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Very late (1930) Win. M06 with Lyman 2-A tang and Lyman 5-A Combination front. Winchester plug in bbl. slot. Very nice rifle. Mint bore, hard to find, and better than 95% overall.  # 834059, no XXX’s.   Big Larry

 

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Nice acquisition, Larry.  The serial number was applied in June, 1930. It has been added to the “Model 90/06/62/62A Research Survey” for the Late Production and Final Run/Cleanup guns.

 

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Very nice, Big Larry! You had me at the sights. I think you need to keep that one out of the safe for a few days so you can enjoy the view. Thanks for sharing the pics.

 

 

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Thanks for sharing Big Larry. A very nice example that any of us could appreciate.

Hard to find in that overall condition.Smile

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Antonio said
Thanks for sharing Big Larry. A very nice example that any of us could appreciate.

Hard to find in that overall condition.Smile

Antonio

  

Thanks. Since I started collecting M1906 and 06 rifles I have found that out. Kids guns that were subject to neglect as many kids guns were. No, or little finish, and poor bores even on some of the nicer ones. These little rifles can command prices often seen on nice M1890’s. I fought it out on Wards Auction for a real nice M06 with the scarce Stainless Steel bbl. Hammered at $1,800, but with all the auction adds, well over $2,000. My last rifle was even more $$$. Now, I am on the hunt for a Deluxe rifle. Few available, but do not meet my criteria. I am a little picky. Not rich either.      Big Larry

 

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Antonio said Big Larry said

These little rifles can command prices often seen on nice M1890’s. I fought it out on Wards Auction for a real nice M06 with the scarce Stainless Steel bbl. Hammered at $1,800, but with all the auction adds, well over $2,000. My last rifle was even more $$$.
  

Glad to hear that–don’t feel so bad about being completely out of the running.  Makes my $300 Stevens Visible Loader seem all that much nicer.

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Very nice Larry!

Congrats! Thanks for the photos.

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Very nice Larry!

Congrats! Thanks for the photos.

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Thanks Jeff. How many do you have? Looking for a nice Deluxe.   Big Larry

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Hi Larry,

I only have 26, my best one (believe it or not) is the oldest, it is a first year, first variation .22 short only with the 1890 2nd model recessed bolt, it is serial number 14916 and is early enough it is not proof marked.  It is about a 97-98% gun with a surprisingly nice bore.

Next time it is out of the safe I will shoot some pictures for you.

The Deluxe’s are nice but my favorites are the 1906 Expert rifles.  I like the fit and feel of the pistol grip and the swelled forend.

I will keep my eyes open for a good Deluxe for you, I saw 2 at Tulsa but didn’t know you were looking, sorry.

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Hi Larry,

I only have 26, my best one (believe it or not) is the oldest, it is a first year, first variation .22 short only with the 1890 2nd model recessed bolt, it is serial number 14916 and is early enough it is not proof marked.  It is about a 97-98% gun with a surprisingly nice bore.

Next time it is out of the safe I will shoot some pictures for you.

The Deluxe’s are nice but my favorites are the 1906 Expert rifles.  I like the fit and feel of the pistol grip and the swelled forend.

I will keep my eyes open for a good Deluxe for you, I saw 2 at Tulsa but didn’t know you were looking, sorry.

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I really like the experts as well. They are a certainly a step up from the standard 1906/06s. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a deluxe 1906. Were they ever catalogued or only special order? Seems odd they would have such an option for their economy line model. 

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I am no expert on the 1906’s but the “deluxe” were special order as far as I know.  The 2 I saw at Tulsa had straight grips, upgraded wood (walnut) and were checkered in the standard pattern.  Other than that (and any special sights ordered) they were just a standard 1906 as far as I know.  A pistol grip stock and nickel finish were also an option.

The 1906 was smaller and lighter than the 1890 which could be ordered with a plethora of options so if you wanted a fancy “boy’s rifle” then a gussied-up 1906 would have been a logical option.

I don’t really “collect” the 1906 since I am a bolt action aficionado but they do seem to accumulate in my safe as they are extremely fun to shoot.

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Hi Jeff. My early M1906 is # 21675. It is in real nice condition outside, but the bore is a little less than stellar. Seller told me it was perfect, but it was not. Kept it because of the overall condition. Most all the blue remains, and it too is too early for proofs. With my hand and arm problems, I cannot shoot these short rifles well. What I termed as a Deluxe may well have been the Expert model with the fancy forearm and PG stock, in blue or nickel. Getting late and I am old. My scarcest rifle is my 1927 Stainless rifle. It is in real nice condition with near all the Japanned finish. This one, as all the rest, excluding the very early rifle, have minty bores. One has a factory replaced bbl. Not your usual gunsmith replacement with the oval P. It has the Win. proof mark. A very late bbl. with a M62 crown. No date or marks underneath. Just a witness line. Outside is marked correctly. A strange little rifle. Looking forward to seeing you.  Big Larry

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Here’s an Expert I have. Not high condition, but an honest gun. It seems the majority of them were produced in 1918 & 1919.

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Gary,

That is a nice rifle, the blued Experts are actually harder to find than the full nickel or half-nickel versions.  I would extend the prevalent range to 1918-1920 as I have seen quite a few from 1920 as well.

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Hi Jeff. My early M1906 is # 21675. It is in real nice condition outside, but the bore is a little less than stellar. Seller told me it was perfect, but it was not. Kept it because of the overall condition. Most all the blue remains, and it too is too early for proofs. With my hand and arm problems, I cannot shoot these short rifles well. What I termed as a Deluxe may well have been the Expert model with the fancy forearm and PG stock, in blue or nickel. Getting late and I am old. My scarcest rifle is my 1927 Stainless rifle. It is in real nice condition with near all the Japanned finish. This one, as all the rest, excluding the very early rifle, have minty bores. One has a factory replaced bbl. Not your usual gunsmith replacement with the oval P. It has the Win. proof mark. A very late bbl. with a M62 crown. No date or marks underneath. Just a witness line. Outside is marked correctly. A strange little rifle. Looking forward to seeing you.  Big Larry

  

I have 3 of the first variation but 14916 is the best, it letters as:  Serial number applied on March 26, 1906, Rec’vd in warehouse on April 18, 1906, Shipped from warehouse on April 18, 1906, Order number 44727.

I am jealous of your stainless barrel 1906 as I do not have one.  I am headed up to Cody sometime in the next month or so to do some more research and will certainly stop by on the way.  I will keep you posted when I firm up the date.  I need to pick up the Lyman 58 sight from you, let me know if you need any parts.

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Here’s an Expert I have. Not high condition, but an honest gun. It seems the majority of them were produced in 1918 & 1919.

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Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. That’s a high condition rifle as most I see for sale are beaters with stovepipe bores. I would be proud to own that rifle. Thanks for sharing.  Big Larry

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Hi Jeff. My early M1906 is # 21675. It is in real nice condition outside, but the bore is a little less than stellar. Seller told me it was perfect, but it was not. Kept it because of the overall condition. Most all the blue remains, and it too is too early for proofs. With my hand and arm problems, I cannot shoot these short rifles well. What I termed as a Deluxe may well have been the Expert model with the fancy forearm and PG stock, in blue or nickel. Getting late and I am old. My scarcest rifle is my 1927 Stainless rifle. It is in real nice condition with near all the Japanned finish. This one, as all the rest, excluding the very early rifle, have minty bores. One has a factory replaced bbl. Not your usual gunsmith replacement with the oval P. It has the Win. proof mark. A very late bbl. with a M62 crown. No date or marks underneath. Just a witness line. Outside is marked correctly. A strange little rifle. Looking forward to seeing you.  Big Larry

  

I have 3 of the first variation but 14916 is the best, it letters as:  Serial number applied on March 26, 1906, Rec’vd in warehouse on April 18, 1906, Shipped from warehouse on April 18, 1906, Order number 44727.

I am jealous of your stainless barrel 1906 as I do not have one.  I am headed up to Cody sometime in the next month or so to do some more research and will certainly stop by on the way.  I will keep you posted when I firm up the date.  I need to pick up the Lyman 58 sight from you, let me know if you need any parts.

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Bruno’s is still open. Yes, come on over and I will show you my  M1906’s and  M06’s. I also got lucky on the Web and found a minty 1956 vintage 5 screw Highway Patrolman with the 4″ bbl. Unfortunately, no box. Something else to look for. BTW, I sold off $10,000 worth of Smiths, and gave a few others away to my good friend in Alabama. Just looking for nice M06’s now. Maybe a nice M1890 too. 22 short.. My early M1906 was PR’ed 4-23-1906, right after yours. This one is from 1917. Big Larry

 

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Very nice!  I will make it a point to stop by on my way north.

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