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Picked up a Solid Frame Model 55 in 30 WCF.  Barrel info: date is 31, Cal 30 WCF, and the initials MNS. No special order features.  SN# 1079606.  Honest gun, nothing special except the solid frame.  Bore is sharp, so I hope it shoots.  Up next is a good cleaning.

Thanks Bert for the Winter 2012 article; it helped me decide to purchase.

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Thanks for posting it!

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Congratulations on a nice Model 55.

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Picked up a Solid Frame Model 55 in 30 WCF.  Barrel info: date is 31, Cal 30 WCF, and the initials MNS. No special order features.  SN# 1079606.  Honest gun, nothing special except the solid frame.  Bore is sharp, so I hope it shoots.  Up next is a good cleaning.

Thanks Bert for the Winter 2012 article; it helped me decide to purchase.  

I have # 1076415, PR date of 7-6-1931. A very nice solid frame M55 as they go. Many have been ravaged by the ugly blue flaking as do many M55’s. I have never fired either of my M55’s. The other is a takedown. Have fun with your new treasure.   Big LarrySmileSmileSmile

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 I have a Winchester Model 55 in .30 WCF as well.Have not shot it for awhile now,but it shoots quite well,when I do.:)

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Hey Bert. I sold a solid frame 55 a year or so ago. In .30 WCF. Number 1076053. 

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Hey Bert. I sold a solid frame 55 a year or so ago. In .30 WCF. Number 1076053.   

Interesting… when I saw the rifle (serial number 1076053) it was a 32 W.S.  Serial number 1076035 is a 30 WCF though.

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Interesting… when I saw the rifle (serial number 1076053) it was a 32 W.S.  Serial number 1076035 is a 30 WCF though.

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I just checked 4 different places I have the number recorded. All 4 say 1076053 and .30WCF

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I just checked 4 different places I have the number recorded. All 4 say 1076053 and .30WCF  

That means that more fakery has recently occurred. Apparently, it has been rebarreled in recent times.

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 I wonder why someone would go to the trouble of rebarreling a Model 55 from .30 WCF to .32 Winchester Special?Is the value of a Model 55 in .32 WS that much more than a .30 WCF rifle or perhaps the old .30 WCF barrel was in rough shape?

  Is it possible ,this could be a case of Winchester having several rifles put out with the same serial number,by mistake?Have heard that has happened from time to time.

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 I wonder why someone would go to the trouble of rebarreling a Model 55 from .30 WCF to .32 Winchester Special?Is the value of a Model 55 in .32 WS that much more than a .30 WCF rifle or perhaps the old .30 WCF barrel was in rough shape?

  Is it possible ,this could be a case of Winchester having several rifles put out with the same serial number,by mistake?Have heard that has happened from time to time.  

It’s possible the .30WCF barrel became a doner for a different receiver. 

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The .30 WCF was in great shape and had a perfect bore. The receiver of the rifle it was on had a receiver sight on it. I don’t know if that vintage rifle would have been factory drilled for the sight. It’s possible that the someone wanted to upgrade or repair a rifle they already had. 

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My dealer got in a solid frame, .30, Model 55. 1,075,321. Smooth, no blue. Nice wood. He wants $1150.  I like the gun, but it seems high for a basically gray gun.

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My dealer got in a solid frame, .30, Model 55. 1,075,321. Smooth, no blue. Nice wood. He wants $1150.  I like the gun, but it seems high for a basically gray gun.

$1,150 for a relatively low production Winchester is not out of line.  The date of manufacture was May, 1931.  Based on my current research survey results, Winchester manufactured just 3,975 Solid Frame Model 55 rifles, of which 54% of that number were 30 WCFs.

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