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Help with ID of Model 1885 Hornet
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I have a 22 Hornet with markings PAT OCT 7 79, Serial #27107. I believe it to be a Model 1885, single shot, falling block but the barrel is not octagon.

Likely a custom barrel?

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Neil Van Dyke said
I have a 22 Hornet with markings PAT OCT 7 79, Serial #27107. I believe it to be a Model 1885, single shot, falling block but the barrel is not octagon.

Likely a custom barrel?

  

A very few Hornets were produced, but yours is much too early to be one of them, so you’re right about the custom brl.

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The barrel is positively not original to the rest of the rifle.

Winchester Single Shot s/n 27107 was originally manufactured in August of 1888 as a Plain Sporting Rifle (low-wall) in 22 Long (rim fire) with a 24-inch No. octagon barrel.  Winchester did not introduce the 22 Hornet until the early 1930s.

Are there any markings on the barrel (including the underside covered by the forend stock)?

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