my buddy called me the other day and said that he had found an 1892 in caliber 3840 that the serial number has been stamped over with some letters. He passed on the gun because of the stamp mark. I asked him what the letter spelled and he said WRACO. of course I told him to go back and buy it if the price was okay. He’s holding it for me until I can get up there in a couple weeks. He said the rifle is actually in very good shape but no serial number scared him. I think he wound up getting it for about 800 bucks. does anyone have a good source of information on these? from what I’ve read they were only done this way for a couple of years when Winchester had someone else selling their guns orta illegally?
July 7, 2011
May 23, 2009
We have discussed this topic in the past. Here is a link to what has come up before hand.
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March 20, 2009
Based on your description that the rifle is "in very good shape" makes me think it may be refinished. The WRACO is typically found on pretty low condition guns. When you receive the rifle send me detail photos of all the stamped writing and I will be able to give you a time range within which the rifle was manufactured.
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