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August 23, 2023 - 11:13 pm
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Bert, what can you tell me about my granddaughters Mod 90 Sn 510123A. This rifle has 23″ round barrel marked MODEL 90 22 short. It has WP in ovals on top of receiver and barrel. Was loading port on magazine same size for short and long rifle? The port would obviously accommodate long rifle.

My other 1890 Mod 1890 SN 464117 has 24″ octagon barrel 22 WRF  with WP in oval on top of barrel only. The position of the magazine bands are different from each other. Both have same sights with screw in barrel and magazines are same length.

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Don,

Model 1890 S/N 510123 was manufactured in February of 1913.  The 23-inch round barrel on it now is a replacement barrel, most likely in the 1940s.  It should have a 2-digit year number stamped on the bottom of the barrel.  The magazine tubes (loading port size) were different for each of the cartridges.  The magazine tube was undoubtedly replace at the same time as the barrel, and it would be a Model 62/62A magazine tube.

Model 1890 S/N 464117 was manufactured in May 1911. As such, it should have the “WP” proof mark stamp on both the barrel and the frame ring.  If the proof mark stamp on the frame ring is missing, that is a strong indication that the rifle has been refinished (the proof mark on the frame ring was obliterated when it was polished).

Bert

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