I bought the gun in the 70’s.

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