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Hello from the UK: Identifying an old Winchester Rifle
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July 19, 2021 - 10:55 pm
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Hello there,

I wonder of anyone on here could give me a hand finding out about a rifle (I think it was originally a .38 WCF rifle) that has been on our farm for as long as I can remember and used as a .410 shotgun when I was a boy.

I’ve managed to identify it as a Low Wall 1885 (I think) stamped 38 WCF on the barrel , serial number 106638 and I shall try to attach some pictures. The interesting thing about this gun for me is that on the butt of the stock is a plastic?bakelite cover…when we first got the rifle years ago we unscrewed it and found a hole with a greased paper document which shows the gun’s origin/factory etc…was this normal practice? The paper is still in there. I shall now try to put on the photos. Thanks for any help with this as I am pretty in the dark.


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July 20, 2021 - 3:16 am
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Hello Jonny,

Your rifle is a Winchester Single Shot (low-wall), and it was received in the warehouse in February, 1909.  It is listed as a 38 W.C.F. with a 28-inch No. 1 Round barrel, plain trigger, Winchester Express sights, and a Shotgun butt (with a black hard rubber plate).  The hole in the butt stock was not Winchester’s doing.  Apparently a previous owner bored the hole and stored the document in it.

Please send the photos to me at – [email protected]


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