I inherited a rifle over 25 years ago and would like a bit of help gathering information on it.
January 7, 2014
The look up the S/N on the Forum dates your 1890 WRF as made in 1908. The Ned Schwing book shows a mfg date as May 1908. Also according to Schwing’s book, Winchester did not put the proof mark on the 1890 barrels until 1908, Being the change date is 1908 your rifle could have the original barrel. If you could look on the bottom of the barrel near the receiver, check for an O.F. stamp which would show it to be a replaced barrel ( outside of factory ). Of course removing the magazine tube would be required to see the bottom of the barrel.
As for value, it would take a lot more info – pictures, condition etc.
April 15, 2005
I only have guest access so I’m not able to post images. I’m not sure if it’s against the rules to provide a website URL with images so let me know.
Thank you for the fast response!
It is perfectly acceptable to post a URL to your images.
Bert – Admin
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
I have posted several pictures to the link below. There may be some glare but will try again soon outdoors.
As noted before I inhereted this and have no information on what had been done to it.
But you will see that the barrel has absolutely no stamps on it so I’m pretty sure it’s been replaced. You may also be able to determine if it has been re-blued from the images. Please let me know a ballpark value if possible.
Thank you again!
Additional image of barrel. Note the rear sight is missing a screw with no drilled/tapped hole. Also, no stamp with caliber etc.
May 2, 2009
The rear hole in the barrel sight is for the elevation screw. It was not used to hold the sight to the barrel
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July 9, 2011
The way I see it, the barrel and/or magazine tube appear to be reproductions., judging by the distance from the front ring to the end of the magazine tube. Also looks like the front ring has a retaining pin through it, which is not proper original configuration.
June 5, 2015
You rifle appears that it has been refinished. Actually hard to say without the gun in hand but it looks to me the the markings were removed by who ever refinished it. No collector value left unfortunately. Put it on Gun Broker starting at a penny. You will get the most there.
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I plan to add more information such as the exact barrel length, photos and any existing stamps etc.
Also, I will take better pictures with more close up detail. If there are any specific areas I should focus on please let me know.
Since I don’t have anyone to hand this down to I would like to sell it. I never knew it’s history and now see how many variables there are related to pricing.
I’ve had this rifle for decades and have learned so much in the last 48 hours from this website.
Thank you all for the really great information and fast responses!