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Tips on Buying an old Winchester
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September 3, 2023 - 12:44 pm
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That gun was probably run through a Russian arsenal at some time and that’s where the crown came from. That crown is identical to every M91 series Mosin Nagant I have ever seen.

 I wonder if it is an all matching gun?

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September 3, 2023 - 1:14 pm
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Brooksy said
 I wonder if it is an all matching gun? 

If it was assembled according to the usual factory procedures, that would be hard to determine.  Contrary to Russian-made military rifles that have ser. nos. on almost every small part.  So I wonder if the Russian contract required similar numbering on these ’95s? 

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I collect 1895’s and have a number of 1895 muskets, including several Russian contract muskets.  Every original Russian contract 1895 musket I’ve encountered, including the ones I currently own, have a crowned muzzle.  I believe they were all crowned.

The only serial number I’ve found is the one on the lower tang.  I don’t believe any of the other parts were serialized.  

Also, Russian muskets I’ve encountered typically have strong bores with frosting in the grooves.  The bore on the one in this thread is cleaner than is typical, but from what I can see in the pictures, I don’t see any evidence that it’s been relined.  However, it would take a careful personal inspection to say for sure.  Hope this helps.  Mark

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Screen-Shot-2023-10-28-at-8.09.13-PM.pngImage EnlargerIMG_E4832.jpgImage EnlargerAsking for some advice, I have a long time friend over 40 years, licensed FFL gun dealer resides some 2,000 plus miles away now,

I have bought from him a few times prior so what he says describing and his word is spot on!

With that said he has an Model 1892 Winchester 32-20 octagon barrel made in 1893. The rifle is in excellent original shape, not modified with some minor slight handling marks, the bore is in great condition no pitting. He sent me these shots said he paid $1800 about 8-9 years ago and would sell it to me for the same.Should I grab this gem? Opinions?

Caught my interest being a newbee hooked on Winchesters, already own an all original mint 1955 Winchester model 94 that was owned by the Santa Barbara Sheriff Office in mint condition, was a wall hanger most its life in the Chief’s office for decades. Came with all docs paperwork.

Any advice? Thanks!

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October 29, 2023 - 8:37 pm
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Richard-

Would need more & better pics to confirm but he likely paid a bit too much 8-9 years ago, we are all guilty of that when we like a gun. The front sight looks a bit odd and I’m a bit suspicious of the wood to metal fit on the upper tang. Value may have caught up with your friend’s purchase price. 

 

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I haven’t held on to the gun , but it looks more like $800.00 $900.00 to Me. I see a brown gun with a possible stock change or refinish, may be the lighting though.

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Thank you guys I may stay clear of this one

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