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November 17, 2022 - 6:15 pm
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How many Model 1895 Takedowns were produced in .30-‘03? 

When were the .30-‘03s produced?

Can anyone share this information?

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Hello Robert,

I sent a request to Brad Dunbar (co-author of the Model 1895 reference book).  He should pop in with an answer to your questions shortly.

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Hi

I believe the .30-03 was introduced for the Model 1895 in the 1905 catalog, although there are some .30-03 1895s with serials from as early as 1904.  The .30-03 was still listed with the Model 95 in the 1918 catalog, but not listed with the Model 95 in the 1920 catalog.  So far, the latest .30-03 in the current Model 1895 survey is from 1921.  There are only 125, .30-03 examples in the survey.  They aren’t really common, but found more often than a few of the other chamberings.  People did continue to buy .30-03 1895s well after the .30-06 was introduced for the model.

Takedowns are found as early as 1908.  In the current survey of 1895s, there are 261 total takedowns, just over 10% of the total survey.  26 of those are .30-03.  The survey is still pretty small, so I can’t give a very accurate number yet of how many .30-03 takedowns were likely produced.

Hopefully this information is helpful to you.

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Robert, to bolster some of what Brad is saying on the subject,  I have owned two model 1895’s in the .30 Govt of 1903 chambering.  Both were take downs.  Both post dated the introduction of the .30 Gov’t of 1906 chambering.  My only personal supposition is that the original buyers intended to use the 220 grain slug the rifles were originally intended to shoot, vs the lighter weight bullet of the latter chambering.  The best I CAN say is they aren’t especially rare but don’t show up at every auction either.  Not as specific as Brad’s comment.  Hope it helps some.  Tim

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If it helps any one My ’95 s.r.c. ser#87756 is in 30 govt 03, 1914

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Thank you everyone for this great information on the 1895 takedown .30-‘03. This collectors site is very good with all you experts here! Very much appreciated. I am currently looking at a late manufacture .405 and hope to strike a deal. I would also love to have a nice SRC in any caliber. 

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