Wondering what you think about the case coloring on the receiver of this rifle: http://www.gunauction.com/buy/12158539/guns-for-sale-antiques/winchester-rare-case-colored-1890-gallery-gun-c.-1894
June 24, 2010
March 1, 2009
March 20, 2009
By the serial number the gun is definitely a "second model" version of the 1890. The receiver was originally case hardened at the time of production but it does look a bit on the "funky" side to me. Another worrisome point is the apparent mint bore and the significantly better condition of the barrel blue than the balance of the rifle finish. The stock has been sanded and refinished. I would pass on it.
Model 1892 / Model 61 Collector, Research, Valuation
May 2, 2009
At first glance it looked like someone went at it with a torch but I do see a little real case color on the left front under the screw. Someone did do something to it, I have never seen case weather like that.
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September 9, 2011
I agree with you guys. No case colors remaining (maybe a trace). Well used old gun that probably was sent back to the factory and rebarreled, with proof marks added then. I think someone tried to imitate case colors on the receiver using cold blue, or something. The seller is way off base in his description.
November 17, 2011
April 15, 2005
January 24, 2007
One piece of strong evidence that it isn’t all original is the fact that one of the patent dates on the barrel is much later than the date of manufacture stated by the seller. I suppose one might argue that the factory pulled a receiver out of a parts bin and matched it with a newer barrel, but the other inconsistencies noted by others are too troubling to value this rifle anywhere near where the seller has it.