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1890 changed by US Military to 22 long rifle
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Please Help!  I need the wealth of knowledge once again.

I have read, recently, that the US Military owned some 1890’s.  They wanted them to be used for training, or something, that required they be Long Rifle.  It said they sent some back to Winchester, and had them converted to LR.  I just can’t find the article again.  Does anyone know of this article, or have knowledge of the conversion by Winchester for the military?  thanks, Elliot A

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Elliot,

I have never heard that story before today, and I find it unlikely. The U.S. Military purchased more than 11,400 Model 1885 Winder Muskets from Winchester, and they were all in 22 Short. 22 Short ammo was less expensive at that time.

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Bert, good to hear from you!  Thanks, I wish I could find it, will keep looking, thanks

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The martially marked M1890 is one of the most highly sought after 22 rifles ever procured by the US Govt. Also, one of the rarest. I have a friend that has two, and you would have to pry his cold dead hands from them to get one. I collected US martial 22’s for a few years and I have never seen one. Big Larry

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BL, thanks,

the article that I was mentioning was about conversion of the short to LR.  The military group, don’t remember which, sent them back to Winchester to be changed to LR.  I was busy working on another project and when I went back to find it, couldn’t.  This sounds like they were proofed some way?  However, also sounds like they were purchased and used as original.  Was the purchase related to some War, or specific use.  Do you have any pictures?  thanks, Elliot

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