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April 21, 2021
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Where did I read about ‘Extra Finish ’95 gun stocks at?  Can’t find the reference now….

April 21, 2021
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Brooksy said
Where did I read about ‘Extra Finish ’95 gun stocks at?  Can’t find the reference now….  

Possibly in the back of Madis Book?

April 21, 2021
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Catalogs listed on the “Extras” page an “extra finish” on case-hardened guns only.  No explanation of what it was.

April 22, 2021
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Don’t forget about the NEW Book! I’d have to pull my copy to thumb through it, but believe it mentions Extra Finish in some detail.

https://www.1895book.com/

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April 22, 2021
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Maverick said
Don’t forget about the NEW Book! I’d have to pull my copy to thumb through it, but believe it mentions Extra Finish in some detail.

https://www.1895book.com/

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So, Brooksy, looks like the answer to your question is going to cost you $90 + shipping.  Not that it’s not worth it!

April 22, 2021
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clarence said

So, Brooksy, looks like the answer to your question is going to cost you $90 + shipping.  Not that it’s not worth it!  

I already have the book…I know that must be where I read about it, but I guess I’m too befuddled to find it again.Wink

April 22, 2021
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Brooksy said

I already have the book…I know that must be where I read about it, but I guess I’m too befuddled to find it again.Wink  

Send me the book & I guarantee to find it for you!

April 23, 2021
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limestone304@aol.com said

Possibly in the back of Madis Book?  

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April 23, 2021
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I found my brief reference in the new 1895 book on page 149.  I have a 95 that I believe qualifies as it has a curly buttstock and forestock and has been tapped for a tang site. It doesn’t appear a tang site was ever mounted.  I’m going to have to find a copy of that Madis book. I have something called the “Winchester Handbook” but there appears to be another book I don’t have.

April 23, 2021
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Brooksy said
I found my brief reference in the new 1895 book on page 149.  I have a 95 that I believe qualifies as it has a curly buttstock and forestock and has been tapped for a tang site. It doesn’t appear a tang site was ever mounted.  I’m going to have to find a copy of that Madis book. I have something called the “Winchester Handbook” but there appears to be another book I don’t have.  

I believe the “Winchester Handbook” is basically a condensed version of the Madis Book. 

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April 23, 2021
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Here’s one I posted a while back that letters as simply “Fancy Stock”. I suppose its referring more to the grade of wood than the finish, but it definitely has a higher gloss finish than others I’ve seen. My “extra finish” may have been done after the fact but it makes no difference to me on this scarce of a gun. 

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April 23, 2021
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pdog72 said
Here’s one I posted a while back that letters as simply “Fancy Stock”. I suppose its referring more to the grade of wood than the finish, but it definitely has a higher gloss finish than others I’ve seen. My “extra finish” may have been done after the fact but it makes no difference to me on this scarce of a gun. 

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WOW! That one has knock out wood.  Mine isn’t nearly as figured. Mine is more like ” Grade I Extra Finish” as described and pictured in the new ’95 book. I’ll get a couple pics. ’95’s are usually so plain and straight grained that any figure is a real bonus. Your ’86 is a real eye popper.

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Brooksy said
I found my brief reference in the new 1895 book on page 149.  I have a 95 that I believe qualifies as it has a curly buttstock and forestock and has been tapped for a tang site. It doesn’t appear a tang site was ever mounted.  I’m going to have to find a copy of that Madis book. I have something called the “Winchester Handbook” but there appears to be another book I don’t have.  

Model 1895’s that are factory tapped for a tang sight are seldom encountered.  It seems years ago, I read that about 1 out of every 10 were tapped.  I’ve never owned one.  

April 23, 2021
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steve004 said

Model 1895’s that are factory tapped for a tang sight are seldom encountered.  It seems years ago, I read that about 1 out of every 10 were tapped.  I’ve never owned one.    

Yep, odd eh? Looks like a factory job to me, I’ll get some pics.

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Brooksy said

Yep, odd eh? Looks like a factory job to me, I’ll get some pics.  

I’m far from an expert on M95’s.  I’ve often wondered about those rifles that were tapped for a tang sight.  We know that for original purchasers, those that didn’t want a rear barrel sight or wanted more than a rear barrel sight, the Lyman side mount receiver sight was preferred.  My sense is relatively few 95’s were ordered with a tang sight.  My question is, what prompted Winchester to equip a small percentage of 95’s with tap holes for a tang sight?  Obviously, a rifle ordered with a tang sight would have the holes.  However, my sense is that many 95’s came with the tang holes that did not come with the tang sight. Why?

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steve004 said

  I’ve often wondered about those rifles that were tapped for a tang sight.

I’ve often wondered, why not tap them all, like most other Winchesters–a trivial expense for the factory (ONE extra hole!), but considerable trouble to have it done by the customer who wanted, & was used to shooting with, tang sights. 

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steve004 said
  I’ve often wondered about those rifles that were tapped for a tang sight.

I’ve often wondered, why not tap them all, like most other Winchesters–a trivial expense for the factory (ONE extra hole!), but considerable trouble to have it done by the customer who wanted, & was used to shooting with, tang sights.   

Exactly.  What other Winchester centerfire rifle from that era didn’t have the tang tapped for a sight?  Even though the Lyman receiver sight was very popular for the M1895, it’s not like they came tapped for it.  Hence, except for that very small percentage of 95’s that came tapped, all the rest of came with no way to mount any type tang or receiver sight without having the rifle drilled and tapped. Confused

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