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.
November 1, 2013
March 5, 2023
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
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
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.