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.45-90 with off-center barrel marking
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April 23, 2023 - 2:30 pm
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I spotted this at RIA.  Like oldcrankyankee, I take a peek at just about every .45-90 that comes along.  (I bet Tom clicks on this topic). This one letters and looks straight.  However, I’ve never seen a Model 1886 with the caliber marking as off-center as this one has.  If the rifle were otherwise suspect, I’d read more into it.

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https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/88/13/special-order-winchester-model-1886-4590-wcf-rifle

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April 23, 2023 - 2:39 pm
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steve004 said
Thoughts? 

Refinished.

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April 23, 2023 - 3:02 pm
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The WCF looks like they are stamped individually as the depth is different

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Yes the auction page says refinished so no question about that. The value is thus appropriate.

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April 23, 2023 - 3:19 pm
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Refinished and restamped?

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  In the description it says barrel refinished which is obvious. The caliber stamp looks worse than it is because you are looking at a reflection on a round barrel not a flat on an octagon barrel. I’m sure the angle of the shot has something to do with that. Re-stamp, re-blue, not right, and who knows what else if you had more pictures. When RIA says barrel re-finished they mean it. T/R

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I looked at this auction too hastily.  I saw a reference to 1/2 in the Cody letter and moved on to interpreting that as a 1/2 octagon barrel.  Hence, when I looked at the caliber stamping, I assumed (and it looked like – because of the shadowing) that it was on the barrel flat of an octagon barrel.  My mistake Embarassed

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  The case on the receiver looks right and shows it’s age. The estimate might be right. T/R

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Steve, I was loving this rifle… for a minute. I like the configuration, classic tiger gun, with the English proofs. The barrel has been refinished, no argument there. The receiver still has a lovely CC on it. Again I love the configuration and it letters. Big Plus! Oh and in 45-90, I might have to re think my position on it. I also think the fore end has been replaced, big gap at the receiver and loose fore end cap. At least RIA is being honest about it.

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Steve you must have seen lot 4046 at Poulins?

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oldcrankyyankee said
Steve you must have seen lot 4046 at Poulins?

  

Yes I did.  It had what I like – .45-90, half mag., shotgun butt, straight grip stock with fancy wood, letters, top condition… Cool

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