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November 29, 2022 - 3:42 pm
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 Hi men,

 I have been an avid reader on this site for many years. I am an armchair collector of vintage rifles just because I admire the craftsmanship of them. As a toolmaker for the past 40 years I can appreciate the work that goes into them. Oh and of course I love gun’s.

 In 2014 I had the opportunity to purchase an 1895 rifle. The seller “claimed” it was an original unmolested rifle and was asking a price that would reflect that. As soon as I saw the rifle I knew that a rifle born in 1911 is not supposed to look like it had just left the factory.   

 This rifle when hit with a powerful light has a reddish orange color to it. The stock is perfect and the bore is shiny with strong rifling in it. So at some time, unless I hit the lottery it has been redone. I went ahead and bought it, he threw in a box of original ammo and 30 pieces of brass, a set of dies came too. I really like the rifle and with R7 and 255gn Barnes originals it shoot’s 3in @ 100yds if I do my part.

 So Bert tell me how bad I got skinned…serial number is 64276 and I left his place 700.00 lighter. Thanks Dick  winchester 1895 pic’s

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Hello Richard,

Definitely a reblued/refinished rifle, but at just $700 for the package deal, you got it very cheap.  The original box of ammo, 30-pieces of brass, and reloading dies could easily be worth a little more than what you paid for the entire package.

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Sorry for changing the subject, but check out this 40-72 that sold on GI.  Does it look legit/original finish?

https://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/rifles/winchester-rifles-antique-lever/superb-winchester-mod-1895-flatside-40-72-cal.cfm?gun_id=102138163

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deerhunter said
Sorry for changing the subject, but check out this 40-72 that sold on GI.  Does it look legit/original finish?

https://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/rifles/winchester-rifles-antique-lever/superb-winchester-mod-1895-flatside-40-72-cal.cfm?gun_id=102138163

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Yes it does look like factory original finish.  That was a very hefty sale price though.

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Thanks Bert

    thanks for the reply, because I knew going in that it had been redone I’m still happy with it. Aside from the shiny stock the rifle although not a collector, is nice and tight and a nice shooter. whoever did the reblue did a wonderful job and all the stamps are legible on the frame. I still get to enjoy an older Winchester rifle just not a valuable collection piece. I can live with that.

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richard dunham said
Thanks Bert

    thanks for the reply, because I knew going in that it had been redone I’m still happy with it. Aside from the shiny stock the rifle although not a collector, is nice and tight and a nice shooter. whoever did the reblue did a wonderful job and all the stamps are legible on the frame. I still get to enjoy an older Winchester rifle just not a valuable collection piece. I can live with that.

  

Are you going to shoot it?

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