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Original Early Honest 1885
May 9, 2021
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https://auctions.thegunrunner.com/lots/view/1-4KIUW2/winchester-high-wall-22wcf-cal-single-shot-rifle-26-octagon-barrel-letter-antique

 

A friend of mine put this up on Gunbroker Auction. A good Honest Single Shot Rifle, in an unusual configuration, and in 22wcf.

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It is a good honest gun, but the most unusual feature is the windguage front sight–if that letters, it would be very unusual, & worth several hundred by itself, even if it doesn’t.  But the Lyman 1A is a much later addition.

Since the bore is bad, I’d turn it into a Hornet by lining, which wouldn’t require changes to extractor. 

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limestone304@aol.com said

A friend of mine put this up on Gunbroker Auction.

Not Gunbroker, Gunrunner, which charges a 10% buyers fee.

May 9, 2021
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clarence said

limestone304@aol.com said
A friend of mine put this up on Gunbroker Auction.

Not Gunbroker, Gunrunner, which charges a 10% buyers fee.  

Your right Clarence! Gunrunner. Sorry about that, thanks for catching my typo!!! 10% never scared me when I wanted something! Heck, I’ve gone a lot more than that when I really wanted something! It the long run I have benefited from my controlled reckless nature! LOL!Smile Pretty interesting configurations on this one, especially the UN checkered pistol grip. Would this be considered a Semi Deluxe? I would have a hard time changing this from it’s original configuration, if it’s all original to the letter! The added Lyman doesn’t bother me, as we’ve seen many original Winchesters, with added Lyman Tang Sights. I would rather choose another specimen, in 22 Hornet, instead of changing this Antique Rifle! Just my opinion, as I do love both calibers!

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clarence said
It is a good honest gun, but the most unusual feature is the windguage front sight–if that letters, it would be very unusual, & worth several hundred by itself, even if it doesn’t.  But the Lyman 1A is a much later addition.

Since the bore is bad, I’d turn it into a Hornet by lining, which wouldn’t require changes to extractor.   

It does letter with that sight.  Of consideration, that Single Shot rifle was the very first one made in the 22 WCF cartridge.  I personally would leave it as is.

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limestone304@aol.com said

Pretty interesting configurations on this one, especially the UN checkered pistol grip. Would this be considered a Semi Deluxe?  

No, it is not a “semi deluxe”.  Instead, it is a Special Sporting Rifle with plain non checkered stocks.

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Bert H. said

No, it is not a “semi deluxe”.  Instead, it is a Special Sporting Rifle with plain non checkered stocks.  

Thanks Bert. I was hoping that you’d weigh in!Smile

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