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1915 WINCHESTER MODEL 92 RIFLE
June 13, 2013
8:18 am
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I just bought a nice 32-20 model 92 winchester built in 1915. As usual I completely disassembled it to clean out old caked grease and oil. When I took the magazine tube out, I found that someone had scribed letters the whole length of the bottom flat from the mag band to the fore end cap.
The letters I found there are, DBAVHDEWDWSHHDFSKOMWVRVJSKNUFMUESOM.
I have tried anagram solvers and just found lots of random words. Has anyone else found anything like this on a Winchester?

June 13, 2013
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gastrap,

I have looked at several thousand assembled 1892 rifles but relatively very few unassembled octagon barrel bottoms. You have a real mystery there. Can you please post or send photos to me? I would like to add the rifle into a survey I am doing. What is the full serial number please?

Michael

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June 13, 2013
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I have a very nice 1913 M92 in 44WCF, but condition precludes me taking it apart, as much as I would like to know whats under the bbl. Big Larry

June 13, 2013
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I have taken apart a few hundred lever-actions, and I never seen what you have described. I am quite certain that Winchester did not do it.

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June 14, 2013
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That's a great mystery you have there. It's no doubt personal to someone. Good luck wih the search and keep us up to date if you do learn something.
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June 14, 2013
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From the way these letters were scratched into the metal one can conclude Winchester had nothing to do with it. This is some stump savages attempt to personalize or indicate some voo doo on his rifle. I ran the letters through an anagram solver sight and just got dozens of words, ship names, city names, and general gibberish. I suspect this mystery will remain forever unsolved. Serial number for the gentleman doing the survey is 802052. If anyone thinks of anything helpful, email me at rhabraham@owc.net
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June 14, 2013
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Gastrap,

Your rifle was actually manufactured during 1906.
Edit!!! Make that 1916

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June 15, 2013
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[quote="twobit"]Gastrap,

Your rifle was actually manufactured during 1906.

Michael[/quote
Really? Do you mind telling me when 328367 was made?
Thanks, Gobbler

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[quote="twobit"]Gastrap,

Your rifle was actually manufactured during 1906.

Michael[/quote
Really? Do you mind telling me when 328367 was made?
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Gobbler,

Your rifle is definitely a 1906 vintage gun. Sorry for the error.

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June 15, 2013
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I am not into the 1892's but based on the response about these 2 92's, it appears that Madis's DOM's are not that far off. Is this the case?

Paul

June 15, 2013
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Paul,

There error range 'size' varies throughout the production run. I will put together showing the differences and post it. Once I get done fishing!!

Michael

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